News Release
Release No.STELPRD4008788
ContactSteven Gerrish(660) 263-7400 Ext 4
Arnstrong, MO, Mar 07, 2011 --

@@In a ceremony on March 7, 2011, Steven Gerrish, with USDA Rural Development, announced the award of $161,920 to the Armstrong Community Revitalization Committee. Funds will be used towards the construction of a new 1,800 square foot city hall/community center located in the Armstrong community of 287 residents. The assistance consists of a Community Facilities (CF) grant of $145,980 and a CF direct loan of $15,940 from USDA Rural Development American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. Additionally, a local family, Susan Markland Donnelly and Mary Markland Jarboe, have donated $30,000 towards the construction of the new facility and the City of Armstrong earmarked an additional $20,000 to be used towards the project.

During May of 2009 the Armstrong Community Revitalization Committee, a not for profit entity, was established and registered with the State of Missouri. This entity then made formal application to USDA Rural Development in November 2009 to secure financing to construct a new city hall/community center facility that in turn will be leased to the City of Armstrong. The facility will be used to conduct and administer city operations and be a hub for many community activities. The city council/board of the City of Armstrong and Armstrong Community Revitalization Committee are interlocked.

“The USDA financial assistance means a lot to the community and the City of Armstrong whereas we will have an accessible facility to provide services to the residents and meet the needs of the community,” stated Fred Stroupe the Armstrong Mayor. “We appreciate the assistance of USDA in the application process and the work that architect Mike Kettelkamp has provided in the design of the facility. Additionally, the City truly appreciates the generous donation of the Markland family and donation of the site by the Dale Huber family.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of providing a new city hall/community center for the community,” said Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I am very pleased that so many rural residents in the Armstrong area will benefit from a new city hall/community center facility.”

Dunning added, “Appreciation is also extended to our federal elected officials for supporting the USDA Rural Development programs. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”

Anyone seeking more information about the Community Facility program or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at or by contacting the Moberly Office at 2995 County Road 1325, Moberly, MO 65270 or by calling (660) 263-7400 - ext 4.

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