Lake Ozark, MO, Oct 16, 2012 -- In a ceremony on October 16, 2012, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Lake Ozark Fire Protection District. Lake Ozark Fire Protection District received grant funds in the amount of $5,550 from USDA Rural Development’s Economic Impact Initiative Grant. The funds will be used to purchase a new storm warning siren for the District that covers part of Glaze Township and Franklin Township in Miller County. Lake Ozark Protection District contributed $16,387 toward the total cost of $21,937.
“I am pleased that $5,550 in USDA Rural Development Funds will be used to purchase a new storm warning system for the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “With dangerous weather a constant possibility in Missouri, I feel this is a wise use of federal dollars.”
“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.”
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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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