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Revised Rule Wants to Limit Projects Not Backed by Community
The program bolsters the credit available from private lending institutions through the guarantee of loans for essential community facilities in rural areas.
posted 5/13/13 02:34 AM read complete story
Departing Rural Director Offers Development Insights
The longtime director of the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) at Mississippi State University is moving to a new position as director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and the assistant vice president for engagement at Purdue University. Dr. Bo Beaulieu enters his new position after running the SRDC for more than 15 years.
posted 4/5/13 10:55 AM read complete story
USDA Links Renewable Energy to Job Growth in Rural America
Harvesting renewable fuels and energy sources is crucial to expanding economic community development and job growth in rural America, says Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager. The Obama administration wants to reduce American dependency on foreign oil b...
posted 2/5/13 4:21 PM read complete story
Rural Development Boosted by USDA-backed Biofuels Initiative
The program is aimed at supporting research, investment and infrastructure, which the Obama administration sees as prerequisites for creating a strong biofuels industry capable of spurring increased economic opportunity in rural areas.
posted 11/27/12 1:22 PM read complete story
USDA to Increase Funding for Rural Electric Services
The boost adds to $250 million already invested in smart grid technologies by the department in FY 2012.
posted 10/16/12 11:16 AM read complete story
Consortium Forms to Boost Broadband Use in Rural Areas
A consortium of higher-education associations, public interest groups, and high-tech companies forms the Advanced Internet Regions (AIR.U) to upgrade broadband Internet access to underserved universities and their communities. The effort will begin with pilot Super Wi-Fi network projects in several ...
posted 7/5/12 10:49 AM read complete story
USDA to Limit Community Facilities Loans
The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) seeks comment on a proposal clarifying which recreational projects are eligible for loans in the Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan (CFGL) Program. An Aug. 27 comment deadline is set. USDA's Rural Housing Service wants to limit risk to the program's portfoli...
posted 6/26/12 6:27 PM read complete story
USDA Grants to Be Shorter, Simpler Next Year
Groups seeking Agriculture Department Rural Development (RD) grants later this year can expect to see a shorter, simpler application form. USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Doug O'Brien commented on the RD grant process during a June 19 Twitter "town hall," saying that the applic...
posted 6/19/12 5:02 PM read complete story
USDA Proposes Cuts to Housing, Business Programs
The Agriculture Department (UDSA) proposes to cut or eliminate several Rural Development (RD) programs affecting single-family housing, housing preservation and rural business in the FY 2013 budget. The Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program which received $2 million in FY 2012, and the R...
posted 2/14/12 12:33 PM read complete story
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