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$62M boost for KY rural infrastructure

$62M boost for KY rural infrastructure

By Blake Jackson

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced significant investments in Kentucky's rural infrastructure. Over $62.6 million will be directed towards electric and water upgrades, benefiting over 7,000 residents.

"Investing in crucial infrastructure is vital for rural communities to thrive," stated Dr. Tom Carew, Kentucky's USDA Rural Development State Director. These projects will strengthen the power grid and ensure clean drinking water for thousands of Kentuckians.

The funding breakdown is as follows:

  • Owen Electric Cooperative Inc.: A $60 million loan will connect 3,237 consumers and establish/improve 134 miles of power lines. This project also includes smart grid technology valued at over $3.7 million.
  • City of Mt. Vernon: A $1.8 million grant and an $864,000 loan will be used to renovate and modernize their water treatment plant. This will address algae blooms, enhance water quality, and allow for operational improvements. The project is expected to benefit approximately 4,400 residents.

These Kentucky projects are part of a nationwide initiative exceeding $671 million. This broader effort aims to reduce electricity costs for rural communities while ensuring access to clean water across 23 states.

The Biden-Harris administration, through USDA Rural Development, has committed nearly $3.3 billion to Kentucky since taking office. These funds support various initiatives, including infrastructure advancements, business development, housing, community facilities, and high-speed internet access in underserved areas.

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