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Release No. STELPRD4021902
ContactTammi Schone605-352-1102
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(AUGUST 26, 2013) SAVE ENERGY! SAVE MONEY!

Hill City, SD, Aug 26, 2013 -- Heart of the Hills in Hill City is sponsoring an informational seminar on USDA Rural Development’s REAP Program – Rural Energy for America Program – on Tuesday, August 27th at 4:00 pm at the Best Western Golden Spikes Inn. The REAP program gives eligible ranchers and small businesses a 25% grant for making energy efficiency improvements or for installing a renewable energy system in their ranch or business. Guaranteed loans are also available with the program.

Darlene Bresson, Energy Coordinator for Rural Development in South Dakota, will give a brief presentation on the program, and because the grant is competitive, will explain how you can improve your score and improve the probability of being selected. Rural Development staff will be available afterwards to answer questions and discuss individual projects. If you have any questions, contact Pam Smith with the Rapid City Rural Development office at 605-342-0301, Ext. 146.

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 have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities.      

USDA's investments support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity.

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 the Department 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.

Last Modified:07/07/2014 
 
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