News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018160
ContactJune Hart(660) 885-5567, Ext. 4
Versailles, MO, Aug 28, 2012 --

@@In a ceremony on August 28, 2012, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director, announced funding to the City of Versailles to install a new storm warning siren. The assistance consists of $4,572 from Community Facility Grant. The city contributed $10,428 toward the total cost of $15,000.

“I welcome the $4,572 USDA Community Facility Grant that will be used to purchase a new storm warning siren for the City of Versailles”, said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “With the possibility of deadly weather striking at a moment’s notice, the need for each of our communities to have a top-notch storm warning system is critical.”

“Resources that keep Missouri families safe are well worth the investment, and I’m thrilled that with the help of Rural Development resources the City of Versailles will now have the resources necessary to purchase and install a new storm warning siren for the community,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.

“Having a storm warning siren available to alert the residents of a community of an incoming weather event can mean the difference between life and death”, said Anita J. Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development.  “We are pleased that our Agency could provide funding for this life-saving system.”

For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011.  The data can be found at:

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities.  Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.  USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.  President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees.  These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Anyone seeking more information about the Community Facility Grant program or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at or by contacting the Clinton Area Office at 1306 North 2nd Street, Clinton, MO 64735 or by calling (660) 885-5567, Ext. 4.

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