SYRACUSE, NY, Oct. 16, 2018 – State Director for Rural Development Richard Mayfield recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $2.1 million in 9 community related projects that will benefit nearly 20,000 residents in rural New York. This is part of a nationwide investment of more than $181 million that will build community infrastructure and facilities in 27 states.
“Infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity in small towns across our country,” Mayfield said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to building prosperity in rural America through modern infrastructure.”
USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funding helps rural areas make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries and day care centers. For example:
- In Gouverneur, the town will use $320,000 in loan and $75,000 in grant funding to purchase two replacement snow plow trucks. This investment will serve more than 7,100 residents and go on to improve community safety in the winter months.
- In the Colton, the town will purchase a replacement pumper fire truck with $256,000 in loan and $50,000 in grant funding through USDA Rural Development. This will improve fire service to the 345 residents in the fire district.
- In the Town of Constable, Rural Development funds – in the amount of $373,000 in loan and $100,000 in grant – will be used to construct a new town office. This new facility will include a conference room, court room, and double as a community room. Space for officials as well as the town justice.
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.