By Alan Stephens, State Director of USDA Rural Development/Arizona for Eloy Enterprise
One of USDA’s most significant projects in the state was in Pinal County. USDA RD funded a $2.9M loan and a $2.4M grant ($5.3M total) to the Thunderbird Farms Domestic Water Improvement District in Maricopa for a water treatment facility, building and storage tank.
Not all USDA funding was as considerable as Thunderbird Farms, but for projects like the Pinal Hispanic Council in Eloy that received a $1,6M loan to build an 8,200-square-foot health clinic; or Seeds of Hope that received a $529K loan to build a community center; or a $16K grant to Chicanos Por La Causa for equipment for their Pinal County childcare center; or Antelope Peak’s $2.0M in grants for a well, pump and distribution system; or the $302K loan to Casa Grande’s Regional Fire and Rescue Department to purchase and remodel their new building; and the $4.8M in low interest loans to Sun Life Family Health Center to purchase buildings in Casa Grande and Eloy—the impact is huge.
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