Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $17.4 million in 41 projects that will provide essential services for rural communities in 22 states.
Wahoo Public Buildings & Grounds Association in Wahoo, Nebraska is the recipient of a $691,000 loan with terms of 40 years at 3.875 rate of interest. This Rural Development investment will be used to buy an existing building in Wahoo for the City Maintenance Department. The project will include minor modifications to the structure, including: restroom renovations to meet Americans with Disability Act compliance, a meeting room, a locker/break room, and storage space. Additionally, project funding will be used to buy a pre-fabricated building and appropriate fencing for the Street Department’s salt storage needs. The project will result in: a joint service center for all city departments – one building with a lean-to (13,750 sf), areas for community equipment and material storage, a land parcel (59,500 sf), a salt storage pre-fabricated shed and the minor interior modifications to the building noted above.
“Rural America represents a wealth of opportunity– from farms to tourism, forestry, mining and manufacturing,” Hazlett said. “At USDA, our mission is to be a catalyst to bring those opportunities to life – whether building infrastructure, helping communities to attract jobs, accessing additional capital, or improving the quality of life in these towns.”