Success Stories

Rose Court Apartments in Phoenix, Ore., burned down during the 2020 Oregon wildfires.

A Heap of Hope When All was Lost

Susan Smith has lived through a lot over the years: hurricanes, a serious medical condition, a global pandemic. She had heard about the fire burning in Ashland, just south of her subsidized apartment in the small town of Phoenix, but wildfires had never gotten close enough to threaten her before… more

ATMC is bringing access to the internet with speeds up to 1 Gps to thousands of homes and businesses in Columbus County since partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. A recent ReConnect Grant of $7.9 million will expand their reach to another 4,000 homes and businesses.

Rural N.C. gets access to internet through USDA RD/ATMC

Rural North Carolina is continuing to adapt to the digital age where high-speed internet is essential. There is a powerful ally in this evolution with the Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation.

The new tractor with mower and front-end loader.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

The city of Alpine's forty-year-old commercial-grade mower, dedicated to the maintenance of the Casparis Municipal Airport grounds, was in the shop more frequently than it was being used.  The city was only able to budget a small amount of funds to buy a smaller inadequate machine.

To… more

Calvert police officer displays the 2018 patrol vehicle purchased with USDA Rural Development funds

Public Safety is the priority in Calvert

Calvert, a small rural town with a rich history, nestled quietly between Waco and College Station, will kick off the new year with a brand new police vehicle to serve its over 1,200 rural residents. This rural Texas town was founded in 1870 and encompasses the Calvert Historic District, known… more

Wagner Day Care photo

USDA Meeting the Needs of a Rural Day Care Center

Wagner Early Childhood Center is a childcare facility that supervises and cares for a large number of children in the Wagner area. The daycare provides services that support parents and guardians by caring for children too young to be left alone, or to attend school or school-… more

Lake Andes group photo

USDA Builds Sound Infrastructure for a Rural South Dakota Community

The City of Lake Andes recognized that two-thirds of the city sewer system was built in the 1920’s with vitrified clay pipe (VC) and brick manholes (MHs).  The sewer system was experiencing a significantly high rate of infiltration and inflow causing the sanitary sewer system to… more

Avera Health photo

Pioneering Innovative Ways of Service and Infrastructure Development for Rural Areas

With the passage of time, rural areas continue to have challenges.  Lack of infrastructure, distance to services, and a qualified workforce continue to plaque rural health care facilities.

Recreational UTV’s Provide Opportunity for Social Distancing Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Rory Maynard has owned and operated Edge UTV Rental (Legendary Investments, LLC) also known as Edge Sports located in Lead, SD for many years.  Edge Sports is a ski and snowboarding shop and the site location has immediate access to the Black Hills National Forest.  

Randy Gruenwald standing in front of a display of meats.

Dakota Butcher - 2020 SBA Entrepreneur of the Year

Seeing a business close their doors in a small town is always difficult. When the Clark meat shop closed in 2008, Randy Gruenwald decided he wasn’t going to stand by and watch it happen. His professional experience was an excellent fit to revive the… more

Peru Ambulance

Safety of Rural Nebraskans First with USDA

The city of Peru currently utilizes a 2004 Ford/Wheeled Coach ambulance as its primary and a 1991 Ford/Wheeled Coach as the back-up. The 1991 model has reached the end of its useful life. The 2004 model is two-wheel drive making it treacherous in bad weather, reducing the response time to… more