JAMESTOWN – New York’s junior senator is expected to push her Rebuild Rural America Act during a visit to SUNY JCC Monday afternoon.
According to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office, the senator will unveil legislation that would prioritize federal investment for rural communities and small towns across New York State.
The Rebuild Rural America Act aims improve the way that the federal government supports development projects in small towns and rural communities in order to better fit their specific needs.
The senator says federal grant funding is often inaccessible to rural communities and too inflexible to fully meet local development needs.
That makes it difficult for small towns to plan and implement comprehensive, long-term development projects required to address the complex challenges they face.
The Rebuild Rural America Act would, according Gillibrand, establish a dedicated stream of federal funding for rural communities and provide guaranteed, multi-year, flexible block grants to support regional economic growth.
Gillibrand is scheduled to speak Monday at 3 p.m. at SUNY JCC’s Weeks Reception Hall.