On Sunday, Alabama 1st District U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne emailed constituents his weekly newsletter with updates of what he’s been working on the past week as well as what’s ahead.
With his upcoming schedule filled with the Ag Matters tour — with stops in each of the 1st District’s six counties, where he’ll chat with local farmers and foresters to discuss ways the Congress can better assist them — to visiting organizations in Summerdale and Foley who are helping fight poverty in the area, it sounds like Byrne has a very full schedule this October.
Read Byrne’s full newsletter below:
If you turn on the national news, it is easy to grow discouraged. From ongoing terrorism issues to the sluggish economy, our nation continues to face a wide range of serious challenges.
That said, here in Southwest Alabama, we have had a decent run of positive news lately. I want to highlight some of the encouraging developments that impact every community in our area.
- Rural Development Loans: I received word last week that the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development office is starting a Community Facilities Relending Program to benefit rural areas in Southwest Alabama and Northwest Florida. United Bank, headquartered in Atmore, will serve as a lender for the program, and they will be able to issue up to $40,000,000 in loans to local communities. This program targets rural areas with high and persistent poverty rates. Funds from the loan program can be used on a range of essential community facilities or equipment including healthcare facilities, town halls, courthouses, child care centers, fire departments, police vehicles, libraries, food pantries, and more. This is certainly good news as many of our rural communities will be eligible to apply for these low-interest loans.
- DISC Grant: Baldwin County received some good news a few weeks ago when the Economic Development Administration announced a $846,583 grant for the Daphne Innovation and Science Complex (DISC). The DISC project is an important tool to help spur growth in the technology and science industries around Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
- Economic Development Grants: The Economic Development Administration also announced grants for the City of Atmore to construct an industrial access road and for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce to renovate and modernize the former Threaded Fasteners building.
- Pipeline Grant: The Poarch Creek Band of Indians in Escambia County was recently awarded a grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Administration. The over $33,000 grant will help with emergency preparedness efforts.
- Career/Tech Center: In Clarke County, work has started on a new workforce training facility in Grove Hill. This facility is a major step in the right direction when it comes to encouraging vocational education and making sure students are gaining the skills they need to get a good-paying job.
These are just a few instances of positive news for our area. Of course, these developments alone will not be enough. I am committed to continuing to advocate for Southwest Alabama every chance I get. Thanks to our outstanding people, our area has unlimited potential, and I am excited to keep working on your behalf.
Town Hall Meetings
I’m excited to announce a slate of town hall meetings throughout Southwest Alabama for the month of October. It is possible more stops may be added. All of my town hall meetings are free to attend and open to everyone, so feel free to invite your friends and family.
My town hall meetings are about you and listening to your concerns and ideas about our country. I also look forward to sharing some details with you about the House Republican “Better Way” agenda.
You can find all the details about my upcoming town hall meetings by clicking here.
In Case You Missed It
Here are a few articles from the past week worth taking a look at:
- “Byrne applauds USDA’s new relending program to reduce rural poverty” – Alabama Today
- “United Bank chosen as lender for largest re-loan program” – Atmore Advance
- “Labor regulation critics focus on compliance costs” – Bloomberg News
- “In boost for faltering process, Colombia’s Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize” – Reuters
- “Grant gives DISC project push to move forward” – Gulf Coast News Today
- “Ryan plans to steamroll Democrats with budget tool” – Politico
- “Baldwin EMC crews head into the storm” – WKRG
- “Bradley Byrne: A better way for affordable health care” – Alabama Today
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I continue to travel throughout Southwest Alabama to visit with you and learn more about the challenges facing our local businesses. For example, I will be holding my second annual Ag Matters tour with stops in each of our six counties that make up Alabama’s First Congressional District.
Despite our manufacturing gains, agriculture remains the top industry in Alabama. I look forward to visiting with some of our local farmers and foresters to discuss ways the Congress can better assist them.
I will also be visiting some organizations in Summerdale and Foley who are helping fight poverty in our area. These meetings are just one part of my larger effort to explore what works and what doesn’t work in the fight against poverty.
As always, if you have questions or need help with a federal agency, my staff and I stand ready to assist. You can always give us a call at 251-690-2811 or click here to send me an email. Don’t forget to also follow me on Facebook and Twitter in order to get up-to-the-minute updates about my visits and meetings all across Southwest Alabama.
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