|AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES PROJECTS TO CREATE RURAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES|
|Topeka, Kan., Oct 19, 2012
@@Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 112 recipients in 39 states for loans and grants to help spur rural economic development and create or save jobs. In Kansas, two organization received financing from USDA Rural Development.
“USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve opportunities for rural businesses and communities to succeed,” stated USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark. “The federal funds being provided today will help to create a positive economic development environment that creates jobs in rural Kansas communities.”
USDA is providing the assistance through several Rural Development programs including, the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG), Rural Cooperative Development grants and Rural Business Opportunity Grants. With today's announcement, USDA is investing more than $20 million to spur economic growth. For a complete list of recipients that have been selected for funding, go to (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/rdEconomicDevNRCHARTOct2012.pdf). Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.
Two Kansas organizations are receiving Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG) from USDA Rural Development. The primary objective of the RBOG program is to promote sustainable economic development in rural communities.
• Kansas World Trade Center Inc., $50,000 grant.
• Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, $92,445 grant.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $174 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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