Afton, Iowa, Nov 15, 2012 -- Kathy Pfiffner with USDA Rural Development today participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new community center in Afton. Following the ceremony was a celebrity chili cook-off contest.
The 2,400 square foot building will be used regularly by the Afton Betterment Committee as a senior activity center and for other community activities. The building will also be available for rent. It includes a meeting room, serving kitchen and storage area.
The new building replaces a dilapidated, poorly insulated structure that had shifted resulting in sloped floors and unstable walls. USDA Rural Development assisted with the construction of the new building by providing a $108,150 grant from its Community Facilities program.
“We are extremely pleased to be assisting the City of Afton with this community center project,” Pfiffner said. “It is important that our rural communities have a place such as this new multi-use building where area residents can gather, socialize and build a sense of community.”
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
“Our agency is eager to build on the success of the past and help foster an even brighter future for rural Iowa,” added Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “If you have an idea on how jobs can be created in rural Iowa, or how a rural community can improve the quality of life experience for their residents, give us a call today.”
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about finance programs available through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Indianola at (515) 961-5365 Ext. 4. This office serves
communities, businesses and residents in Adair, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Guthrie, Madison, Polk, Ringgold, Union and Warren Counties.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of grant and direct and guaranteed loan programs for single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.
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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