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USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small Announces Over $7 Million for Rural Infrastructure in North Dakota

Christopher Freeman
Release Date
Jun 27, 2022

JAMESTOWN, N.D., June 27, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Anne Carlsen Center received $7,680,000 for a new facility that will provide updated medical services for over 50,000 people.  This investment is in addition to the $33,020,210 announced earlier this year. 

“Rural health care centers keep people in small towns healthy while also serving as an economic driver and support system for people in rural communities everywhere, no matter their zip code,” Torres Small said. “Thanks to the leadership of President Biden, Vice President Harris, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Members of Congress like Senator Hoeven, USDA can help invest in maintaining the physical infrastructure of the care economy by providing equipment and facilities to attract a robust workforce and support the best care on the ground.” 

This Rural Development investment will be used to provide additional financing for the construction of an approximate 110,000 square foot facility for Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, North Dakota.   The new facility will provide modern, flexible, and technology enhanced spaces to allow the Anne Carlsen Center to provide its unique care model for its residents/students.  It will support 34 individuals (24 will be individuals with medically complex needs and 10 will be individuals with intellectual, developmental, and behavioral challenges).  The new facility will provide vastly improved staff and support spaces which will improve the training, workflow, and ability for focused and uninterrupted work for the over 350 staff members employed at the facility.  The new facility will incorporate six major departments that each serve a different and unique need.  The six departments include residential, education, therapy, aquatic therapy, administration, and support.  

 “The Anne Carlsen Center has been a trusted, reliable provider of education, services, and care for thousands of children and families in North Dakota,” said USDA RD State Director for North Dakota Erin Oban. “High quality care requires appropriate facilities and equipment, and USDA Rural Development is honored to help organizations like Anne Carlsen meet its vision to ensure their clients receive that care in a comfortable, safe, accommodating, state-of-the-art environment.” 


More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities 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. For more information, visit the Community Facilities section of the Rural Development website. 

Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants  for a detailed overview of the application process. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page

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