The USDA has selected 41 projects in 22 states to receive funding for essential community services. The investment of $17.4 million, offered through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program, will help finance facilities like schools, libraries, health care facilities, day care centers and infrastructure improvements. Anne Hazlett, assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, said part of USDA’s mission is to bring opportunities to life for rural communities “whether building infrastructure, helping communities to attract jobs, accessing additional capital or improving the quality of life in these towns.” USDA says these projects will serve more than 220,000 rural residents in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington. More than 100 types of projects are for program funds. Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

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