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 grant $50,000 and a loan of $46,000 to the Village of Amsterdam that will go toward the replacement of a police cruiser and backhoe for the Village.
The new cruiser will provide law enforcement officers with dependable, safe and secure transportation. The backhoe will be used to maintain approximately five miles of village roadways and keep the drainage system in good working order.
“Ohio police officers and first-responders work every day to protect our families,” said Brown. “This investment will ensure that police in the Village of Amsterdam have the resources they need to keep their residents safe.”
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.