|(AUGUST 31, 2012) VILLAGE OF HAYES CENTER HOSTS OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW GROCERY DISTRIBUTION WAREHOUSE|
|Hayes Center, Nebraska, Aug 31, 2012
@@An open house was held August 31st in Hayes Center for a new grocery distribution warehouse. USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul and staff attended the ceremony and presented a plaque.
"Rural Development is pleased to help the Village in meeting its business needs," said Moul. "This project is a partnership to help bring jobs to the area, increase economic opportunities for existing businesses, and continue to provide affordable food and household items to residents in this rural area.”
“The Village of Hayes Center is pleased to have contributed to the expansion of the grocery business in Hayes Center through the Rural Business Enterprise Grant and we hope this effort will have a positive impact on the entire Hayes County community,” said Hayes Center Village Clerk Jan Singleton.
USDA Rural Development assisted in funding the project with a $98,000 grant through the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program. The Village contributed $2,340 of in-kind funds and Scott’s Foods provided $2,500. The Village of Hayes Center was provided the Rural Development funding to facilitate and finance the development of small and emerging rural, private business enterprises.
Funds were used to establish a business incubator. The first project was to construct a building to be used as a grocery distribution warehouse for Scott’s Grocery in Hayes Center. Scott’s Grocery coordinates a group purchasing arrangement to supply grocery stock to three other small grocery stores in southwest Nebraska. The new facility will allow the stock to be unloaded mechanically, sorted and stored in a safe, sanitary and secure environment. The Village of Hayes Center will lease the building to Scott’s Grocery LLC. This project has the potential to provide added employment in the region.
“Scott's Grocery LLC greatly appreciates the USDA Rural Development RBEG and the village of Hayes Center’s efforts to help our business develop this grant and construct the new building. It will allow Scott’s to be more efficient and cost-effective in servicing not only our community but surrounding communities also. We at Scotts feel a grocery store is necessary in a small town in order for it to remain viable and vibrant. We are confident this project will allow us to fulfill the shopping needs of a larger percentage of our population and make our community stronger and more self-sufficient,” said Dr. Rick Brown, Scott’s Grocery LLC.
For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.
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, 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.