Lexington, KY, May 19, 2012 -- Federal Agriculture officials will be in Wolfe County today to highlight completion of the city of Campton’s new water treatment plant.
Thomas G. Fern, State Director for USDA Rural Development, said the agency provided funding through its Water and Environmental Program, including a loan for $892,000 and grant for $892,000. The funding was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Other funding partners include Kentucky Infrastructure Authority and the Appalachian Regional Commission.
“Rural Development’s support for infrastructure projects reflects our commitment to ensuring rural communities can create jobs, attract businesses and provide essential services to their residents,” said Fern. “Officials with the city of Campton are to be applauded for taking the initiative to ensure they can provide adequate water service to its customers, while also planning for future needs and enhancing their opportunities for economic development.”
The new treatment plant was needed to meet water quality regulations and provide improved water service to current and future residents in rural Wolfe County.
Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provide loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less. Public bodies and non-profit organizations may qualify for assistance. Rural Development also makes grants to nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to assist rural communities with their water, wastewater, and solid waste problems. For more information, go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWEP_HomePage.html.
President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law on Feb. 17, 2009. Its purpose was to jumpstart the nation’s economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief and protect those in greatest need.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and nearly 500 state and local offices. 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. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of nearly $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.
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