BOLIVAR, Tenn., Sep 28, 2011 -- Providing opportunities for citizens to improve themselves is a staple for a community to grow and thrive. Making those improvement avenues available is an investment in the future of a community. The Hardeman County Literacy Council is making that investment with the help of USDA Rural Development (RD).
"A city's success hinges on the ability of its residents to contribute to the local economy," said RD Area Director Arlisa Armstrong. "By providing the funding to assist the Hardeman County Literacy Council in their efforts to help fight illiteracy in Hardeman County, we are making an investment not only in the area, but in the people as well."
USDA Rural Development will provide low interest financing of $5,200 and grant of $2,800 that will be used to pave the parking lot of the Literacy Council’s facility. The current parking lot becomes nearly unusable during the winter months and a new one will allow for ease of access year round.
Others participating in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Representative Matt Varino, Rep Marsha Blackburn’s Representative Johnny Blakely, State Sen. Delores Gresham, Hardeman County Mayor Willie Spencer, Bolivar Mayor Barrett Stevens, Madison Haywood Developmental Services Executive Director William Brewer, Hardeman County Chamber Representative Rob Jensik and RD Area Specialist Bish Thomas.
Rural Development community programs finance construction or improvements to essential services like reliable access to clean water, wastewater treatment, healthcare, education, job training and first responder facilities. Loan-guarantees encourage private lenders to expand the availability of affordable financing in rural communities. Direct loans and grants create sound financial opportunities for local governments to meet essential infrastructure needs.
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 USDA Rural Development programs available in southwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Jackson at 731-668-2091, ext. 2, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 ext. 1495 or visit us at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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