|Apr 01, 2011 --
Outline Of Need:
The Village of Brownington, in Henry County, Missouri did not have internet access and was missing out on the advantages of the digital age.
How Rural Development Helped:
Rural Development funded a $471,905 grant. This grant will provide for broadband access to the community residents, provide free service to critical community infrastructure (i.e. police, fire, rescue and community buildings), and provide a community center with a minimum of 10 computers. Technical assistance on the computers, applications, training, internet access and monitoring of the computers will be a part of the services offered at the Community Center.
The 119 residents residing in the 68 housing units in the Village of Brownington along the Harry S. Truman Lake are reaping the benefits of this program. Broadband service was installed and a Community Center with ten computers was opened in December, 2010. The nearby school system serving the Village, allows the school bus to make a stop at the Center after school so the students can jump off and run to the computers. They can use the computers for homework, research school projects and connect with their friends. One of the adults attending a recent ribbon cutting of the Center relayed the joy of using the computers and broadband connection to stay in contact with her grandkids and share pictures since they live several states away.
Tony Gilbert, with TurkeyFoot Construction, LLC, dba Lake Communications , the recipient of the grant, said, “It gives me great pleasure to see the kids and adults using the facility and it gives them something that they would not have had without the help of the USDA Rural Development.”
Local residents are excited about the Center and looking for ways to inform others about the Center and the benefits to the residents. Inquiries have been made by the fire department and police department plus the local school to utilize the Center for training and other educational purposes.