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New Legislation Brings Projects in Reach for Rural Connecticut

Posted by Scott Soares, Connecticut/Massachusetts/Rhode Island State Director for USDA Rural Development in Rural
Oct 09, 2015
From left: USDA Farm Service Executive Director for Connecticut, Brian Hulburt; Lt. Governor of Connecticut, Nancy Wyman; Town Manager of Coventry, Connecticut and others
From left: USDA Farm Service Executive Director for Connecticut, Brian Hulburt; Lt. Governor of Connecticut, Nancy Wyman; Town Manager of Coventry, Connecticut, John Elesser; Connecticut State Senator Cathy Osten; Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy; USDA Rural Development, Connecticut Area Director, Johan Strandson; USDA Rural Development State Director CT/MA/RI, Scott Soares; Ayanti Grant, District Director for Congressman Joe Courtney.

The first week of August brought an important milestone for communities in Connecticut. I was pleased to be on hand as our Governor, Dannel Malloy, held a ceremonial bill signing for Senate Bill 458. This legislation is significant because it changes the maturity date for municipal bonds issued in conjunction with any water, waste, or community facility loan from USDA Rural Development from an original 20 years to a 40 year bonding term. Of the 169 towns in the state of Connecticut, 69 of those have populations under 10,000. This makes them eligible to receive loans from USDA Rural Development through our community facilities program. This act will make repayment on such loans affordable for small towns that are in need of essential community facility additions and improvements.

Connecticut State Senator Cathy Osten was on hand at the bill signing, along with Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, among others. Cathy remarked to me how this new legislation will allow rural Connecticut communities access to projects that were fiscally prohibitive in the past due to the outdated restrictions placed by the state, and repealed with this new law.

Personally, I'm happy to see this come about. This helps us in USDA Rural Development to better serve our communities in Connecticut, and it puts a whole host of essential community facilities and utility improvements in reach for the first time in a long while. On behalf of USDA Rural Development, I'm grateful to Governor Malloy and the Connecticut State Congress for their efforts in supporting our rural communities.

Category/Topic: Rural

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Liz Netherland
Oct 10, 2015

What is the matter with you people. You have certified organic that has nanoparticles in it? Are you crazy, or just corrupt. Now you say you won't consider environmental changes....and next, you want to take it to Tom Vilsack who get money from Monsanto....who is buying your team...We are getting mad that you are not protecting us.