News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018227
ContactJeremy Brady(660) 582-7421, Ext. 4
Grant City, MO, Aug 30, 2012 --

@@Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director, USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Congratulations to the Worth County Nursing Home District on Thursday, August 30, 2012. The Nursing Home District received $13,065 in Rural Development Community Facility grant funds to help with the purchase of a new boiler for the Convalescent Center.

The old boiler that they are replacing is over 40 years old, was inefficient, required a lot of maintenance, and was considered unreliable. The District was fearful that the heating system would fail at a time when temperatures were very cold. They are contributing at least $46,885 of their own funds to make this project possible.

Dunning stated, “The thought of the residents of the nursing home, many who are in a very fragile condition, being subjected to the extremes of cold weather is totally unacceptable. I am so very glad that Rural Development is able to help fund this project and insure their comfort and safety.” She also said, “The community facility program provides funding for essential public improvements to public bodies and non-profit corporations with substantial ties to the local community. This project is a wonderful use of this program.”

Scott Houk, Worth County Nursing Home District President, expressed appreciation to Rural Development and to their elected officials for assistance in helping with the funding of the new boiler. The District was not in a financial position to purchase the boiler without the assistance of USDA Rural Development.

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 website at or by contacting Jeremy Brady at the Maryville Rural Development office, 502 West South Hills Drive, Suite, 103, Maryville, Missouri 64468 or by calling 660-582-7421 ext. 4.

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