Gallatin, MO, May 24, 2011 -- Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri USDA Rural Development State Director, announced funding of $15,750 to the Daviess County Library to install a new roof on the Library. A certificate of congratulations representing the funding was presented to the Library during a funding celebration held on Tuesday, May 24th, at the Library.
Dunning said the grant funds originated from Rural Development’s Community Facility Grant program. The community facility grants provide funding for essential public improvements to public bodies and non-profit corporations with substantial ties to the local community. The remainder of the cost of the new roof ($29,525) was provided by the Library in the form of applicant contribution.
Rural Development worked with Jan Johnson, Library Director, in the application phase of funding for the project. Ms. Johnson expressed appreciation to Rural Development for funding of the new roof for the library. Ms. Johnson stated that the new roof was needed as the existing roof was leaking and destroying valuable books and other educational materials in the library. The library was not in a financial position to install the new roof without the assistance of USDA Rural Development.
"With the help of USDA competitive grant funds, Daviess County will have the opportunity to make necessary improvements to their community library," U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. "Investing in this community library will ensure that it continues to remain a vital space for every citizen."
U.S. Congressman Sam Graves said, "Libraries are an important part of our quality of life in rural Missouri. This new roof will ensure that people of all ages will be able to learn in a fun and safe environment."
Dunning stated that “Funding important projects like this indicates that Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities. Appreciation is extended to our federal elected officials supporting Rural Development. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”
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. Further information on rural programs is available by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or contact Danny L. Jackson, at the Chillicothe Rural Development office, 1100 Morton Parkway, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601 or by calling 660-646-6222 ext. 4.
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