North Carolina state line

A welcome sign at the North Carolina state line.

North Carolina is among 23 states that will receive aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the Trump Administration’s effort to develop rural America.

USDA will invest $139 million in 56 projects, seven of which will be in North Carolina.

Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy made the announcement this week.

“Modern, accessible and reliable community infrastructure, public safety facilities, schools and health facilities are essential components to strong and prosperous communities,” LaVoy said. 

The $139 million was earmarked through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The program provides funds to establish community-focused infrastructures in rural communities.

The program is a result of President Donald Trump’s Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.

Established in April 2017, the task force was created to identify policy changes that could promote prosperity in rural communities. 

North Carolina will receive more than $45 million to support police and fire officials and renovate schools and community buildings and for infrastructure.

Willow Oak Montessori Foundation Inc. will receive a $1.3 million loan to build a charter school in Chapel Hill. According to the USDA, Willow Oak Montessori Foundation originally requested $5.6 million in October 2017 but needed the additional funds to finish the project.

The Lincoln Charter also expanded its operations with a $39 million loan. The school has been using mobile units for the increasing student population. This investment will provide an additional 29,450 square feet of permanent structures for middle and high school facilities and 53,335 square feet for elementary students, according to the USDA report.

Benson Fire Department, in Benson, requested $119,500 for a fire truck with the capability to travel through wooded areas. Williamstown borrowed $1.9 million to renovate its 78-year-old police station as well as another $1.6 million to rehab its fire station.

Princeton, N.C., will renovate its community center and add a library with a $424,000 loan and $50,000 grant.

Plymouth borrowed $942,000 to refurbish its downtown area with new sidewalks and crosswalks.

“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in building and modernizing these facilities in rural America, because we believe that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives,” LaVoy said

Staff Writer

Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.