HUNTINGDON, Tenn., Sep 15, 2011 -- As a community grows, so does its need to expand areas for city services and create easier accessibility for all of the members of the community. The City Financial Services Office in Huntingdon has increasingly grown smaller as the community has expanded and the need for renovations has become overwhelming.
Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley and other local officials were joined today by USDA Rural Development Area Director Harriet Cannon for a funding presentation at city hall.
"A city's success attracting and growing businesses has a lot to do with its ability to provide essential services like water and sewer, public safety, and administration" said Cannon. "Building a more accessible, modern financial services office will create an easier place for people to come together for the good of their community."
Federal funds for the project include a $50,000 community facilities grant and $47,727 in contributions from the city.
"This renovation will provide some much needed space for Huntingdon City Hall, Huntingdon Historical Museum, the Huntingdon Alumni Association and the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame," said Kelley. "We look forward to the completion of the project and the historical preservation of a community landmark."
The upgrades to the facility will meet federal and state accessible regulations and improve the overall utilization of the services within.
Others participating in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander’s representative Matt Varino, Rep. Stephen Fincher’s representative Scott Golden, Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, Carroll County Chamber Executive Director Brad Hurley, Huntingdon City Councilman Clarence Norman, Carroll Bank and Trust representing Wright Charitable Trust Joyce Crocker and RD Area Specialist Brenda Horner.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. During the last two years the agency assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses, investing more than $1.3 billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in Northwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Union City at 731-885-6480 ext. 4, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1497 or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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