Wyoming, Iowa, Apr 12, 2012 -- Contact: Darin Leach, Public Information Coordinator
Phone: (515) 284-4747 (office); (515) 669-5691 (cell)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
USDA Rural Development Participates in Open House Activities for Little Eagles Nest Learning Center in Wyoming
USDA Provided $508,500 in Loan and Grant Funds to Assist in
Construction of New Learning Center Building
WYOMING, Iowa – April 12, 2012 – Representatives from USDA Rural Development’s Tipton office were in Wyoming today to participate in open house activities at the newly completed home of the Little Eagles Nest Learning Center.
“We are pleased to be assisting the City of Wyoming with this exciting childcare project that will provide excellent learning opportunities and services to children,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “Enhancing the quality of life for rural Americans by promoting strong children, families and communities is a top area of emphasis at USDA Rural Development.”
USDA Rural Development assisted with the construction of the new building by providing the City of Wyoming with a $358,500 loan and $150,000 grant. The funds were made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and administered by USDA Rural Development.
The center’s new building, which will provide childcare services to as many as 56 children, opens on Monday, April 16th and is operated as a partnership between the City of Wyoming and the Midland Community School District.
Childcare centers and in-home providers play an important role in rural communities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that around 70 percent of children under the age of six in Iowa live in a home with two working parents.
During the past 30 years, USDA Rural Development has assisted more than 90 childcare centers across Iowa with nearly $30 million in loan and grant funds.
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.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,900 jobs, aided 2,000 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 80 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
“From new hospitals, to childcare centers, to increased, affordable housing to thriving small businesses, USDA Rural Development has been a partner in a number of great projects during the past year,” Menner added. “Our agency is eager to build on the success of the past and help foster an even brighter future for rural Iowa.”
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about finance programs available through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Tipton at (563) 886-6006 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Dubuque, Benton, Linn, Jones, Jackson, Iowa, Johnson, Cedar, Clinton and Scott 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 www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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