State Director for Rural Development Edd Hargett today announced that USDA is investing $300,000 to improve community facilities for the city of Trenton.
“USDA is pleased to assist the city of Trenton by providing funding to improve essential services,” said Hargett. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, we are committed to investing in this critical infrastructure.”
USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. Interested parties should contact the USDA Rural Development state office 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.
In Texas, the city of Trenton will use a $300,000 loan to construct a fire station. The approximately 4,800-square foot facility will be a metal building with 4 roll-up doors, and have enough space to house the trucks, provide areas for training, handicap accessible restrooms and adequate equipment storage. The facility will have parking for the public and staff.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities program 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 had $2.8 billion available for Community Facilities direct loans and grants in fiscal year 2019. USDA will make additional funding announcements in coming weeks.
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.
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).