News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018029
ContactDawn Bonsell(717) 418-7865
Connellsville, PA, Aug 28, 2012 --

@@ During a trip through Southwest Pennsylvania, USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien and State Director Thomas Williams announced today that residents and businesses in Connellsville will soon benefit from water and sewer system improvements.

“USDA’s support for projects like these helps the environment, improves the lives of rural residents, and ensures that Pennsylvania communities have modern, up-to-date facilities and equipment,” said O’Brien, “Investment in water and wastewater improvements will contribute to improved public health and set the stage for economic growth.”

USDA Rural Development is investing $5.4 million to expand the service area of Bullskin and Connellsville Townships by building a new wastewater collection and conveyance system. The Joint Sewer Authority received a $2.8 million loan and a $2.4 million grant. Funding is provided through the Water and Environmental Program (WEP).

After the announcement, O’Brien visited businesses along the Great Allegheny Passage that were funded through USDA’s Intermediary Relending Program in cooperation with The Progress Fund in Greensburg.

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.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active 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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