U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Dr. Tom Carew today announced over $16.4 million in funding aimed at creating jobs and strengthening water infrastructure in rural Kentucky.
“The investments I’m announcing today show the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to ensuring that people who live and work in rural Kentucky have every opportunity to succeed – and that they can find those opportunities right at home,” said Carew. “When USDA invests in rural Kentucky’s infrastructure and people, we do so knowing strong communities are rooted in their people, and these investments will help strengthen those roots for decades to come.”
The city of Hardinsburg will use a $3.2 million Water and Waste Disposal loan to expand the water distribution system. This includes adding approximately 13 miles of water distribution lines and related equipment to bring clean, potable drinking water to about 90 rural residents of Breckinridge County.
Rowan Water Inc. will use a $357,000 Water and Waste Disposal grant to help complete a project replacing approximately 6,000 linear feet of four-inch water line, installing variable frequency drives in a pump station, and adding two pump stations. The lines will improve service to customers and reduce water loss. The pump-related work will upgrade system efficiency and pressure regulation.
Double D Group LLC will use a $12.8 million Business and Industry loan guarantee to help offset the costs associated with purchasing equipment for an expansion project. Double D Group LLC, located in Greenville, Kentucky, is a family-owned, fully cooked protein processor and co-packer of frozen entrees that produces branded and private label products. The expansion projects to create 11 new 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.