Rural infrastructure – WEST AG INFORMATION NETWORK


Rural infrastructure

A recent investment in rural infrastructure, more than five billion dollars and forty-six states and Puerto Rico from the Department of Agriculture, but what does that look like on the ground? Iowa State’s Director of Rural Development, Theresa Greenfield, said part of her state’s investment will go… to help them get access to high-speed internet, clean drinking water and reliable power supply. And then we also have sewage loans. With examples of how these investments will be used, ranging from upgrades to smart grid electrical technologies, improving public broadband access and renovating a lagoon cell to meet the standards of flood plains. We have approximately 45 programs, and so we work hard every day to engage with local communities across our state, understand what they have identified, and then work to support them with loan and grant investments to help them make improvements. to their communities. The USDA is investing approximately $331 million in Iowa, intended to improve rural areas. Our Calhoun County Electric Cooperative Association uses its electric loan to specifically use this loan to upgrade its smart grid technologies. This is going to help people in five different counties who really depend on this rural electric service, the SAC and Fox Tribe of Mississippi. In Iowa, they received a Community Connect grant, and they will use it to build fiber to the local systems to connect to one of their community centers, their community. They can stop at the community center, access free high-speed Internet for at least two years. This will help improve their economic development, educational opportunities, health care and public safety. The town of Farragut is using a water and waste disposal loan and grant to renovate a lagoon cell that will help their town’s sewer system meet floodplain regulations. The Southern Iowa Rural Water Association received a loan to build a new wastewater treatment plant that truly focuses on reliable and safe drinking water.


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