Success Stories

New grocery coolers

Coolers for Rural Grocery Increase Options for Community

Rural communities deserve access to the high-quality food found throughout groceries in large cities. Unfortunately, with the sparse population across southwestern North Dakota, it can be economically challenging to operate a full-service grocery in the area. In the small town of Mott, a… more

Two owners behind store counter

Farmtastic Food Hub Celebrates Anniversary

Two entrepreneurs and the people of Anamoose recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of a new bakery and food hub in rural North Dakota. Farmtastic Heritage Food Hub opened last year to provide fresh, homemade meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients to guests, along with being a… more

Peony Solar

One of the Largest Solar Farms in the State will benefit approximately 9,400 homes in South Carolina.

USDA Rural Development (RD) Business and Industry (B&I) Loan funds are used to assist farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses in developing renewable energy systems and in making energy-efficiency improvements to their operations. 

In May, Peony Solar, located in Springfield, S… more

East Point Academy

New School to Serve Nearly 550 Students

Rural Development funds were used to purchase and renovate an existing school facility and for expansion of the Elementary School’s campus. An existing building, on Leaphart Street, was purchased and repurposed as the Middle School campus for grades 6th through 8th. Facility improvements… more

Pine Ridge EMT Photo

Enhanced Fire Protection Service is Essential for the Pine Ridge Reservation

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines) is a public institution of higher learning in Rapid City, South Dakota. Through a USDA Rural Development Community Facility Technical Assistance and Training grant, SD Mines has partnered with Banner Associates, Inc. (… more

Kylie Beckman Photo

Greater Future Envisioned Becomes Reality for New Rural South Dakota Homeowner

Kylie Beckman had been renting a townhouse in Madison, SD.  Oftentimes, she found herself tossing around the idea of becoming a homeowner. One defining day, she woke up and decided that it was time to take steps toward that greater future she’d envisioned by pursuing homeownership.

Staff w/ Holiday Inn Express, Evanston, WY 07-2019

Hotel Construction Builds Economic Growth, Partnership

Evanston, Wyoming, a small town located along Interstate 80, serves as a stopping point for travelers, and energy development employees. The nature of its location and industry has not allowed for a lot of growth. Many residents must leave town to find steady employment.

Steel Crfeek Galvanizing Company Open House Event

Steel Creek Galvanizing Company LLC Holds Open House Event

Steel Creek Galvanizing Company LLC recently held an Open House Event on July 16, 2019.  This event included tours of the recently completed fabricated steel products plant which is projected to bring $14.1 million in new capital investment in the area as well as the initial creation of 72 jobs… more

Cane Bay Fire Station

RD Community Facility Loan Funds Will Be Utilized to Construct New Fire Station

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on May 22, 2019 for the highly anticipated Cane Bay Fire Station.  Local leaders and members of the community gathered at the site to celebrate the official ground breaking for the Whitesville Fire and Rescue Headquarters Fire Station.  The 5,680 SF structure… more

Cane Bay YMCA

Long-Awaited YMCA Opens in Cane Bay

The long-awaited Cane Bay YMCA opened Saturday, April 27, 2019.  The 54,000 square foot facility is the largest facility of its kind in the Lowcountry.  The building and outdoor recreation fields span 34 of the 69 acres donated by Cane Bay Plantation.  “There are no other YMCA’s like this in the… more