Two Kansas communities are among 38 towns in 21 states which have been awarded Community Facilities Program financing through USDA Rural Development.
Little Hands Inc., in Hiawatha, received a $15,000 grant to purchase furnishing for the Little Hands Daycare and the Kiowa District Hospital in Kiowa, received a $3 million loan to build a new critical access hospital.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today released a report highlighting the ways in which infrastructure investments in rural communities help create jobs and boost economic development and he announced additional investments that will create jobs and promote economic growth across the nation.
"Quality hospitals, schools and libraries are the building blocks for a vibrant rural America," said Vilsack.
USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program has helped an estimated 30 million rural Americans over the past three years address essential challenges in health care, education, public service and public safety by financing projects through loans, grants, or loan guarantees.
USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark stated, "Community buildings in rural areas across the state are in need renovation. Through the Community Facilities Program, USDA Rural Development can help repair or rebuild critical community buildings, which can help improve the quality of life for rural Kansans."
For example, many residents depend on the services provided by the Kiowa District Hospital. A new hospital was the most cost-effective way to update the facility that was built in 1951. The new hospital will have an expanded emergency room, basic acute care and outpatient services, surgery suite, allergy
"The new hospital will have state-of-the-art equipment and will offer patients more privacy when staying at the hospital," said Alden Vandeveer, CEO of Kiowa District Hospital. "USDA Rural Development provided gap financing that was critical to secure additional financing for the new hospital."
USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program supports essential infrastructure and services for public use in rural areas of 20,000 in population or less.