|(APRIL 26, 2013) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTERS AND MANAGES OVER 40 PROGRAMS|
|Washington, DC, Apr 26, 2013
@@USDA Rural Development administers and manages more than 40 housing, business, and community programs through a network of 60 employees located in eight offices across the state. One of our primary goals this year is to increase partnerships with rural communities and leverage community resources in underrepresented & unrepresented groups with a strong presence on reservation areas.
“USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers,” said Elsie Meeks, Rural Development State Director. “We are working to build new partnerships to create jobs and improve the economic vitality of rural communities in South Dakota.”
Most business programs are available to serve rural areas and cities with a population of less than 50,000. Types of programs offered include:
• Guaranteed Business & Industry Loans (B&I)
• Rural Economic Development Loans/Grants (REDLG)
• Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG)
• Intermediary Re-lending Program (IRP)
• Renewable Energy Grants & Energy Efficiency Grants
• Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG)
• Value-Added Producer Grants
Housing programs assist families and individuals. Types of programs offered include:
• Single Family Housing Direct Loans (502)
• Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loans (502 Guaranteed)
• Repair Loans and Grants (SFH 504)
• Rural Rental Housing Guaranteed (GRRH 538)
Community programs provide essential community infrastructure key to economic development, health, and safety. Programs include:
• Water and Waste Disposal Loans (WEP)
• Community Facilities Loans (CF)
Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov.
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.