USDA Invests Nearly $2.3 Million in Kansas Rural Community Development

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Rural Development Director Christy Davis announced today that the USDA is investing $2,268,200 in eight community projects across the country. State.

The project details are:

  • A $33,000 grant will help Thrive Allen County, Inc. with a feasibility study to create incubator/accelerator space for Allen County. The space would increase economic development by creating a welcoming and supportive space for area entrepreneurs.
  • A $202,000 grant will help the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, along with partners Pittsburg State University Small Business Development Center and Kansas Works, expand its services to small businesses. Assistance provided will include access to local employment opportunities, increased access to business education, workforce development and skills training opportunities. It is expected that 100 full-time jobs will be created.
  • A $30,200 grant will help purchase a fully equipped patrol vehicle to improve the work of the South Hutchinson City Police Department.
  • A $55,000 loan and $35,000 grant will help purchase four transportation vehicles for people with developmental disabilities in Marshall and Washington counties. The three transport vehicles and a maintenance truck will replace older vehicles with high mileage and high maintenance costs. Once all vehicles are in service, they will meet the basic needs of people with developmental disabilities for many years to come.
  • A loan of $577,000 and a grant of $291,000 will provide additional funds for the renovation of the town of Caney’s water and sewer system. Funds previously committed to this project include $600,000 from the Kansas Department of Commerce and loans and grants totaling $4,765,800 from the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal.
  • A grant of $24,000 will be used to have an engineer assess the current sanitation system in the town of Susank. A preliminary engineering report will outline any appropriate corrective actions needed.
  • A loan of $479,000 and a grant of $512,000 will supplement previous funding for improvements to the Town of Caldwell’s water supply system. Funds already earmarked for this project include a previous award of the Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan in the amount of $1,558,000 and a block grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce for community development in an amount of $600,000. This project ensures that the city will have safe and reliable water for many years.
  • A grant of $30,000 will be used to evaluate the wastewater collection and treatment system at La Harpe. An engineer will assess the current system and come up with a plan to repair and upgrade the water system. Once completed, the city will have the information needed to develop a final sewer system design.

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Norma P. Rex