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Rural Development invests nearly half a billion to strengthen rural Kansas

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USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark issued a report highlighting USDA Rural Development's fiscal year 2012 investments in job creation, businesses, infrastructure and housing for Kansans living in rural communities.

In fiscal year 2012, rural communities throughout Kansas received more than $475 million in financial assistance to finance homeownership, replace aging water and sewer systems, stimulate business growth and job creation and to enhance access to health care for rural residents as well as expand broadband access.

"USDA Rural Development strives to improve the quality of life for Kansans by investing in the future of rural Kansas communities," said USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark. "Financing from the federal government provides rural residents and rural communities with the basic needs of infrastructure, employment, health care and housing."

Through its Community Facilities loan and grant program, Rural Development provided more than $26 million in financing to communities for purchasing storm sirens, equipment for electronic medical records, patrol cars, new heating and cooling units, as well as building and renovating hospitals, nursing homes, and daycare centers. Ninety percent of the Community Facilities program funding was for improving rural health care centers in the state.

More than 45,000 rural Kansans in 28 communities were assisted through the Agency's Water and Environmental Program, which provides clean drinking water and safe, sanitary wastewater disposal. The Agency provided $58 million in financing to communities for installing nearly 300 miles of water and wastewater lines in rural Kansas, as well as making other water and wastewater system improvements.

In 2012, Rural Development helped 1,922 Kansas families purchase safe, affordable homes by providing $201 million in financing. More than 100 rural Kansans were provided loans and grants to repair or make accessibility modifications in order to remain in their own homes.

Through Rural Development's business and cooperative loan, grant and technical assistance programs, the agency helped 127 rural small business owners improve their enterprises in 2012. Business and cooperative program funding created or saved approximately 1,000 rural Kansas jobs in 2012. Rural Development provided nearly $35 million to assist rural businesses create ongoing economic opportunities in rural Kansas that will pay benefits for years to come.

During 2012, Rural Development provided $107 million to eight electric cooperatives to improve efficiency and modernize rural electric generation and transmission systems. Nearly $30 million was invested in telecommunication projects to help expand access to high-speed broadband in rural Kansas.

Additional information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by calling 785-271-2700. To view the 2012 USDA Rural Development in Kansas Annual Report, visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/Reports/KS%20Annual%20Report%202012.pdf.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $176 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Date: 2/11/2013



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