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USDA-RD State Director Participating in Ribbon-Cutting at Antioch Fire Department

Robert Kerns
Release Date
Apr 02, 2022

MIDDLESEX, N.C., April 2, 2022 – USDA Rural Development State Director Reginald Speight participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Antioch Fire Department today. 

USDA invested a $1.7 million Community and Facilities Loan with the Antioch Fire Department to construct a new 13 thousand square foot fire station that features:

•           Five drive-thru truck bays

•           Classroom

•           Administration offices

•           Kitchen

•           Sleeping quarters

•           Restrooms

“This rural area of Johnston County has seen a population explosion over the past decade,” said Speight. “Our investment into our first responders gives them the tools to keep the citizens of this growing area safe.”


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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