USDA Releases New State-by-State "Made in Rural America" Report
New Data Demonstrates Obama Administration’s Record Breaking Investments in Rural America
As part of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new state-by-state “Made in Rural America” report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. Each state factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. They also outline how USDA is helping rural communities attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband.
“This report shows what investment in rural America means in real terms for families and businesses across the country,” said Vilsack. “Throughout the Obama Administration, USDA has created employment opportunities in rural America through investments in manufacturing, energy and small businesses. At the same time, we are bringing reliable services like water, housing and broadband to make these same communities attract and retain a talented workforce. This report proves that the entrepreneurial spirit is strong in rural America.”
The dollars invested by USDA Rural Development in Montana reflect its efforts to strengthen the “four pillars” of a new economy in rural America and Montana: developing a robust bio-based economy; promoting exports and production agriculture fueled by increased productivity and research; encouraging conservation including land management, stewardship and outdoor recreational opportunities; and building a strong local and regional food system to harness entrepreneurial innovation and help small and medium-sized family farms succeed in rural America.
“We are proud to say that since 2009 USDA Rural Development Montana has assisted more than 100 business throughout the state.” according to Anthony Preite, State Director, USDA Rural Development, “Which in turn supports more than 14,400 manufacturing jobs in Montana.”
The report’s state-by-state fact sheets are available at http://www.usda.gov/opportunities.
For more information contact your local USDA Rural Development office:
Local Montana Field Office Contacts:
Bozeman (406) 585-2515
Billings (406) 657-6297
Great Falls (406) 727-7580
Kalispell (406) 756-2005
Missoula (406) 829-3395