WASHINGTON, DC (WJMN) – The United States Department of Agriculture today announced that the USDA will invest $ 185 million to equip, rebuild and modernize essential services in rural areas of 32 states.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxon said the investments would benefit 3 million rural residents.
“The Biden-Harris administration has made investing in improving infrastructure a priority,” said Maxson. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in vital facilities and services for all communities, such as schools, libraries, hospitals and clinics. They will also help rural communities continue to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic as America rebuilds itself better and stronger. “
$ 16.9 million will be provided to the Dickinson County health care system in the form of a loan to refinance existing debt and purchase additional medical equipment. $ 91,400 will be given to towns in Dickinson County in the form of grants.
Kingsford received $ 26,500 to replace a patrol vehicle that is no longer needed. Iron Mountain receives a grant of $ 14,900 to purchase a K-9 vehicle for the police department. Their existing K-9 vehicle will be used as a backup or by the code enforcement officer as a regular patrol car.
The city of Norway will receive $ 50,000 to purchase a backhoe to replace its current backhoe. The equipment will support the general operation and the water service of the city.
For more information on Community Facilities Program funding opportunities, contact a USDA State Rural Development Office or by accessing the Direct Loans Program Guide for Community Facilities for Applicants (PDF, 669 KB).