Streamline - Winter 2014 - (Page 23)

USDA Rural Development delighted to introduce our new State Director, Dr. Basil I. Gooden. President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Gooden to serve as the Virginia State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development on May 5, 2014. Dr. Gooden's primary educational and professional background is in the areas of housing, community and economic development, family financial management and consumer-related issues. Prior to joining USDA - Rural Development, Basil served as the Chief Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for 12 years. His primary administrative responsibilities included strategic management, technology advancement, and community development initiatives in economically distressed communities. Before DHCD, Basil worked at Virginia Tech where he served as the Coordinator of Outreach and Community Relations. Basil is also a native of Buckingham County, Va., a where he and his family own and operate a cattle farm, raising Black Angus beef. RURAL DEVELOPMENT IS STATE DIRECTOR, DR. BASIL I. GOODEN Rural Development invests heavily into rural Virginia. Rural Development under the leadership of our new State Director, Dr. Basil I Gooden, is seeking a more strategic and thoughtful approach to project development and outreach. Rural Development will develop a strategic plan and outreach strategies for fiscal year 2015. In this plan Rural Development will seek new ways we can partner with other technical and financial resource providers. Rural Development has already begun to meet with partners as SERCAP, DEQ, DHCD, Virginia Rural Water Association, as well as, philanthropic partners such as the Tobacco Commission to leverage resources. We are reviewing each Planning District Commissions' Strategic Plan to see areas where Rural Development can help local communities to reach their stated goals. Strategic funding in a deliberate manner will insure that the Agency dollars will be invested in a manner that will have far reaching and regional impact. In fact, projects that support local or regional strategic plan goals will receive additional priority funding consideration. We expect that fiscal year 2015 funding will be similar to that of 2014. In 2014 ALL eligible projects submitted were funded! We also expect additional dollars for planning grants for communities of greatest need. We encourage you to get your projects into us as soon as possible. Remember that Rural Development can fund water, waste water and storm drainage projects. All of the Rural Development staff look forward to working with communities and individuals in fiscal year 2015 to help them reach their strategic goals. It is not enough to spend our state portion of Rural Development's allocation but we have to spend it in a way that has tremendous impact in rural Virginia. We can all do more by working together. Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Programs USDA, Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service - Virginia Program Results (since 2009, updated Feb, 17, 2014) Our Customers - Exclusively Rural * 476,701: Rural residents receiving new or improved water and waste disposal service. * 176,556: Households and businesses benefited by improved service. * 3,881: New households and businesses connected. * 97: Projects Funded (55 Water/37 Waste/5 Combo) * $315.4 million invested in construction of new or improved infrastructure. ››  $223.2 million loan and $92.1 million grant invested ››  70.8% /29.2% loan/grant ratio * $88.5 million: Leveraged from other funding sources 20.6 percent) * $270.8 thousand Technical Assistance funds provided to assist Rural America * 10,069: Technical assistance visits to help rural systems and communities * 37: Counties served in Virginia * In FY 2013 ››  of our projects serve 93 populations of 5,000 or less. ››  percent of our projects serve 71 populations of 2,500 or less. ››  percent of our projects serve 71 populations of 1,500 or less. ››  percent of our projects serve 50 populations of 1,000 or less. * Average MHI of rural communities receiving funding - $32,896 * Average Monthly EDU Cost ›› Water: $42.89 ›› Sewer: $45.42 Our Portfolio (as of Dec. 31, 2013) * 297 loans outstanding * 114 borrowers * 0.67 percent Delinquency Rate ››  zero loans over one year ››  two loans over 30 days www.vrwa.org 23 http://www.vrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2014

From the President: Three Years Later
From the Executive Director: Rattling About the Important Things
Procrastination
Water and Wastewater Systems
Regret: How to Live with What You Cannot Change
OSHA Compliance for Public Works
Nutrient Contamination and Source Water
NRWA Summaries
USDA Rural Development
Cleared for Takeoff!
Emergency Tank Repair Prevention and Preparation
Virginia Offenders Train for Wastewater Treatment Jobs
2014-2015 Membership Directory
Throwing My Loop: Revelators
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
VRWA Training Calendar
Welcome New Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/ Ad.com

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