News Release
Release No.STELPRD4019890
ContactGail Bennett(304) 366-2921, ext. 214
Morgantown, WV, Feb 28, 2013 --

@@State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Community Facilities Direct Loan of $765,000 to City of Buckhannon Municipal Building Commission, Upshur County, WV.

Rural Development funds will be used to participate in the construction of a conference center as part of the new West Virginia Army National Guard Readiness Center on Brushy Fork Road in Upshur County. The Building Commission will finance certain fixtures, equipment and improvements for the conference center as well as a waterline extension to the new facility.

"As consideration for the City of Buckhannon's financial participation, the City will have the ability to utilize the facility under a lease agreement with the West Virginia Army National Guard," explained Lewis.

Rural Development serves as the lead Federal entity for rural development needs and administers program assistance through its housing, business, community and infrastructure programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Further information on USDA Rural Development may be obtained by visiting USDA's web site at In West Virginia, call 1-800-295-8228 to be put in touch with the appropriate personnel serving your county. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202.720.2600 (voice and TDD).