WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVA) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced support for projects to create jobs and improve the quality of life in rural communities in 25 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
"The Obama administration is committed to helping eligible rural communities obtain reliable emergency equipment and provided vital services," said Vilsack. These projects will help rural communities, protect the safety of residents and create a framework for job creation and economic growth."
The more than $5 million in funding announced today will support 127 projects through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program.
For example, the town of Macon will receive $36,000 to buy two tractors for the street department.
The town of Artesia will receive $26,850 to buy a tractor with a front end loader.
The town of Shuqualak will receive $16,500 to buy a heavy duty truck for the utility department and the city of Kosciusko will receive $49,995 to renovate the police station.
The Institute of Community Services, Inc. (a head start provider across North Mississippi) will receive $27,800 to buy a school bus.
A complete list of Community Facilities projects announced today can be found at http://http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/rdCFChart.pdf
Funding for each project is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant or loan/grant agreement.
States receiving funding include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.