Salt Lake City, UT, Dec 15, 2010 -- Over $485 Million Delivered to rural Utah
The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development has released its 2010 Annual Report for Utah. The report reveals $485,190,185 was infused into the state's rural economy to assist in areas of housing, utilities, community facilities, business, telecommunications, and energy.
"USDA Rural Development is a leading advocate for rural Utah as our annual report reveals. We offer an array of programs that bring a greater quality of life to rural areas. These benefits are multiplied when our resources are leveraged with those of our many partners," stated USDA Rural Development Utah State Director Dave Conine.
The report reveals that 2353 households became rural homeowners, which was an increase from last year’s 2,108 households. Seventy five existing rural homeowners received needed home repairs. Over 1,157 tenants compared to last year’s 1,020 tenants of our Rural Rental Housing Program were assisted with affordable rents.
Fifteen Community Facilities Projects benefitted by receiving funds for a new charter school, a health clinic, emergency vehicles, and rehabilitation of two community libraries. One Utah community received a $199,358 Economic Impact Initiative Grant, to fund a new ambulance and a much needed police vehicle. These funds made it possible to serve over 73,556 Utah rural residents.
A dependable supply of quality water will be delivered to rural residents via several water projects. These loans and grants totaling over eighteen million helped nearly 22 thousand rural residents in five communities through Rural Utilities Programs. In addition, our Earth Day Projects highlighted Santaquin City who received grant funding to construct an environmentally friendly waste water treatment facility that will eliminate the need for the city to discharge its water into Utah Lake.
Through various Rural Development business programs, approximately 192 rural jobs were created and or saved. Rural Business Enterprise Grants funds assisted truck driving training, rural tourism, transportation, job training, and establishment of a business resource center. Rural Business Opportunity Grant supported two feasibility studies and a business plan for tribally owned enterprises. Renewable Energy will increase as one rural business acquired solar panels for energy conservation efforts, and two feasibility studies were funded for renewable (wood) energy generation projects. Technical assistance was provided to a number of individuals and groups interested in submitting applications for cooperative funding assistance. Assistance included bio-diesel and marketing ventures, cooperatives specializing in financial & agricultural services.
"It is Rural Development's desire to become a household name as the "Lender of first opportunity" and an asset in the financial needs of each rural community," stated Conine. "We encourage rural residents and communities to contact us about the needs of their rural area."
Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ut or call 801-524-4320 for a free copy of our annual report or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you. # Contact: Donna Birk @ 435-835-4111 x27