ERIN, Tenn., Nov 17, 2011 -- Computer technology has become a crucial link for those seeking employment, doing research and keeping in touch with loved ones. In many rural Tennessee communities, the technology to do these things is available to everyone at the public library, but, with budgets so tight it is often difficult for them to keep up with advancing technology.
Thanks to a federal and state partnership the Houston County Library in Erin is taking a step into the future with cutting edge computer systems capable of providing access to the services and opportunities needed by local workers, businesses, students and families.
USDA Rural Development (RD) State Director Bobby Goode today joined Houston County Mayor George Clark and Houston County Librarian Kay French in unveiling the new equipment at the library.
"Public libraries are a natural place to bridge the gap between our rural communities and the rest of the world," Goode said. "More people turn to them every day; providing the citizen of Houston County an opportunity to grow through technology, this library is paving the way for the success of the entire community."
State and federal grants totaling $21, 622 funded the expansion of the computer and Internet access at the library. The improvements include 11 new computers and their peripheral equipment, a projector, router and one laptop with a mobile cabinet.
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. Last year the agency assisted tens of thousands of Tennessee families and businesses, investing more than $737 million through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs contact the Rural Development Area Office in Nashville at 615-783-1359, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 ext. 1359 or visit us online at ㋰§Ⓦ〣" www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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