USDA invests $ 4 million in 14 communities in Nebraska



OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The United States Department of Agriculture is investing $ 4 million in rural Nebraska communities to improve critical community infrastructure.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Kim Martini, acting state director of rural development for Nebraska.

The projects receiving funds understand:

  • Spencer Community Economic Development will use a $ 31,700 grant to purchase and install an electronic digital signage and concrete gathering space off Main Street. The new sign and concrete assembly space will replace a grassy area with plastic signage. This project will benefit 455 residents.
  • Lynch Rural Fire District will use a $ 47,400 grant to purchase two fire and rescue utility vehicles with specially designed work beds and equipment to better respond to fire emergencies. This project will benefit 639 residents.
  • Superior Historic Re-Development Inc. will use a loan of $ 150,000 and a grant of $ 50,000 to install a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the Superior Auditorium to provide local residents with a place that can be used anywhere. the year. This project will benefit 1,957 residents.
  • The Village of Chambers will use a $ 20,000 grant to purchase and install an electronic digital sign on Main Street to help deliver important messages to the community, especially the elderly and others without internet access. This project will benefit 268 residents.
  • The Farnam Rural Fire District will use a $ 50,000 grant to help purchase a Jaws of Life machine, patient monitor and related equipment, new cargo hold equipment and an air pack. This project will benefit 375 residents.
  • The city of Peru will use a loan of $ 520,000 to carry out essential repairs on roads affected by flooding in 2019. This project will benefit 1,083 residents.
  • The Peru Housing Authority will use a grant of $ 40,800 to purchase an electric baby bed, monitor and defibrillator for the city ambulance. This project will benefit 865 residents.
  • Beaver City will use a grant of $ 37,600 to purchase three back-up generators that will be placed in the community center / storm shelter, town hall / fire department and ambulance. This project will benefit 609 residents.
  • Rock County will use a grant of $ 32,700 to purchase and install technology upgrades for local law enforcement vehicles, including license readers, printers, tablets, body cameras, radio stations. reception and a CRIMES records management system. This project will benefit 1,526 residents.
  • The Warren Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc. will use a grant of $ 140,600 to implement an updated nurse call system for the 19-bed Critical Access and Primary Care Hospital located in Friend, Nebraska . This project will benefit 3,192 residents.
  • The Nebraska Communities Playhouse will use a $ 2.5 million loan to build a nearly 16,000 square foot theater in Hickman, Nebraska. The performance hall will be dedicated to a theater academy for young people. The new facility will improve accessibility for people with disabilities, increase seating capacity, a larger stage, storage area, patio, lounge, office and ticket booth, concession area and mechanical room. This project will benefit 12,232 community members.
  • The City of South Sioux will use a grant of $ 249,000 to purchase equipment for street maintenance in South Sioux City. This project will benefit 13,353 residents.
  • The Sunshine Senior Center will use a grant of $ 80,700 to make major renovations including a new roof, windows, flooring, kitchen cabinets and cupboards, parking and a bathroom. Renovations to the parking lot, bathroom and kitchen will include accessibility improvements for people with disabilities, and the new windows will provide energy efficiency improvements. This project will benefit 251 residents.
  • The Town of Pawnee will use a grant of $ 46,500 to purchase a high pressure sewer cleaner to improve the cleanliness and maintenance of the town’s sewer lines to prevent build-up and blockage. This project will benefit 878 residents.

Funding is provided through the Direct loan program for community facilities. In total, more than $ 221 billion is allocated to projects across the country.

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