U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Dr. Tom Carew today announced over $22 million in various investments.
The announcement was part of President Joe Biden’s “Investing in Rural America Event Series” and featured projects that touch on public safety, public health, and business development.
“By emphasizing relationships and connecting community needs with resources that can help, we’re reshaping how we help previously underserved areas,” said Carew. “These projects are the latest wins for the Rural Partners Network, launched by the Biden-Harris administration in April 2022.”
The city of Fulton will use a $32,200 Community Facilities grant to purchase and equip a vehicle for the city’s police department.
Purchase Area Development District will use a $1 million Delta Health Care Services grant to implement a dental health care program at local schools in Fulton, Hickman, Calloway, and Lyon counties, and it will be used to obtain an additional ambulance for Fulton County's only emergency medical care provider.
Jackson Purchase Distillery LLC will use a $21.6 million guaranteed loan investment to construct a new still, fermenter building, grain handling system and rick house. The project will result in the creation of 25 jobs.
Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.