News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021752
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Natalie Furrow308-534-2360 ext/1129
Lodgepole, Nebraska, Aug 06, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development will provide the Village of Lodgepole with $15,000 to allow it to enlist an engineer to research and prepare a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) for the best and most viable option for Lodgepole to obtain drinking water. Leveraged funds of $22,500 from the City of Chappell and $7,500 from Lodgepole will be utilized. 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 Village of Lodgepole needs a new source for drinking water. The PER will help define the best and most cost effective solution,” said Community Programs Specialist Natalie Furrow, USDA Rural Development.

USDA Rural Development funds were provided through its Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) program. For more information contact Natalie Furrow at (308) 534-2360 ext. 1129 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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