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Posts tagged: Stan Gruszynski

USDA Staff in New Mexico, Wisconsin, Promote Business Development and Job Creation Efforts

“The Rural Business Enterprise Grant program (RBEG) is one of the most flexible economic development opportunities offered by USDA Rural Development.”  Those words from New Mexico State Director Terry Brunner kicked off a webinar workshop recently to discuss the RBEG program and how to apply for funds.

In the past, here in New Mexico, the RBEG has been used to fund business incubators, feasibility studies, business plans, and it has financed technical assistance programs for business development.

Earlier this month, the staff from Rural Development’s State Office in New Mexico hosted a workshop that gave a complete overview of the RBEG program explaining the funding is made available to public bodies, nonprofit organizations, public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education, and Indian tribes to facilitate and finance the development of small and emerging private business enterprises in rural communities and cities up to 50,000 in population. Read more »

USDA Rural Development Presents 2012 Wisconsin Valued Partner for Engineering Excellence

Brian Deaner, (left) USDA Rural Development Community Programs Director, presents Stan Charron with the 2012 Award of Excellence during Carron’s retirement gathering in Marshfield, Wis. Photo provided by Dorene Spindler, MSA Professional Services, Inc. – Used with permission.

Brian Deaner, (left) USDA Rural Development Community Programs Director, presents Stan Charron with the 2012 Award of Excellence during Carron’s retirement gathering in Marshfield, Wis. Photo provided by Dorene Spindler, MSA Professional Services, Inc. – Used with permission.

USDA Rural Development is committed to working with partners across the nation to assist in improving the quality of life and promote economic sustainability for our rural communities and residents. These valuable partnerships come in many forms, from partners who make financial investments to support business and infrastructure expansion and development to our partners who provide hands on services and expertise that help make these projects a reality.

In an effort to recognize these important partnerships, Rural Development Wisconsin State Director Stan Gruszynski, has named Stanley Charron as the recipient of the 2012 Wisconsin Valued Partner Award for Engineering Excellence. Read more »

USDA and Other Federal Employees Meet in Northern Wisconsin to Discuss the Importance of Title IX

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 addressing gender equity in educational programming. For the first time, this groundbreaking legislation mandated equal opportunity for women in all fields of federally funded public education. The passage of Title IX changed the American education system in ways unimaginable just decades earlier.

Pat Leavenworth, NRCS Wisconsin State Conservationist, welcomes attendees to the 2012 USDA Interagency Conference. NRCS is the current lead agency for Federal Women’s Program, who hosts the conference.

Pat Leavenworth, NRCS Wisconsin State Conservationist, welcomes attendees to the 2012 USDA Interagency Conference. NRCS is the current lead agency for Federal Women’s Program, who hosts the conference.

The Wisconsin USDA Interagency Conference, hosted by the Federal Women’s Program (FWP), is also celebrating its 40th year of existence. Read more »

USDA, Other Agencies, Join Forces to Improve Affordable Rental Housing Programs in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s affordable housing developers and owners will be relieved of regulatory redundancies and burdens on receiving government financial assistance for low and moderate income housing developments as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed last week.

USDA Rural Development State Director, Stan Gruszynski (left) signs the Subsidy Layering Review MOU agreement with WHEDA Executive Director, Wyman Winston; and HUD Midwest Regional Administrator, Antonio Riley at the WHEDA Offices in Madison, WI on February 27, 2012.

USDA Rural Development State Director, Stan Gruszynski (left) signs the Subsidy Layering Review MOU agreement with WHEDA Executive Director, Wyman Winston; and HUD Midwest Regional Administrator, Antonio Riley at the WHEDA Offices in Madison, WI on February 27, 2012.

USDA Rural Development, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) jointly announced the implementation of the program at a signing ceremony in Madison, Wis. Read more »

Rural Business and Cooperative Program Administrator Recognizes A Wisconsin Lender for Accomplishments in Business and Industry Program

Serigraph, Inc. officials give  Administrator Canales a tour of the operations at the West Bend Plant. The plant received a B&I loan guarantee through USDA and the Recovery Act.

Serigraph, Inc. officials give Administrator Canales a tour of the operations at the West Bend Plant. The plant received a B&I loan guarantee through USDA and the Recovery Act.

During these hard economic times we know that one of the best ways to help aid our Country in the recovery process is to assist and build businesses that create jobs, and spur growth. In Wisconsin, we had the opportunity to celebrate and highlight our successful efforts from the past year.

USDA Rural Development Rural Business and Cooperative Programs Administrator, Judith Canales, joined U.S. Senator Herbert Kohl and USDA Rural Development Wisconsin State Director, Stan Gruszynski, at a luncheon event honoring Ridgestone Bank in Brookfield, Wis. Ridgestone Bank was the number one Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program lender in the Nation in 2010. Read more »

New Wisconsin Solar Energy Project Cuts Power Bill For A Farm Family

Written by Kelly Edwards, USDA Public Information Officer

Wisconsin Rural Development State Director, Stan Gruszynski, was joined by Marlene Mielke from U.S. Senator Kohl’s Office, Suzanne Brault-Pagel from U.S. Senator Russell Feingold’s Office and Adam Warpinski from Congressman Dr. Steve Kagen’s Office, various partners and many members of the community to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and to celebrate the completion of the new solar energy project on Kuehn Acres, a small dairy farm in Egg Harbor.

The day included a formal program where the state director presented Gerald Kuehn, with an Earth Day Award recognizing his initiative and accomplishments successfully acquiring and utilizing alternative energy for his farming operations. Additionally, third graders from the Gibraltar School District participated in an Earth Day Logo Design Contest, had an opportunity to tour the farm and learn about alternative energy and its positive impact on the environment.

“The best leadership is by example. That is the concept that fueled the initiative that started Earth Day 40 years ago, that is why we have singled out the Kuehn Family Farm today,” said Gruszynski.

In 2009, Kuehn Dairy Farm received a grant from USDA Rural Development to help purchase a solar system for their small grain and dairy farm in Door County. Estimated annual energy production is 8,239 kilowatts. Excess energy produced will be sent back to the grid, helping to lower energy costs for area residents. Partners on the project include Lake Michigan Wind and Sun, Wisconsin Focus on Energy, and Wisconsin Public Service Corp.

The Kuehn’s received funds through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which provides loan guarantees and grants for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits.

“If we want a cleaner environment, if we want a sustainable future economically, if we want our young people to be wise in their use of our natural resources, then we must teach by example.  It is the willingness of the Kuehn’s to take action toward a brighter future that we are recognizing and celebrating today,” Gruszynski concluded.

Kuehn Acres Dairy Farm in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, and new solar panels
Kuehn Acres Dairy Farm in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, and new solar panels

Third Graders from Gibraltar, Wisconsin Area Schools meet the Dairy Cows
Third Graders from Gibraltar, Wisconsin Area Schools meet the Dairy Cows

Third Graders from Gibraltar Area Schools in front of the new farm solar panels
Third Graders from Gibraltar Area Schools in front of the new farm solar panels