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Posts tagged: Bobby Lewis

Strong Start for USDA’s Feds Feed Families Campaign

Our June Feds Feed Families totals are in, and I would like to give my USDA colleagues across the country a discreet, virtual high-five.

Today, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA donated just over 100,000 pounds of food to the Feds Feed Families food drive during the month of June.  What a great start to the campaign! The National Office Feds Feed Families team continues to be inspired by the stories we are hearing from our counterparts in the field. Read more »

Rural Development Employees “Pour Sweat Equity” Into Home Building

Volunteers secure the north end wall of the house after it is lifted into place.

Volunteers secure the north end wall of the house after it is lifted into place.

A nice break in the recent rainy weather in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia offered perfect timing for a Self-Help Build day.  The event which was held September 29, 2010, has become an annual occurrence during which volunteers gather to help families build their homes. Read more »

Town of Newburg, West Virginia-A Celebration of the Construction Groundbreaking for an Improved Water System

Pipes that will be installed within the next few months.

Pipes that will be installed within the next few months

The Town of Newburg was awarded a total of $2,875,000 for the Fellowsville, York Run, and State Route 26 Water Extension Project.  USDA Rural Development Community Facilities is providing a $400,000 loan, $941,000 grant, and a $185,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) grant to the project.  Also, a Small Cities Block grant for $1,000,000 and a West Virginia Infrastructure Council grant for $349,000 are assisting in the total project cost. Read more »

Recovery Act Funding Provides a Bookmobile for Rural West Virginia

A new bookmobile, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A new bookmobile, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Now, for the latest on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding Raleigh County Public Library was awarded through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities program to obtain a new bookmobile. Read more »

USDA Assists a West Virginia Family With An Affordable Home Loan

By Gail Bennett, Public Affairs Specialist, WV USDA Rural Development On Behalf of State Director Bobby Lewis

They say “a picture is worth a thousand words” and this happy young man brings meaning and life to the cliché.

Jamalyn Sexton and her three year old son, Connor, are happy new homeowners.  A celebration was held in their honor during National Homeownership Month in Elkins, West Virginia.  Federal, State and local government officials, stakeholders, lending partners, and family members were present. Read more »

New USDA Funded Emergency Services Facility Dedicated In West Virginia

By  West Virginia USDA Rural Development Public Affairs Specialist Gail Bennett

A building dedication was held for the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency’s (JCESA) Operations Center earlier this month in Ranson, WV.  On hand and a featured guest speaker for the formal ceremony was USDA Rural Development’s Housing and Community Facilities Administrator Tammye Trevino. 

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito gave congratulatory remarks as another featured guest speaker.  An emergency occurred during her speech and the operations center was in full alert with ambulances and emergency personnel in action. 

Other distinguished guests included West Virginia USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Lewis; Honorable Patsy Noland , Jefferson County Commission Vice-President;  Members of the JCESA Board of Directors; JCESA Building Committee members; JCESA Administrative Staff; Mayor Peggy Smith and Julie Quirk of the USDA Rural Development Office of General Counsel (OGC) and her administrative assistant Pat Foote.

The JCESA Operations Center was funded, in part, with a $1.3 Million Community Facilities Direct Loan.  The land for the facility was donated by Fairfax Crossing, LLC, and the City of Ranson.  Office equipment and furnishings were donated by local groups.  

The new 6,700 square foot state-of-the-art center contains administrative offices, a conference room, a training room, crew quarters and three bays. The facility replaces JCESA’s former home – a cramped, converted service station.

Tammye Trevino, Rural Development Housing Administrator, addresses the audience at the dedication.
Tammye Trevino, Rural Development Housing Administrator, addresses the audience at the dedication.

Row 1 (l to r):  Paula Moeller (WV RD Community Facilities Specialist); Pat Foote (OGC); Kathy McEntee (RD Housing & Community Facilities Chief of Staff); Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito; Tammye Trevino (RD Housing and Community Facilities Administrator); and Anna-Marie Lantz (RD Area Specialist)
Row 1 (l to r):  Paula Moeller (WV RD Community Facilities Specialist); Pat Foote (OGC); Kathy McEntee (RD Housing & Community Facilities Chief of Staff); Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito; Tammye Trevino (RD Housing and Community Facilities Administrator); and Anna-Marie Lantz (RD Area Specialist)
Row 2 (l to r):  Bobby Lewis (WV RD State Director); Gail Bennett (RD Public Affairs Specialist); Howard Page (RD Area Specialist and Civil Rights Coordinator); Julie Quirk (OGC); and Craig Burns (RD Area Director).