News Release
Release No.STELPRD4011711
ContactTresia Webb(573) 888-2536 Ext 4
Puxico, MO, Aug 02, 2011 --

@@On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, Anita J. Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented First Baptist Church of Puxico, Inc. with a certificate of appreciation for their partnership with Rural Development. The corporation was awarded a Community Facilities Grant in the amount of $18,000 to assist in obtaining an emergency generator for the Family Life Center.

“In rural communities, it is our shared responsibility to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.  People come together around places like our churches and schools, and we have an obligation to make sure that these facilities have the resources to provide comfort and shelter in emergencies – of which we’ve had many in the last several years.  I appreciate the First Baptist Church, the City of Puxico and USDA Rural Development all working together to secure this funding for the community,” said U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson.

The First Baptist Church has been designated as a Red Cross Shelter for the Puxico community. The generator placed at the Family Life Center will enable the shelter to have electricity in order to serve the residents in times of extended power outages and emergency situations.

“Funding important projects like this emergency generator will provide a safe place for people during emergencies,” said Dunning. “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 increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development has utilized a variety of programs and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information regarding any of the USDA Rural Development programs is available by contacting the Poplar Bluff Rural Development Office at or by calling 573-888-2536, ext. 4. Rural Development’s web site is:

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