Cities May Be Considered Rural Communities

Published 06/13 2014 10:45PM

Updated 06/13 2014 10:47PM

Local cities may soon be able to be considered a rural community.
It’s something that could help them receive grants and loan money.
A city the size of Pekin could now be seen as a rural community due to changes in a new farm bill.
The USDA Rural Development Program funds the needs and projects for rural areas.
They help when it comes to specific needs and projects from business development to home repair.
"We are a leader with loans and grants to help meet the needs of rural communities,” Rural Development State Director Colleen Callahan said. “With over forty programs for housing, for business, for water needs, and community facility needs, we help make possibilities possible."
Nathan Schmidgall, Owner Group: "And we're looking to get a little bit bigger, a little better building, a little bit more exposure,” business ownerNathan Schmidgall said. “So we've been in business for three years and just trying to take the next step."
Last year, 22 million dollars was awarded for business programs in Illinois.

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