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Photo of Tom Williams, Rural Development State DirectorTom Williams,
Pennsylvania State Director

In fiscal year (FY) 2013, USDA Rural Development Pennsylvania office invested $1,036,781,712 in rural Pennsylvania communities. This success would not have been achieved without the fine work and dedication of the Pennsylvania Rural Development staff.

Although they may go unnoticed, USDA Rural Development programs are providing support that may otherwise be unavailable but absolutely necessary for communities to grow and thrive. USDA funding may be a critical component in your new hospital project, clinic construction, or sewer system improvement plan. It may be a contributing factor in your community library construction project or in a small energy conservation project undertaken by a local farmer or your grocer. It might have funded the ambulance used by the rescue squad to rush your neighbor to a medical facility. Our programs often supply the missing funding needed to promote private investment, infrastructure build-out, affordable housing, and economic development in rural America. We also support business helping with the capital funding they need to start, expand and hire new employees.

USDA Rural Development programs are providing support that may otherwise be unavailable but absolutely necessary for communities to grow and thrive. USDA funding may be a critical component in your new hospital project, school construction, or sewer system improvement plan. It may be a contributing factor in your community library construction project or in a small energy conservation project undertaken by a local farmer or small business. It might have funded the ambulance used by the rescue squad to rush your neighbor to a medical facility. Our programs often supply the missing funding needed to promote private investment, infrastructure build-out, affordable housing, and economic development in rural America. We also support business projects, helping with the capital funding they need to start, expand and hire new employees. You might see the success of our programs when a small business adds jobs to its community, like DeVilbiss Healthcare in Somerset County where a Rural Development Business & Industry (B&I) loan guarantee was used to move manufacturing jobs back from China to Somerset, preserving 92 and creating an estimated 20 full time jobs.

USDA programs are also often at work when construction workers are hired to build hospitals and college dormitories. In FY 2013, we funded 51 community facilities projects, including Endless Mountains Hospital, Highlands Hospital, and West Chester University new residence hall project. Last year, USDA Rural Development provided financial assistance for 12 rural water and waste facilities to install/ upgrade water and sewer systems and develop the capacity for growth. Over the last five years, USDA Rural Development has invested over $4.2 billion in rural Pennsylvania.

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Last Modified:11/20/2014 
 
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