Local residents, business owners and community leaders will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about opportunities and challenges in rural Iowa when Bill Menner, USDA rural development state director in Iowa, visits Toledo on Tuesday.
A rural-issues roundtable discussion will take place starting at 9 a.m. in the Reining Center, 1007 Prospect Drive, Toledo. The meeting is open to the public.
USDA Rural Development's funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $2.5 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families.
Today, more than 1.7 million Iowans live in rural communities and areas, and nearly half of the state's communities have fewer than 500 residents.
USDA Rural Development is working with rural communities to create jobs, expand opportunity, encourage innovation and build a strong foundation for the future. The agency currently administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility loan and grant programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents and farmers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
This past year USDA Rural Development's investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
Menner will be available for comments at the event. If you would like to speak with him before the event please contact Darin Leach at 515-284-4747 (office) or 515-669-5691 (cell).
For more information about finance programs available through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Iowa Falls at 641-648-5181 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hardin, Marshall, Mitchell, Tama and Worth Counties.