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Hopewell Manor II employees honored

June 28, 2007

Site Manager Virginia "Ginny" Weir and Maintenance Manager Richard Loudin were recognized by U.S. Rep Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., and Marlene Elliott, USDA Rural Development State Director, for their work at Hopewell Manor II Apartments on Pepperbush Circle in Hagerstown.

The two are employed by Annapolis-based Case Edwards Management Co. to manage a federally financed property that is home to 53 residents.

"It is important that we recognize the hard work and dedication of Ms. Weir and Mr. Loudin," Bartlett said. "These noteworthy individuals have worked tirelessly for the residents to make their apartments better places to live. I'm sure everyone who lives in an apartment wishes their managers were more like Ms. Weir and Mr. Loudin."

Each year, Rural Development recognizes a site manager who makes sure the day-to-day operations go smoothly. Nominations for site managers and maintenance managers are submitted by the tenants of the property and are rated on three factors: 1) The level of tenant satisfaction with the manager; 2) The curb appeal of the manager's property; and 3) The manager consistently doing more than the job requires.

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"Apartment managers play an important role in the success of USDA Rural Development's Multi-Family Housing Program," said Elliott. "They ensure that the properties are a safe environment, well maintained, and meet the needs of the residents."

"Both Ginny and Richard are deserving of this award that was documented so well in the glowing nominations that were received from the tenants," Elliott said.

Hopewell Manor II is a 32-unit apartment complex serving individuals and families. The apartments opened in 1985 with the support of a USDA Rural Development loan for $1,103,900.

Before becoming site manager of the property, Weir was the first tenant to move into Hopewell Manor II when it opened. Weir became site manager of the property in 1990 and received her first Site Manager Award from USDA in 1997. This is the first award to be received by Loudin, who maintains everything on the property from landscaping to snow removal.

For more information about Rural Development's housing, business or community facilities programs, contact the local Rural Development office at 302-797-0500, ext. 5, or visit its Web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov. TTY users should call 302-857-3585.

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