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Mat-Su Valley to Get New Primary Care Clinic

$40 million from Recovery Act creates jobs, improves health care delivery

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today announced the award of a $40 million loan to the Southcentral Foundation for the construction of a new primary care clinic in the Mat-Su Borough. The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The new Valley Native Primary Care Center will be built in Wasilla and will improve health care delivery to Alaska Natives living in Palmer, Wasilla and other Mat-Su communities. With an estimated staff of 250, the project will also create jobs for residents of the region.

“Building this clinic serves two worthwhile purposes, providing jobs to Mat-Su residents and addressing Alaska’s shortage of primary care facilities, doctors and other health care providers,” Begich said. “I remain focused on projects and ideas that create jobs for Alaskans, many of whom are out of work through no fault of their own.”

Funds provided by the United States Department of Agriculture will provide a 93,652 square foot facility, replacing a small building which cannot accommodate the growing numbers of Alaska Natives moving to the Mat-Su Valley from rural Alaska villages.

The Recovery Act is expected to bring an estimated $1.6 billion and save or create 8,000 jobs in Alaska over two years. Many of the projects funded by ARRA are underway this construction season, stimulating Alaska’s economy and creating jobs across the state.

Additional information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is available here: http://www.recovery.gov/

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