For the last 32 years, Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), a non-profit social enterprise, has been dedicated to providing job opportunities for people with disabilities. Founded in 1964 by John DuRand as an Occupational Training Center, MDI transitioned into an Affirmative Business in 1978. Company leaders wanted to provide people, specifically people with disabilities, equal opportunity employment.
MDI is an AbilityOne program through which government products and services are set aside for people with disabilities. With locations in St. Paul, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing, MDI currently employs 131 people, 70 of which are people with disabilities. Read more »
Hillsboro, a rural Kansas community of just over 2,400 residents is nestled between the North Cottonwood and South Cottonwood Rivers in Marion County. Community leaders recently celebrated a groundbreaking in the frozen soils of central Kansas as the first step in the construction of their new community hospital.
The new 27,750 square foot facility will replace a 50-year old structure to provide health care to Hillsboro residents and serve nearby smaller communities as well. The new hospital is a partnership between the City of Hillsboro and HMC/CAH and was made possible by a USDA Rural Development Recovery Act Business and Industry Loan Guarantee in the amount of $9,250,000 to the Bank of Hays. Read more »
We’re just finishing a trio of new videos introducing programs within the Rural Development mission area that can be used to support local and regional food systems.
Prairieland Dairy of Hallam, Nebraska had a vision: they wanted to expand their operation to meet growing demand for sustainable, source-verified products. In their mind, Nebraskans needed fresh, wholesome milk products produced in their own backyard. With the help of USDA’s Rural Development office and a Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan, Prairieland was able to secure a $650,000 loan through a community bank, and today they are marketing products made with “local, farm-fresh Nebraska milk.” Read more »
(left to right) Camden National Bank Senior Vice President Jack Williams; Ocean Classroom Foundation recent Discovery High School Student and Recipient of the Alix Thorne Most Outstanding Shipmate Award Charlie Campbell; USDA Administrator Judy Canales; Maine Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel; and Ocean Classroom Foundation Founder and President Alix Thorne.
As a part of her recent trip to Maine, USDA Rural Development Administrator for Business and Cooperative Programs Judy Canales visited the Ocean Classroom Foundation, in Boothbay Harbor. This unique non-profit organization teaches its students, mostly young adults, life skills through learning how to sail and navigate the open sea. Read more »
Written by Utah State Director, Dave Conine and Public Information Coordinator Donna Birk
USDA Rural Development-Utah and Bank of Utah recently recognized Azure Elite, Wescor Inc. as “Recovery Act Project of the Year.” Wescor was honored for its community leadership, vision and success, and its contribution to the mission of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Wescor can trace its roots back to 1966 when a group of fourteen Utah engineer faculty members founded it. Today Wescor is specialized in clinical laboratory equipment. Read more »