USDA Invests More Than $2 Million to Improve Community Infrastructure
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Missouri State Director Kyle Wilkens announced Wednesday, January 26, USDA is investing $2,761,900 to build and improve critical community facilities across rural Missouri. This funding will increase access to public safety, education, emergency response and help fund other essential community facilities and equipment needed to spur community development for people living in rural Missouri.
“Rural Development is committed to improving infrastructure across rural Missouri,” Wilkens said. “Community infrastructure is key to ensuring that rural areas have access to health care, education, and public safety. The investments announced will help develop and build sound infrastructure, ultimately helping Missouri communities build back better.”
Wilkens highlighted 21 investments to 19 recipients that USDA is making through three programs that will fund essential community services to help rural Missouri build back better, stronger, and more equitably than ever before. These programs include Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants, Community Facilities Disaster Grants and Economic Impact Initiative Grants.
The City of Clarence received $61,100 to purchase a vacuum excavator. This equipment enables excavation in a manner that poses no danger to buried facilities and enables numerous other tasks required by the city.
Knox County R-1 School District will use a $236,900 grant to purchase two new 65-seat electric school buses. The district covers 496 square miles and currently operates 14 buses and nine bus routes, largely on rural roads. The purchase of these electric buses will help to decrease annual fuel and maintenance costs and the buses are estimated to have a longer useful life than their diesel counterparts.