SPENCER, TN., Nov 07, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development Area Director Jerry Jolley and Specialist Chris Hampton recently joined Van Buren County Mayor Herbert P. Davis and Sheriff Eddie Carter to announce a USDA grant to help fund the purchase of two emergency response vehicles. The announcement was made at the County Administrative Building in Spencer.
A USDA investment of $25,000 with $25,296 from the County completes the funding needed to purchase vehicles better suited to meet the emergency response and law enforcement needs in the jurisdiction spanning 273 square miles. VanBuren County has an official population of 5,543, but is home to Fall Creek Falls State Park, which draws about one million visitors to the area every year.
The new vehicles are 2014 Ford Police Special Utility Vehicles outfitted to maneuver over rough terrain and in bad weather. The County also expects to save money with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that require less maintenance and repairs than the aging vehicles being replaced.
USDA Rural Development community programs finance construction and improvements to essential services like reliable access to clean water, wastewater treatment, healthcare, community development, education, job training and first responder facilities and equipment. Loan-guarantees encourage private lenders to expand the availability of affordable financing in rural communities. Direct loans and grants create sound financial opportunities for local governments to meet other essential community service needs.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.7 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in Middle Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Cookeville at 931-528-6539 ext. 2, toll free (800) 342-3149 ext. 1493, or find more details at www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN.