News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018115
ContactKatherine Belcher859.224.7306
Lexington, KY, Sep 05, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern will be in Irvine today to announce funding for a new helicopter landing pad at Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital. Fern will be joined by Congressman Ben Chandler to present a ceremonial check in the amount of $69,100 to hospital officials.

Funding for the project was made available through Rural Development’s Community Facilities grant program.

“Projects such as this highlight Rural Development’s commitment to making investments that will enable rural communities to increase opportunities for economic development,” said Fern. “The leadership of Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital is to be commended for their efforts to improve the quality of care provided to the residents of Irvine and Estill County.”

Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program supports essential infrastructure and services for public use in rural areas of 20,000 in population or less. Financing for Community Facilities projects covers a broad range of interests, including healthcare, education, public safety and public services. There are three major Community Facilities Programs: Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Programs, Community Facilities Grants and the Rural Community Development Initiative.

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:

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.


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