News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015515
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399-8393
Syracuse, NY, Mar 26, 2012 --

@@Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and the St. Lawrence County Planning Office hosted a roundtable to discuss funding opportunities for municipal projects. Local government officials and St. Lawrence residents gathered at the St. Lawrence County Human Services Complexes in Canton to learn about the USDA RD’s funding programs. USDA RD representatives gave an overview of its various programs, project eligibility and the application process.

“We are always eager and enthusiastic about collaborating with local leaders such as the St. Lawrence County Planning Office to educate the public on the agency and how we can be of assistance to rural communities throughout the state. Our programs revitalize and build communities, businesses, and homes.” said Jill Harvey, USDA RD NY State Director.

Since taking office, President Obama’s Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities.  From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council – chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – the President wants the federal government to be the best possible partner for rural businesses and entrepreneurs and for people who want to live, work and raise their families in 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 Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at