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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Tom Reed (23rd District of New York)

Rep. Tom Reed Delivers Over $700,000 In Distance Learning, Telemedicine Grants

Olean, October 8, 2020

OLEAN, NY – Today, Rep. Tom Reed is proud to announce $705,067 in U.S. Department of Agricultural Rural Development Funding through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants program. The Southern Tier Health Care System will receive $218,557, and Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES will receive $486,510. The funding will help support education and training for opioid and substance abuse services in rural New York, as well as increase distance learning at Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES) partner school. “We care about our region’s access to critical federal resources like these grants because COVID-19 has reaffirmed the positive impact virtual services like telemedicine and distance learning can have on communities across the 23rd district,” said Tom. “We were proud to support this funding and are glad to see that it will be used to help working families, teachers, students, and those with specific medical needs. It is only fair that these resources continue to flow to our region so we can ensure everyone can utilize the educational and health care services they deserve.”
“CA BOCES is honored to receive the 2020 USDA Rural Development Distance Learning Grant, totaling over $450,000, on behalf of the students and teachers in the Cattaraugus and Allegany region,” said Tim Cox, Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES assistant superintendent for instructional support services. “This award is so important, now more than ever, so that students and teachers in our schools have access to virtual connections required for learning in a high-tech world.  The goal of this program is to increase distance learning capacity within the region and break down geographic barriers that can limit the educational opportunities available for our students.  Students in our schools deserve the best; this grant is a step in that direction!”
The USDA Rural Development program provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. The program provides assistance with infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit: www.usda.gov.

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