Hannibal, MO, Oct 10, 2012 -- Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, announced the awarding of $25,000 to Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop, Inc. At a ceremony at the workshop on October 10, 2012, she presented a Certificate of Award to Board President John Yancey and the employees.
USDA Rural Development provided a Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $25,000 to purchase a new skid loader with attachments. The funds are part of the Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program, which provides grants to public bodies and non-profit entities to support the development of small and emerging business enterprises in rural areas and towns up to 50,000 in population. The purchase of this essential equipment will assist and improve the daily operations of the workshop recycling business. The Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop employs approximately 53 persons and is a vital business to the citizens of Hannibal.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and the employees of the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop, I would like to thank the USDA Rural Development organization for their support and assistance in funding equipment needed for our recycling program,” said Yancey. “Without the grant provided through USDA, we would not have been able to afford the recently purchased skid loader.”
“Rural Development is proud of our partnership with Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop,” said Dunning. “The grant funds allow the purchase of equipment to enable expansion of the workshop’s recycling operation. Sheltered workshops provide quality products and services to communities and businesses. Also, they provide employment opportunities to a most valued group of our citizens. Congratulations to Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop, Incorporated on receipt of the RBEG funds.”
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.
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