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Posts tagged: Sarah Adler

Nevada Stronger Economies Together Team Spirit of Engagements Shows in Economic Blueprint

Nevada’s Stronger Economies Together (SET) Regional Team members met one last time Nov. 28 in Fallon, Nevada, to unveil the “Western Nevada Blueprint for Economic Development,”  a plan that set goals to develop five targeted economic sectors for a 33,000-square mile region of Nevada across nine counties, involving more than 200 people.

The 75 people who met in good cheer that morning at the beautiful old Oats Park Art Center, had a lot to celebrate.  They knew their region’s assets, they understood the barriers to growth, and they were starting to understand how working collaboratively benefits them all. Read more »

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 »

During Homeownership Month, Nevada Celebration Brings Home Message of Community, Security, and Jobs

On a chilly, gray morning, under the shadow of the still challenging Nevada economy, more than 70 people gathered in the beautiful Nevada State Capitol building to share with each other why it remains so important to keep the dream of homeownership alive. In the majestic and historic Old Assembly Chambers, homeowners, realtors, and lenders active in USDA Rural Development Direct and Guaranteed Home loan programs participated in a two part event, as Nevada Rural Development State Director Sarah Adler put it: “recognition and revenue.”

Jeff Bishop, a homeowner from Washoe County, won the heart of the crowd with his simple eloquence. Jeff is a high school janitor, a musician, a family man. His wife Brooke and their two daughters, Emma and Rose, stood proudly by him, grinning, showing off their hand-drawn poster of their new home. Read more »

Native American Business in Nevada Gets a Boost from USDA and the Recovery Act

Council members L to R: Charles Quartz, Gina Wachsmuth, Pricilla Carrera, Amber Torres, and Tribal Chairman Lorren Sammaripa at the opening celebration.

Council members L to R: Charles Quartz, Gina Wachsmuth, Pricilla Carrera, Amber Torres, and Tribal Chairman Lorren Sammaripa at the opening celebration.

USDA Rural Development along with The Walker River Paiute Tribe (WRPT) scheduled a Resource Fair to accompany the Completion Ceremony of their newly constructed Four Seasons Fireworks Building. The Completion Ceremony and Resource Fair took place on September 17, 2010 in Schurz, Nevada. The new 60×40 steel structure replaced an old 40 foot container. The WRPT Housing Force Account Crew did an amazing job constructing the new building. The new fireworks store was funded in part by a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant, funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Read more »

About 120 Turn Out in Reno to Learn About Broadband Funding Opportunities

It was my pleasure as State Director of USDA Rural Development in Nevada to welcome officials from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (a part of Rural Development) to Reno earlier this week to discuss exciting opportunities to extend broadband to unserved and underserved parts of the United States.

As President Obama said in his State of the Union Address, “In this country, the success of our children cannot depend more on where they live than on their potential.” Broadband will extend improved educational opportunities to rural America’s schools, including those located on Tribal lands.  Creating jobs is a top priority of this administration, and the infrastructure to be constructed with the $4.8 billion in loan and grant funds being made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will assist communities as they work to attract new business opportunities.

The President was clear in his message, “There are projects … all across this country that will create jobs and help move our nation’s goods, services, and information.” Nothing moves information better than broadband.  Whether it is a crop report, weather data, hospital files, security information or just a recipe for a new cookie recipe that a budding business owner will use to start a venture, broadband is indispensible.  Here in Nevada it will enable a painter or craft maker to sell goods over the Internet to buyers not only on the East Coast, but in Eastern Europe, and around the world.

There will be a series of additional broadband workshops across the nation over the next few weeks.  The schedule includes the following stops: January 29, Denver; February 1, San Antonio, TX; February 2, Eureka, MO; February 4, Sioux Falls, SD; February 5, Detroit, MI; February 9, Blacksburg, VA; February 11, Fayetteville, NC; and February 12, Atlanta, GA.  If you want more information go to:  http://www.broadbandusa.gov.

USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein

USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein discusses broadband funding opportunities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act during a meeting in Reno

USDA Rural Development Nevada State Director Sarah Adler

USDA Rural Development Nevada State Director Sarah Adler welcomes attendees to the broadband workshop

Submitted by Sarah Adler, State Director, USDA Rural Development, Nevada