United States Department
of Agriculture • Rural Development
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CALUMET TOWNSHIP RECEIVES $440,000 FOR STORM SEWER SYSTEM UPGRADES
EAST LANSING, Dec. 12, 2007 – USDA Rural Development Director for Michigan Gene DeRossett today presented a $440,000 ceremonial loan check to Calumet Township for upgrades to its storm sewer system.
“This is an investment in cleaner water for Calumet Township,” said DeRossett. “It is another example of how USDA Rural Development is working to help Upper Peninsula residents.”
The money will be combined with a Community Development Block Grant of $336,000 from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to replace and upgrade sections of the local storm sewer system, relieving stresses on the sanitary sewer system. As a result, the wastewater treatment system will be placed under less stress and operational costs to the wastewater treatment facility will be reduced.
The event is part of a series of ceremonies commemorating $4 million in grants and loans this month for communities across the Upper Peninsula. So far this year, Upper Peninsula communities have received more than $22 million in grants and loans from USDA Rural Development.
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. Rural Development has invested more than $76.8 billion since the beginning of the Bush Administration to provide equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. As a result, more than 1.5 million jobs have been created or saved through these investments. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.
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