News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021936
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Janice Stopak402-439683
Walthill, Nebraska, Aug 30, 2013 --

    @@USDA Rural Development has awarded a $44,700 loan and a $50,000 grant to the Village of Walthill to construct a new fire barn. Leveraged funding comes from a Community Development Block Grant of $350,000, Walthill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department with $146,250, private donations of $100,000, Charter West Bank $25,000 and the Village with $5,000. 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.

    “Over the past couple of years there have been a number of improvement projects done in Walthill but the new Fire Hall is the first project that people will be able to really see and notice. I am excited about the positive excitement that this project has generated in our community,” said H. Dean Ross, Village of Walthill

    “Rural Development funds will be used to build a new fire barn for the Village. It will include a meeting room, kitchen, office utility area and restrooms. The new fire barn will allow the Village to keep all equipment and vehicles in one area,” said Community Programs Specialist Janice Stopak, USDA Rural Development.

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