USDA Rural Development State Director Tours Southwestern North Dakota to Connect with Community Leaders
USDA Rural Development State Director Jasper Schneider, and staff, recently toured seven rural communities in southwestern North Dakota as part of USDA’s ongoing commitment to rural communities. Schneider participated in conversations with community leaders to identify ways Rural Development programs can most effectively work to improve the quality of life and increase economic opportunity in the region.
Some stops on the tour included a multi-family housing complex, that acquired new siding, doors, windows and some updating inside. Last year USDA provided a loan and a grant thanks to the Multi-family Housing Preservation Revitalization Restructuring Program (MPR). State Director Schneider also visited Hettinger Theater, which received financing for new state-of-the-art high definition/3D equipment from USDA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Ed Gold, Economic Developer for Adams County, was excited to share with Schneider his appreciation for the agency’s support for small businesses.
On the last day of the tour, State Director Schneider recognized three entities for their strong leadership to increase economic development in rural communities with a Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) award. They include Prairie West Development Foundation which received a grant to do a feasibility study on a proposed waste paper recycling and manufacturing center; and Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council which received a grant to address the impact that energy development is having on communities located in the Southwest Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone. Also acknowledged was the city of New England, which received a grant to study a proposed glass recycling business to be located in the city.
Seven cities and seven counties later, State Director Schneider and Rural Development staff were able to have meaningful discussions with a total of nearly 150 community leaders. Schneider’s visit helped highlight the positive growth made possible by USDA’s investments in rural communities.
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