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News Release
Release No. STELPRD4021552
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Roberta Mues308-237-3118 ext. 1128
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Spencer, Nebraska, Jul 16, 2013 -- The Boyd County Senior Citizens Corporation, dba The Boyd County Senior Center, will receive $18,000 from USDA Rural Development leveraged with $9,500 from the Corporation and $5,500 from the Spencer Community Foundation. The funding will be used to enlarge and renovate the kitchen at the Boyd County Senior Center in Spencer, Nebraska. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

“This grant affords us the opportunity to address the needed updates in our kitchen thus bringing it up to required standards. I speak for both the board and the entire congregant; we truly appreciate all the support that has been given to us by the USDA, Spencer Foundation and the Boyd County community. We will use all this support to continue to meet the needs of our seniors, grow our Senior Center and to improve our community,” said President Leo Johnson, Boyd County Senior Citizens Corporation.

“A year ago this was a dream, to improve our kitchen. Today it is a reality. Working with the USDA and their Community Program Specialist, Roberta Mues, for the past months has made this grant process an enjoyable experience for me. The excitement over receiving this grant is overwhelming for all our congregants, but knowing that the Boyd County Senior Center will have an updated and efficient kitchen in which to prepare daily meals for our seniors is among the high points of my career,” said Manager Karen Crooks, Boyd County Senior Center.

“The improvements to the Senior Center will make it so much easier for the seniors and will offer a new look for where they gather,” said Community Programs Specialist Roberta Mues, USDA Rural Development.

USDA Rural Development funds were provided through its Community Facility Grant program. For more information contact Roberta Mues at (308) 237-3118 ext. 1128 or Visit

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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Last Modified:08/21/2014 
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