News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017848
ContactJay Fletcher(202) 690-0498
Prairie View, Texas, Aug 14, 2012 --

@@ Acting USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Judith Canales, with Rural Development Texas State Director Paco Valentin, today announced funding support to boost job creation efforts, improve water quality and public safety in Waller County, Texas.

“The funding announced today, exemplifies what can be accomplished when government works with businesses, local officials and rural residents,” said Canales. “Ultimately, these projects will help strengthen several communities and strengthen the rural economy.”

“These funding announcements represent the diversity of assistance USDA Rural Development can provide communities to increase the quality of life for residents and enhance business development in rural Texas,” said Valentin.  “From providing funding for emergency response vehicles and water improvement projects to supplying needed funding for small emerging businesses, Rural Development is pleased to assist these recipients with projects that will support the entire community.”

The Prairie View Economic Development Corporation received a $54,000 grant through Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. The grant will be used to create a revolving loan fund to assist small and emerging businesses within the city of Prairie View and Waller County. The revolving loan will in turn be used to sustain existing businesses, recruit new businesses, and create public and private partnerships which will generate new jobs and retain existing jobs in the area.

Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association was awarded a $395,800 Community Facilities Direct Loan for the purchase of a new pumper fire truck. The new truck will provide service to over 4,400 rural residents over a 74 square mile response area.

The City of Hempstead received a $2.4 million Water and Waste Disposal loan to be used for community water improvements. The funds will be used to construct two wells at the Blasingame and Downtown Water Plants, designed to tie into existing treatment and storage facilities. The new upgrades will meet the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requirements for safe drinking water for the citizens of Hempstead.

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 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, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $172 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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