|USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT STATE OFFICE MOVING|
|Stevens Point, WI, Sep 14, 2012
Kevin Tuttle, Public Information Coordinator
USDA Rural Development State Office Moving
STEVENS POINT, WI – Sept. 14, 2012 - - The USDA Rural Development State Office is moving to a new location in Stevens Point, Wis., effective October 1, 2012. The new office will be located in the Portage County Business Park at 5417 Clem’s Way, Stevens Point, WI 54482.
During the weeks of September 17 and September 24, staff coverage will be limited as furniture and equipment are moved to the new office. The following is a list of phone numbers where customers can reach State Office sections during these weeks:
“We anticipate a smooth transition to our new building, but do ask our customers be patient with us during the move,” said Lori Wells, Administrative Programs Director. “There will be times when our staff will not be readily available; however, by calling the numbers noted above, you will reach the appropriate program area. Every effort will be made to respond to inquiries as quickly and efficiently as possible during this time.”
The Portage County Business Park is located east of I-39 and north of Highway HH.
During the past year, USDA Rural Development invested nearly $550 million throughout rural Wisconsin and helped a record number of residents receive funding for economic development projects and quality of life improvements. The agency’s investment in Wisconsin helped create or retain more than 2,000 jobs; aided 2,900 families in buying their own homes; and assisted more than 200 communities in improving community facilities and upgrading local infrastructure.
This year, USDA is commemorating the 150th anniversary founding of the “Peoples Department.” In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture. Since then, USDA has helped support the tremendous growth and success of American agriculture, drive economic growth, conserved natural resources and build stronger communities and a stronger nation. As we celebrate 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is looking to the future as we continue to help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America.
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.
To learn more about Rural Development, visit our website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.
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.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 733-8642
(English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay).