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USDA invests $139 million to improve community facilitiesUSDA invests $139 million to improve community facilities

USDA investment will provide services for 3.3 million rural residents in 23 states

October 1, 2019

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USDA is investing $139 million in 56 projects to improve community facilities and provide essential services for 3.3 million rural residents in 23 states.

The investments are in Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

Here are a few examples of investments:

  • Ninnescah Valley Health Systems Inc. in Kingman, Kan., is receiving a $4.9 million loan to renovate a 50-year-old critical access hospital and a medical arts building. A specialty clinic will be expanded, and the oncology department, admissions area and business office will be upgraded.

  • The Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association in Hawaii will receive an $11 million loan to help finance the renovation and expansion of a World War I submarine museum in Honolulu’s Pearl Harbor historic site.

  • The Foundation for Education Inc., in Denver, N.C., is receiving a $39 million loan to expand and renovate the Lincoln Charter School. The school has been using mobile units to accommodate the increasing student population. USDA’s investment will provide an additional 29,450 square feet of permanent structures for middle and high school facilities and 53,335 square feet for elementary students. Additional upgrades include accessibility, safety and traffic flow improvements as well as renovations to the gymnasium.

  • The Borough of Jim Thorpe, Pa., is receiving a $2.2 million loan to convert Memorial Hall into a combined police station, administrative office and community center. The current facility has a single entrance through which all public, employee, police and criminal traffic flows.

  • The city of Sheffield, Ala., will use a $2.7 million loan to build roadways to a new development, which includes a hotel, amphitheater, event space and retail center. The developer also plans to build 131 new homes over the next few years.

USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants, a detailed overview of the application process.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities program funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

USDA had $2.8 billion available for Community Facilities direct loans and grants in fiscal year 2019. USDA will make additional funding announcements in coming weeks.

Source: USDA, 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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