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      Three Neb. Cities Receive $300,000 Grants for Job Development

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        Three Nebraska cities will be receiving federal grant money to help create jobs and build economic opportunities in rural communities.

        The cities of Gering, Tecumseh and Gothenburg will join other organizations in 11 states in working to strengthen economic development in rural parts of the United States.

        All three cities will receive a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "Theseinvestments will give rural businesses and local organizations more access tocapital and new markets, allowing them to expand and increase hiring,"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

        The city of Gering will use their grant money to capitalize a loan fund to help build two additions and a new building in town. The project will create one full-time job, one part-time job and allow for the retention of an existing position.

        The Tecumseh Board of Public Works will use the $300,000 to set up a loan fund to help Johnson County Hospital to upgrade its generator and modernize its electronic records management and pharmacy medication management systems. This project will create one new job.

        The city of Gothenburg will create a loan fund to help Gothenburg Memorial Hospital upgrade servers and computer networks for its electronic medical records system. The project will create three new jobs and save four existing positions.

        The grants are being provided through USDA's Rural Economic DevelopmentLoan and Grant program.

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