West Point, GA, May 31, 2012 -- Contact:
Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
Secretary Vilsack Releases Report Highlighting Obama Administration Accomplishments Supporting Rural Communities
Events Being Held Nationwide To Showcase Successful Healthcare, Education and Public Safety Investments; New Projects Announced in 21 States
ATHENS, GA, May 31, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released a report highlighting the ways in which infrastructure investments in rural communities help create jobs and boost economic development, and he announced additional investments that will create jobs and promote economic growth across the nation.
“Quality hospitals, schools and libraries are the building blocks for a vibrant rural America,” said Vilsack. "Today’s announcement illustrates how the Obama Administration is leveraging Rural Development’s investments to ensure that rural communities can compete in the global economy.”
Since the start of fiscal year 2009, Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program has helped more than 37 million rural Americans address essential challenges in health care, education, public service and public safety by financing projects through loans, grants, or loan guarantees.
For example, tomorrow, Georgia Rural Development Acting State Director Quinton Robinson will be in West Point, Georgia for the ribbon cutting celebration of the City’s new fire station. In FY2010 the city received a $2,150,000 Community Facility loan for the construction which began last July. The new station will house the fire truck which was purchased in FY2008 with a Rural Development loan/grant combo. The ladder truck is equipped with a hydraulic lift and exceeds National Fire Protection Association standards.
To find out how the Community Facilities Program is making a difference in Georgia and nationwide, click here.
Vilsack also announced that 38 Community Facilities investments in 21 states are being awarded today to continue the Administration’s commitment to help create jobs and improve the economy. For a list of new awards announced today, please click here.
USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program supports essential infrastructure and services for public use in rural areas of 20,000 in population or less. Financing for Community Facilities projects covers a broad range of interests, including healthcare, education, public safety and public services. There are three major Community Facilities Programs: Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Programs, Community Facilities Grants, and the Rural Community Development Initiative.
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.
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 affordable 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.
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