Jason Allen on 8th Day Talks USDA Rural Development in the Upper Peninsula

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Jason Allen on 8th Day Talks USDA Rural Development in the Upper Peninsula

Jason Allen on 8th Day Talks USDA Rural Development in the Upper Peninsula

Marquette, Michigan – Jason Allen spoke with Todd Pazz about Allen’s mission to educate communities and organizations about the many grants, loans and services available through the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program in Michigan. Among the topics discussed:

  • Tools available to improve infrastructure such as sewer, water, and storm sewer separation Efforts of his office to increase community awareness of the 47 programs that can provide support for fire stations, day care centers, hospitals, police cars, remote telemetry, and broadband
  • Increases in monies available from 85 million to over 250 million for Michigan
  • Grants and 39 and 40 year loans
  • Work with associations such as the Michigan County Associations, the Michigan Road Commissions, the Michigan Municipal League, and so on
  • Plan to be in the Upper Peninsula in early June for the Upper Peninsula Counties Meeting
  • Expertise available to help communities and organizations with technical and fiduciary expertise needed to secure grants and loands to help participate in programs available

Allen said he is the first State Director for USDA Rural Development in Michigan appointed north of Alpena since Reagan. His official biography says “prior to his appointment, Allen was a development specialist with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. A resident of Traverse City, he has served in the Michigan Army National Guard and was elected to two terms each in both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate.

He has also served as a senior policy advisor (appointed by Governor Synder) for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency where he assisted veterans to manage relationships with the Michigan legislature, local governments and social agencies. A rural small business owner, Allen attended Northwestern Michigan College and then transferred to Miami University of Ohio, earning a Bachelor’s degree in finance.” When he was appointed, Jason Allen said: “It is an honor to be selected by the President to fill the extremely important role of State Director of Rural Development in Michigan. I look forward to working with the President, Secretary of Agriculture, and the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development to increase rural prosperity and enhance customer service through innovation and partnerships in our state.”

USDA Rural Development mission under president Trump is to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America, “offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.” The USDA Rural Development promotes economic development “by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.”  USDA Rural Development has a loan portfolio of more than $222 billion.

The USDA Rural Development is divided among three agencies, according to their website:

  • Rural Utilities Service – Infrastructure or infrastructure improvements that include water and waste treatment, electric power and telecommunications services.
  • Rural Business-Cooperative Service – Supports business development and job training opportunities for rural residents, including working to toward sustainable renewable energy development; developing regional food systems; generating and retaining jobs through recreation and natural resource restoration, conservation, and management; and increasing access to broadband;
  • Rural Housing Service – Builds or improve housing and essential community facilities in rural areas through loans, grants and loan guarantees for single- and multi-family housing, child care centers, fire and police stations, hospitals, libraries, nursing homes, schools, first responder vehicles and equipment, housing for farm laborers, technical assistance loans and grants in partnership with non-profit organizations, Indian tribes, state and federal government agencies, and local communities.

To contact Jason Allen with questions:

Jason Allen, State Director
3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 200
East Lansing, MI 48823
Voice: (517) 324-5190
Fax: (855) 813-7741

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