ATHENS, Jun 26, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode joined local officials in Athens and Etowah today to announce funding to improve community facilities and services.
In Athens Goode announced a grant of $7,000 to add a moveable room divider to the main activity room of the McMinn County Senior Citizens Center at 205 McMinn Ave. The moveable partition will also be sound-dampening allowing the facility to be used by more than one group or for more than one activity at a time. Three sprinkler heads will also be repositioned for the safety of people in both areas and to comply with state and local building codes.
In Etowah, a low interest community facilities loan of $177,000 and grant of $22,470 will finance the purchase of three purpose-built Public Works vehicles. The new trucks will replace several aging vehicles that were modified to fill needs over the year. The old vehicles now require significant maintenance resulting in lost time and expenses that make it difficult for city workers to provide services. The new vehicles include a dump truck with a roll-off dumpster system, a Boom and Grapple truck and a leaf collection truck.
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, community development, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. During the last three years the agency has assisted at least 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $2.5 Billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in southeast Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Chattanooga at 423-756-2239 ext. 2, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1492 or online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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