Lexington, KY, Oct 14, 2011 -- Officials with USDA Rural Development are making two stops in Lewis County today to dedicate a new police cruiser for the city of Vanceburg and a new building for the Black Oak Volunteer Fire Department.
In the Black Oak Community, Rural Development provided a Community Facilities loan and grant combination in the amount of $350,000 to assist in the construction of a new 8,000 square foot building to replace an existing inadequate facility and provide improved fire protection services to the 3,990 residents of the area, as well as the industrial park and surrounding areas in rural Lewis County.
State Director Tom Fern said funding for this project was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
In Vanceburg, Rural Development provided an Economic Impact Initiative grant in the amount of $39,000 to help the city purchase two new 2011 Crown Victoria Police Interceptors for the police department so it can provide effective and efficient emergency and protection services for approximately 1,731 citizens of Vanceburg.
“The projects we are highlighting today in Lewis County are vital for the creation and maintenance of strong rural communities – and Rural Development is proud to be able to assist such worthwhile endeavors that will benefit the communities of Vanceburg and Black Oak, as well as other rural communities,” said Fern. “Preserving the infrastructure in rural areas is one of many ways that USDA assistance helps create and retain jobs.”
Fern said it is great to see the progress being made in Lewis County, and expressed his appreciation for the hard work of local police and volunteer firefighters – as well as the cooperation of community leaders at the local and federal levels.
President Obama signed the Recovery Act into law in 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the Nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
More information about USDA's efforts regarding the Recovery Act is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about the Federal government's efforts on the economic stimulus is available at www.recovery.gov.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and nearly 500 state and local offices. 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. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of nearly $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.
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