USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Vasquez and Congressman Bob Etheridge along with North Carolina Rural Development State Director Randall Gore visited the Middlesex Elementary School construction site in Nash County, North Carolina earlier this week. The project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
“Projects like the one taking place at Middlesex Elementary don’t occur without local, state, and federal leadership,” said Vasquez. “This is proof of what the reinvestment act will do. We are starting to see that job growth and that job expansion. We are pleased that USDA was one of the departments that was allowed the opportunity to funnel the resources out intro rural communities.”
The estimated completion date for the project is August 2011. The completed building will provide the 425 students with a new cafeteria and kitchen. Also included in the building is administrative space that is designed to meet future needs.
“Education is the key to creating good jobs and long-term economic prosperity,” said Congressman Bob Etheridge. “I want all of our children to go to good schools and get a good education so they will be able to succeed in the 21st century economy.”