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USDA invests $11M to expand health care, improve food supply chain in rural KY

Greg Thomas
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Dr. Tom Carew today announced $11 million in grants intended to help expand health care and increase the processing capacity of Kentucky’s meat and poultry industries.

These two projects are part of a larger tranche announced totaling over $394 million.

“For over a year, Rural Partners Network has been working to help lift parts of rural Kentucky that have previously been left behind,” said Carew. “The Biden-Harris administration has made this important work possible by applying a whole-of-government – yet locally driven – approach to economic development.”

Grace Community Health Center Inc. will use a $1 million Emergency Rural Health Care Grant to construct a medical clinic in Pineville, Kentucky. The new clinic will increase capacity in order to expand staff and services, add providers, provide integrated health and pharmacy services in one location.

Community Ventures Corporation will use a $10 million Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program grant to capitalize a revolving loan fund that will help finance start-up, expansion, and ongoing operations of meat processors throughout Kentucky.

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 www.rd.usda.gov.