USDA ANNOUNCES FEDERAL RESOURCE GUIDE TO ASSIST RURAL COMMUNITIES
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 20, 2012 – USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager today announced the publication of a guide outlining programs the federal government has available to support rural communities as they promote economic development and enhance the quality of life for rural residents.
"Rural communities across the country are working hard to build their economies and provide services to their residents," Tonsager said during a speech here today at a conference of the National Rural Economic Developers Association. "Creating great places to live, raise families, provide recreational opportunities, and infrastructure for high paying jobs in rural America is very important to our efforts at USDA. This publication will provide easy, one-stop access to federal programs."
The publication Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities is a collaborative effort among USDA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency. It ensures rural communities have access to all of the federal resources that can support their efforts to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments modernize infrastructure and provide services to residents. The guide has key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available from the four agencies, as well as examples of how rural communities across the country have benefitted from federal resources.
A copy of the resource guide is available in the Spotlight section of the USDA Rural Development home page at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/supportdocuments/RD_FedResourcesSustainableCommunities.pdf.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
For more information, or to find a program that fits your needs, visit USDA.gov.