News Release
Release No.STELPRD4006309
ContactJeremy Brady(660) 582-7421 Extension 4
Gravois Mills, MO, Oct 05, 2010 --

@@GRAND RIVER, MO – October 5, 2010 - Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Grand River Emergency Services on October 5, 2010.

The certificate was presented in recognition of Grand River Emergency Services and their efforts to utilize American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funds to stimulate the economy by purchasing an ambulance to serve the citizens of Gentry County as well as citizens in parts of Andrew, Dekalb, and Harrison Counties. The $18,000 grant is being used to purchase and equip an ambulance to replace an older model ambulance that is no longer reliable. Grand River Emergency Services is contributing $102,000 toward the purchase of the new ambulance.

"I am pleased to hear that Grand River Emergency Services is receiving crucial funds to help purchase an ambulance," U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. "Ensuring that Missourians have access to emergency medical services is essential to the health and well-being of its citizens."

The $18,000 in grant funds was made through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility Program. This program is available to eligible public bodies and non-profit corporations to assist with the development of essential community facilities.

“This type of assistance mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative of being committed to the future of rural communities," said Dunning. “Appreciation is extended to our federal elected officials for supporting USDA Rural Development. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”

Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding assistance available through USDA Rural Development may visit the homepage at or can contact Jeremy Brady, Area Specialist, at the Maryville office of USDA Rural Development at 502 W. South Hills Drive, Suite 103, Maryville, Missouri 64468 or by calling 660-582-7421 (extension 4).

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