On June 23, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) announced that rural Georgia would receive several federal investments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Agency, totaling $1,314,000, which will be used to enhance public safety. , improve infrastructure and modernize residences for the elderly.
“Our rural communities are the heart of our state and are too often left behind when it comes to federal funding, so I am deeply committed to working in Washington to reverse this trend in Georgia,” Warnock said. “I am proud that this essential investment is going to some of our most underserved rural communities, because everyone deserves to have a highly functioning police department, smooth roads and access to affordable housing for seniors. These Warnock-backed federal investments for Brantley, Liberty, Hart and Telfair counties are the latest in his efforts to improve life in rural Georgia. The senator has already secured investments to boost housing, broadband and businesses, as well as $306 million for health care providers in rural Georgia. The following is a breakdown of USDA Rural Development’s federal investments.
Liberty County: $100,000
This investment will be used to purchase three utility trucks, two zero-turn mowers, three trimmers, two backpack blowers, a pole pruner, a chainsaw, a tractor, a dump truck and an excavator for the public service/roads department of Walthourville. This equipment will replace obsolete equipment that has become too dangerous to continue to be used.
Hart County: $1,131,000
This investment will be used to facilitate the transfer, care and rehabilitation of East Orchard Elderly, a multi-family housing complex for seniors in Hartwell. The project includes 24 one-bedroom units. All units will undergo extensive rehabilitation to improve living conditions for all current and future tenants.
Telfair County: $50,000
This investment will be used to purchase two patrol vehicles for the Telfair County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicles that currently serve the office are aging and worn, with high mileage. An aging, high-mileage patrol fleet adds to rising maintenance and repair costs. The new vehicles will reduce maintenance costs and improve officer safety while on patrol.
Brantley County: $33,000
This investment will be used to purchase two fully equipped patrol vehicles for the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office. This project will replace older, high-mileage vehicles to help support public safety initiatives.