Blue Ridge Energy has secured $1.3 million in federal funds for the City of Lenoir to build a new fire station. The funds were made available through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program (REDLG). The U.S. Department of Agriculture program enables electric cooperatives to support economic and community development projects in their service areas by providing zero-interest loan funds and grants to qualified entities.
“Supporting our citizens and businesses is important to us as a cooperative,” said Blue Ridge Energy CEO Doug Johnson. “We’re pleased we’re able to secure available federal funds to help the City of Lenoir build a new fire station that will serve the community for years to come.”
City and state officials had identified a new fire station as a critical need to ensure fire and safety protection. Three schools are located within a half mile of the new stations’ proposed site. Citizens and businesses located within the new station’s service area may also benefit from reduced insurance premiums.
“This is a great opportunity for the citizens of Lenoir to partner with Blue Ridge Energy, and we’re very appreciative,” said Lenoir Fire Chief Ken Briscoe. “It’s been a vision of the City Council and Fire Department since 1975 to have this third station.”
“Blue Ridge Energy’s support in securing a zero interest REDLG loan for Fire Station #3 will save our city over $300,000, and will enable the Lenoir Fire Department to continue its excellent tradition of service to the people of Lenoir when this important city facility is completed,” said Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons. “We are thankful for the leadership of Blue Ridge Energy in seeking this funding and salute them for their many contributions to our community.”