Butterfield Announces $3.9 million in Area Recovery Projects
Washington, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $3.9 million for several local projects being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“Eastern North Carolina has been hit particularly hard by this recession,” Butterfield said. “These funds are sorely needed and will certainly be put to good use.”
USDA announced $2.1 million loans and $200,000 in grant to Williamston, N.C. for renovation of the public safety center that houses the police department, fire department and emergency operations; $1.4 million in loans for an addition to the Harvest Family Health Center in Elm City, N.C.; and, $114,290 in grant and $93,510 in loans to Littleton, N.C. for renovation of the town hall.
The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program, which 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. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.
“The Obama Administration is committed to revitalizing rural communities and bringing quality facilities such as hospitals, public buildings and community centers to small towns and cities that can benefit from new construction or upgrades to existing ones,” Vilsack said.
President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation’s economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board recently announced that Recovery Act funds expended so far have directly created and saved more than 640,000 jobs. This matches estimates by Moody’s, the Congressional Budget Office and the Council of Economic Advisors that the Recovery Act has saved or created 1 million direct and indirect jobs.
“There has been some encouraging economic news, but Congress must remain focused on doing everything possible to keep creating jobs,” Butterfield said. “We need to ensure a strong and solid economic recovery for all families.”
More information about USDA’s Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. Information specific to North Carolina can be found at www.ncrecovery.gov/.