|USDA ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR RURAL COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, BUSINESSES AND FARMERS|
|ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug 14, 2012
@@USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer today announced that five community-based organizations in Minnesota have been selected to receive funding to help local businesses and leaders build capacity to create jobs and improve rural infrastructure and housing.
Landkamer also announced that four Minnesota businesses and farmers have been selected to receive grants to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. The business owners and farms are located in Freeborn County, Sibley County, Yellow Medicine County and Martin County.
“This funding helps local communities build capacity and address regional needs through much-needed technical assistance and training,” Landkamer said. “The energy funding directly helps local businesses or farms cut energy costs and supports the Obama administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy.”
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Minnesota recipients include:
Region Five Development Corporation
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
The Initiative Foundation
Minnesota Housing Partnership
Minnesota Homeownership Center
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
Minnesota grant recipients include:
• DK Pagel Wind Properties, $40,434 to install a 39.9 killowat wind turbine in Sibley County.
• Neil Schlaak, $32,157 for an energy efficient grain dryer in Freeborn County.
• Carl Louwagie, $12,044 for an energy efficient grain dryer in Yellow Medicine County.
• Bruce Anderson, $11,112 for a geothermal heat pump in Martin County.
Since 2009, REAP has helped almost 600 Minnesota businesses and farmers install renewable energy systems or make efficiency improvements. The projected savings from these investments could save enough energy to power over 10,000 American homes for a year.
USDA Rural Development has invested about $3 billion throughout rural Minnesota since 2009. In addition to renewable energy and capacity building, Rural Development invests in housing, infrastructure, community facilities, business loans and high-speed Internet in rural areas.