Savannah, MO, Oct 12, 2012 -- Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien and Missouri Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning attended the grand opening of the Andrew County jail. The new building replaces an outdated and deteriorating facility.
The new 63-bed facility is owned by the Andrew County Public Benefit Corporation which leases the building to Andrew County. The total cost of the building was $6,113,961 and it took multiple years to bring the funding to fruition. Funding for the project included a $5,200,000 Rural Development Community Facilities American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Direct Loan in Fiscal Year 2010, a $700,000 Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan in Fiscal Year 2011 and a cash contribution of $213,961 from the Andrew County Benefit Corporation.
State Director Dunning said, “The mission of Rural Development is to promote community, cultural, economic and social development in rural communities thereby improving the quality of life for residents and visitors. Public safety is a critical service for communities and is necessary to foster protection of citizens and property. Rural Development congratulates the Andrew County Public Benefit Corporation and Andrew County on completion of this project.”
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. Anyone seeking more information about USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/.
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.
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