USDA-RD News: Trump Administration Invests $153 Million in Rural Community Facilities in 23 States, including CO & WY

Improvements to Benefit Nearly Two Million Rural Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $153 million to build and improve critical community facilities (PDF, 224 KB) to benefit nearly two million rural residents in 23 states including Colorado & Wyoming (SEE BELOW).
“Rural America needs safe, modern infrastructure to help residents and businesses achieve greater prosperity and have access to essential services,” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark offered these comments…

USDA is investing in 94 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The investments can be used to build or upgrade a wide-range of rural community facilities such as schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. For example:

COLORADO – Pagosa Peak Open School Building Corporation $2,900,000 This Rural Development investment will be used to secure a permanent location for the school through the purchase of their existing building. The school started three years ago as a tuition-free K-4 school, located in the Parelli Building in the Aspen Village “live-work-play” community. Currently, the school is adding an additional grade level each year, to become a K-8 school. The school is open to all Archuleta County families and operates year-round to better accommodate their focus on outdoor education and gardening/horticulture. Cory Gardner, Michael Bennet, Scott Tipton (03)

COLORADO  – Trinidad Area Health Association $1,942,200 $49,967 This Rural Development investment will be used to renovate and expand the construction of the Mt. San Raphael Hospital in Trinidad, CO. The project includes the construction of a 14-bed medical/surgical unit, a new emergency department with 10 treatment spaces, new central utilities plant and the purchase of monitoring equipment for the Emergency Department. Cory Gardner, Michael Bennet, Ken Buck (04)

WYOMING – Tongue River Joint Powers Board $1,791,300 This Rural Development investment will be used to enhance the Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board project with a natural gas line to the towns of Ranchester and Dayton including the Sheridan School District Number One in Wyoming. The total project of $5,776,300, includes the State Land Investment Board granted funds for the feasibility study and design in 2016. First Interstate Bank of Sheridan will provide interim funding for construction. Rural Development is pleased to be a partner of this groundbreaking project for the Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board. John Barrasso, Michael Enzi Liz Cheney (At Large)

The investments that Brand announced today are being made in Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
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.
Interested parties should contact their 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 (PDF, 669 KB), a detailed overview of the application process.
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
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07-15-20 USDA-RD News: Trump Administration Invests $153M in Rural Community Facilities in 23 States, including CO & WY

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