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Feds invest in rural Nevada projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested $243 million in 50 rural community facility projects in 22 states, including Nevada.

The USDA’s Rural Development program this year funded two community facility projects.

One is $4.2 million guaranteed loan for the Boulder City Hospital to renovate its medical procedures area and make space for a new Rural Health Clinic. In addition, Esmeralda County received a $30,000 Community Facility Direct Grant, which will allow the county to purchase a van to transport seniors to health appointments, the government said this week.

“These projects will improve the quality of life in rural areas through access to modern services,” USDA Rural Development Nevada State Director Phil Cowee said.

Statewide, the agency still has an estimated $4 million available for Direct Loans.

“If you are located in a small rural Nevada community, and yours is an organization that provides essential community facilities and services, such as a health care, education or first response for emergencies, you can contact our Community Programs Director Cheryl Couch and find out if your project is eligible,” Cowee said.

Couch can be reached at 775-887-1222, extension 4760.

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