News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021769
ContactGail Bennett(304) 366-2921, ext. 214
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT APPROVES COMMUNITY FACILITIES GRANT FOR COALTON VFD
MORGANTOWN, WV, Aug 08, 2013 --

@@ State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Community Facilities Economic Impact Initiative Grant of $23,200 for Coalton Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Randolph 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 with the purchase of a personnel carrier. The 4X4 truck will transport six fire fighters and can be used to haul brush fire equipment and enter into rough terrain where the engines are unable to respond to.

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.