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Rural Health
News by Topic: Infrastructure

Sep 9, 2021 - Announces $464 million of funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support renewable energy systems and expand economic development in rural areas with the aim of lowering energy costs for rural communities, agricultural producers, and businesses. Provides examples of funded projects through the Electric Loan Program to reinforce grid reliability and the Rural Energy for America Program to support agricultural producers and rural businesses.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Aug 17, 2021 - Reports on initiatives and legislative efforts to identify and redesign high-risk rural roads and intersections to make them safer. Discusses concerns among local and regional leaders, law enforcement, and transportation departments about rural transportation safety and challenges related to funding and legislative procedures.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
Aug 11, 2021 - Announces investment in rural broadband infrastructure in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia as part of the ReConnect Program. Highlights examples of grantees, their service areas, and how they will develop fiber-to-the-premises networks to service schools, healthcare facilities, households, businesses, and farms.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Aug 5, 2021 - Discusses the lack of broadband access affecting around 22% of rural Americans, comparing the issue to the rural electrification efforts of the 1930s through the 1960s. Describes the role of roughly 200 rural broadband cooperatives in bringing internet access to rural communities and the need for greater investment.
Source: Illinois Newsroom
Aug 2, 2021 - Reports on efforts in rural and urban areas of California to create community resilience centers to serve economic, health, and social needs during disasters, including recent high temperatures. Discusses the role of existing community centers in rural areas to provide cooling spaces, food distribution, and COVID-19 vaccination, and addresses the need for infrastructure investment for residents in need during natural emergencies.
Source: PBS News Hour