Columbia, MO, Oct 16, 2012 -- Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today announced grants to one county and six (6) communities. Five (5) were awarded Community Facility grants and two (2) were awarded Economic Impact Initiative grants.
“These grants will enable communities to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors,” Dunning said. “With the funds, the communities can provide better communications, advanced public warnings, greater public safety and quicker clean-up when disasters strike.”
The communities and county receiving grant funds are:
• Carter County – $19,100. Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a vehicle for the Sheriff’s Department to provide better protection to all 7,180 residents of Carter County. The vehicle will replace one of their older vehicles with high mileage.
• City of Caruthersville – $20,900. Rural Development funds will be used to purchase and equip a police vehicle for the City’s Police Department to replace an existing vehicle that has a lot of miles on it and in need of excessive repairs. It will also provide better protection to all 6,760 residents of the City of Caruthersville. The City of Caruthersville is located in Pemiscot County.
• City of East Prairie – $11,000. Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a repeater system for the City’s Police Department to provide communication to all their officers, firemen and county and state emergency personnel. This will result in better police, fire and emergency protection to all 3227 residents of the community. At the present time they cannot communicate with all emergency services in the city and Mississippi County.
• City of Greenfield – $49,970. Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a new track type excavator with extra thumb attachment to remove debris after storms. They will also be using the equipment for other emergencies that arise due to Natural or manmade disasters. The City of Greenfield is located in Dade County and has a population of 1,358.
• City of Hayti – $5,820. Rural Development funds will be used to purchase communication equipment consisting of pagers and converting existing equipment to be in compliance with the narrowband requirements for the City’s Fire Department. It will provide better protection to all 3,207 residents of the City of Hayti. The City of Hayti is located in Pemiscot County.
• City of Lilbourn - $8,250. Rural Development funds will be used to purchase an additional storm warning siren and repeater. Their existing siren is to be repaired and the two connected by the repeater. This will also allow the county 911 system to activate the sirens. This will result in better storm warning capabilities for the entire community of 1303 residents. Lilbourn is located in New Madrid County.
• Village of Raymondville - $49,970. Rural Development funds will be used to fund an early storm warning system for the 442 residents of Raymondville. The Village of Raymondville is located in Texas County.
For information on other RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo.
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, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development 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.
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