U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development New York State Director Brian Murray announced investments more than $36 million in loan and grant funding for five rural water and wastewater infrastructure projects throughout rural New York. This is part of a national announcement where USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing $1.1 billion in loans and grants to upgrade infrastructure in rural communities that will bring new jobs, clean water and fuel, and reliable electricity to people in nearly every state.
“President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is building an economy that supports working families and builds our economy from the bottom up, not the top down,” Murray said. “People in rural areas provide the everyday essentials that our country depends on, and USDA is helping to make sure they have the infrastructure and economic opportunities they need in their own communities to succeed. When people in rural communities thrive, America thrives.”
USDA is making 104 investments in 40 states that will help expand, upgrade and modernize infrastructure in rural areas.
Projects in New York include:
- Town of Huron This Rural Development investment of $9,763,000 in loan and $4,600,000 in grant funding will be used to establish a water district in the town of Huron, Wayne County, New York. The project will help provide safe and healthy water that benefits the town's residents.
- Town of LeRoy This Rural Development investment of $9,792,000 in loan and $5,766,000 in grant funding will be used to construct a new water district in the town of LeRoy, which is located in Genesee County, New York. This project will benefit residents by providing public water and will improve the health, welfare, and safety of the residents.
- Town of Barre This Rural Development investment of $524,000 in loan and $500,000 in grant funding will be used to provide additional funds for the construction of Water District #10 in the town of Barre, Orleans County, New York. The project will provide safe and reliable water that benefits this rural town's residents.
- Town of Portland This Rural Development investment of $1,300,000 in loan and $783,000 in grant funding will be used to pay for additional costs incurred for the construction of Water District #2 in the town of Portland, which is located in Chautauqua County, New York. This project will benefit town residents by replacing the aged public water distribution system and will improve the health, welfare, and safety of the residents.
- Town of Philadelphia This Rural Development investment of $2,196,000 in loan and $1,000,000 in grant funding will be used to construct a water district in the town of Philadelphia, which is located in Jefferson County, New York. This project will benefit the 95 town residents by providing public water and will improve the health, welfare, and safety of the residents.
In all, the funding announced today will support infrastructure improvements in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
USDA is making the investments through the Electric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program, Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.
Background: Investing in America
Today’s investments advance President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to grow the American economy from the middle out and bottom up by rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, driving more than $500 billion in private sector manufacturing investments, creating good-paying jobs and building a clean-energy economy that will combat climate change and make communities more resilient.
The Investing in America agenda is using funding provided through bipartisan legislation to rebuild roads and bridges, replace lead pipes to provide clean water, expand access to high-speed internet, address legacy pollution and more. The Biden-Harris Administration has announced more than $220 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding and more than 32,000 infrastructure projects and awards across 4,500 communities; started more than 4,600 bridge repair and replacement projects; and awarded funds for more than 3,000 new clean transit buses.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean-energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.
Under the Biden-Harris Administration, 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.
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