Rosebud, SD, Jul 05, 2012 -- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Area Director Tim Potts and Rural Development Area Specialist Thomas Ischkum joined the Rosebud Sioux Tribe during ground breaking ceremonies for a new community and first responder building for the Corn Creek district.
“This project will provide a valuable resource to the Corn Creek District and surrounding Rosebud communities,” said Rural Development State Director Elsie M. Meeks. “It will provide the community access to effective and efficient emergency services.”
At present, the existing facility has no running water, no restrooms, and limited electrical connections, as well as no services for first responders, for health, fire and police. The new facility will provide for a roaming clinic, a police substation, and a facility for the communities youth. The facility will be available to house community members in case of a natural disaster, such as a flood or tornado. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe was awarded $144,000 from USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility Economic Impact Initiative (EII) to assist with the building.
Chairman of Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Rodney M. Bordeaux said “For years, Corn Creek Community has been without a decent community building and now with the extra funding from USDA Rural Development, this community can now enjoy benefits that were never fully realized before, access to health care and emergency services and a gathering spot for our youth to enjoy themselves. I commend everyone connected with this project; your efforts are well appreciated by the community and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Wopila Tanka.”
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 $170 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.