News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018524
ContactKatherine Belcher859.224.7306
Lexington, KY, Oct 04, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern is in Wayne County today to break ground on a wastewater system improvement project and announce funding for the purchase of a new ambulance.

Fern said Rural Development provided more than $7.1 million to the city of Monticello to build a new wastewater treatment plant to serve residential and commercial customers in rural Wayne County. Once the new facility is complete, the plant’s treatment capacity will double to 1.4 million gallons per day.

County Judge-Executive Alan Rankin will accept a ceremony check for the purchase of a new ambulance for the Wayne County Emergency Medical Service. Rural Development awarded the county a $50,000 grant through the agency’s Community Facilities loan and grant program.

“These types of projects highlight Rural Development’s commitment to making investments that will enable rural communities like Monticello to increase opportunities for economic development,” said Fern.

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:

Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provide loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less. Public bodies and non-profit organizations may qualify for assistance. Rural Development also makes grants to nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to assist rural communities with their water, wastewater, and solid waste problems. For more information, go to

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.

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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