USDA Rural Development South Dakota State Director Julie Gross highlighted today that more than $5.9 million in Community Facilities Direct Loan Program funds were invested to help improve infrastructure in three South Dakota rural communities. The recently passed 2018 Omnibus bill increased the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget for the program to $2.8 billion, up $200 million from FY 2017.
“The projects announced today will help these rural communities improve their economic opportunities,” said Gross. “Infrastructure is a top priority at Rural Development and we are committed to assisting South Dakota’s rural communities with growth and prosperity.”
Nationally, USDA invested $243 million in rural community facility improvements in 22 states. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for funding, such as schools, health care facilities, libraries and infrastructure improvements. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally and state-recognized Native American tribes in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. There is no limit on the size of the loans. Loan amounts have ranged from $10,000 to $165 million.
South Dakota awardees include:
•City of Selby is receiving a $1,100,000 loan to finance improvements to the City’s street infrastructure. The City will restore surfaces to proper functioning condition by resurfacing streets throughout the community.
•City of Webster is receiving an additional $200,000 loan to finance the renovation of the City’s fire hall building. The improvements will alleviate health and safety concerns, as well as provide an updated and more efficient fire hall facility for this rural South Dakota community.
•City of Sturgis is receiving a $4,600,000 loan to make improvements to the campus of the public works department. Three buildings will be demolished, and a new facility will be built to house administration office spaces, crew and training spaces, and areas for utility service vehicles and shop functions.
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 services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/sd.