News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018226
ContactJeremy Brady(660) 582-7421, Ext. 4
Grant City, MO, Aug 30, 2012 --

@@Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Congratulations to Worth County Emergency Services, Inc. on Thursday, August 30, 2012. They are receiving $368,000 in financial assistance to help construct a new fire department facility.

Worth County Emergency Services are the recipients of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 community facility loan in the amount of $190,000 and grant in the amount of $178,000. The old fire department building, which is leased from the City of Grant City, does not have enough room for all of the Fire Department’s vehicles and equipment and also has insufficient restroom facilities that are not handicap accessible. The remainder of the cost of the new facility ($62,661) was provided by the Emergency Services in the form of applicant contribution.

Marshall Miller, President of the Emergency Services said, “I am very happy that this is finally happening. It is something that we have needed for many years and I think that this project is going to be very successful. I thank USDA for funding the project and we appreciate all that they have done to make it happen.”

“Funding of this new building is another example of Rural Development being committed to the future of rural communities,” said Dunning. “Appreciation is extended to our federal elected officials for supporting Rural Development. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”

The new facility will provide the housing for the fire protection equipment that services the townships of Fletchall, Smith, Allen, Middlefork and Union, which have a combined population of 2,289.

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.

Further information on rural programs is available by visiting USDA’s web site at or by contacting Jeremy Brady, at the Maryville Rural Development office, 502 West South Hills Drive, Suite 103, Maryville, MO 64468 or by calling 660-582-7421 ext. 4.

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