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Price City gets USDA grant to help with college remodeling


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By KEVIN SCANNELL
Sun Advocate reporter

USU Eastern's remodeling for several of the school's programs received a boost last week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the announcement of a $300,000 grant to help update the facilities at the campus.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that Price City was awarded a $300,000 grant through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program.

"Our small rural businesses need first-class infrastructure to be world-class competitors in the global economy," said Vilsack in a press release. "To achieve our community-based development goals, USDA is investing in the infrastructure of the rural economy by providing loans and grants to local partners who can leverage the funds with other financing for projects that have broad economic impacts."

The funding will help USU Eastern remodel an educational facility for the school's criminal justice, communications, art, music, theater and general education programs.

The grant was one of $22.3 million in loans and grants for REDLG projects that will be put to use in 14 states. The recipients of the grants and loans are contingent upon meeting the terms of the loan grant agreement. Under the REDLG program, the USDA provides zero-interest loans and grants to utilities that lend funds to local businesses for projects to create and retain employment in rural areas.

The REDLG program since the beginning of the Obama Administration has helped create or save more than 25,000 rural jobs, provided almost $202 million in economic development assistance, improved manufacturing capability, expanded health care and educational facilities and has either expanded or helped establish almost 1,000 rural businesses and community projects, according to the release.

In late March, the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council announced at a meeting in Santa Clara that a proposal from Utah State University Eastern to offer vocational certifications and college classes in law enforcement was unanimously approved.

USU Eastern is already scheduled to begin construction this summer on a $20 million project for the new multi-purpose teaching facility. The school is scheduled to continue using the current music building and the Student Activities Center until the Fall of 2015. The buildings would be demolished shortly after to create a new grassy quad where the current SAC is located.

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