The Department of Agriculture announced a $291 million investment to improve rural community infrastructure and essential services.

Announced by Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett, the funding will improve rural communities for 761,000 residents in 18 states and Puerto Rico. USDA is investing in 41 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.

The funding helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and daycare centers. Hazlett says of the projects that "modern community facilities and infrastructure are key drivers of rural prosperity."

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Source;  NAFB News

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