News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017559
ContactDeborah Callahan706-546-2162
Crawford, GA, Jul 25, 2012 --

@@U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development joined the City of Crawford in celebration of the grand opening of the City’s new wastewater treatment plant. Approximately 25 people were in attendance with Mayor James Coile acting as master of ceremonies for the event. City council members were present as well as several elected officials including State Senator Frank Ginn, State Representative Chuck Williams, and Vincent Lewis, field representative for State Representative Mickey Channell. Margaret Duck, Rural Development Specialist (recently retired), attend as she had done the majority of the application and loan processing on this project.

The City of Crawford’s project consists of constructing a mechanical wastewater treatment plant to replace the existing oxidation pond wastewater treatment system.  This new plant will initially double treatment capacity with capability to increase to 250,000 gallons per day and allow the city to add residential and non–residential users, including four county schools.  The initial loan was approved in the amount of $2,843,000 and the initial grant was approved in the amount of $3,256,000.  Due to a cost overrun – the city was approved for a subsequent loan of $296,000 and a subsequent grant of $744,000.  USDA loans total $3,139,000 and grants total $4,000,000 for an investment of $7,139,000. 

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy and strengthening small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.   

 USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, 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 America.


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