Rural Development meets with Growing Corning Together
Monday, March 11, members of Growing Corning Together met for lunch at the Parkview Restaurant to learn of the types of services the USDA Rural Development offers small towns. Brian Exum, Area Director and Keith Huskey, Community Program Specialist, who works with community facilities and water and waste programs, traveled to Corning to discuss the various loans and grants they provide to rural communities. The USDA Rural Development operates over fifty financial assistance programs for a variety of rural purposes.
They partner with rural communities, funding projects that bring housing, community facilities, business guarantees, utilities and other services to rural areas. Exum stated they also provide financial backing for rural businesses and cooperatives, such as, Clay County Electric to create jobs. Exum explained that the Rural Development also promotes the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements through programs like the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for a guaranteed loan along with a grant to help a small business improve their energy efficiency with things such as new lighting system or new heat and air or refrigeration.
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