ARRA Funds Will Help Rural Infrastructure

ARRA Funds Will Help Rural Infrastructure

Rural Development providing funds for infrastructure in rural areas.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says rural communities in 32 states will benefit from loans and grants provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for building and upgrading essential infrastructure. In making the announcement, the Secretary said that the $193 million are funded through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program and will be matched with $68.5 million from other sources.

In rural
Colorado, Bayfield Early Education Programs 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. 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 a $200,000 dollar grant to create an area for farmers to sell their locally grown produce. This project 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.

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