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Rural Development Participates in Ribbon Cutting with Cleveland County Water

Robert Kerns
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$4.9 million Investment Assists in Construction of New Operation Center

SHELBY, N.C., October 27, 2023 – Members of the North Carolina USDA Rural Development team with representatives from state and national offices participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony with Cleveland County Water, in Shelby, today.

Rural Development invested $4.9 million through a Water & Environmental Program loan to construct a new 16,350 square foot administrative and operations center. 

The new facilities includes:

  • Administrative offices
  • Vehicle garage
  • Storage area for equipment, supplies and materials

“Rural North Carolina is experiencing record setting growth in some areas,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Reginald Speight. “As Cleveland County grows it needs the infrastructure to handle the needs of its citizens. The Biden-Harris Administration is proud to assist in the future of Rural North Carolina. This investment will help facilitate Cleveland County for many years.”


Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, promoting competition and fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.


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