Colquitt County Groups to Receive Federal Infrastructure Fund | Local news
MOULTRIE, Georgia – Several Colquitt County groups are receiving federal funds, according to announcements earlier this month from various sources.
Colquitt EMC will receive a loan of $ 27 million under the US Department of Agriculture’s electrical loan program.
The loan is part of a $ 5.2 billion allocation to build and improve critical rural infrastructure in 46 states and Puerto Rico. This is part of the recent bipartisan infrastructure law, according to a USDA press release.
“When we invest in rural infrastructure, we are investing in the livelihoods and health of rural America,” said US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
Moultrie Municipal Airport has been allocated $ 295,000 under the bipartisan infrastructure act, according to information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA allocates about $ 123.3 million to Georgia’s 90 airports, according to the agency’s press release. The money can be invested in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminals, airport links and road projects. This is the first of five annual funding rounds that airports in Georgia will receive.
Eight commercial airports each receive more than $ 1 million, including Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany and Valdosta Regional Airport. Moultrie is one of 82 relief and general aviation airports in the state receiving funding.
The Southwest Georgia Community Action Council in Moultrie will receive $ 119,841 to upgrade affordable housing for low-income Georgians in rural areas.
It is one of four Georgian groups to receive money as part of the US bailout, according to a joint press release from US sense offices Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. The other recipients are the Housing Authority in the town of Tallapoosa, the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission in Camilla and New Foundations Development Inc. in Calhoun.
The groups will use their remit to repair and rehabilitate homes owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens, according to the press release.
Southern Valley Fruits & Vegetables Inc. received a grant of $ 243,750 under the Rural Energy for America program. This is one of the biggest rewards of this series of disbursements for the program.
The Rural Energy for America program provides guaranteed loans and grants to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to improve energy efficiency, according to the program’s website. Agricultural producers can also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing. It is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Norman Park-based production company is one of five 8th District recipients from Representative Austin Scott, according to the USDA press release. Other grant recipients are Carroll’s Sausage and Meats ($ 48,688), Georgia Pine Straw Inc. ($ 22,250), Hardy Farms ($ 6,128) and Jeffery Lee Gay ($ 19,766).
USDA is funding $ 633 million to reduce the impacts of climate change on rural communities through five programs, according to the press release announcing the grants. Of the five, only the Rural Energy for America program included grants or loans to groups in southwest Georgia in this round of disbursements.