USDA Sending Almost $6 Million to Florida to Help Community Facilities in Rural Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that it will send almost $6 million to the Sunshine State to help community facilities in rural areas.

Phil Leary, the USDA’s Florida/U.S. Virgin Islands state director, announced that the federal government will send $5.9 million to the state.

“Rural Americans deserve to have safe and modern facilities in their hometowns,” said Leary on Wednesday. “Often our rural communities have limited access to funds to build or upgrade these facilities, and that is where Rural Development steps in to help. Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

“USDA is funding 256 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. These investments will be for such purposes as to build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics, and public safety facilities,” the USDA noted before showcasing one such project in Polk County.

Ridgeview Global Studies Academy will use funding to construct a 21,000-square-foot, two-story building which includes classrooms, a science lab, a multi-purpose/dining area, and administrative offices. This facility will connect to the campus by a covered walkway.  The construction of this facility will allow for increased capacity of 250 students which will serve grades 9 and 10,” the USDA added.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

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