Wagner, SD, Sep 12, 2012 -- Wagner Early Childhood, Inc. hosted a ribbon cutting today for building improvements made through the assistance of a USDA Rural Development Community Facility Grant of $15,375.
“Wagner Early Childhood, Inc. provides a valuable service to the community. This project will provide increased security to the children, staff, and building,” said South Dakota Rural Development State Director Elsie M. Meeks. “President Obama is committed to strengthening the economy, creating jobs, supporting business growth, and expanding opportunities for rural South Dakotans. This facility will improve services and bring new opportunities to Wagner and the surrounding service areas.”
Upgrades made to the facility include the purchase of a security system with extra monitors in the daycare rooms; replacement of seven windows and new thresholds for some of the doors with locking mechanisms, and installing new carpet. The federal funding was leveraged with an applicant contribution of $5,125 for a total project cost of $20,500.
“The importance of providing a safe environment that nurtures learning and socialization and prepare children a well-rounded foundation for their future as we improve the world one child at a time,” said Pamela Vanderwerf, Director of Wagner Early Childhood, Inc.
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.