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Posts tagged: Community Facility Program

USDA Rural Development Provides Support to Improve Medical Facilities in a Minnesota Region

Access to quality healthcare in Northeastern Minnesota received a major boost on May 20. That’s when officials broke ground on an expansion project that will add over 80,000 square-feet to Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Cloquet, Minn.

During the ceremony, officials also highlighted how the project will create and save jobs in the region during the construction phase and once the expansion is finished.

About 300 local jobs are expected to be created during construction. CMH also employs about 400 people and contributes about $40 million annually to the regional economy. Read more »

A New USDA-Funded Center Boosts a Mississippi Community

Over 100 people gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Greater Refuge Community Center, which was financed by a USDA loan. (State Director Trina N. George, front row, third from right)

Over 100 people gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Greater Refuge Community Center, which was financed by a USDA loan. (State Director Trina N. George, front row, third from right)

A new community center financed through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program was the location of a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Canton, Mississippi last week. Read more »

Thanks to USDA Support, Recovery Act Support, a Georgia Hospital Receives a New Digital Mammography System

Recently, Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton, Georgia, received $200,000 in Recovery Act loan and grant funds to purchase a state-of-the-art digital mammography system. “This equipment will provide better imaging and allow for more accurate diagnostics,” said Donnie Thomas, acting Georgia Rural Development state director. “Providing reliable health care is a priority in rural areas.”

Funds were provided through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility Programs, which are designed to improve the quality of life in rural communities. The $100,000 loan is repayable at 4 percent over 10 years. “This equipment will save lives,” Thomas said. “Keeping medical equipment current can be a big expense, but the benefit far outweighs the cost.” Read more »

Groundhog Job Shadow Day

Front Row:  Heath Price and  Richard Carrig, Rural Development; John Gillette, Corey John,  Lacy Hindry and Chris Henning, Centennial Job Corp Center, Lori Church, Wilder Fire District Middle Row:  De Enrico, Craig Lane, and Doug Amick Top:  Frank Kinkler

Front Row: Heath Price and Richard Carrig, Rural Development; John Gillette, Corey John, Lacy Hindry and Chris Henning, Centennial Job Corp Center, Lori Church, Wilder Fire District Middle Row: De Enrico, Craig Lane, and Doug Amick Top: Frank Kinkler

I’m at the new Fire Station in Wilder, Idaho, where Engine 821 can now be stored indoors, protected from the elements, thanks to the community approving the financing of the station through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility Loan and Grant Program, with funding provided to Rural Development in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009. Read more »

South Dakota Native American Teen Center Purchases Equipment with USDA Support

In a past visit to the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP), in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, USDA Rural Development State Director, Elsie, M. Meeks, viewed the boxes and boxes of toys to be delivered on Christmas Eve.  Each year CRYP collects “Dear Santa” letters from over a 1,000 children on the Cheyenne River reservation, solicits funds and in-kind donations from organizations and individuals around the world, matches the Santa lists with just the right gifts and delivers the beautifully wrapped packages to eager children — and their grateful families. Read more »

USDA Rural Development Financing Will Help Build a Senior Care Center in Rural Minnesota

Agriculture Committee Chairman Congressman Collin Peterson, Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager, Minnesota State Director Colleen Landkamer and others broke ground on a new senior facility last week.

Agriculture Committee Chairman Congressman Collin Peterson, Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager, Minnesota State Director Colleen Landkamer and others broke ground on a new senior facility last week.

Thanks the efforts of community members and financing from USDA Rural Development and Agstar Rural Capital Network, a project nine years in the making will soon be a reality in Hutchinson, Minn. Read more »