Greenwood Village, CO, Oct 13, 2011 -- Greenwood Village, Colo., October 13, 2011 — On Thursday, USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager joined area business leaders in a Winning the Future Roundtable with American Business discussion hosted by COBank, in Greenwood Village, Colo. The purpose of the discussion is to get feedback on how the Administration can work together to improve rural economic conditions and create jobs. The meeting is part of a series of roundtables that are being held across the country this summer and fall with senior Obama Administration officials on behalf of the White House Rural Council.
"In partnership with other public and private sector businesses, USDA Rural Development continues to improve the economic climate of rural areas through the creation or preservation of sustainable business opportunities and jobs and by helping to close the gap in opportunity for the under-served rural areas and populations," said Tonsager.
The Greenwood Village roundtable is one of several that White House Business Council members will holding in at least 100 communities across the country by year-end. “This roundtable is an excellent outlet for us to make sure that local business leaders are taking advantage of the Administration’s resources and programs designed to help them create jobs,” said Colorado USDA Rural Development State Director Jim Isgar.
On September 8, President Obama presented the American Jobs Act in an address to Congress. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. The American Jobs Act is specific. It will put people back to work right now, and it will not add to the deficit. Through a combination of direct spending, such as infrastructure investments, and tax relief, such as an extension of the payroll tax cuts, it will lead to new American jobs.
In June, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the first White House Rural Council, chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The White House Rural Council will work throughout government to create policies to promote economic prosperity and a high quality of life in rural communities.
Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America's rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining and thriving economically.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. 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.