Orange County Insight February 2023

Orange County Announces New Animal Shelter Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

By: Orange County Communications Department

Last month, Orange County welcomed Mrs. Jamie Bates as the new Animal Shelter Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Mrs. Bates is a long - time Orange County resident. Prior to working for Orange County, Mrs. Bates served in the United States Army Military Police Corps, worked in various law enforcement capacities, and has extensive experience working in the equine and cattle industries. Mrs. Bates also co - owns and co - operates Broken Arrow Livestock Solutions, LLC . She holds a certificate in Equine Management and Equine Sports Massage Therapy and Rehab.

When asked what interested her most about working for Orange County she stated, “ I ’ m excited to work in my home community and I love being able to work with animals. ” Mrs. Bates notes that she looks forward to working with the Animal Shelter team towards goals to take the Shelter to the next level to best support the community. Welcome Jamie! To get involved with the Animal Shelter or to learn more about the Animal Shelter ’ s initiatives, please visit them online and follow them on Facebook.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants and Loans

By: Orange County Communications Department

The USDA REAP Program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing. REAP grants have helped thousands of rural business owners go solar, reduce costs, and improve their energy security. Applications are due March 31, 2023. Learn more through USDA.

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