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  USDA Announces Recovery Act Road Project to Improve Public Safety, Support Local Job Growth In Marianna, Florida
 

MARIANNA, Fla., Aug. 16, 2010 – The city of Marianna, Florida in Jackson County will receive loan funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) to repair and replace 11 roads in the community. The announcement was made on behalf of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack by Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs Tammye Trevino. Speaking in Marianna, the Administrator said the $5.1 million project will provide construction jobs, improve public safety and improve infrastructure needed to support community growth. As a result, seven roads will be completely replaced and four roads that require less extensive work will be repaired.

"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds used to finance this project are an investment in this historic community," Trevino said. "Not only will these funds help the city repair its infrastructure, it will create local jobs."

"The city's leaders are to be commended for their efforts to secure funding to maintain its important infrastructure," USDA Rural Development Florida Director Richard Machek said. "Funds from the American Recovery Act will help make the streets of Marianna safe and stimulate the local economy. USDA Rural Development is proud to contribute toward the success of this important project."

In 1910, Jackson was the first county in Florida to finance a modern highway system. Originally constructed of sand and clay, roads built along the steep hills in the City of Marianna would flood and wash away during heavy rains. It wasn't until 1915 that the City of Marianna began to pave its streets. Today, as a result of water breaches and years of wear, many of the city's roads have large holes and loose asphalt.

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 that the 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 Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities and provides financing and technical assistance to foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/fl.

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