Cordova, AL, Aug 16, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development Administrator John Padalino visited Cordova, Alabama today to announce that residents and businesses will soon benefit from water and sewer system improvements.
“Rural Development’s support for infrastructure projects like these in Cordova helps the environment, improves the lives of rural residents, and ensures that rural communities have modern, up-to-date facilities and equipment,” said Padalino, acting administrator of USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. “Investments in water and wastewater improvements will spur economic growth and lead to stronger rural communities.”
Padalino said USDA Rural Development is investing $3.2 million to make improvements to the Cordova wastewater treatment facility, replace aging sewer lines and replace existing manual-read water meters with radio-read water meters. The City of Cordova will receive a $791,000 loan and a $2,098,000 grant for the sewer system improvements. The Cordova Water Works and Gas Board will receive a $269,000 loan and a $106,328 grant. Funding is provided through the USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Program.
Following the Cordova announcement, Padalino will be participating as a panelist at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives’ 45th annual meeting at the Rural Training and Research Center in the Sumter County community of Epes.
In April 2011, tornadoes damaged much of Alabama. Following President Obama’s visit to the State, USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager met with Cordova Mayor Jack Scott and toured the storm damages in Cordova. Ronnie Davis, USDA Rural Development Alabama state director, and other staff accompanied Tonsager as they discussed ways that USDA Rural Development programs could assist with local recovery efforts.
“USDA Rural Development invests in rural America and the rural communities that millions call home,” said Davis. “Although the need for equipment upgrades and system improvements is not a direct result of last year’s devastating tornadoes, the grant dollars and low-interest, long-term loans USDA Rural Development is providing will greatly help ease the financial burden as the city continues to recover and rebuild.”
USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Alabama. 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 Alabama families and communities build a better future. Additional information about USDA Rural Development programs is available from the Cullman office at 334-734-6471 ext. 4 or www.rurdev.usda.gov
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, 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.
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