Success Stories

Celebrating homeownership with Heather Trotter

Heather Trotter, a Des Moines native and mother of two very active young boys, always dreamed of raising her family in a smaller, rural community. 

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Spire Climbing Center

Meg Swanson and Jeff Ho have dreamed of utilizing solar energy to cover the utility costs at Spire Climbing Center since it opened its doors in December 2004. Since then, the climbing facility has gone through two large expansions, the most recent expansion tripling its size.

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Headframe Spirits

Butte has had its share of economic woes in the past, and finding new ways to encourage and develop creative opportunities for job creation is key to a brighter future.

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The USDA-RD booth featured all program areas relevant to clean energy generation and energy efficiency upgrades.

USDA Rural Development was prominently featured during the recent MI Clean Energy Conference & Fair held in Traverse City, MI. Two staff members presented programs and services during the conference panels and all programs were featured at the conference booth.

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A new fence for the four children to play safely.

Andrew and his wife, Christianna moved their family of four children to Plainview, Nebraska, a community of just over 1200 population, adding six more residents.  The family had been renting in another small community until Andrew changed jobs and    began driving truck.  With the flexibility of

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Proud Homeowner!

Wyatt Reynolds moved to Norfolk, Nebraska when he was 17 years old. He began working while taking online classes at Northeast Community College at the age of 18 and also started renting an apartment on his own. At 21 years old he learned he was going to become a father.

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Browne Family photo

Teresa Browne had settled into a one bedroom apartment in the quite town of Redfield, South Dakota to be closer to her youngest daughter and family.  Little did she know that fate would have her taking in her oldest daughter and her two children with a baby on the way.

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Image of Emiko Santos outside her home in Kolonia Town, Pohnpei, FSM.

Mrs. Emiko Santos, a 72–year old widow who lives in Kolonia Town, was facing a serious decision to abandon her family home when she contacted Rural Development's Western Pacific office.

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Expansion under construction.

Bethany Home is a nursing home and assisted living facility located in Minden, NE.  The not-for-profit organization began in 1920 and constructed the current facility in 1961.  Bethany Home started out primarily as a nursing home facility, but with a few additions over the years assisted living h

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Photo: Hines Meat Company in La Grande, Oregon, began processing local meat and offering a full service meat counter in June 2016.

Jake and Paige Hines dreamed about expanding the local foods market in their small, rural town of La Grande in northeastern Oregon. They knew their community wanted the ability to buy locally produced meat, so they planned to open a meat processing plant and retail store.

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