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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Recovery Act Support to Repair Infrastructure, Finance Community Centers, Public Safety Buildings and Health Care Facilities

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that rural communities in 32 states will benefit from loans and grants provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"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 through the Recovery Act, even as these projects are putting countless people back to work."

The $193 million in Recovery Act projects being announced today are funded through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program and will be matched with $68.5 million from other sources. Funding of each loan and grant is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the agreement.

In rural Colorado, Bayfield Early Education Programs, Inc. has been selected to receive a $500,000 loan and a $200,000 grant to purchase land and construct an early education center to meet the preschool, after-school and summer camp needs of the community. Currently, the education center is at capacity and has dozens of children on the waiting list. Construction of the new facility will allow additional educational and daycare opportunities for working families in the community.

The Farmers Market in Elizabethtown, N.C., has been selected to receive a $506,740 loan and $200,000 grant to create an area for farmers to sell their locally grown produce. This project, which supports USDA's 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative, includes modifications to an existing grocery store to accommodate the farmers market, as well as the construction of a covered outdoor air market space and new parking layout. The grocery store is a 60-year-old local landmark and the revitalization helps Elizabethtown retain its small town charm while enhancing economic opportunities, strengthening local food systems and creating a stronger link between local food production and local consumption.

Below is a complete list of the selected recipients:

Arizona

* Pinal Hispanic Council, Inc.: $1,617,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a new 8,200-square-foot behavioral health facility.

* Marana Health Center: $9,933,486 loan. The funding will be used to construct a three-story, 74,656-square-foot health center.

Arkansas

* City of Madison: $185,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct classrooms at the Madison Community Center for youth and senior services.

* City of Manila: $115,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new municipal maintenance facility.

California

* County of Lake: $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to modernize elevators to include a "fire recall" feature for added safety in case of fire or smoke.

* Mendocino Coast Clinics: $91,840 grant. The funding will be used to provide equipment for electronic health records.

* Morro Bay Fire Department: $1,500,000 loan. The funding will be used to purchase equipment and construct living quarters, a conference/training room, and supply storage.

* San Bernardino County Fire Protection District: $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to provide a "Type 1" structural fire fighting engine and fire apparatus equipment.

* Traver County Elementary School District: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to install a drainage system to correct an ongoing flooding problem and connect a school to the community water system.

Colorado

* Bayfield Early Education Programs, Inc.: $500,000 loan and $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase land and construct a new learning center facility.

Connecticut

* Town of Sprague: $6,207 grant. The funding will be used to create archival storage space for the town's historic and archival documents.

* Town of Sprague: $16,404 grant. The funding will be used to provide a radio system that all facilities and vehicles can use to communicate on the same frequency.

* Town of Sprague: $69,935 grant. The funding will be used to install a system of solar voltaic panes on the roof of the town hall building that will generate approximately 50 percent of the electrical needs at the town hall.

* Generations Family Health Center, Inc.: $7,000,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a health care facility.

* Attawaugan Fire District: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to expand the size of the garage area that houses four emergency response vehicles.

Delaware

* Seaford District Library Commission: $81,000 grant. The funding will be used to furnish a library that was built in 2008.

Georgia

* Cherokee Regional Library System: $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to renovate the public library.

* City of Greenville: $810,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a municipal building to house the city hall and police department.

Idaho

* Canyon Owyhee School Service Agency: $95,000 grant. The funding will be used to provide new equipment for the new Regional Technology Center.

Illinois

* Eldorado Memorial Public Library District: $34,500 grant. The funding will be used to renovate the public library.

* Moyer District Library: $5,800 grant. The funding will be used to purchase shelving, signs, and a computer workstation.

* Nokomis Area Fire Protection District: $6,545 grant. The funding will be used to replace pagers and radios.

* Hardin County General Hospital: $215,554 loan and $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to replace Computed Tomography (CT) scanners and renovate scanner locations.

Indiana

* Cambridge City Public Library: $111,800 grant. The funding will be used to furnish a relocated library.

* Rockville Public Library: $9,850 grant. The funding will be used to improve citizen services.

* Dubois Branch Library: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase new equipment for the branch library.

* Hope Family Health Center: $368,000 loan and $100,000 grant. The funding will be used for building construction and equipment.

Iowa

* City of Arlington: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new community center.

* Belmond Medical Center: $21,600,000 loan. The funding will be used to renovate a hospital facility.

* City of Fontanelle: $150,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a 2,340-square-foot addition to the Fontanelle Library.

* Mount Ayr School District: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to provide a new roof to the Mount Ayr high school building.

* City of Stacyville: $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to build a new fire station.

* Stewart Memorial Community Hospital: $89,400 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a mammography machine.

* City of Lewis: $187,250 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new city library.

* Woodbine Community Betterment and Development Corporation: $945,000 loan and $199,500 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new medical clinic.

Kansas

* Heart of Kansas Family Heath Care, Inc.: $560,105 loan. The funding will be used to construct a 6,000-square-foot addition and renovate a medical clinic.

* City of Arma: $11,330 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new public safety facility.

* City of Humboldt: $200,000 loan and $70,000 grant. The funding will be used to renovate and upgrade the city hall and police department.

Kentucky

* Appalachian Regional Health Care, Inc. (ARH): $13,932,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a 15,000-square-foot addition to the Whitesburg ARH Hospital.

* Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance, Inc.; $345,375 loan and $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase and renovate a new building for the Little Flower Clinic, which provides primary and preventive care, mental health and substance abuse services for low-income and homeless families.

Maine

* Jonesport Volunteer Fire Department: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct new fire station.

* Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Reservation: $229,700 grant. The funding will be used to replace a leaking roof, construct a roof over ER ramp, and other renovations.

* Calais Regional Hospital: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase new digital mammography equipment.

* The Swans Island Educational Society: $398,000 grant. The funding will be used to renovate a fire-damaged library

Maryland

* Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, Inc.: $115,000 grant. The funding will be used for site work and structural costs for a new health center.

Michigan

* City of Onoway: $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to improve road safety issues.

* Bergland Township: $1,065,000 loan and $192,000 grant. The funding will be used for a new facility that will house the Township offices, fire department equipment and records, and a community center for holding large meetings, community activities and voting.

Minnesota

* First Care Medical Services: $6,000,000 loan. The funding will be used to expand an existing facility to link their hospital and clinic

* Pine City: $585,000 loan. The funding will be used for road improvement due to flooding.

* Northome Library: $15,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase library equipment and furnace.

Mississippi

* City of Grenada: $288,802 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new senior citizen center.

* Holmes County Board of Supervisors: $100,000 grant. The funding will be used for road improvements.

* Bolivar County Board of Supervisors: $350,000 grant. The funding will be used to make building repairs and renovations to the Rosedale Courthouse.

* Town of Artesia: $186,500 grant. The funding will be used provide the town with an up-to-date facility and provide better fire protection for the town with easier access to the fire equipment.

Missouri

* Ripley County Family Resource Center: $32,800 grant. The funding will be used to renovate a crisis shelter.

* New Madrid Historical Museum: $56,100 grant. The funding will be used to provide replacement educational material for museum regarding earthquake preparedness.

* St. Clair County Library: $37,500 grant. The funding will be used to provide library technology at the new library in Lowry City.

* City of Steele: $250,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new bridge that serves traffic to and from the school and downtown area.

* Stella Senior Citizens, Inc.: $57,640 grant. The funding will be used to construct a parking lot for senior citizens at the senior center, including designated handicap spaces.

* Andrew County Public Benefit Corporation: $5,201,000 loan. The funding will be used for a new 63-bed justice center.

* Samaritan Outreach Center: $145,775 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new homeless shelter.

* Scotland County Memorial Hospital District: $8,294,000 loan and $500,000 grant. The funding will be used to expand a hospital.

* Scotland County Memorial Hospital District: $706,000 loan and $500,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new library and conference room.

Nebraska

* O'Neill Community Center: $750,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a community center.

* Rock County Hospital: $29,530 grant. The funding will be used to purchase Electronic Health Record System equipment.

New York

* Town of Russia: $550,000 loan and $50,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new multi-town garage.

* Town of Waddington: $116,390 loan and $100,000 grant. The funding will be used for library infrastructure improvements.

* Village of Alexandria Bay: $200,000 loan and $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to renovate the Village's Municipal Upper James Street Dock.

* United Medical Memorial Center, Inc.: $1,383,390 loan and $145,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase medical equipment for a surgery expansion project.

North Carolina

* City of Locust: $2,175,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a new municipal building.

* Nash County: $8,410,000 loan. The funding will be used to demolish the oldest building on the school's campus and construct a new 19,000-square-foot building.

* Harnett County Public Library: $2,600,000 loan. The funding will be used to provide a full service branch library for the rural areas of Western Harnett County.

* Town of Wendell: $2,970,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a 12,000-square-foot addition to the existing Wendell Community Center.

* Elizabethtown Farmers Market: $506,740 loan and $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to provide a local venue to area farmers to sell their locally grown produce.

* Town of Gibsonville: $489,800 loan. The funding will be used to renovate a community center that will hold public meetings and town events.

* Town of Clayton: $6,500,000 loan. The funding will be used to provide the police department with a larger facility for police operations.

* Town of Morehead City: $2,075,000 loan and $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to renovate a building for a new fire station.

* Beaufort County: $4,400,000 loan and $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new health and nursing building on the existing campus of the community college in order to expand health program curriculums.

* Sandy Bottom Volunteer Fire & Rescue: $1,140,000 loan and $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a fire station.

Ohio

* The Leeper Library Association: $227,000 loan and $75,000 grant. The funding will be used to provide new shelving, a new computer and telephone systems for a library expansion.

Oklahoma

* Atoka and Coal County High Intensity Supervision Fund: $8,526 grant. The funding will be used to purchase equipment and furniture for a rehabilitation center.

* City of Hominy: $16,993 grant. The funding will be used to construct a training station for first responders.

* Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Clinics: $141,967 grant. The funding will be used to purchase medical equipment for a health clinic in Tahlequah.

* Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Clinics: $132,368 grant. The funding will be used to purchase medical equipment for a health clinic in Westville.

* City of Antlers: $107,814 loan. The funding will be used for construction to expand a library.

Rhode Island

* Northwest Community Health Care: $1,000,000 loan. The funding will be used to expand the current medical facility.

South Carolina

* Town of Saluda: $474,100 loan and $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new office building for the Town's Commission of Public Works.

* Chesterfield County Schools: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to renovate a school building.

South Dakota

* Sturgis Municipal Building: $811,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a municipal building.

* Custer County: $5,721,000 loan. The funding will be used to expand the county courthouse.

* Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Airport Association: $15,000 grant. The funding will be used to improve an airport hangar.

* Faulkton Area Medical Center: $1,100,000 loan. The funding will be used to expand a medical facility.

Tennessee

* Lincoln Memorial University: $20,000,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct an academic building.

* City of Manchester: $1,300,000 loan and $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a police station and emergency shelter for the city.

* Town of Graysville: $130,000 loan and $70,000 grant. The funding will be used to renovate an old elementary school to be used for a new city hall.

* Friends of Tellico Village Library, Inc.: $1,509,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a 5,500-square-foot "green facility" for operational space and storage at the library.

* Grainger County: $270,000 loan and $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to provide a Juvenile holding facility

* Community Health of East Tennessee: $3,273,000 loan and $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a health center.

* Citizens Gas Utility District: $4,750,000 loan. The funding will be used to install gas lines.

Texas

* Deerhaven Water Control and Improvement District: $300,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a new fire station.

* City of Uvalde: $5,653,000 loan and $500,000 grant. The funding will be used to renovate a civic center.

* Hutchinson County Hospital District: $18,600,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a critical access hospital.

Vermont

* Morningside House, Inc: $43,750 grant. The funding will be used to expand a homeless shelter.

Virginia

* Dickenson County: $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to modernize a community facility.

Wisconsin

* Gays Mills Redevelopment Authority; $1,081,500 loan. The funding will be used to renovate and relocate the Village Community Center from a flood zone area.

* Polk County Adult Development Center: $355,000 loan and $137,000 grant. The funding will be used to improve and construct community facilities that will provide job training opportunities for adults with disabilities

The funding is 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.

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