Lexington, Kentucky, Aug 21, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern has announced $300,000 in additional USDA loan funds to complete upgrades to Henderson County’s water infrastructure. The United States Department of Agriculture 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 complete the replacement of approximately 19 miles of deteriorating waterlines along US 60 East and the replacement/relocation of one booster pumping station in order to improve water service for existing customers in Henderson County. The loan repayment terms are 40 years at an interest rate of 3.5 percent. USDA previously approved loan funds for $1,695,000 in Fiscal Year 2011. The total project cost is estimated to be $2,028,345.
“The upgrades being completed by Henderson County Water District will help ensure residents have access to clean, safe and reliable water,” said Fern. “USDA Rural Development is committed to improving the quality of life for rural Kentuckians.”
For information on other projects funded by USDA Rural Development, please visit Rural Development’s interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2012. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.
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, which 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 and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. These programs are 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.