Hilo, HI, Apr 26, 2013 -- After many years in the First Hawaiian Bank Building in Maite, the USDA Service Center has found a new home. The USDA announces that the Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) offices are now located in the A.B. Won Pat Guam Integrated Air Cargo Facility building in Tiyan.
The USDA Service Center was officially opened to the public at its new location in mid-December.
Centrally located near Guam International Airport, the Guam Integrated Air Cargo facility’s prime location offers convenience and easy access to the myriad of USDA clients. Completed in 2009, the building was designed and built to withstand super typhoon winds and to accommodate office operations under one roof.
The building houses approximately 130,000 square feet of warehouse space and 35,000 square feet of secured executive offices on the mezzanine level. The mezzanine level offers a panoramic view of both Tumon and Hagatna Bay. The USDA Service Center will be occupying approximately 9,028 square feet of mezzanine level space.
The public was invited to an Open House for the new USDA Service Center on March 11, 2013. In addition to celebrating our new location with the public, employees for the three agencies also celebrated Chamorro Month by offering a cultural theme to the Open House event complete with a blessing that was done through a local chanter and local food as well.
The event was well attended by the local community including individuals, farmers, lenders, private business and local and federal government representatives. Tours of the offices were provided to the visitors.
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.