Sioux Center, Iowa, Jul 26, 2012 -- Representatives from USDA Rural Development were in Sioux Center, Iowa, today to participate in groundbreaking ceremonies for a replacement hospital in the community.
The Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center project is receiving a $26 million loan to help with the construction of a 19-bed replacement critical access hospital and medical clinic.
“Rural residents must have access to the best available care, and this new medical campus in Sioux Center will provide decades of service to the residents of this region,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities.”
Mitch Sabin, community programs specialist with USDA Rural Development’s Le Mars office participated in the groundbreaking ceremonies.
During the past four years USDA Rural Development has provided more than $175 million in loans and grants to more than 20 rural health care facilities in Iowa, helping to make needed facility and equipment improvements. USDA funds have assisted with major hospital construction projects in rural Iowa communities such as Belmond, Denison, Oskaloosa, Guttenberg, Sumner, and Clarinda, along with planned projects in Jefferson, Manning and Sioux Center.
USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, the agency has invested nearly $2 billion in essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities to help Iowa families and communities build a better future.
“Under President Obama’s leadership, USDA has carried out these investments, helping our rural communities and sectors which impact the rural economy,” Menner added. “In turn, this has supported the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. It has empowered rural America to continue leading the way, strengthening America’s economy, and strengthening small towns and rural communities.”
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about finance programs available through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Le Mars at (712) 546-5149 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury Counties.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of grant and direct and guaranteed loan programs for single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.
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