Lenox, IA, Sep 20, 2011 -- LENOX, Iowa – September 20, 2011 – Dee Fischer with USDA Rural Development was in Lenox today to participate in dedication and ribbon cutting ceremonies for the community’s new community center.
USDA Rural Development is assisting the project with grant funds totaling $114,750. A majority of these funds were made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be $680,000.
“We are pleased to be assisting with this community center project that will provide a wonderful service to residents living in and around Lenox,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “Community-improvement efforts are important to the sustainability of rural America. USDA Rural Development is ready to help communities across Iowa develop these critical resources.”
The new 6,700-square-foot city-owned facility will be available to the public for meetings, receptions, family reunions and community events. The new fully accessible community center includes a serving kitchen, large and small meeting rooms and has a large parking lot.
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.
“USDA Rural Development currently administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility loan and grant programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America,” Menner added.
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 www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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.