USDA Rural Development: Trump Administration Invests $46 Million in Rural Community Facilities in 16 States, including Colorado

New Schools, Health Clinics and Public Safety Equipment Will Benefit 363,000 People; includes $2 Million in Rural Colorado in Health Care Funding will Benefit Mt. San Rafael in Trinidad, CO

(Washington, D.C., August 24, 2020) – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $46 million to improve critical community facilities to benefit 363,000 rural residents (PDF, 169 KB) in 16 states.

“Rural America relies on safe, modern community facilities to ensure access to essential services such as education, health care and public safety,” USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary 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.”
Brand announced projects today in Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
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“Essential community infrastructure is key in ensuring that rural areas enjoy the same basic quality of life and services enjoyed by those in urban areas,” said Sallie Clark, USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director.

Mt. San Rafael Hospital will utilize a $2 million loan and a $50,000 grant in additional financing to renovate their facility and construct a 14-bed medical/surgical unit, a new Emergency Department with 10 treatment spaces, a new central utilities plant, and to purchase monitoring equipment for the Emergency Department. In FY 2019, USDA RD provided the hospital with a $25.7 million direct loan and a $7 million guaranteed loan.
“Hospitals are the cornerstone of a successful, viable rural community and can also be an economic engine for the area,” said Clark.
Background:

USDA is funding 44 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The investments can be used to build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. For example:
  • The Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad, Colo., will use a $2 million loan and a $50,000 grant to provide additional financing to renovate the facility and construct a 14-bed medical/surgical unit, a new Emergency Department with 10 treatment spaces, a new central utilities plant, and to purchase monitoring equipment for the Emergency Department.treatment spaces, new central utilities plant and the purchase of monitoring equipment for the Emergency Department. Additional funds were added due to increased construction costs.
  • In Bowling Green, Ky., the Lewis Manor Assisted Living Community will use a $5.5 million loan to build 16 additional assisted-living units, bringing it to a 30-unit, 32-bed facility. The assisted-living facility has reached full capacity, creating the need to expand its services.
  • In Sheboygan County, Wis., Lakeland University will use a $29 million loan to construct two residence halls. The university is open to the public, and the dormitories are used for public camps and educational housing when school is not in session. The new residence halls will accommodate 394 beds consisting of double and single units. Forty-eight units will be designed to accommodate triple occupancy when enrollment growth reaches anticipated targets.
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 www.rd.usda.gov.

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Gardner Applauds Nearly $2 Million from USDA for Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad

Washington, D.C – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that Trinidad Area Health Association will receive a total of $1,992,167 in financing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. According to USDA, this program provides funding to develop community facilities in rural areas, such as schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities and will be used to renovate and expand the construction of Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad.

“Rural hospitals deliver critical healthcare services to rural communities and are more essential than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Gardner. “I’m pleased to see this important funding delivered to support improvements to Mt. San Rafael Hospital’s facility to better serve Coloradans in Trinidad and the surrounding area.”

This funding comes in addition to the more than $4.9 million delivered to Colorado by the USDA in July.

Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

 

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