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News Release
Release No. STELPRD4021616
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Janice Stopak402-423-9683 ext.121
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Auburn, Nebraska, Jul 17, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development provided $15,300, leveraged with other funding of $87,700, to the Auburn Public Schools in order to keep movies on the screen at the local Auburn Theater. 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.

The funds bought and installed a new projector and a silver screen as well as new seats. The new projector and screen were needed as movies are moving to digital. The seats needed replacing as they are older than 25 years, ripped and several not fixable.

“Auburn Public Schools greatly appreciates the USDA’s support of our local theater. The Rural Development grant, along with funds from the City of Auburn, the Auburn Development Council, and other generous community members, has allowed us to replace our projector and seats. This will not only allow us to continue to show movies in Auburn but the school district will be able to expand the real life educational opportunities the theater provides our students,” said Superintendent Kevin Reiman, Nemaha County Public School District No. 29.

“This project is a critical asset to the community,” said Community Programs Specialist Janice Stopak, USDA Rural Development. “Kids need a place to get together for entertainment without having to drive to another town. It keeps the business local.”

USDA Rural Development funds were provided through its Community Facility Grant program. For more information contact Janice Stopak at (402) 423-9683 ext. 121 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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