Fruitland, MD, Apr 25, 2014 -- Contact:
Kathy Beisner, (302) 943-3818
USDA Grant Program Helps Fruitland Furnish Police Department
Fruitland, Md., April 25, 2014 – Today, USDA officials were in the City of Fruitland to highlight funding for a water project that will extend public water to the Morris Mill community. Following the announcement that was held at the water plant on North Division Street they travelled a few short blocks to South Division Street to tour the Fruitland Police Department.
“USDA helps support communities from the ground up,” said USDA Rural Development Administrator Tony Hernandez. “Helping to ensure that rural America remains a safe place to live, work and raise a family is part of what we are called to do at USDA Rural Development. Through the assistance of Rural Development’s programs, emergency and other vital services are being enhanced for more communities.”
In July 2012, the Fruitland Police Officers moved from cramped space within City Hall to their new home at 208 S. Division Street. The new police department was constructed with the support of a $2.8 million dollar USDA Community Facility Loan. Today’s tour allowed USDA officials to see the new police station and the new furniture that was recently purchased with the support of a USDA Community Facility Grant in the amount of $48,500.
“The police department in Fruitland has always worked to protect its citizens, respond to local emergencies, and keep our streets safe,” said Dr. Bill McGowan, USDA Rural Development State Director. “We need to provide officers with the space and equipment they need to do their jobs well. We have had a great day in Fruitland emphasizing the programs that USDA has to offer that can help improve the quality of life of our rural friends and neighbors.”
Last year, USDA Rural Development returned $617 million to rural Maryland. They have more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs. The 2014 Farm Bill brings renewed support for community economic development, including financing for investments in broadband, telecommunications, distance learning and telemedicine, entrepreneurship, and business development and growth.
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 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.