News Release
Release No.STELPRD4008268
ContactCathy Walters(573) 649-9947
Stoddard County, MO, Feb 08, 2011 --

@@Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director of USDA Rural Development, presented Stoddard County 911 Services with a Certificate of Appreciation on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. The certificate was presented to the Board of Directors to celebrate a $15,500 grant to assist with the purchase and installation of an emergency generator at the 911 Services facility. The generator will allow emergency personnel to maintain communications necessary to implement emergency operations in the event of a power outage. The building will also serve as a shelter for all personnel and the community during emergencies.

“I’m happy to hear that Stoddard County is receiving grant funds to maintain 911 services in the event of a power outage,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “Ensuring the Stoddard community is prepared in the event of an emergency is vital to the well-being of its citizens.”

“I was glad to see the Stoddard County 911 Center get the funds to purchase a generator,” said Representative Kent Hampton. “It will keep the people of Stoddard County safe by ensuring that emergency services remain operable when the power happens to go out.”

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure.

“Having a dependable emergency generator is essential for 911 emergency services,” said Dunning.  “I’m proud that Rural Development was able to use community facilities funds to finance this generator for Stoddard County.”

Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding assistance available through USDA Rural Development may visit the Missouri Rural Development home page at Information can also be obtained by contacting Cathy Walters, Area Specialist, at the USDA Rural Development Office at 831 South Highway 105 in Charleston, MO, or by telephone at (573) 649-9947, ext. 4.

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