Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg today announced $332,430 in investments across rural Kentucky to help improve essential community services.
The Department of Agriculture is making these loans and grants through the Community Facilities Program.
“Providing essential services is part and parcel of attracting and keeping rural businesses and residents,” said Legg. “These grants and low-interest loans help rural communities provide services equal to or exceeding those found in more urban areas, while maintaining all of the charm and allure of rural living.”
The City of Owingsville will use a $40,000 loan and $120,000 grant to construct an addition to the police department section of city hall.
The City of Arlington will use a $7,200 loan and $21,300 grant to purchase a four-wheel-drive pickup truck for the city’s road department.
The City of Springfield will use a $56,700 loan and $30,430 grant to purchase two replacement vehicles for the city’s police department.
The Hickman County Fiscal Court will use a $56,800 loan to make repairs and/or replace the county courthouse’s deteriorating roof.
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).
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 facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.