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USDA Invests in Community Infrastructure in Argyle
Minnesota Ag Connection - 06/25/2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Minnesota Brad Finstad announced that USDA is investing $50,000 for community infrastructure in the city of Argyle.

"A clean community projects a safe community," Finstad said. "Whether it's the vehicle that provides regular street sweeping or the modernization of a rundown facility, the economic prosperity of that community depends on modern infrastructure. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is dedicated to assisting rural communities like Argyle with their long-term commitments to economic prosperity, because when rural America prospers, all of America prospers."

The city of Argyle will use a $50,000 Community Facilities Grant to purchase a new street sweeper vehicle. Currently, the city owns a vehicle that was purchased in 1985, which requires regular costly maintenance and is inefficient due to the difficulty of finding appropriate replacement parts. Additionally, the safety features of the older model are out of date, placing any users at a higher risk for accidental injuries. This project will help to purchase a 2008 model street sweeper that is current on all operator safety features and requires less maintenance, ensuring continued public service for these rural communities.

Funding for today's announcement was made available through the $150 million in grants included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law on June 6, 2019. These grants are to help eligible rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of natural disasters.

Grants may be used for relief in areas affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence; wildfires in 2018; and other natural disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery (DR) number. Please check the FEMA website for regular updates and names of additional communities that may be added.

Grant applications will be accepted on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. Contact your local Area Office for further information or assistance with the application process.

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