MONTGOMERY, Ala., August 27, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing close to $800,000 to help improve essential public services and facilities in the city of Thomasville, Alabama.
“We are excited to partner with the city of Thomasville and it’s been especially gratifying to work with Mayor Sheldon Day,” said USDA Rural Development State Director for Alabama Chris Beeker. “Thanks to the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Alabama in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
Investments in Alabama include:
- The city of Thomasville will use a $743,900 loan to renovate an 8,800 square foot historic building in Downtown Thomasville to be used as a new Public Career Readiness Library. The historic building was built in 1903. The much-needed project will replace a much smaller 2,800 square foot public library and allow for career readiness center to more than double its computer space. This public library also serves rural residents in the surrounding four counties and is a major asset for the growth and development for citizens of all ages.
- The city of Thomasville is receiving a $47,000 grant to purchase three new law enforcement vehicles that will replace leased ones. The purchase includes two fully equipped 2020 Dodge Chargers and one 2020 fully equipped Tahoe. The new vehicles will allow law enforcement officers to continue to provide public safety and quick response times to rural residents.
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.
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