News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021729
ContactGail Bennett(304) 366-2921, ext. 214
Morgantown, WV, Aug 02, 2013 --

@@ State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Community Facilities Direct Loan of $4,033,000 for Ritchie County Building Commission, Ritchie County, WV.

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.

Rural Development funds will be used to assist in constructing a judicial annex to serve the residents of Ritchie County. The annex will house the Family Court, Magistrate Court, Prosecuting Attorney and the Assessor. The project will also modify the current County Courthouse Facility so that it complies with the American Disabilities Act and Fire Code.

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.