MARTIN, Tenn., Apr 25, 2011 -- Northwest Tennessee Development District and Human Resource Agency Executive Director John Bucy was joined today by USDA Rural Development Area Director Harriet Cannon to announce renovations and the expansion of the Development District's main facility at 124 Weldon Drive. The improvements will bring together about 38 Development District (NWTDD) and Human Resource Agency (HRA) staff under one roof.
Financing of $1.3 million for the project is provided by First Citizens National Bank of Martin. USDA Rural Development is providing a Community Facilities Loan Guarantee to First Citizens. "USDA loan guarantees help private lenders safely increase lending and extend better terms in rural communities," said Cannon. "We are glad to partner with First Citizens to provide financial resources that will help people across the whole region."
According to Bucy, "Funds will be used to construct needed accessibility and energy efficiency improvements to our main office and add about 4,270 square feet of space needed to bring all 38 members of our staff under one roof."
NWTDD and HRA is an association of forty-seven municipalities and nine counties organized to advocate and promote economic and community development in the nine county region of northwest Tennessee. More information is available online at www.nwtddhra.org.
"We appreciate the partnership between First Citizens and USDA, and the great support of our Board of Directors and staff. Working in one place will improve communication and service delivery," said Bucy.
First Citizens-Martin President Tom Seratt said the bank is "Proud to partner with USDA Rural Development and Northwest Tennessee Development District on a project that helps improve the quality of life throughout the entire region."
TLM Associates of Jackson designed the addition and renovations. NFI Design Builders of Newbern will provide construction services. Officials expect the project to be completed in about eight months depending on the weather.
Other who participated in the event included Senator Lamar Alexander’s Representative Matt Varino, Rep. Stephen Fincher’s Representative Hannah-Wade Powell, NWTDD Chairman/Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire, NWTDD Vice Chair /Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, NWTDD Secretary/Treasurer /Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, NWTDD Board Member/Weakley County Mayor Houston Patrick, Northwest Tennessee Community Action Partnership Executive Director Don Ridgeway, TLM’s Jerry Hartsfield, NFI Design Builders Project Manager Dan Holland and Project Superintendent Donald Harron, RD Staff Harriet Cannon, Brenda Horner, Mitzi Hailey, Brandon Orr and Mary Hickman.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, businesses, community infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year Rural Development assisted more than 1.5 million rural Tennessee families and businesses with more than $1.06 billion in financial assistance through affordable loans, loan-guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in northwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Union City at 731-885-6480 ext. 4, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 extension 1497, or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 TDD (615) 783-1397.