Indianapolis, IN, Feb 20, 2013 -- United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development approved a $9,700 Community Facilities Grant to the Town of Akron. The funds will be used to help purchase a police vehicle.
USDA Rural Development Indiana State Director Phil Lehmkuhler said, “Rural Development appreciates the dangerous job done by those who serve as police officers. It is our hope that these funds will help to make their jobs safer and the citizens of Akron more secure.”
The venture is one of several recently funded in Indiana by USDA Rural Development. “These grants and loans are in keeping with the mission of USDA Rural Development which is to provide equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure,” said Lehmkuhler. “USDA Rural Development’s Community Programs seek to improve the quality of life in rural America through a variety of loan and grant programs for water and waste disposal projects, essential community facilities, and electric utilities and communications.”
For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. 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 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 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 an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. 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.
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