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Jacobs applauds USDA investment into New York rural communities

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Fri, Dec 18th 2020 10:05 am

Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, is applauding the Department of Agriculture (USDA) on its “substantial investments into rural New York communities.”

“Rural communities comprise the majority of NY-27, and I commend the USDA and the president for their commitment to making the health, prosperity, and future of rural communities a priority,” Jacobs said. “This commitment will translate into a strong, thriving economy in these communities and deliver new opportunities to students and younger generations.”

Overall, the USDA invested $40 billion in rural communities throughout the U.S. in fiscal year 2020 – $434 million of that was invested directly into New York. Notable highlights include $16.8 million in rural broadband funding, $112 million to deliver safe drinking water supplies, and $1.6 million for small and emerging businesses. To read more about USDA investment, click here.

Further: NY-27 highlights:

√ $17,235,000 into the towns of Byron, Pavilion, Byron, and Dansville Village. These loans and grants were used to enhance water storage and access, as well as clean up contaminated water supplies.

√ $269,900 to the Springville Volunteer Fire Co. to update its facilities to better respond to emergencies in the surrounding community.

√ $99,900 USDA Grant for the Village of Perry to improve local trail mapping, bolster tourism, and create jobs.

√ The Farmers to Families Food Box Program, developed in response to COVID-19, supported producers and processors throughout NY-27, including HH Dobbins in Lyndonville.

“I was proud to announce these significant investments into our Western New York communities, and I remain committed to maintaining a strong partnership with the USDA to ensure NY-27 rural communities are supported,” Jacobs said. “Furthermore, I am going to be fighting for increased investment in the new Congress, especially to support rural broadband development to connect our communities – the urgency of this need has grown substantially with COVID-19 as small businesses, schools, and medical visits have moved online.”

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