USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY FACILITIES
RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR COLLEGE IN YATES COUNTY
 
Rural Development provides $300,000 to College in Yates County for Student Housing Renovations
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency has awarded $300,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to Keuka College. The funding will be used to renovate a student housing bathroom facility.

The awards were announced Wednesday in Washington, D.C. by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as part of a $172 million Recovery Act package. The funds will support  rural community facility projects in 39 states.

“These projects not only provide needed infrastructure in rural communities, they contribute to the Obama administration’s continued efforts to create quality jobs,” Vilsack said. It is estimated that 4,000 jobs have been created or saved with this round of funding.

“One of Rural Development’s primary missions is improving the quality of life in rural communities and supporting rural colleges is one way we achieve this mission,” said Jill Harvey, New York State Director for USDA Rural Development. “This funding will enable Keuka College to offer safe, accessible bathrooms and showers to its students.”

USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include childcare centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation, and provide financial assistance for qualified renewable energy systems that help defray the cost of facility operation. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and recognized Indian tribes.
For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact the Rural Development state office at 315-477-6400 or visit Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.