CELINA, Tenn., Jul 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. The Clay County courthouse has increasingly grown smaller as the community has expanded and the need for renovations has become overwhelming.
Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan and other local officials were joined today by USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode for a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation project.
"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 Goode. "Building a more accessible, modern courthouse will bring these services under one roof and create a better place for people to come together for the good of their community."
Federal funds for the project include a $615,000 low-interest community infrastructure loan and a $100,000 grant. According to Reagan, "This investment will centralize the government services in Clay County and provide easier access to those services to all of our residents.”
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 …
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year 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. More than 86 percent of these investments are in the form of loans that will be paid back. The rest is at work creating jobs, broadening the local tax base and increasing opportunities in education, training, healthcare and public safety.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in Clay County contact the Rural Development Area Office in Cookeville at 931-528-6539 ext. 2, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 extension 1493, or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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