News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017840
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399-8393
Syracuse, NY, Jul 18, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development awarded Susan Castle Site Manger of the Year for Western NY. Susan Castle received the Western New York award from USDA Rural Development at a ceremony this morning.

“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Susan, on behalf of all of us at Rural Development. The USDA Rural Development Site Manager of the Year is awarded to acknowledge and reward managers who demonstrate dedication to multiple family housing facilities and to the tenants housed,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Bryan Clerkin. “Susan Castle has shown she is reliable, responsible and conscientious. She has exemplified and exceeded every standard by which we measure through her unwavering commitment to her tenants and the community.”

The state award is based on four criteria: tenant satisfaction, the property’s curb appeal, compliance with USDA Rural Development regulations and actions “above and beyond” what is normally expected.

USDA Rural Development’s Multi-Family Housing program supports the construction of rural rental housing for the elderly, the disabled and low-to-moderate income families. The program provides low-interest loans to developers of rural rental property and oversees the management of complexes’ it finances.

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 housing, community facilities, businesses and 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 existing 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. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at