WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced $25,000 in federal funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program for the Village of Vermont. The USDA Rural Development loans and grant assistance program is designed to forge partnerships with rural communities and fund projects that bring housing, business guarantees, services and other critical utilities to rural America.
Specifically, these federal dollars will be used to purchase new police vehicle equipment for the Village of Vermont’s police department. The new police car and additional equipment will help keep the community safe and will allow officers to respond in a timely manner to calls within Fulton County, as the department provides back up service to the Sheriff’s Office.
“To grow our economy, we need continued investment in our rural communities and these federal Rural Development dollars help do just that,” said Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. “As the wife of a sheriff, I know firsthand how hard our officers and first responders work to keep communities safe. I’m pleased that today’s investment will help law enforcement officers continue to protect and serve the people of Vermont.”
“Today’s announcement is great news for the Village of Vermont and will help the police department keep our citizens safe,” said Josh Mercer, Village of Vermont President. “Thank you to Congresswoman Bustos for supporting our local law enforcement and being a partner in securing these funds for our community.”