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USDA investing $2.7 million in rural development

Five Kansas communities will get money for rural development projects.

October 7, 2020

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HELP TO TOWNS: USDA Rural Development has announced a $2.7 million investment in loans and grants to rural Kansas communities. Manuel-F-O/Getty Images

Lynne Hinrichsen, USDA Rural Development state director for Kansas, has announced that USDA is investing $2,659,746 in loans and grants to support rural economic development.

“This economic development funding is a great asset for rural communities to save and grow jobs,” Hinrichsen says. “USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Kansas in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America prospers, all of America prospers.”

Communities getting funding include:

Alma. This project will provide a $600,000 loan to Grandma Hoerner's Foods, a food processing facility, to make building improvements and buy additional equipment. The applicant will provide an additional $150,000 toward the project, and the project will create 19 jobs.

Cheney. This project will provide a $422,800 loan to SPK Grocery Inc. and SPK Holdings LLC to make purchases and improvements to a grocery store in Cheney, Kan.

The borrower will provide an additional $56,000, and private or commercial sources will provide an additional $49,700 toward the project for a total project amount of $528,500. The project will save 16 jobs.

Colby. This project will provide two loans of $870,000 and $150,000 to Citizens Medical Center Inc. to buy an MRI machine and make building improvements to the MRI department at the hospital. The $150,000 Rural Development investment will be used to create a revolving loan fund through Rural Telephone Service Co. Inc. 

The initial loan through this revolving loan fund will be made to Citizens Medical Center. Both loans through Rural Telephone then will be loaned to Citizens Medical Center Inc. The applicant will provide an additional $217,500 toward the project, and it is expected to save 14 jobs.

Leavenworth. This project will provide a $116,946 loan to Next to Nature Farm to construct a new facility and buy extraction and harvesting equipment. Next to Nature Farm is a bee farm of 58 hives.

They also produce fresh fruit, fruit products and operate two area farmers markets. The applicant will provide an additional $29,236 toward the project, and the project will create four jobs.

Wellington. This project will provide a $500,000 loan to assist the city of Wellington with necessary improvements to the existing emergency department, so that the facility can reopen.

The applicant will provide an additional $200,000 toward the project. Ascension via Christi will additionally provide $1,134,914, and the project will create 25 jobs.

The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program, which provides zero-interest loans to local utilities that they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility then is responsible for repayment to USDA.

The REDLG program also provides grants to local utility organizations that use the funding to establish a revolving loan fund. Loans are made from the revolving loan funds to projects that will create or retain rural jobs.

Source: USDA Rural Development, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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