RICHLAND- Leaders of Clay, Webster, Stewart, Randolph and Quitman Georgia Counties were invited by Quinton Robinson, State Director, USDA Rural Development, to brainstorm ideas for Regional Innovation in Rural Communities. Rural Development Georgia is committed to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s regional approach to create economic opportunity and job creation in rural areas. The meeting specifically provided information regarding the USDA, Rural Development Community Facility loan/grant program and how this funding may be beneficial. For more information, please visit: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/gacommunityfacilities.html
One of the keys to rural prosperity is for rural communities to come together on a regional basis
to develop a plan for building a stronger economy. USDA is helping to build a more prosperous rural America by providing financial support and technical assistance to boost locally led regional economic development efforts across the Nation.
USDA in cooperation with the State’s Regional Commissions is supporting rural communities that are working together on a multi-county/regional basis, with a focus on the development and
implementation of ground-level regional economic development plans. Meetings are planned throughout the State, for example, on November 2, 2012 a meeting sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission in Camilla, (Mitchell County) will include cities and counties from Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas and Worth Counties.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and
ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.