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Release No.STELPRD4020080
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
(MARCH 5, 2013) STATE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO HEARTLAND FOUNDATION
St. Joseph, MO, Mar 05, 2013 --

@@Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today announced a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) award of $16,500 to Heartland Foundation of St. Joseph. These funds will be used to conduct a study to determine the location and product offerings of a small business.

"Small businesses are the foundation of local economic development. They provide jobs and contribute to the economy in numerous ways,” Dunning said. “By providing funding to the Heartland Foundation to conduct a feasibility study to establish a small business, Rural Development acknowledges the importance of promoting entrepreneurship and creating businesses which can support and enhance a rural community. We are proud to be able to partner with Heartland Foundation in their efforts to strengthen communities."

Heartland Foundation is a 501(c)(3) established in 1982. The foundation works with local, regional and national partners to promote healthier communities. This is accomplished by engaging community members in discussions about needs, priorities and actions. Heartland Foundation adheres to the philosophy that all perspectives and experiences are important in responding to questions about improving quality of life in a community. The foundation actively seeks involvement from citizens from all walks and stations of life.

“Thanks to this Rural Development grant, the Foundation will be able to explore and evaluate the potential of establishing a unique educational enterprise in the northwest Missouri region,” Judith K. Sabbert, Chief Operating Officer of Heartland Foundation said. “It is our hope to create an opportunity that will be a stimulus for economic development in the rural region, while preparing young people for the workforce. The grant will give us the resources needed to study and determine what it will take to launch a successful venture.”

For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, 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, has an active portfolio of more than $181 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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