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USDA Rural Development Participates in Ribbon Cutting at Tabor City Elementary

Robert Kerns
Tabor City
Release Date

Rural Development $28 million investment assists in school construction

TABOR CITY, N.C., August 24, 2023 – USDA Rural Development State Director Reginald Speight and Team members with federal and local officials participated a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Tabor City Elementary School today.

Rural Development invested $28 million in Community Facilities Loans to construct the new elementary school for Columbus County.

“Students in Tabor City have always received a quality education,” said Speight. “The Biden-Harris investment of $28 million will help these amazing teachers and administrators have the most up-to-date facility with the best technology and safety measures in place to assist them in developing our next generation of rural leaders.”

The new education facility will be energy-efficient and will provide significant cost savings for the county.

The new school will contain:

  • 39 Classrooms for grades K-8
  • Playgrounds
  • Gymnasium
  • Cafeteria
  • Administration Offices

The objective of the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Loans and Grants Program is to provide affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas.


Under the Biden-Harris Administration, 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. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, promoting competition and fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.


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