USDA Assists West River Service Provider with Equipment Upgrades

Tammi Schone
Release Date
Mar 24, 2021

Investment to Benefit 16,812 Rural South Dakota Residents

HURON, S.D., March 24, 2021U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) South Dakota Rural Development Acting State Director Hally Witte today announced that USDA is investing $4,000 in Northern Hills Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. dba Compass Point to purchase new equipment.

“This USDA investment will improve communication and security at two Compass Point locations,” said Witte. “USDA is a
dedicated partner to rural South Dakota in building resilient and healthier communities, working towards helping rural America build back better and stronger.”

Compass Point will use the federal funding provided through a Community Facilities Disaster Grant to purchase new phone and security equipment for two inpatient and outpatient locations in Sturgis and Spearfish. Due to the pandemic, many staff work remotely which increases the need for this type of equipment that can assist with employee work efficiency while helping to sustain communication, security and the valuable care and services provided for the two communities 16,812 rural residents. The federal funding will be leveraged with a $7,650 applicant contribution for a total project cost of $11,650.

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.

Interested parties in South Dakota should contact Diane Sieperda, Acting Community Programs Director, at or 605- 937-4773 for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. Also, see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants a detailed overview of the application process.

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

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