BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 1, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director Erin Oban today announced that USDA is providing over $600,000 in loans and grants to upgrade infrastructure in rural North Dakota.
“The Biden Administration is committed to ensuring that people and places, including communities like Ashley, North Dakota, have access to federal investments that make a real difference in the lives of rural Americans across the country,” said Oban. “Investments like this one, nearly half of which is in the form of a grant, ensure that our smallest towns and those who live, work, and raise families in them can improve and maintain crucial infrastructure without significant property tax increases to pay for it.”
In North Dakota, the City of Ashley will use a $367,000 loan and a $300,000 grant through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to finance a sewer main replacement along Highway 11. This project will address the sanitary sewer infrastructure needs and provide the residents with a sustainable sewer system for years to come.
Background: Investing in America
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.
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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