News Release
Release No.STELPRD4012036
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
USDA Rural Development grant funds assist with economic development project to replace an aging and undersized library building in Lewis.
Lewis, IA, Aug 29, 2011 --

@@LEWIS, Iowa – August 29, 2011 – Dee Fischer with USDA Rural Development was in Lewis today to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the community’s new library.

USDA Rural Development is assisting the project with grant funds totaling $187,250. These funds are being award through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $550,000 and should be completed in the spring of 2012.

“We are pleased to be assisting with this library project that will help provide an outstanding educational environment to residents living in and around Lewis,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “Public libraries play an integral role in enhancing quality-of-life opportunities in rural communities.”

The new library will replace a building that was built in the late 1800s and does not have adequate space for the services offered by the library and is not handicap accessible.

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

Residents, communities and businesses in southwest Iowa are served by the USDA Rural Development office in Atlantic. For more information please call (712) 243-2107 Ext. 4.

The Atlantic office serves Adams, Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby 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

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of direct and guaranteed rural credit programs involving single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.