Ogden, Iowa -, Feb 25, 2014 -- Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, was in Ogden today to participate in open house activities for the new Ogden Wellness Center.
USDA Rural Development provided a $300,000 rural economic development grant to Ogden Municipal Utilities in July 2013 to establish a revolving loan fund in the community. The first recipient of the loan was Ogden Legacy, Inc. who used loan funds to build a new medical facility in Ogden to expand medical services to local residents.
“The new medical clinic in Ogden represents part of a continuing effort across the Obama administration to ensure that a high quality of life, access to health care and a vibrant future exists for people who live in small towns and rural communities,” Menner said. “Since 2009, USDA Rural Development funds have helped more than 30 hospitals and medical clinics in rural Iowa make needed facility and equipment improvements.”
This wellness center project was a direct result of the Ogden Redevelopment Project initiative and planning with a variety of federal, state and local economic development partners.
“At USDA we are committed to helping build competitive and sustainable small towns and rural communities,” Menner added. “Strategic partnerships and a strong collaboration with community partners like what is being done in Ogden are key components to a vibrant rural America.”
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about USDA Rural Development please call the office in Humboldt at (515) 332-4411 Ext. 4 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia. Businesses, communities and homeowners in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Humboldt Kossuth, Story, Webster, Winnebago and Wright Counties are served by this office.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
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.
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.
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