Boonsboro, Jul 16, 2012 -- BOONSBORO, MD., July 16, 2012 – Residents in and around Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village will have an improved quality of life, thanks to the completion of a USDA-funded wastewater treatment plant project. USDA Rural Development State Director Jack Tarburton joined Congressional Representatives and other officials today to mark the completion of the Fahrney-Keedy wastewater treatment plant upgrade that serves approximately 400 residents and employees with additional capacity to serve expansion of the facilities.
The improvements made to the wastewater treatment plant were necessary to bring the facility in compliance with Maryland Department of the Environment regulations designed to improve the discharge of treated wastewater effluent.
“Environmental regulations and infrastructure costs are some of the most difficult and most expensive challenges that non-profit organizations and rural communities face,” said Tarburton. “USDA Rural Development for many years has been a partner in helping small towns and non-profit organizations overcome these obstacles. The project will help protect the environment for future generations to enjoy. This year, USDA is commemorating 150 years working with Americans to protect the land. At the same time, USDA is looking to the future. We know an economy built to last will rely on the health of our natural resources.”
The USDA Rural Development investment in the project is in the form of a low-interest loan in the amount of $3,692,000.
Keith Bryan, President and CEO for Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village said, “Although this was a tremendous undertaking for Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, it was successful due to the coordination, dedication and support of the many entities that participated on this project including inspectors, contractors, engineers, financial partners, and County and State agencies. The current and long-term benefits from this project, along with meeting mandated wastewater distribution guidelines, include the ability to expand Fahrney-Keedy’s mission, We are committed to enhancing the lives of seniors through caring quality service, by offering new services and increased senior living opportunities. USDA’s oversight before and during the construction phase has been immeasurable; without USDA’s low-interest loan this project would have been very difficult to undertake. ”
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. In 2011, the agency provided more than $443 million to rural Maryland.
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