Today, City Manager David Whitlow, Public Works Director Daniel Williams, Tyndall Lewis, McDavid Associates, Inc., USDA Area Director Elmer Langston, USDA Area Specialist Aaron Gaskins and other Project Contractors gathered to cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the water systems improvement project. The ceremony took place at the elevated storage tank site on Country Club Road.
Critical infrastructure needs represented by poor water quality is now a thing of the past. The project includes three water treatment facilities, new supply well and an elevated water storage tank. Completion of the water systems improvement project will benefit over 4000 existing customers with improved water service and fire protection.
“These types of investments are critical for our health and safety as well as long term economic development. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested over $450 million in water and wastewater projects in rural North Carolina,” said Elmer Langston, Area Director USDA Rural Development.
Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. In Fiscal Year 2014, the agency invested more than $1.4 billion in rural North Carolina through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $208 billion in loans and loan guarantees. For more information about Rural Development programs in North Carolina, visit www.rd.usda.gov/nc.
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.