Message from the President
Bruce Nuzum, NREDA President
Many NREDA member utilize USDA RD's Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program to assist economic and community development projects and create revolving loan funds to serve their communities and regions. So I wanted to share some exciting news about the program. However before I get to that, you should know that NREDA has been working with USDA RD's National Office to collect data about the impacts on investment and job creation the REDL&G program has had Nationally. In partnership with the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) we hope to present great information back to you that we will all be able to use as we inform our Congressional Delegations about the importance of the program. So stay tuned for more information!
As for the great program news: The recently passed continuing budget resolution means that REDL&G announcements should start happening soon. USDA RD tells me that funding for the program has remained steady on the grant side of the program with approximately $9 million available for this fiscal year and with a little help from some carry-over from last year, increased to as much as $50 million on the loan side of the program. That's great news for NREDA members and rural America! But the news gets better in that USDA RD will soon be announcing that the loan limit is going back to $2 million per application for this fiscal year already underway.
Time will be of the essence which is why I wanted to devote this column to the subject even before the announcement is official. Regular applicants to the program know that the upcoming June 30 deadline is the due date for 4th quarter applications -- the last to be funded with this year's budget authorization. So you'll need to act fast! Please know, we'll send out a blast email to the membership when we see the official announcement. But I wanted to share the news as quickly as possible.
NREDA President's Award
The President's Award recognizes an individual's dedication and leadership to Rural America and the National Rural Economic Developers Association, as evidenced by a commitment of unending time, talent and expertise, and a vision for rural economic growth. This Award is selected by the current NREDA President and can be presented to multiple recipients within a given year.
NREDA Awards history of recipients
Also receiving the 2017 President's Award is Mary McLaury, formerly with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Arlington VA. NREDA President Jim Vermeer made the presentation.
2016 President's Award presented to Mendi (Alexander) Anschutz (right) for her
work on NREDA's publication, website and communications efforts by President
Trista Fugate (left). Press Release
2015 President's Award given to Newsletter Editor, Shawnna Silvius, iShine
Productions LLC, Nebraska, NE (right) and Dana Baker, GVNW Consulting Inc.,
Colorado Springs, CO (not pictured).
John Padalino, (former) Administrator for Rural Utilities
Service, USDA Rural Development and 2014 NREDA
President's Award recipient with President Clare Gustin.