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Release No. STELPRD4021476
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
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Malden, MO, Apr 24, 2013 -- Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today announced funding for the City of Malden. Rural Development approved a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) of $110,170.

"Jobs are critical to the well-being of rural communities. The ability to create or retain jobs is a positive sign of the vitality and viability of rural communities,” Dunning said. “Providing the Rural Business Enterprise Grant funding to the City of Malden and the Malden Airport assists in sustaining part of the economic base of the community. Through the project, the city will be able to accommodate the needs of a valuable occupant of the airport. Rural Development is proud to be a partner in assuring facilities are available to meet the needs of the city and First Flight."

Funds will be used to remodel an existing airport hangar at the Malden Airport to accommodate First Flight. The project will save two jobs and create one job.

Missouri Senator Doug Libla commented, “I recently spoke with constituents at the State Capitol about issues that affect the maintenance and development of our state’s airport system and its more than 100 public airports throughout the state that play a large role in Missouri’s economic activity. Airports provide a vital resource to our transportation infrastructure and our businesses. With this grant and hangar remodel at the Malden Regional Airport, southeast Missouri and the Mississippi Delta Region will be able to stay competitive with other parts of the state. By accommodating First Flight and its important business to our community, valuable jobs were preserved and the door has been opened for more job opportunities.”

For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's new interactive web map at 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:

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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