CELINA, Tenn., Feb 04, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development Area Director Jerry Jolley and Program Specialist Chris Hampton today joined Celina Mayor Willie Kerr and Police Chief Terry Scott to announce a USDA grant to help fund the purchase of the first new emergency response vehicle since 2002. The announcement was made at City Hall.
According to Jolley, the USDA investment of $21,300 with an additional $7,100 from the City will fund the purchase of a new patrol car, “better suited to meet the emergency response and law enforcement needs in the city’s jurisdiction serving about 1,495 residents and businesses.”
The new vehicle is an all-wheel drive Ford Police Interceptor with greater maneuverability and improved safety in bad weather. The County also expects to save money with better fuel-efficiency and less needed maintenance than the aging vehicle 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.