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USDA COMMEMORATES GROUNDBREAKING FOR HOPE TOWNSHIP WATER PROJECT
East Lansing, Apr 30, 2013 --

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USDA Commemorates Groundbreaking for Hope Township Water Project

EAST LANSING, April 30, 2013 – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner today joined local officials at the groundbreaking for Hope Township’s water project.

“USDA Rural Development has been working for years with Midland County to improve water quality,” said Turner. “This marks a new phase in what has already proved to be a productive partnership that improves the health of rural Michigan residents.”

The project adds approximately 38 miles of water line and a booster station that will serve 800 residents in Hope Township. USDA Rural Development provided a $7,600,000 loan and a $1,200,000 grant.

This is the fourth USDA Rural Development-funded water distribution system project in Midland County. Prior projects include 60 miles of water main and a 300,000 gallon tank in Lee Township, and 24 miles of water main and a 300,000 gallon tank in Edenville Township.

All of these projects are part of Water District #1, for which RD provided $2.7 million in loan funds for a booster station rehabilitation project and 5 miles of water main.

The agency has invested a total of $29.3 million in Midland County water.

USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.  USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. 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. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $181 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency’s programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.

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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