USDA AGENCY REPRESENTATIVES COMMEMORATE EARTH DAY AND JOIN THE VILLAGE OF SURING TO CELEBRATE NEWLY RENOVATED MUNICIPAL BUILDING AND LIBRARY
SURING, WI – APRIL 24, 2014 - - - The Village of Suring, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hosted a Community Celebration to mark the completion of upgrades to the Municipal Building and Library, acquisition of public safety equipment for the Fire and Police Departments, and commemoration of Earth Day 2014. Members of the community joined village officials and USDA Agency leaders for the event.
Leadership from multiple USDA Agencies, including Rural Development; Farm Service Agency; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Forest Service; and Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, made remarks relating to the new 2014 Farm Bill and its impact on forestry, farms, and conservation in the area and throughout Northeastern Wisconsin.
On behalf of USDA, Rural Development State Director, Stan Gruszynski, presented an Award of Partnership to the Village. The citation reads, “In recognition of your initiative and contribution toward building partnerships, investing in a sustainable future, and ensuring the health and safety of the community. Your leadership has improved the quality of life for the citizens you serve and protects the resources we share.”
The Village of Suring received a $11,250 grant from USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program to help fund the renovations to the Village‘s municipal building, ensuring the facility meets American with Disability Act standards.
The updates to the building include the replacement of the front door, as well as three bathroom doors, with electronic door openers. The multi-functional facility is home to the library and learning center, as well as the Village’s clerk-treasurer, police and public works departments.
Since 2011, the Village has received four additional grants totaling $149,231 through Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. Funds were used to help purchase a Brush Fire Truck for the Fire Department, a new squad car for the Police Department, equipment for the Police Department to meet new State Regulations, and a new water tank chassis for the Fire Department’s water tanker truck.
The Community Celebration was held in conjunction with a ONE USDA Public Open House that took place yesterday at the University of Wisconsin – Marinette campus. The event brought business leaders, economic and business development representatives, farmers, local elected officials, and members of the community at large, together to share ideas and discuss a practical agenda for strengthening the economic prospects of the region and to support sustainable economic growth through cooperation, partnership, and the collaborative use of available resources. In addition, USDA agencies and Partner Agencies outlined how they coordinate program missions, and work to address the needs of rural communities throughout Wisconsin.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development returned more than $838 million this past year to rural Wisconsin communities. Funds are used to expand business development, support safe and affordable housing, and finance critical infrastructure and community facilities.
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. Further information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.
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