News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018078
ContactCandice Celestin(202) 570-3871
Cayuga, NY, Aug 30, 2012 --

@@ USDA Rural Development and Fulton Montgomery Community College (FMCC) staff hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the grand opening of the new Raiders Hall dormitory. USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary

Doug O’Brien joined community members in the celebration.

“USDA is observing “Back to School Week,” O’Brien said. “Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested $824 million across the nation in support of education. These investments, including those here in New York, ensure that our rural communities are equipped with the necessary tools to succeed.”

In June 2010, Rural Development provided an $11.3 million loan for the three-phase project. The phases included the purchase of housing property; remodeling and updating of existing housing structures; and the construction of the hall. When the dormitory opens in the fall, capacity will be doubled to 288.

Funding was made possible through the Rural Development’s Community Facilities program, which provided loans and grants for essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. Funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at

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 $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. 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


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