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USDA Rural Business and Cooperatives Administrator Meets with Louisiana Business Owners, Farmers and Residents Discuss Job Creation, Economic Growth and Rural Revitalization
Mandeville, LA. , August 15, 2011 – USDA Rural Business and Cooperatives Administrator Judy Canales met with rural business owners, farmers and citizens today to discuss ways federal, state and local officials can work together to improve economic conditions and create jobs. The meeting is part of a series of Rural Roundtables that are being held across the country this summer with senior Obama Administration officials on behalf of the White House Rural Council.
"Maintaining strong rural communities is vital not only to the people and businesses in this area, but also to Louisiana's entire economy," Canales said. "The Obama Administration is working to support programs and policies that create jobs in rural Louisiana, expand access to capital, and ensure that small towns and rural areas are viable places to live and work. I am here today to listen to your thoughts and have an open dialogue on what we can do collectively to accomplish this."
The roundtables give government leaders an opportunity to hear directly from business leaders around the country about their ideas on how to grow the economy. They also are intended to educate participants about USDA programs and other federal resources that help rural businesses, residents and communities.
USDA Rural Development, for example, offers more than 40 programs to help rural residents buy or repair homes, rent affordable apartments, start or expand businesses, build or expand broadband networks, build or upgrade drinking water and wastewater systems, and provide essential services such as schools, libraries, fire and police protection, and health care facilities.
In June, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the first White House Rural Council, chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Council will work throughout government to create policies to promote economic prosperity and a high quality of life in our rural communities.
Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America's rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining and thriving economically.
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender, provider, and employer. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20250-9140.