USDA Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann highlighted today that more than $14 million in Community Facilities Loan funds were invested to help improve infrastructure in two California rural communities in fiscal year 2017.
“Infrastructure is a top priority at Rural Development, and I am proud of the work we have done to help improve economic opportunities through these projects,” said Dolbow Vann. “While we celebrate these investments of the past year, we are committed to continue to help California’s rural communities grow and prosper.”
In Tulare County, the Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District received an $11.3 million loan to replace 10 miles of steel irrigation pipe and to make road improvements. The District provides essential community services to nearly 170 homes, farms, municipalities and businesses.
In San Bernardino County, the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe received a $3 million loan to refinance their harbor, restore the marina and make necessary infrastructure improvements. This project will improve the facilities that support the Tribal ferry boat, which serves as the primary form of transportation to cross Lake Havasu and provides access to local grocery stores, schools, medical facilities and other services.
Nationally, USDA invested more than $40 million in 32 projects to repair, enhance or build infrastructure in fiscal year 2017.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ca.