Des Moines, IA, Aug 07, 2011 -- RED OAK, Iowa – August 7, 2011 – Hollie Askey with USDA Rural Development was in Red Oak today to participate in the dedication ceremony for a new parking lot at the Montgomery County History Center. The center received a $70,000 grant from USDA Rural Development to assist with the project.
The Montgomery County Historical Society was organized in 1945 to help preserve and share the area’s history. The society continued to grow over the years and in 2006 moved into a new 14,000 square-foot building.
This parking lot project marks the conclusion of the final beautification project at the center.
“Historical societies play an important role in the identity and pride of our rural communities,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director. “USDA Rural Development is dedicated to preserving this heritage and helping communities plan for the future.”
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 in improving community facilities and upgrading local infrastructure.
“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’s mission is to deliver quality programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. The agency’s portfolio includes assistance for homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
“Whether the project is a new medical clinic, hospital, fire station, fire truck, emergency equipment, community building, assisted living facility, or child care center, our agency is ready to assist,” Menner added.
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about programs through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Atlantic at (712) 243-2107. This office serves 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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