Portland, OR, Mar 20, 2013 -- Vicki Walker, State Director for USDA Rural Development, recently announced a $2.6 million low-interest loan to the City of Dundee for the construction of a new fire station. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. This announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
The USDA Rural Development financing will allow the City and the rural fire protection district to replace the current 1930’s-era facility that was last renovated in the 1970s.
“Our local first responders, many of whom are volunteers, play a critical role in keeping small communities thriving and safe,” said Walker. “It is imperative they have access to the modern resources and tools they need.”
The new 17,000-square-foot fire station will include four double-stacked apparatus bays, equipment decontamination facilities, four dormitory rooms, and additional storage, administrative and training facilities. In all, the project will cost an estimated $3.8 million.
The Dundee Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services to 5,000 residents and an estimated 30,000 commuters who pass through the district on a daily basis.
USDA's Community Facilities Program provides loans and grants to construct or improve essential public facilities in rural communities. Projects eligible for funding assistance include hospitals, municipal buildings, schools, police stations, and associated equipment.
Nationwide since fiscal year 2009, USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program has helped an estimated 30 million rural Americans address essential challenges in health care, education, public service and public safety by financing projects through loans, grants, or loan guarantees.
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.
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