News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015973
ContactDane Henshall(202) 260-0996
Cambridge, MD, Apr 27, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein today met with renewable energy leaders to seek their input on ways to improve economic conditions and help them create jobs.

“The Obama Administration and USDA want to hear directly from business leaders around the country about their ideas on how to grow the economy,” Adelstein said. “The feedback from these sessions directly informs Administration policy and the President’s plan to create jobs.”

The meeting is the latest in a series of roundtables hosted by the White House Business Council. It was held at the headquarters of Cambridge International, Inc. a leading manufacturing firm developing renewable energy solutions. Today’s roundtable is part of the White House Business Council’s Winning the Future Roundtable with American Business.

Cambridge International, Inc. – a “green” facility – is the world’s leading manufacturer of metal belting and woven wire cloth. These products now have new applications in environmental protection and clean energy production such as solar shading, blast mitigation, advanced scrubbers and more.

The White House Business Council has held more than 500 meetings with business and civic leaders in all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico Since April 2011.

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 is committed to using Federal resources more efficiently to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

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 active portfolio of more than $165 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 areas.