News Release
Release No.STELPRD4006822
ContactTresia Webb573-888-2536 Extension 4
Doniphan, MO, Apr 26, 2010 --

@@On Monday, April 26, 2010, Missouri Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning presented Mayor Larry Ponder with two certificates of appreciation for partnering with Rural Development to fund three projects in the City of Doniphan. Two Community Facility grants were awarded to Doniphan to purchase a police vehicle and two generators. The City was also awarded stimulus funds in the form of a Rural Business Enterprise Grant to pave a gravel road.

“Helping Missouri rural communities is an important mission,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “I’m pleased to hear the citizens of Doniphan will be greater protected and prepared with a new police vehicle, two new generators for use in emergency situations, and a newly paved road offering easier access to key areas of the community.”

The Doniphan Police Department was able to purchase a new police vehicle to replace an existing vehicle that had very high mileage and was very costly to maintain. Two generators were purchased to provide service to the residents in the event of an emergency. The generators will provide power to the Emergency Operation Center, the emergency shelters and also the police station and jail.

KC’s on the Current will benefit from the road paving funds provided to the City through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Currently, the road going past the business that leads to the campground is gravel and becomes very soft muddy and sometimes dangerous during wet weather. The ARRA funds will be used to pave the gravel road, allowing easier access to the business and the campground.

“Rural Development is pleased to be able to provide assistance to the City of Doniphan for these important projects,” 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.”

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USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development has utilized a variety of programs and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information regarding any of the USDA Rural Development programs is available by contacting the Kennett Rural Development Office at or by calling 573-888-2536, ext. 4. Rural Development’s web site is:

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