U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the Mohegan Tribe will be among the recipients in 37 states receiving a total of $167.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
The Mohegan's share will be a loan in the amount of $54 million to go toward the completion of the stalled government building.
Vilsack said in the press release, "In rural Connecticut, the Mohegan Tribe of Indians has been selected to receive a loan to complete construction of the Mohegan Tribal Government Center. The Tribe is building a community center; an educational center; a health administration center; an administration building; and a library. Once completed, the new center will provide essential government services and create an estimated 1,279 jobs for this rural community."
"These Recovery Act projects not only provide needed infrastructure in rural communities, they contribute to the Obama administration's continued efforts to turn the economy around and create quality jobs," Vilsack said. President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law in February 2009 as a way 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 USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas and are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov. More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery and yet more information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.
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