Following the submission of the results from RCRC’s Rural Economic Development Survey, USDA Rural Development State Director Kim Dolbow Vann issued the following statement:

“I am excited to share that we’ve received more than 200 eligible projects!  We saw a pretty even split among your needs for community facilities, water and wastewater, and transportation projects with economic development and broadband projects rounding out the totals.”  

“My team received their lists two weeks ago and have been actively connecting with all the point of contacts for these projects.  I am pleased to share that many of these projects are making their way through our systems, and we have even funded a few projects already, including a $50,000 Rural Business Development Grant to CSU Chico for work on addressing barriers to broadband deployment in northern California.  Thank you to everyone for the energy you put toward this survey, it’s going to be a critical tool for us at USDA to help support your needs.”