Oklahoma’s rural development department says it needs a major overhaul to help rural areas thrive.
A new plan calls for the creation of more than 400,000 jobs, $500 million in infrastructure improvements, $1 billion in economic growth and $1.1 billion to boost the state’s economy.
It’s a long-term effort.
It requires a commitment from the state and federal government.
And while some of the state government’s money could be spent in the first few years, the budget projections indicate the state will need to invest $5 billion more annually to help develop and support rural areas in the next decade.
The state is investing about $5.6 billion in rural development over the next five years, according to a report prepared for the Department of Economic Development.
The department said it has about $3.1 million in discretionary funding available for rural development.
But most of that money would be used for a handful of projects, including a $600,000 grant to a rural community college in southern Oklahoma to build a $2 million classroom.
Another $100,000 will go to a community college that plans to expand a building to accommodate more students.
And another $2.1 to $2,500 is available for another community college building project in eastern Oklahoma.
It’s all part of a $500,000 budget that will go toward the construction of new classrooms for the Oklahoma University of Science and Technology, a $1 million building to create a new community center in western Oklahoma and an $8 million school improvement project in northeast Oklahoma.
The $5,000 is in addition to $3 million in other funding that has been allocated for projects that the department said could help the state grow.
Those projects are all in the pipeline.
The budget proposal also includes $250,000 for the construction and repair of a new state-of-the-art water system in southwest Oklahoma.
Another $150,000 was spent on an education center in northwest Oklahoma that is to be built in the coming years.
The development plan also says that $1,500 will go for a new building to be constructed in southeastern Oklahoma to help provide support services to low-income families.
But the budget document does not indicate how much of the money will be spent on that project.
The agency said the funding would be available for the first five years of the project.
In a news release, the agency said it would be a priority to help Oklahoma grow economically and provide economic opportunities to its residents, especially those who are elderly, people with disabilities and those living in rural areas.
The Oklahoma Department of Development and Rural Development says the $500-million-plus figure is based on the agency’s current budget and projections for the next 10 years.
The agency has estimated the state could use the money for $2 billion of projects over the course of 20 years.
But that is a big number and it could also be too optimistic.
The budget document says the agency needs to consider future development needs and the amount of funding available to be sustainable.
If the department’s projections are wrong, the amount could increase dramatically.
The report says the state should look to other states to see how well other states are planning to use their discretionary funding, which it said is more than enough to help the states most vulnerable communities.
The state could also consider tapping into the federal and local government funds that it already receives.
If Oklahoma can’t help its most vulnerable people, how will they survive?
The budget document also suggests a focus on community development in rural Oklahoma.
But it does not include a plan to make more room for rural communities in the state budget.
Oklahoma has the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the nation, and its rural areas are one of the most economically depressed regions in the country.
A number of states have tried to address the problem by making it more affordable for people in rural parts of the country to work.
But many of those efforts have been met with resistance.
For example, the Obama administration recently proposed cutting $50 billion from the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, which covers the poor, working poor and those who earn too much to qualify for benefits.