East Lansing, MI, Jun 22, 2012 -- U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager and State Director for Michigan James J. Turner will be in the Traverse City area on Monday, June 25, to highlight how the agency is promoting growth in rural Michigan.
Tonsager is a featured speaker at the National Value Added Conference in Acme.
At 1 p.m. he will tour the Skilled Manufacturing Inc. facility in Traverse City. The automotive and aerospace parts manufacturer received two USDA guaranteed loans to restructure its debt and purchase equipment in 2010.
USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of 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 more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency’s programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.
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