Keosauqua, Iowa, Aug 02, 2012 -- Van Buren County Hospital today celebrated the grand opening of its new community services building. The building project, which will offer onsite childcare and community services, was made possible thanks to more than $1 million in funding from USDA Rural Development.
“We are extremely pleased to be assisting Van Buren County Hospital with this exciting project that will provided a variety of services to many community members,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “This project is another example of the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to rural America through an historic investment that has resulted in stronger rural communities.”
USDA Rural Development provided a $744,000 direct loan, a $200,000 guaranteed loan and a $100,000 grant to assist with this project. The new two-story building on the hospital campus will include a childcare center, along with programs such as Head Start, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Van Buren Parents and Teachers, and Van Buren Jobs Opportunities to help people with disabilities achieve successful employment in the community.
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 Mount Pleasant at (319) 986-5800 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Keokuk, Washington, Muscatine, Louisa, Jefferson, Henry, Des Moines, Van Buren and Lee 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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