JAMESTOWN, Tenn., Apr 17, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development Area Director Jerry Jolley today joined Jamestown Mayor Ryan Smith and other local leaders to announce funding for needed improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment facilities. The announcement was made at the treatment plant.
“Safe, reliable wastewater treatment is the kind of basic infrastructure that is vital to the future of every healthy community,” said Jolley. “At USDA we are happy to partner with Jamestown’s leadership to make these improvements for the good of the environment and also for the positive impact on business and community development.”
A USDA Rural Development (RD) low-interest loan of $600,000 and grant of $1,627,600 will be used to rehabilitate the city sewer system including replacement and improvements of the headworks, sequencing batch reactor, process controls and monitoring systems, valves, and construction of a post equalization basin. The upgrades will enable the system to meet the current and future needs of households and businesses and maintain compliance with state and federal regulation. The upgrades will also have a positive impact on Rockcastle Creek.
Others participating in the event included City Recorder Gail Dishmon, Director of Public Works Steve McCoy, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Jacob Burke, Project Engineer Tom Bennett and RD Program Director Keith Head and Specialist Chris Hampton.
“This kind of partnership is a great example of how USDA’s StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity initiative helps grow rural economies, increase investments and create opportunities in communities that are often held back by high poverty, geography or other barriers,” said Jolley.
While poverty is a challenge in bigger cities as well, the reality is that nearly 85 percent of America's persistent poverty counties are in rural areas. StrikeForce provides additional hands-on technical assistance from USDA local field staff because, Jolley said, “Not every community is equipped to research, apply for or manage federal, state or non-profit resources that could help.”
During the last four years USDA Rural Development has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.7 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants for jobs, homes, infrastructure and community development.
For more information on the meeting or USDA Rural Development programs available in the Fentress County area of Tennessee contact the Cookeville Area Office at 931-528-6539 x2, or 800-342-3149 x1493. Visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN.
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