HURON — Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $181 million in 88 projects that will build community infrastructure and facilities in 27 states, including three projects in South Dakota.
"Infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity in small towns across our country," Hazlett said. "Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to building prosperity in rural America through modern infrastructure."
Hazlett announced the funding during a forum co-sponsored by the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation. USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funding helps rural areas make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries and day care centers.
South Dakota projects include:
• Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Company will use $111,500 loan and a $38,500 grant for the purchase of furniture and equipment for the new Chamber of Commerce office building. The chamber serves 10,571 residents.