News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018244
ContactJune Hart(660) 885-5567, Ext. 4
(SEPTEMBER 20, 2012) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROVIDES FUNDING TO THE COOPERATIVE WORKSHOP, INC.
Marshall, MO, Sep 20, 2012 --

@@In a ceremony on September 20, 2012, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Cooperative Workshop Inc. Cooperative Workshop Inc., received grant funds in the amount of $19,770 from USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant. The funds will be used to purchase two high density vertical balers for recycling plastic and cardboard. The workshop serves Pettis and Saline Counties and employs 95 individuals. Also with this grant the workshop plans to create at least 2 new jobs.

“It is wonderful to see a $19,770 Rural Business Enterprise Grant going to the Cooperative Workshop in Marshall”, said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “These Rural Development funds will be used to purchase two high density vertical balers for recycling plastic and cardboard, and will allow the workshop to create at least two new jobs.”

“The Cooperative Workshop creates jobs for members of the special needs community in the area,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “I’m thrilled that with the help of these resources, the workshop will be able to expand those opportunities, and purchase new equipment to help strengthen their recycling operation.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of a community”, said Anita J. Dunning. “I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I am pleased that the residents of Pettis and Saline Counties will have the benefit of these funds. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for these kinds of projects.”

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:  http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.

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 Rural Business Enterprise Grant program or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.gov/mo 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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