News Release
Release No.STELPRD4020578
East Lansing, May 09, 2013 --

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USDA Commemorates Ribbon Cutting for Gladwin Zettel Memorial Airport Fuel System

EAST LANSING, May 9, 2013 – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner today commemorated the ribbon cutting for the new fuel system at Gladwin Zettel Memorial Airport in Gladwin.

“Investment in transportation infrastructure takes many forms,” said Turner. “A safe, reliable fuel system is critical for efficient airport operations and USDA Rural Development is pleased to help see this project come to fruition.”

The replaced fuel system brings the airport into compliance with Michigan’s underground storage tank regulations. In addition, the system features a credit card-reader to allow pilots to perform automated fuel purchases without assistance from an attendant. USDA Rural Development provided a $50,000 grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the project.

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, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

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 $828 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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