USDA director to attend opening
EAST LANSING – The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan, James J. Turner, will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital at noon on April 12. The new facility is located one mile west of Chippewa Ave. on U.S. 2, in Manistique.
The USDA Rural Development provided four direct Community Facility loans since 2008 totaling $24 million to support the replacement hospital.
USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure 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. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $181 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit www.rurdev.usda. gov for additional information about the agency’s programs or to locate the local USDA Rural Development office.