VIROQUA, Wis., June 1, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wisconsin Rural Development representatives joined City of Viroqua, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Vierbicher, Brickl Bros. Inc and Architectural Design Consultants Inc at a groundbreaking today to celebrate the start of construction on a city hall.
“Investments like these allows our rural communities the ability to expand their services and provide modern amenities like our larger urban areas,” said Michelle Wallace Wisconsin USDA Rural Development Acting State Director. “Through our Community Facilities programs, USDA partners with communities to maximize the affordability of their infrastructure needs.”
The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Viroqua will use a $2.7 million loan through USDA to construct a city hall and safe room that will serve the basic needs of the city government and provide additional amenities to meet community needs. The city hall will include administrative offices for staff, public meeting space for common council and other city needs and small and large group meeting space to serve city and community functions. It will also serve as the election location, municipal court proceedings and community safe room. This new building will replace the city hall that is outdated, out of compliance, too small and no longer meets the needs of the city of Viroqua. The total project will cost $3.3 million including the $613,000 in additional assistance being provided by FEMA in conjunction with Wisconsin Emergency Management through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
USDA is funding this project through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. Investments can be used to build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. 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 rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
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/wi, call us at 715-345-7600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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