WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program has awarded a $28,000,000 to New Concord-based Muskingum University. Funds will go toward the construction of an 119,536 square-foot Health & Wellness Complex, including additional classrooms, clinical and laboratory spaces to support expanding education programs. The complex will benefit approximately 2,500 Ohioans in the area.
“This investment is critical for our state’s rural development,” Brown said. “Institutions like Muskingum University played an important role in promoting healthcare research and education, this key funding will allow the university to continue its good work.”
These funds are a part of the USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program, which provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. The program helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and daycare centers.
Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities, successfully securing a number of provisions that are important to Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years.