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Federal dollars awarded for infrastructure upgrades in Lee and Prentiss counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) Wednesday announced that the city of Baldwyn would receive $8.8 million in federal funding to restore and upgrade its wastewater system. 

The $3.19 million grant and a $5.6 million loan to the Lee and Prentiss county community would be administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water & Environmental Programs (WEP).

“This infrastructure investment can help improve quality of life and economic development opportunities for people in the Baldwyn area.  I’m pleased that the USDA recognizes the value of this funding in northeast Mississippi and throughout the state,” said Cochran.

According to a statement issued by the Senator’s office, WEP grant and loan awards are designed to assist communities of 10,000 or fewer residents address infrastructure needs by a providing technical assistance and financing to develop or improve drinking water and waste disposal systems.

Earlier this year, the USDA announced $4.17 million in additional Rural Development grants and loans to Mississippi communities, including a $2 million loan to benefit rebuilding of the Winston County Medical Center in Louisville.

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