This blog post was prepared by RNO Website Committee Chair Joan Grant Keltner.
Below are three programs that will potentially provide essential services, safer living areas, job opportunities, and valuable resources for individuals who live in rural areas.
- The USDA is contributing more than 800 million dollars toward improving rural electric services to connect thousands of individuals in rural areas. Another key service is to provide clean drinking water (e.g., removing steel, lead, and cast-iron service lines), and wastewater systems. These efforts will offer rural employment opportunities for close to 500,000 individuals in 36 states and two U.S. territories. Loans or grants also are available to provide these improvements in low-income communities. (Source: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2023/08/28/biden-harris-administration-announces-more-800-million-strengthen)