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Release No.STELPRD4012915
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
USDA Rural Development Provided Indian Hills Community College with a $199,515 Grant to Assist with Live-Burn Prop Building at Center
Ottumwa, Oct 29, 2011 --

@@OTTUMWA, Iowa – October 29, 2011 – Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today participated in dedication ceremonies for Indian Hills Community Colleges’ recently completed Rural Emergency Services Training Center.

“We are pleased to be assisting with this training center that will offer increased training opportunities for emergency services personnel,” Menner said. “Funding from USDA Rural Development can assist communities in such a wide variety of ways. This live-fire burn prop building is just another example of how our agency is committed to the future of rural communities.”

USDA Rural Development provided the college with a $199,515 grant to purchase and install a live-fire burn prop building to provide specialized live-fire training to area fire fighters and first responders. As many as 50 fire departments and first responder units from Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne Counties will use the prop building to meet training requirements.

The building is a key component of the Rural Emergency Services Training Center located at Indian Hills’ North Campus. North Campus is located just north of Ottumwa at the Ottumwa Regional Airport off Highway 63.

Since 2010 USDA Rural Development has 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.

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“If you have a project that create jobs, improves community services and safety, helps a business become more energy efficient, or gives a family the opportunity to achieve the American dream, please contact us today,” Menner added.

Contact USDA Rural Development

For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Albia at (641) 932-3031 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Appanoose, Davis, Jasper, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Wapello and Wayne Counties.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. 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 grant and direct and guaranteed loan programs for single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.

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