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USDA investing nearly $1 million in Utah infrastructure

Jan 27, 2022, 8:45 AM | Updated: 9:24 am
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SALT LAKE CITY — It’s an investment and a big one at that.

Debra Meyer, acting director of Utah rural development for the United States Department of Agriculture, has announced that nearly $1 million is being invested to improve critical community facilities in four communities.

The funding targets increased access to education and public safety while inspiring community development and reinforcing sound infrastructure for people living in those communities.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has made investing in infrastructure improvements a top priority,” USDA Under Secretary Jewel Bronaugh said. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services that are vital to all communities, such as health care facilities, schools, libraries, and first responder vehicles and equipment. When we invest in essential services in rural America, we build opportunity and prosperity for the people who call rural communities home.”

In Utah, Meyer noted that the USDA is investing in two programs — Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants and Community Facilities Loan Guarantees. The financing includes emergency response vehicles and equipment. Renovation to a Utah Charter School is also included.

— HELPER: A $50,000 grant is being used to purchase two police vehicles and necessary equipment. Continued reliable safety for the community is the aim.

— MOAB: Two new police cars and equipment will increase patrol capabilities by 22%. The city is using a $50,000 community facilities grant.

— PARK CITY: The Weilenmann School of Discovery secured $800,000 to complete necessary renovations to the charter’s existing building. Enrollment at the current facility (grades K-8) is approximately 600.

— PRICE: The city is using $74,600 to purchase digital radios for the public safety departments. It’ll improve communication efforts with 8,715 residents.

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USDA investing nearly $1 million in Utah infrastructure