US Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh recently announced that the USDA is investing $1 billion to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam.
“The Biden-Harris administration has made investing in improving infrastructure a top priority,” Bronaugh said. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services that are vital to all communities, such as health facilities, schools, libraries, and first responder vehicles and equipment. When we invest in essential services in rural America, we create opportunity and prosperity for people who call rural communities home.
Two local grants were among those highlighted in programs that fund vital community services to help rural America build back better, stronger and more fairly than ever before.
The Calliope Project Inc. received $75,000 to fund the replacement of uncomfortable seating on the ground floor of the Milton Theatre. This USDA investment is part of the theater’s overall renovation project, which includes a new balcony, marquee, seats and a renovated stage and lighting system. The renovation project is well supported by the community as evidenced by the donations received from individuals, businesses and foundations.
The Town of Laurel received $39,100 for the purchase of a law enforcement vehicle containing the items needed for the patrol. Several vehicles already in service are being phased out due to their age. The addition of this vehicle will contribute to the continued public safety of the city, thereby benefiting citizens.
“USDA Rural Development funded loans and grants are essential to the growth of our local communities,” said David Baker, state director for USDA Rural Development Delaware and Maryland. “If you look at most of the money allocated in this announcement, you will see that we are working to improve rural communities. We want to help in any way we can, and this funding is a great start. »