USDA Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann today highlighted that USDA invested in six projects in California to provide essential services for more than 66,000 people in rural areas across the state in Fiscal Year 2017.
“Investing in rural California’s infrastructure is a vital part of what we do at USDA Rural Development,” Vann said. “By partnering with our small towns and cities we are able to provide critical upgrades to public safety equipment and facilities throughout the state.”
USDA infused $61.3 million into rural California areas in 2017 through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The program can help eligible cities develop essential community facilities through the purchase of equipment or improvements to facilities.
Below are some examples of projects USDA helped finance in 2017:
El Dorado County received a $54.1 million loan to build a public safety complex in Diamond Springs. The 11-acre complex will centralize El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office operations, which are currently spread out across 13 different locations in the county. Services are available to the more than 185 thousand residents of the County. The project is expected to be complete by fall of 2019.
The City of Fowler’s Fire Department received a $1.3 million loan to build a new fire station to replace their old station, which was built in the 1940s. The new station includes five truck bays, a storage and maintenance area for all fire equipment, and a training area in the new centralized location. The fire station serves approximately 5,600 city residents.
The City of Waterford received a $1.7 million loan to build a new police station. The police station was previously located in a 10-year-old modular facility that did not provide adequate space or security. The new structure will provide the approximately 8,600 city residents with a modern, accessible, and permanent facility. The new police station is expected to be completed by summer 2018.
To build stronger, thriving rural communities, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in April 2017 to identify how federal regulations impact agriculture and rural communities. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was selected to chair the group, which includes 22 federal agencies as well as local leaders. Member of the task force travelled across the country, holding listening sessions and gathering recommendations from the people living and working in rural America. Earlier this month Secretary Perdue presented the task force’s findings to President Trump. They include more than 100 recommendations for the federal government to consider to restore rural prosperity.
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 services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.