News Release
Release No.STELPRD4012906
ContactDawn Knepp717-237-2286
Washington DC, Oct 26, 2011 --

@@USDA Rural Development and Adams County Arts Council Cuts Ribbon For Community Arts Center

Gettysburg, Oct. 27, 2011 – USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams and Adams County Arts Council officials celebrated the opening of a new community arts center today with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

"This project will help not only provide a much needed infrastructure improvement in Gettysburg, but it will also help to expand cultural and educational amenities available to the local community,” said Williams.

The Adams County Arts Council building is being funded, in part, through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.

Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of approximately 110 employees located in 11 offices throughout Pennsylvania. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at


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