By Kaylee Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - The Shenandoah Valley School District is getting a brand new Ford Transit van and Ford F-350 truck, thanks to a grant and loan from the United States Department of Agriculture.
Announced by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-17), a $44,300 Community Facilities Direct Loans, financed through USDA Rural Development, will used by the district to purchase a 2017 Ford Transit, fitted for wheelchair accessibility.
A $50,000 Economic Impact Initiative Grant, also funded through the USDA, will be used to purchase a 2017 Ford F-350 truck, outfitted with a snow plow.
“As an Appropriations Committee member, I’m committed to ensuring our small towns do not get left out or left behind,” said Cartwright in a media release. “The USDA Rural Development programs provide essential services to the communities in the 17th District when they make purchases like this possible.”
According to the media release, the USDA Rural Development program is "committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America."
"USDA Rural Development offers a broad portfolio of programs to improve the lives of rural Americans. They provide loans, grants and loan guarantees for housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure. They promote economic development through loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools," the media release reads in part.