Mineral County Sheriff’s Office was awarded funding from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the purchase of new cameras for their detention center.

The USDA Assistant Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that her department had invested $237 million to 119 rural projects in 29 states.

“While many rural communities boast an array of natural resources and scenic and cultural amenities, they often lack the social and physical amenities necessary to build a foundation for rural prosperity,” Hazlett said, while meeting with the Western Governor’s Association in June.

“Under the leadership of Secretary Perdue and through partnership with small towns and cities, USDA is working to change that by investing in essential community facilities such as schools, public safety equipment and modern medical facilities that attract new residents, retain existing ones and make rural communities competitive places to live, work and play.”

Mineral County was not the only Nevada facility to receive funding. The Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe was approved funding for the purchase of a front end loader using a loan of $100,700 and $30,180 grant. The City of Wells purchased x-ray equipment for their new medical center, using a $36,600 loan and $19,700 grant. Esmeralda used USDA CF grant funds to purchase a 14-passenger van to transport seniors from their rural location to medical appointments. Community Chest in Fernley was able to purchase an office space to provide better support to their community members.

There are more than 100 types of projects eligible for USDA Community Facility funding. Loans have amounted from $10,000 to $165 million.