Lincoln, Nebraska, Oct 29, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul announces that more than $79.6 million was delivered to Nebraska in federal fiscal year 2012 through its Community Programs. This is a 273 percent increase from federal fiscal year 2011 dollars delivered. The total Community Programs portfolio reflects $345.2 million since 1996 and has no delinquencies. There is funding available for Fiscal Year 2013 and applications are being accepted. Leveraging will be key to successful applications for project funding.
“The infrastructure of rural communities is essential and USDA Rural Development is pleased to be able to support Nebraska communities with $79.6 million this fiscal year,” said Moul. “We look forward to Fiscal Year 2013 and continuing to meet the needs of rural residents.”
The Community Programs include community facilities and water and environmental programs. In Fiscal Year 2012 USDA Rural Development assisted 14 communities through $64.5 million for libraries, public safety, community/senior centers, installation for electronic medical records, health facilities and tribal colleges. For water and environmental programs, 15 communities/10,700 rural residents were helped by $15.1 million that provided for safe, potable drinking water and safe and sanitary wastewater disposal.
The Heartland Center for Leadership Development was awarded a $170,170 Rural Community Development Initiative grant that will provide technical assistance to recipients to develop leadership, youth engagement, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
Rural Development awarded $20 million to Cheyenne County Hospital Association, Inc. (Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC)) under the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funds, leveraged with a $20 million Rural Development Guarantee with AgStar and nearly $9.8 million from the hospital will be used for a complete hospital replacement on a new site, to maintain the delivery of quality healthcare.
The Wau-Col water project was completed with financing from USDA Rural Development of nearly $2.4 million, which allowed construction of a regional water system serving five rural communities. The project included the development of a new water source for the communities of Magnet, McLean, Belden, and additional rural users. The new system consists of two water sources and transmission systems. One water source is provided by the Village of Coleridge and supplies water to the Village of Belden. The second water source is provided by the Village of Wausa and supplies water to the Villages of Magnet and McLean and additional rural users. The Village of Wausa’s water source also included the development of a new water storage tank, which not only serves the needs of the regional water system, but also that of the Village. The regional water system allows these communities to have water systems that are in compliance with the standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
For additional information contact your local Rural Development Area Specialist:
Natalie Furrow in North Platte, Nebraska at 308-534-2360 ext. 1129 or Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roberta Mues in Kearney, Nebraska at 308-237-3118 ext. 1128 or email@example.com.
Janice Stopak in Lincoln, Nebraska at 402-423-9683 ext. 121 or Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also contact the Lincoln State Office at 402-437-5551.
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.