Davis, CA, Feb 17, 2010 -- Since being signed into law one year ago today, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has made a big impact in California's rural communities. In Bishop, ARRA funds helped the city's police department launch a new Police Service Dog Program. USDA Rural Development provided a $38,250 Community Facilities grant that was used to help purchase a four-wheel drive police vehicle, K-9 Officer and related equipment.
The new K-9 Officer "X-Ray" has been cross-trained for both patrol and narcotics, and has already been hard at work. X-Ray and his partner, Officer Brent Gillespie are credited with finding several stashes of narcotics in the Bishop area, as well as recovering a weapon hidden in a wall heater and money hidden in car. They also recently completed a search of the nearby Adult Conservation Camp to help remove contraband.
"One year in, it's clear that the Recovery Act is making a difference across California in rural communities like Bishop where the police departments are stronger and the communities are safer," said USDA Rural Development State Director Dr. Glenda Humiston. "As this project and the hundreds others funded through ARRA conclude over the next few years, we will continue to see the effects in stronger, more vibrant rural communities."
ARRA loans and grants will continue to be available through USDA Rural Development until September 30, 2010, or until all funds have been awarded.
"President Obama's Recovery Act has helped create jobs and lay a new foundation for economic growth during the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "USDA has used Recovery Act funding to create badly-needed jobs and stimulate local economies, help farmers and rural businesses make it through tough times, ensure that struggling families can put food on the table, and build and revitalize critical infrastructure in rural communities across America."
USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at one of California's 18 local USDA Rural Development offices or by visiting http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ca.
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