Keosauqua, Iowa, Jun 19, 2013 -- Tammye Trevino, USDA Rural Development Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs, today visited the Van Buren County Hospital and the connected Community Services Building.
During the past five years, USDA Rural Development has awarded more than $5 million in loan and grant funds to assist with recent and planned facility improvements including the relocation and expansion of the dietary department, redesign of the existing clinic space, expansion of the cardiac rehabilitation program and other updates throughout the hospital.
“We are pleased to be assisting with this important healthcare improvement project in Van Buren County,” Trevino said. “USDA Rural Development continues to work hard to ensure all residents in rural communities and areas have access to the healthcare options they need.”
USDA Rural Development funds also helped with the construction of the Community Services Building which includes a childcare center, programs such as HeadStart, Parents-As-Teachers, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and Job Opportunities, along with the hospital’s Occupational Health offices.
Earlier in the day Administrator Trevino visited Pilot Grove Savings Bank in Mount Pleasant to recognize the bank for using USDA Rural Development’s Guaranteed Rural Housing program to assist rural Iowans achieve their homeownership goals. Pilot Grove Savings Bank became an USDA-approved lender in 2001 and since that time has used USDA’s guaranteed home loan program 70 times for loans totaling $4.4 million.
Later today Administrator Trevino will be speaking at the Tri-State Development Summit meeting in Keokuk.
Administrator Trevino is in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois June 19 – 21 to highlight National Homeownership Month, a time when USDA, its federal partners and members of housing communities all across the country bring attention to the role housing plays in the economy.
Communities, businesses and residents in Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine, Van Buren and Washington Counties are served by the USDA Rural Development office in Mt. Pleasant. For more information please call (319) 986-5800 ext. 4 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
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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