WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $50,000 Community Facilities grant to Nelsonville to purchase a new street sweeper. The USDA is also awarding a $120,000 Community Facilities loan to purchase the truck and equipment, bringing the total USDA funds available to $170,000. The street sweeper will help the City of Nelsonville maintain city streets and storm drains.

This funding will help to improve infrastructure in rural Ohio communities,” Brown said. “We must ensure that our rural communities like Nelsonville have the resources needed to improve the everyday lives of their residents.”

The funds for this purchase are a part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative. Brown helped secure a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 Farm Bill, and is continuing to advocate for Rural Development programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.