News Release
Release No.STELPRD4019697
ContactRoberta Mues308-237-3118 ext. 1128
Vicki Schurnan402-437-5563
Ravenna, Nebraska, Feb 26, 2013 --

@@The City of Ravenna will purchase a new fire truck thanks in part to a $37,500 USDA Rural Development grant that will be leveraged with $212,500 from the City. Safety issues with the existing fire truck made it necessary for the replacement.

“We are very pleased to receive this grant. It will help us to better serve the community and surrounding area,” said Mayor Peg Dethlefs, City of Ravenna.

“The new fire truck will afford greater safety for the firefighters,” said Community Programs Specialist Roberta Mues, USDA Rural Development. “Fires are very dangerous. Time is essential thus having a top functioning vehicle is vital.”

USDA Rural Development funds were provided through its Community Facility Grant program. For more information contact Roberta Mues at (308) 237-3118 ext. 1128 or Visit

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 $181 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.