Trump Administration Invests Over $19,000 in Community Infrastructure in Neosho, Kansas

Name
Allen Pickert
City
NEOSHO
Release Date
Sep 10, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan., Sept. 10, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Kansas Lynne Hinrichsen today announced that USDA is investing $19,500 to purchase kitchen equipment for the new exhibit building of the Neosho County Fair in the city of Neosho, Kansas.

   “Modern, community infrastructure can provide numerous opportunities for economic growth,” Hinrichsen said. “Whether it’s a modern and accessible kitchen used during a county fair or the same facilities used by entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses, rural communities rely on modern infrastructure to invigorate and serve their town and public. Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand, USDA is dedicated to rural communities like Neosho and their long-term commitments to economic prosperity; because when rural America prospers, all of America prospers.”

Background

   The Neosho County Fair Association will use a $19,500 Community Facilities Grant to purchase kitchen equipment for the county fair. The kitchen provides meals during the Neosho County Fair and can be rented for public and private events. The kitchen will also be registered with the USDA as an incubator kitchen for entrepreneurs to use while they are starting a new business. Project funds will also help purchase new folding chairs and tables. This project will ensure the continued viability of the Neosho County Fair and its efficient service for the nearly 17,000 community members served. This civic improvement is made possible because of the partnership with the Fair Association, which is contributing $36,276.

   Rural Development funding for today’s announcement was made available through the $150 million in grants included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law on June 6, 2019. These grants are to help eligible rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of natural disasters.

   View the complete list of designated communities in Kansas.

   Grants may be used for relief in areas affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence; wildfires in 2018; and other natural disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery (DR) number. Please check the FEMA website for regular updates and names of additional communities that may be added.

   Grant applications will be accepted on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. Contact your local Area Office for further information or assistance with the application process. Grant assistance will be provided on a graduated scale; smaller communities with the lowest median household income are eligible for a higher proportion of grant funds. For application details and additional information, see page 47477 of the Sept. 10 Federal Register.

     More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

   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. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a cornerstone recommendation of the task force.

   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/ks.

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