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  Release No. 0347.09
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  AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES $58 MILLION FOR 102 COMMUNITY FACILITIES PROJECTS IN RURAL AREAS
  Projects Funded in 32 States Include Medical and Community Centers, Assisted-Living Facilities and Housing for Teachers
 

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of $58 million in community facilities projects that are being funded immediately with federal funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that President Obama signed into law in February. Altogether, USDA has announced nearly $179.6 million in Recovery Act funding for community facility projects to date.

"Rural communities are important to the lifeblood of our country and the Obama Administration is committed to keeping them strong by providing Recovery Act funding for facilities such as day care centers, public buildings and community centers that improve the quality of life in these communities," Vilsack said.

In addition to the $58 million that USDA Rural Development is providing to fund the 102 projects announced today, recipients will invest $41.1 million from other sources.

For example, Rural Development is providing a $9.4 million loan to Guadalupe County Hospital to replace an outdated facility in Santa Rosa, N.M., with a new 10-bed acute care hospital and medical clinic. The new facility will serve Guadalupe County, a federally designated health professional shortage area, as well as several small villages and surrounding communities. In addition, Guadalupe County Hospital is the only emergency care facility along Interstate 40 between Albuquerque, N.M. to Amarillo, Texas, a distance of 275 miles.

In Whitehall, Mont., Rural Development is providing a $450,000 loan and a $14,000 grant to Liberty Place, Inc., a non-profit corporation that conducts brain injury rehabilitation. The funding will be used to purchase a facility and expand the brain injury care program. Liberty Place Inc. creates structured programs to enable people severely disabled by a brain injury to live in a home-based setting. Currently there are 10 people on the Montana Department of Health and Human Services waiting list for the brain injury program.

The funding announced today is being provided through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program, which helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and recognized Indian tribes are eligible to apply for funding.

Entities benefiting from the Recovery Act funding today includes:

Alaska:

Maniilaq Association; $82,215 grant

Norton Sound Health Corporation; $21,600 grant

Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation; $133,650 grant

Arkansas:

City of Bradley; $16,000 grant

City of Hope; $11,000 grant

Woodruff County; $27,000 grant

Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas; $35,000 grant

City of Mountain View; $50,000 grant

California:

Northshore Fire Protection District; $78,000 grant

Kings Community Action Organization; $34,485 grant

Kings Community Action Organization; $37,500 grant

Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo, Inc Mecca Clinic; $21,560 grant

Niland Fire District; $15,000 grant

United Families Inc. Salton City; $10,650 grant

United Families Inc. Westmorland; $10,650 grant

Tulare County Redevelopment Agency; $50,000 grant

Colorado:

Sedgwick Rural Fire Protection District; $11,088 grant

Washington County; $25,000 grant

Keefe Memorial Hospital; $25,000 grant

Town of Milliken; $25,000 grant

Town of Crestone; $25,000 grant

Southwest Conservation Corps; $84,000 grant

Connecticut:

Town of Sprague; $90,000 grant

Delaware:

Bay Shore Community Church; $50,000 grant

Idaho:

Friends of MCFPD, Inc.; $539,000 loan

Iowa:

Adair County Memorial Hospital; $18,750 grant

City of Alta; $100,000 grant

Community Hospital, Inc.; $49,000 grant

Larrabee Community Fire Association; $6,000 grant

Pathways Behavioral Services, Inc.; $41,475 grant

City of Volga; $100,000 grant

Kansas:

Linn County; $70,000 grant

Louisiana:

Town of Lake Providence; $25,038 grant

Maine:

Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Reservation; $150,000 grant

Maryland:

Town of Luke; $29,452 grant

Town of Oakland; $50,000 grant

Upper Shore Aging, Inc.; $50,000 grant

Massachusetts:

Town of Winchendon; $13,570 grant

Michigan:

City of Big Rapids; $1,470,000 loan

Beaverton Dam Renovation; $1,000,000 loan

Dickinson County; $50,000 grant

Human Development Commission; $650,000 loan; $50,000 grant

Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan, Inc.; $50,000 grant

Allouez Township; $5,000 grant

Clare County Road Commission; $50,000 grant

Keweenaw Bay; $50,000 grant

Mississippi:

Town of Sidon; $59,500 grant

Calhoun County Board of Supervisors; $3,000,000 loan

Mound Bayou Public School District; $55,800 grant

Alcorn County Board of Supervisors; $11,499 grant

Alcorn County Board of Supervisors; $24,218 grant

Bolivar County Board of Supervisors; $59,200 grant

Missouri:

City of Fair Play; $33,670 grant

Village of Dadeville; $13,750 grant

Village of South Greenfield; $9,000 grant

Dade County; $14,690 grant

Montana:

Hi-Line Retirement Center, Inc.; $3,942,000 loan; $228,000 grant

Liberty Place, Inc.; $450,000 loan; $14,000 grant

Town of Whitehall; $120,000 loan; $30,000 grant

Nebraska:

Community Hospital Association; $17,000,000 loan

New Mexico:

Guadalupe County Hospital; $9,400,000 loan

Nevada:

Boys & Girls Club of Mason Valley; $46,846 grant

Consolidated Agencies of Human Services; $33,052 grant

Churchill Association for Retarded Citizens; $15,750 grant

New York:

Town of Frankfort; $10,000 grant

Vernon Town Hall; $10,000 grant

Warrensburg Emergency Medical Service; $143,000 loan; $25,000 grant

North Carolina:

Town of Fremont; $56,000 loan; $45,000 grant

Town of Elm City; $735,000 loan

Warren County National Guard Armory Renovation; $170,000 loan; $30,000 grant

Little Swift Creek Volunteer Fire Department; $13,500 grant

Town of Jonesville; $8,130 grant

Town of Selma; $400,000 loan; $100,000 grant

Town of Selma; $550,000 loan; $100,000 grant

Red Oak Volunteer Fire Station; $1,900,000 loan

Lumbee Regional Development Association, Inc.; $650,000 loan; $100,000 grant

Ohio:

Northern Ohio Rural Water; $2,277,000 loan

City of Rittman; $77,000 loan; $40,000 grant

Oklahoma:

Atoka County EMS; $36,714 grant

Hope Medical Clinic Corporation; $6,000 grant

City of Antlers; $75,000 grant

City of Coalgate; $87,020 grant

INCA Community Services, Inc; $42,750 grant

Little Dixie Community Action Agency; $41,250 grant

Pennsylvania:

Indiana County Community Action Program, Inc.; $185,000 loan

South Carolina:

Langley Water, Sewer, and Fire District; $619,000 loan; $105,000 grant

Town of Cheraw; $16,500 grant

South Dakota:

Red Cloud Indian School, Inc.; $100,000 loan; $100,000 grant

Red Cloud Indian School, Inc.; $300,000 loan

Utah:

Mt. Pleasant City Library; $50,000 grant

Virginia:

Town of Lawrenceville; $23,100 grant

Craig County - Paint Bank Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad; $2,880 grant

Richmond County Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.; $42,000 loan; $50,000 grant

Richmond County; $31,500 loan; $38,500 grant

Rugby Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department; $50,000 grant

Town of Warsaw; $10,800 loan; $13,200 grant

Washington:

Pierce County Fire Department; $13,800 grant

West Virginia:

Town of Winfield Municipal Building Commission; $2,000,000 loan

Travel Beautiful Appalachia, Inc; $250,000 loan; $50,000 grant

City of Bluefield Building Commission; $1,000,000 loan

Wisconsin:

City of Black River Falls; $5,000,000 loan

Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement. 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.

More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery . More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov .

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