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 and Grant Program has awarded a total of $2,725,900 to seven communities in northeast Ohio.

“These investments will ensure that communities in northeast Ohio have the resources needed to improve the everyday lives of their residents,” said Brown.

USDA Funds for Northeast Ohio Communities are broken down:

  • $803,900 loan and $50,000 grant to the Village of Lodi to finance a new fire engine, ambulance, and pickup truck,
  • $25,000 loan and $75,000 grant to Geneva-on-The-Lake to purchase two law enforcement vehicles,
  • $469,000 loan and $100,000 grant to the Village of Jefferson to finance a new fire engine,
  • $430,000 loan and $100,000 grant to the Village of Carrollton to finance a new fire truck,
  • $67,000 loan and $45,000 grant to Knox Township to purchase a backhoe,
  • $245,000 loan and $100,000 grant to C, B, & S Joint Fire District to finance a pumper tanker, and
  • $108,000 loan and $58,000 grant to Salem Township to purchase a tractor with mower and a tandem roller.

The funds for this program are a part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative, 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.