The Department of Agriculture is investing $39.6 million for 128 projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural areas. Announced by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the grants stem from the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program. More than 4.5 million residents in 40 states and three territories will benefit from the funding.

Perdue says distance learning and telemedicine technology “bridges the gap that often exists between rural communities and essential education, workforce training and health care resources.”

The assistance supports infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety and healthcare, and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information and a list of projects, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

Source;  NAFB News