News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016153
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399-8393
Syracuse, NY, May 08, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development announced an $18,000 grant to Conesville Fire District to purchase an All Terrain Vehicle to be used to fight fires and emergency rescues throughout the county.

“The emergency vehicles are crucial as it provides protection and safety for our rural communities in Schoharie County. Our continuous financial contribution to Schoharie ensures that this county is equipped with the proper community facilities, businesses, and water infrastructure to meet the needs of its residents. In the last year, Rural Development has provided nearly $9 million in loans and grants to Schoharie County, said Bryan Clerkin, USDA RD NY Acting State Director.

This funding was made possible through Rural Development’s Community Facility Program. USDA Rural Development makes loans and grants to develop essential rural community facilities in areas of up to 20,000 in population. Direct loans may be made to applicants unable to obtain commercial credit. Priority is given to applicants in rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less. Applicants with low median household incomes receive a higher percentage of the grants.

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 existing 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 America.