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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Rep. Harris Announces $150,000 in Grants for Rural Development in Somerset and Talbot Counties

August 19, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, August 19th, Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced a total of $150,000 in grant awards in Somerset and Talbot counties through the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development. Specifically, the grants include:

$50,000 to assist with the purchase of an enhanced security system and an emergency chase vehicle for the Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Company.  The new vehicle “will benefit the region and citizens by providing more reliable, enhanced medical and emergency services and address the growing Opioid crisis by delivering antidotes for individuals that have overdosed,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The funds were awarded through both the Economic Impact Initiative Grants program and the Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants program.

$50,000 to assist with the funding of a pre-school facility at White Marsh Elementary School in Trappe, Maryland. The project includes “the relocation of a temporary classroom from Easton Elementary School.  Talbot County Board of Education assisted with the relocation and placement of the structure.  The new pre-school facility provides child care for the Town of Trappe,” according to the USDA. The funds were awarded through the Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants program.

$50,000 to assist with the funding of a street sweeper for the town of St. Michaels, in Talbot County.  The funds were awarded through the Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants program.

Congressman Harris made the following statement:

“As a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, I understand the need to invest in rural America and support our local economy.   These awards from the Department of Agriculture are a welcome investment in Talbot and Somerset Counties, and as a physician, I am particularly committed to improving medical services in our local communities and assisting families impacted by the opioid crisis.”

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