News Release
Release No.STELPRD4012037
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
The building will serve as a fire station, a meeting place and training area for first responders, as well as the community’s new public library and city hall.
Westgate, IA, Aug 30, 2011 --

@@WESTGATE, Iowa – August 30, 2011 – Dennis Henke with USDA Rural Development was in Westgate today to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the community’s new fire station and multi-purpose building.

USDA Rural Development is assisting the project with grant funds totaling $141,700. A portion of these funds are being awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $520,000 and will be completed in the spring of 2012.

“We are very pleased to be assisting with this multi-purpose building project in Westgate,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “Local fire departments and emergency service personnel play a critical role in ensuring community safety. Adequate equipment and facilities are necessary to help lower response times and thereby improve public protection.”

The building will serve multiple purposes for the residents of Westgate including as a fire station, a meeting place and training area for first responders, as well as the community’s new public library and city hall.

During the past year USDA Rural Development helped a record number of Iowans receive funding for community and 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 Waverly at (319) 352-1715 Ext. 4. This office serves residents, communities and businesses in Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek 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.

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