LEBANON, Tenn., Aug 24, 2011 -- A rapidly growing area is a sign of economic growth and is a movement in the right direction. In some areas, that rapid expansion leaves some utility districts scrambling to keep up with the requirements needed to sustain the community. LaGuardo Utility District in Wilson County was one of those districts looking for ways to match the growing community they serve.
USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode joined LaGuardo Utility District General Manager Joey Hardin and other leaders at the construction site where a new water intake system will be built for the area to announce federal funding for the project. The project will increase the water supply and availability for more than 2,800 Wilson County residents.
"Safe, reliable water is vital to the future of every healthy community," said Goode. "Making these infrastructure investments puts people to work now and it lays the foundation for improved safety and sustainable growth in this area through the next generation."
Rural Development financing includes a $9,900,000 low-interest infrastructure loan and a $1,100,000 grant that will be combined with $425,300 in contributions from the utility district totaling $11,425,300 being pumped into the local area. According to Hardin, the new intake on the Cumberland River will connect a 24-inch water transmission main line to the existing system resulting in the ability to bring more water into the plant.
Others who participated in the event included LaGuardo Utility District President Dan Stewart; Vice President Larry Bowers, Treasurer/Secretary Clayton Gray, General Manager Joey Hardin, Office Manager Colebra Montgomery; Tim Huddleston of W&O Construction; Brian and Eddie Conrad of Conrad Construction; Engineer James Highers of Highers, Koonce & Associates, Inc.; Wilson Bank and Trust Executive Vice President Gary Whitaker; Wilson County Mayor Office representative Carol Knight; and USDA Rural Development Area Director Christopher Westbrook and staff Lola Maratita.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, businesses, community infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year Rural Development assisted more than 1.5 million rural Tennessee families and businesses with more than $1.06 billion in financial assistance through affordable loans, loan-guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs contact the Rural Development Area Office in Nashville at 615-783-1359, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 ext. 1359 or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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