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USDA officials use fact-finding mission to gather feedback from Vale group

Federal officials from the USDA visited Vale Tuesday, April 26, to listen to concerns from area residents and to remind people their agency offers many loan and grant programs. (The Enterprise/FILE)

VALE – Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development told a group of more than 25 people last week that special grant and loan programs are available to help small communities like Vale.

Margaret Hoffmann, the Oregon director of Rural Development, associate director Jill Rees and public information officer Max Sprague gathered input at an April 26 luncheon sponsored by the Vale Community Coalition.

The nonprofit coalition is focused on projects to enhance the city. The meeting was designed to establish links among local officials, residents, elected leaders and the federal agency regarding loan and grant programs.

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