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Mullens, WV - November 8, 2013 -  USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Lewis joined with local leaders on Wednesday in Wyoming, McDowell and Mercer Counties to celebrate several recent funding awards.  Mr. Lewis began the day on Wednesday with a stop at the Wyoming County Council on Aging in Mullens, where he presented a certificate to Jennifer Gibson and Robin Hatcher from the Council on Aging and President of the Council Board Polly Smith. 
 
In July 2013, USDA Rural Development approved a Community Facilities Loan of $1,500,000 for the Council on Aging, Inc.  These funds are being combined with funds committed to the project by the Council and will be used to assist in the renovation and conversion of an old grocery store in the Mullens area into the Wyoming County Senior Center. 
 
Mr. Lewis also traveled to McDowell County where he presented funding awards to the McDowell County Commission on Aging, McArts and Ashland Scenic Campground LLC before traveling on to Bluefield where he made a similar presentation to South Central Educational Development Inc. 
 
   In reflecting on each of these projects, USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Lewis said, "We are very excited to be a part of these very important projects for southern West Virginia."  He went on to say, "By visiting each of these organizations, we've had an opportunity to celebrate not only these funding awards but also the hard work and determination of everyone associated with these organizations and the residents of the communities that they serve."  He added, "In Fiscal Year 2013, USDA Rural Development invested nearly $410 million to improve housing conditions, build and improve infrastructure and create and retain jobs in rural communities across West Virginia.  It's projects like these that bring our agency one step closer to our goal of improving the quality of life for rural residents across the State."   
 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.
 
Further information on USDA Rural Development may be obtained by visiting USDA's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov. In West Virginia, call 1-800-295-8228 to be put in touch with the appropriate personnel serving your county.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202.720.2600 (voice and TDD).    
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