United States Department
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CITY OF NORWAY PURCHASES NEW FIRE TRUCK
East Lansing, June 1, 2007 – USDA Rural Development Director for Michigan Gene DeRossett today presented a $260,000 ceremonial check to the City of Norway to purchase a new fire truck.
“Reliable fire-fighting equipment is absolutely essential for public safety,” DeRossett said. “I am proud that USDA Rural Development could help purchase a new vehicle which will serve the community for years to come.”
The money consists of a $215,000 loan and a $45,000 grant for a new pumper truck. It will replace an ageing fire truck that has been plagued with mechanical problems, making its use problematic.
The event is part of a series of ceremonies commemorating more than $12.9 million in grants and loans for communities across the Upper Peninsula.
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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