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Secretary Vilsack Announces Recovery Act Support to Repair Infrastructure, Finance Community Centers, Public Safety Buildings and Health Care Facilities
WASHINGTON, February, 19, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that facilities in 40 rural communities across a dozen states will be upgraded with loan and grant funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Act was signed into law by President Obama a year ago. The $14 million in Recovery Act projects being announced today are funded through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program and will be leveraged with $10 million from other sources.
"These projects help rural communities build and upgrade essential infrastructure and demonstrate President Obama's continued efforts to improve the quality of life for rural residents throughout the country," Vilsack said. "We are seeing towns and communities across America receive significant benefits from projects funded through the Recovery Act."
For example, the city of Miami in Otttawa County, Okla., is receiving a $200,000 grant to construct a new fire station. The current station is prone to flooding and local officials say it is unsafe.
The Shelter Society, Inc., in Oneida, Tenn., has been selected to receive a $200,000 loan and a $100,000 grant to construct a new 4,000-square-foot domestic violence shelter. In addition, furnishings will be purchased to serve the needs of victims in Scott County.
USDA has announced $491.6 million in Recovery Act funding for community facility projects to date. Funding of each loan and grant is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the agreement.
Below is a complete list of the selected recipients.
* Wilcox County Board of Education; $1,117,000 loan; $220,500 grant; purchase and remodel a building for the Board of Education.
* Costilla County Senior Citizens Club, Inc.; $72,910 grant; to purchase equipment and furniture for a senior citizens facility.
* Town of Mountain Village; $32,439 grant; to purchase equipment for a daycare facility.
* Bent County Rehabilitation; $25,000 grant; construction modification at a nursing home.
* Lincoln County; $12,650 grant; to purchase equipment for off-line emergency power
* Sedgwick County; $42,778 grant; to purchase emergency warning sirens.
* Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation, Inc.; $50,000 grant; to purchase and install a roof-mounted photovoltaic array.
* Delaware Teen Challenge, Inc.; $26,950 grant; to purchase furniture and equipment for new family shelter.
* Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services, Inc.; $11,000 grant; to purchase appliances for an emergency shelter.
* Alegent Health; $86,275 grant; a rural hospital will purchase a new digital mammography unit.
* City of Bronson; $50,000 grant; street improvements.
* City of Lebanon; $105,700 loan; $50,000 grant; to construct a new community center.
* City of McFarland; $37,800 loan; $56,600 grant; to upgrade the existing dry storm detention dam to help prevent flooding.
* Norton County; $1,200,000 loan; to construct a new medical clinic that will be connected to Norton County Hospital.
* City of Sedgwick; $200,000 loan; to construct new senior center for city of Sedgwick.
* Town of Betterton; $50,000 grant; to purchase and renovate a historic building to be used as the new town hall and community center and library.
* Maryland Salem Children's Trust; $27,400 grant; to install solar panels and a wind turbine.
* City of Risco; $9,100 grant; to purchase and install new heating, ventilation and air conditioning units for the City Hall, Library and Community Center.
* City of Caruthersville; $219,900 grant; road repair.
* New Madrid County Ambulance District; $12,200 grant; to purchase base communication and radio equipment for use by emergency medical technicians.
* Jackson County Airport Authority; $255,000 loan; $45,000 grant; to construct eight new "T-hangers" and purchase one privately owned "T-hanger."
* Town of Elizabethtown; $650,000 loan; $200,000 grant; to convert utility lines and make system improvements.
* Town of Elizabethtown; $253,370 loan; $136,430 grant; to renovate a fire station.
* Town of China Grove; $1,854,725 loan; to renovate a public safety building.
* Town of Gibsonville; $300,000 loan; to construct two buildings.
* Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, Inc.; $300,000 loan; to construct an animal shelter.
* City of Washington; $4,064,000 loan; $100,000; to construct and furnish a new police station.
* Cook Streets; $452,000 loan; replacement of concrete pavement, curbs, and sidewalks.
* Village of Norwood; $295,400 loan; $50,000 grant; renovations to improve energy efficiency.
* Atoka and Coal County High Intensity Supervision Fund; $8,526 grant; to provide a rehabilitation center.
* Atoka Public Schools; $194,123 grant; construction of a new physical education building.
* City of Miami; $200,000 grant to construct a new fire station.
* Pushmataha County Jail; $27,145 grant; to purchase equipment for a lock control system.
* Pushmataha Family Medical Center; $109,960 grant; to purchase radiology equipment.
* Vian Community Charitable Fund; $200,000 grant; to construct a regulation facility.
* Town of Monterey; $41,500 grant; to renovate the senior citizen center.
* Crossville Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce; $120,000 loan; $89,000 grant; renovation of a building.
* Powell Valley Utility District; $98,400 loan; system improvements.
* Lake County; $30,000 grant; roof replacement.
* The Shelter Society, Inc.; $200,000 loan; $100,000 grant; construct new a facility and purchase furnishings for a domestic violence shelter.
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. 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.
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.
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).