Local Communities to Purchase More than 120 Fire, Police, and Rescue

Ludowici, Ga., May 18, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today
announced the selection of more than $60 million in essential community
facilities and emergency responder projects that are being funded
immediately with federal funds provided through the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act. The 280 projects will help communities in 39

"The Recovery Act funds provided today will help support rural
communities' efforts to protect and serve their residents by providing
essential public safety services," said Vilsack. "These projects are the
first of many that are expected to create or save more than 1,350 jobs
and help rural communities provide expanded access to health care,
support first responder efforts, and finance libraries, schools and day
care centers."

Approximately $19 million of the $60 million being announced today will
be leveraged with $6.9 million from other sources to help local
communities with the purchase of emergency services and systems, and
fire and rescue equipment, including more than 120 fire, medical and
police vehicles.

All of the funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development's
Community Facilities program, which helps finance and develop essential
community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities
include childcare centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted living
facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community
centers, public buildings and transportation. Through its Community
Facilities program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to
all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies,
non-profit organizations, and recognized Indian tribes.

In Keshena, Wis., Rural Development is providing a $100,000 loan and
grant to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin to renovate the current
Emergency Medical Services' building to provide adequate room for
emergency vehicles, equipment and staff. The Emergency Medical Services,
which is part of the Menominee Tribal Clinic, provides emergency
response and transport capabilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The increased building space will allow all emergency vehicles to be
stored on-site and not at a building 10 miles away, ensuring quicker
emergency response times.

The Meridianville Volunteer Fire Department in Madison County, Ala., has
been selected to receive a $700,000 loan to replace the small,
20-year-old fire station with a new, larger, more centrally located
facility. The 25-member volunteer fire department provides emergency
fire and medical services to a rural community of 5,000 people. The new,
improved facility will provide adequate and secure storage for their
existing fire trucks and equipment and provide a community room for
first-responder training and public education services for community
residents. The new location will have room for expansion as the
community's need for emergency services increase.

Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the
terms of the loan or grant agreement. More information about USDA Rural
Development can be found at .

President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
2009 (Recovery Act) into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to
jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put
a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country
can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize
our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand
educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care,
provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at . More information about the Federal government's
efforts on the Recovery Act is available at .

State Number of Projects Total Rural Development ARRA Funding and State
Total Alabama Total 2 $743,480 Arkansas Total 32 $1,450,000 Arizona
Total 2 $79,077 California Total 31 $6,752,945 Colorado Total 2 $33,025
Connecticut Total 1 $1,400,000 Delaware Total 2 $160,000 Georgia Total 4
$524,500 Illinois Total 4 $6,121,000 Indiana Total 4 $2,454,020 Kentucky
Total 5 $412,270 Louisiana Total 3 $962,458 Massachusetts Total 1
$907,000 Maryland Total 8 $692,200 Maine Total 3 $3,176,000 Michigan
Total 14 $4,795,000 Minnesota Total 3 $72,700 Missouri Total 26
$1,424,098 Montana Total 3 $1,359,025 North Carolina Total 13 $3,878,810
North Dakota Total 7 $1,071,450 Nebraska Total 3 $170,250 New Hampshire
Total 11 $284,320 New Mexico Total 1 $29,250 Nevada Total 2 $26,742 New
York Total 1 $110,000 Ohio Total 10 $5,216,000 Oklahoma Total 3 $801,011
Oregon Total 1 $27,692 Pennsylvania Total 3 $1,405,000 South Carolina
Total 1 $787,200 South Dakota Total 1 $16,380 Tennessee Total 7
$4,463,200 Utah Total 4 $254,550 Virginia Total 31 $1,179,070 Vermont
Total 11 $2,295,669 Washington Total 1 $8,400 Wisconsin Total 6
$3,108,500 West Virginia Total 1 $25,200