Bangor, Maine, Apr 04, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel has announced two community projects that will impact rural Maine. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said, "These essential community projects represent important priorities of USDA Rural Development. We are committed to investing in critical projects that support Maine’s Native American Tribes, such as wastewater infrastructure and preserving the surrounding environment, as well as to providing support for our rural libraries, which so often are the hub of a rural community.”
The following organizations will receive funding under this announcement:
• Indian Township Passamaquoddy Reservation, in Princeton, has been selected to receive a Water and Waste Disposal Grant in the amount of $325,000 to replace the pump station on US Route 1. The pump station is over 30 years old and has gone beyond its useful life. This project will improve the operating efficiency of the system and provide environmental benefits to local water bodies which are part of the St. Croix River Watershed.
• Pembroke Library Association has been selected to receive a Community Facilities Grant in the amount of $27,485 to renovate the 2nd floor of the library creating a larger community room to serve the public for meetings, art, dance and music lessons, art shows and concerts along with two smaller rooms to provide additional research materials including computers.
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.
USDA Rural Development has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a State Office, located in Bangor. There are 65 employees working to deliver the agency’s Housing, Business, and Community Programs, which are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, and farmers, and improve the quality of life in rural Maine. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/me.