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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Recovery Act Support to Improve Health Care, Library Services and Create Jobs in Rural Communities
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced community facility investments in four states that will create jobs and improve needed infrastructure in rural communities across the nation. The projects are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). The announcement was made on the Secretary's behalf by the Administrator of USDA's Housing and Community Facilities Programs, Tammye Trevino.
"These Recovery Act projects not only provide needed infrastructure in rural communities, they contribute to the Obama administration's continued efforts to create quality jobs and improve vital community services including health care," Vilsack said. "The Recovery Act is working. These projects, and others like them, are contributing to restore the American economy while improving the quality of life in towns and small cities throughout the country."
Trevino made the announcement in Houston, the county seat of Texas County, Mo. The Texas County Hospital, which employs more than 300 people, has been selected to receive an $18 million loan to construct emergency and urgent care buildings and renovate other areas of the existing hospital.
The $26.7 million in Recovery Act projects announced today will be matched with $1.2 million from other sources. According to estimates, approximately 630 jobs will be created or saved as a result of the projects. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement. Below is a complete list of the selected recipients:
- Texas County Memorial Hospital; $18,013,378 loan; construction and renovation of hospital facilities.
- Providence Medical Center; $3,500,000 loan; expansion and renovation of hospital.
- Milton Public Library; $2,382,170 loan and $200,000 grant; Library renovation, expansion and debt refinance.
- Dyersburg-Dyer County Public Library Foundation; $2,408,000 loan 200,000 grant; Expansion of county library.
The USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, public libraries, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, public schools, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov.
President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).