Pictured Left to Right: Judge Richard Anderson, Chairman of the East Texas Corridor Council; Mayor Eric Neal, City of Marshall; Christina Anderson, Chairman of EasTexConnects; Kerry Bashaw, East Texas Regional Development Company Manager at ETCOG; Steve Manley, East Texas Regional Development Board; David Cleveland, Executive Director of ETCOG; Paco Valentin, USDA Rural Development State Director; Commissioner Paula Gentry, Upshur County; Judge Lee Ann Jones, Panola County; and Yolanda Collins, USDA Rural Development Canton Office
Kilgore, TX, December 29, 2016: USDA Rural Development Texas State Director Paco Valentin joined East Texas leaders to announce funding for the Intermediary Relending Program today for the East Texas Regional Development Company administered by ETCOG.
“USDA Rural Development strives to improve the overall quality of rural communities,” said Paco Valentin, USDA Rural Development Texas State Director. “These funds will assist with the development of rural businesses, which provide needed goods and services to rural East Texas residents.”
USDA Rural Development approved an Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) loan of $500,000 to be used to provide low-interest loans to public and non-profit organizations to relend for small businesses and community development in parts of East Texas. This loan will create 10 jobs across fourteen counties.
“The IRP program provides another critically important tool which will enhance the East Texas Regional Development Company’s efforts to spur job creation in our 14-County region”, said East Texas Council of Governments Executive Director David Cleveland. “We are excited and honored to partner with USDA Rural Development to provide this additional resource for East Texas’ small businesses.”
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. 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. For information on this and other USDA Rural Development programs in Texas, visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/tx.