Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program will award the Village of Attica a $160,000 Community Facility Loan and Grant. Specifically, this $136,000 loan and $24,000 grant will go towards the purchase of a new ambulance to serve the local rural area and improve emergency response and safety.
“With this investment, Attica first responders can focus on their important work knowing that they have a new ambulance and reliable tools at their disposal in case of emergencies, “said Senator Schumer. “I applaud the USDA for investing in rural communities through the Community Facility Program. This loan and grant will preserve quality of life for Wyoming county residents and businesses, improve safety and encourage further investment in the region.”
“This is an important investment for the Village of Attica,” said Senator Gillibrand. “It’s our responsibility to ensure our first responders have the most up-to-date equipment and vehicles to serve our communities. The new ambulance will help the Village of Attica upgrade their emergency response vehicles so that their first responders can respond to emergencies in the community more efficiently and effectively, and help save more lives.”
USDA Community Facilities Programs provide loans, grant and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas. Priority is given to health care, education and public safety projects. Typical projects are hospitals, health clinics, schools, fire houses, community centers and many other community based initiatives. The funding is part of the USDA Rural Development annual budget.