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US Department of Agriculture awards nearly $14-million in rural development loans

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The US Department of Agriculture has announced almost $14-million in loans for rural Michigan communities.

The money will go towards “critical community facilities” including schools, hospitals, and health clinics.

Jason Allen is the rural development state director for Michigan USDA. He said the goal of the program is to support rural communities.

“We have very specific objectives which include infrastructure, job creation, and high-speed fiber.”

Cheboygan County has received a $1.4 million loan for streetscape improvements in the city’s downtown. Midland county will use a $2-million dollar loan to build a new fire station.

“Isabella County, which is the Mount Pleasant area, is borrowing approximately 10 million dollars to construct a new facility for the county road commission,” Allen said.

In Crawford County roughly $400-thousand will be used to purchase a building to be renovated for the county Commission on Aging.