Anita, Logan and Woodbine, IA, Apr 08, 2011 -- Contact: Darin Leach, Public Information Coordinator
Phone: (515) 284-4747 (office); (515) 669-5691 (cell) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
USDA Rural Development Recognizes Community-Improvement Projects in Anita, Logan and Woodbine
A total of $1.5 Million in Loan and Grant Funds Helping Improve Health Care, Fire and Rescue Services and Economic Development in Western Iowa
ANITA, LOGAN and WOODBINE, Iowa – April 8, 2011 – Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today made stops in Anita, Logan and Woodbine to congratulate local leaders for accessing more than $1.5 million from the USDA to assist with a wide variety of community-improvement projects that will improve healthcare opportunities, fire and rescue services and economic development in the western Iowa communities.
“We are extremely pleased to be assisting these communities in their efforts to build for the future,” Menner said. “Today, more than 1.7 million Iowans call rural Iowa home. It is important that our rural communities continually look at ways to grow economic opportunities and make quality-of-life improvements.”
State Director Menner recognized community leaders in Anita for accessing a $97,500 USDA grant to help purchase a new multi-purpose fire truck. This new 4x4 truck will allow the local fire department to better fight grass fires which have been on the rise in recent years. The new fire truck replaces one that was 23 years old and was not equipped for off-road activities.
While in Logan, State Director Menner met with the Logan Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association to recognize a $93,000 USDA grant. The funding is assisting with the purchase of a fire truck, as well as 24 sets of bunker gear and other emergency medical services-related equipment.
State Director Menner made his last stop in Woodbine where he reviewed the plans and specifications for the new fire station addition that will be constructed with the assistance of a $100,000 USDA grant.
The fire department in Woodbine will also have a new 1,500-gallon tanker truck thanks to a $100,000 grant. This new truck will replace one that was 30 years old and will provide improved fire protection services to the City of Woodbine and the seven area townships.
While in Woodbine, State Director Menner toured Woodbine’s downtown area which has recently undergone significant upgrades thanks, in part, to the Main Street Iowa program and assistance from USDA Rural Development.
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This past year 503 Walker, LLC was awarded a $29,750 USDA grant. This developer used funding to install an energy-saving geothermal heating and cooling system in the 503 and 505 Walker buildings. The renovated buildings now include a new restaurant, commercial and retail space and six new apartments.
The Woodbine visit concluded with a grand opening of the new Alegent Health Clinic owned by the Woodbine Community Development and Betterment Association. The medical clinic was made possible, in part, by a $945,000 loan and $199,500 grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by USDA Rural Development.
“Keeping rural Iowa vibrant and prosperous requires a dedication to innovation, education and infrastructure,” Menner added. “Loans and grants from USDA Rural Development continue to play a vital role in our rural communities’ efforts to grow and thrive.”
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of grant and direct and guaranteed loan programs for single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.
During the past year USDA Rural Development helped a record number of Iowans receive funding for economic development projects and quality of life improvements. The agency’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 2,200 jobs, aided 2,500 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 250 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Atlantic at (712) 243-2107 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Pottawattamie, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Fremont, Page and Taylor Counties.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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