WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is pleased to announce that the Rural Development agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a $25,000 grant and $40,200 loan for Baker County to purchase two new vehicles for the Baker County Sheriff’s Office and the Baker County Emergency Management Agency.
“USDA Rural Development is a vital source of support for rural communities, and the funding provided to Baker County is already allowing the county to augment its safety and emergency services for the benefit of its citizens,” said Congressman Bishop. “I commend USDA for its continued commitment to rural communities, and I will continue to work with Baker County and the rest of Middle and Southwest Georgia to enhance the region.”
These grants and loans were awarded as part of the USDA Rural Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, which provides funding to develop essential community facilities, including vehicles, in rural areas. This program is administered by USDA’s Rural Development agency, which provides both technical assistance and loans, grants, and loan guarantees to support services and infrastructure in rural America. This support is used to help communities with housing, economic development, health care, first responder services and equipment, as well as water, electric, and communications infrastructure.