News Release
Release No.STELPRD4011722
ContactCheryl Elliott(573) 985-7211 Ext 4
Scotland County, MO, Jul 21, 2011 --

@@In a Certificate of Recognition ceremony on July 21, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, announced the award of $72,520 to Scotland County. Funds were used to purchase a new motor grader to serve Scotland County Road and Bridge service area of 2922 citizens. The assistance consisted of a USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Grant of $72,520, with Scotland County providing $ 152,480 toward the cost of the new road grader.

“As disaster assistance has become even more vital throughout the state in recent months, I’m thrilled that with the help of a Community Facility Grant Scotland County will be able to purchase a new motor grader,” U. S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “This purchase will allow the Road and Bridge Department in Scotland County to continue providing necessary services for the community.”

Scotland County Presiding Commissioner, C.E. “Chipper” Harris stated, “The USDA Rural Development grant enabled us to upgrade our line of machinery to have one new motor grader. With the weather conditions the last few years, this machine will be a great benefit in maintaining the county roads and reducing maintenance cost.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for funding of a new motor grader to benefit all citizens in Scotland County,” said Missouri State Director Janie Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission 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. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for these kinds of projects.”

The funds are part of the Community Facility Program, which provide loans and grants to public bodies and non-profit entities to assist in the development and improvements of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns up to 20,000 in population.

Anyone seeking more information about this or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at or by contacting Cheryl Elliott, Area Specialist, 17623 Hwy 19, New London, MO 63459, or by email to or by calling (573) 985-7211 extension 4.

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