Success Stories

Long's Pic-Pac grocery store

Rural KY grocery store uses energy efficiencies to stay competitive

For over 30 years, Mike Long has worked in some way at the grocery store in downtown Pineville that carries his last name. After all, his father opened it.

“We have about 60 employees,” he said, “and we pride ourselves on being a strong part of our community. Part of that is putting… more

Party of Six proudly displaying their first home.

New Beginnings

Preparing to search for and purchase your first home can be a confusing and exhausting time, but for the 

Simmons Home

What Are You Waiting For

It was a Sunday afternoon when Berlynn Simmons was standing in line to check out at a local big box store located in the Low Country of South Carolina.  She noticed that a local Realtor was standing in the line behind her and decided to ask her some questions about the home buying process.  The… more

Scharff Home

Miracles Do Happen

The road towards homeownership for the Scharff family wasn't easy.  However, with the help of USDA Rural Development, miracles do happen. 

In 2015, Jessie Scharff returned home to take care of her mother, who's health had started to decline.  Sadly, her mother died a short time… more

Brian Ranger

Welcome to Tennessee!

Nothing says welcome to Tennessee better than owning a new home. When Brian Ranger decided it was
time to leave California and move to Tennessee, he knew he would need to purchase a new home. Mr.
Ranger contacted the USDA Rural Development office in Union City to begin the process of… more

Excel Boats, LLC

Last Piece of the Puzzle Lands Expansion

The last piece of this business expansion puzzle must be USDA Rural Development. Excel Boats, LLC determined in Fall 2017 they wanted to expand their business.  At the time, the company was building aluminum boats at their only manufacturing plant in Mountain View, Ark.more

Crystal Dahl in front of her new home.

Heavenly Homeownership Experience

Single mother of three girls Crystal Dahl was determined to make her dream of homeownership a reality. She and the girls were living in an apartment that lacked adequate space and comfort.

Logan-Todd Regional Water Commission expansion project ground breaking

Rural residents benefit from key interstate partnerships, great timing

When you open the tap on the kitchen sink, you expect to be able to fill your empty glass with cool, refreshing, clean water. Few of us give much thought to where that water came from or how it got there.

clear protective face shields

Rural Development project uses 3D printing in fight against COVID-19 spread

As Kentucky does its best to battle the spread of COVID-19, state and medical providers are looking for ways to answer the increasing need for medical personal protective equipment. One of those responding in a big way is a somewhat unlikely source: Somerset Community College, which is making… more

Photo Chuck's Foodland, Inc.

Small Town Grocery Store Prides Itself on Making Your Shopping Experience the Best it Can Be

Many people in rural communities will agree that having access to a grocery store is very important to the community.  It means easy access to healthy foods, not to mention it provides jobs and tax revenue.