News Release
Release No.STELPRD4020081
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
(MARCH 6, 2013) RURAL DEVELOPMENT RECOGNIZES REGIONALIZATION PROJECT
Columbia, MO, Mar 06, 2013 --

@@Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today announced a loan of $278,000 to Manchester Heights Sewer District. These funds will be used to construct and install a collection line and complete a connection with Boone County Regional Sewer District.

"With shrinking resources, Rural Development must look at cooperative or collaborative projects. Regional projects, such as the Manchester Heights Sewer District project, will become more common as organizations seek to make dollars go farther,” Dunning said. “I commend Manchester Heights Sewer District for recognizing Boone County Regional Sewer District’s capacity and capabilities were best for their customers and would benefit everyone. Rural Development is pleased to be part of this combined effort."

This project will provide a centralized sewer connection to 28 users who are located within a Neighborhood Improvement District. These homeowners will read the benefits of a centralized system operated by Boone County Regional Sewer District. Manchester Heights will no longer have to maintain their own 3-cell lagoon and collection lines. This improves the standard of disinfection and provides a regional interconnection.

U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler said, “I welcome the $278,000 USDA Rural Development Loan to assist Boone County in its effort to correct inflow and infiltration problems in the centralized sewer collection system. This project will greatly benefit residents served by the Manchester Heights Sewer District.”

Anyone seeking more information about the Water and Wastewater Loan or Grant program or any other USDA Rural Development program may visit the Missouri Rural Development homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo or may contact the St. Joseph Area Office at (816) 364-3767 Extension 4.

For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit Rural Development's new interactive web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011.

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 $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.

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