Des Moines, Iowa, Sep 13, 2012 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for rural water projects to create jobs and improve rural water and wastewater systems in 16 states. One of the projects is in Iowa.
The City of Rhodes in southwest Marshall County will receive a $1,057,000 loan and $609,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help make sewer improvements to help rehabilitate the sewage collection system and lagoon for the city and enhance the water quality in the central Iowa community.
“These improvements to rural water infrastructure will provide reliable access to clean water, improving public health while creating jobs that strengthen rural economies.” Vilsack said. “The Obama Administration is working to support creation of a vibrant, sustainable rural America and clean water is a basic necessity for the health and economic growth of our rural communities.”
Since 2009, USDA has provided more than $8.1 billion in investment nationwide to bring modern, updated water and waste water capacity to thousands of rural communities – helping to safeguard the health and wellbeing of millions.
Funding is contingent on recipients meeting the terms of the loan and grant agreements. For more information on the Water and Environment Program please visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/IA_we.html.
For additional information on USDA Rural Development-funded 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 www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.
USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. 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 Iowa families and communities build a better future.
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.
Contact USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural areas and communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia or by calling (515) 284-4663.
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