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Harkin Announces More Than $23 Million for Rural Development in Iowa Funding to Benefit Eight Counties



This news story was published on April 26, 2011.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that a total of $23,724,335 will be coming to Iowa to support ten rural development projects. |WASHINGTON, D.C. ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that a total of $23,724,335 will be coming to Iowa to support ten rural development projects. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Community Facility Program. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds rural development initiatives.

“Small towns and rural communities are at the heart of Iowa and its economy. It is important that we make investments to help them thrive,” said Harkin. “Today’s funding will help provide new school buses, safety equipment, and other essential renovations for these rural communities.”

Details of the funding follow:
ï City of Blakesburg: $3,500 grant will be used to assist with improvements to the Historical Building, including installation of an energy efficient HVAC system and bringing the electrical system up to code
ï City of Somers: $27,800 grant will be used to help purchase furniture, shelving, and other equipment and make to other improvements to the library
ï City of Griswold: $50,000 grant will be used to renovate and expand the existing library facility
ï City of Sabula: $355,084 direct loan and $90,000 grant will be used to make repairs/rehab to existing levee system and to enable the levee to meet new FEMA standards
ï Mahaska County Hospital: $23,015,000 direct loan to expand hospital and fund renovations to surgery suites and obstetrics medical surgery unit
ï City of Liscomb: $4,751 grant to fund bunker gear for the fire department
ï Mount Ayr Community School District: $50,000 grant to expand their parking lot
ï Bedford Community School District: $15,400 grant to resurface the playground area at the elementary school
ï City of Bedford: $12,800 grant will fund the removal of the old and installation of the new HVAC system at the public library and to install an accessible bathroom
ï City of Clearfield: $ 100,000 grant will be used for street improvements|

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