USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Lewis joined with local leaders on Tuesday in McDowell County to celebrate a recent funding award. Mr. Lewis presented a certificate to the McDowell County Commission and Sheriff Martin West.
In August 2014, USDA Rural Development approved an Economic Impact Initiative Grant in the amount of $18,000 for the McDowell County Commission. These funds will be used to assist in the purchase of a new cruiser for the County Sheriff’s Department.
USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Lewis said, “We are very excited to be a part of this project for the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department.” He added, “It’s critical that first responders have access to adequate equipment that will support the health and safety of local residents. Today, we not only celebrate this funding award but also the hard work and determination of everyone associated with the McDowell County Commission and the Sheriff’s Department. We appreciate all you do for the residents of this county.”
Mr. Lewis went on to say, “In Fiscal Year 2013, USDA Rural Development invested nearly $410 million to improve housing conditions, build and improve infrastructure and create and retain jobs in rural communities across West Virginia. It’s projects like these that bring our agency one step closer to our goal of improving the quality of life for rural residents across the State.”
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 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.
Further information on USDA Rural Development may be obtained by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov. In West Virginia, call 1-800-295-8228 to be put in touch with the appropriate personnel serving your county. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202.720.2600 (voice and TDD).