USDA is investing in a Clay County hospital as part of a $14 million package that includes nine other states.

In Flora, Rural Development will invest $191,052 to help Clay County Hospital buy fluorescent imaging technology and a laparoscopic camera system for its operating room. The project will help the hospital retain all the jobs associated with the operating room.

The funding is being provided through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant or REDLG program. Through this program, USDA provides zero-interest loans and grants to utilities. The utilities then lend money to local businesses for projects that create and retain employment in rural areas.

“When we invest in infrastructure, we’re investing in the people of rural America to help create thriving communities where they can grow and prosper,” said Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson Maxson.

For more information about investment resources for rural areas, contact the Illinois Rural Development office at