BOLIVAR, Tenn., Sep 28, 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. Madison Haywood Developmental Services’ training facilities in Bolivar has increasingly grown smaller as the community has expanded and the need for renovations has become overwhelming.
Hardeman County Mayor Willie Spender and Bolivar Mayor Barrett Stevens and other local officials were on hand today for a presentation at the Bolivar Industrial Park announcing federal funding to construct a 30,000 square-foot building to house Madison Haywood Developmental Services.
"A city's success attracting and growing businesses has a lot to do with its ability to provide essential training services for individuals to take back into the workforce,” said Rural Development Area Director Arlisa Armstrong. "Building a more accessible, modern facility will create an easier place for people to come together to learn and ultimately will be good for the community."
Federal funds for the project include a $3,129,100 low-interest Community Facilities loan.
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, State Sen. Delores Gresham, Madison Haywood Developmental Services Executive Director William Brewer, Madison Haywood Developmental Services Chairman of the Board Jimmy Duke and board members Thomas Polk, Jimmy Sain, Terry Ingle and Tommy Lomax 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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