Clarkton, MO, Feb 08, 2011 -- On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director of USDA Rural Development, presented the City of Clarkton with certificates of appreciation for being a valuable partner to USDA Rural Development. The City was awarded a Community Facility Grant in the amount of $41,200 to purchase a replacement backhoe for City maintenance purposes. The City’s existing backhoe was 20 years old and finding replacement parts when something needed repair was proving difficult and very costly to the City’s budget.
“With the help of Community facility competitive grant funds, the City of Clarkton will have a backhoe to help maintain and improve the landscape of the city,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.
“A backhoe is a very versatile piece of equipment for the City of Clarkton,” said Representative Kent Hampton. “It can help the city maintain its sewer and water systems, or it can help clean up after a terrible storm.”
The new backhoe will be utilized for numerous maintenance purposes around the City. The funding for the backhoe was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed into law by President Obama in 2009.
“Rural Development is pleased to use ARRA Community Facility funds to finance the backhoe for the City,” said Dunning. “Having dependable maintenance equipment is important for meeting the needs of Clarkton.
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.
Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding assistance available through USDA Rural Development may visit the Missouri Rural Development home page at www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo. Information can also be obtained by contacting Tresia Webb, Area Specialist, at the USDA Rural Development Office at 704 North Bypass in Kennett, MO, or by telephone at (573) 888-2536, ext. 4.
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