Canton, MO, Jan 14, 2014 -- On behalf of USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning, Assistant to the State Director Tim Rickabaugh today announced funding for the Canton Community Betterment Group. Rural Development approved a Community Facility Direct Loan of $13,000 and Grant of $15,900. These funds were used to purchase a new patrol vehicle, replacing an older vehicle with high mileage.
Secretary Tom Vilsack said that today’s announcement is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs for rural America. A comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy, Vilsack added, saying that’s just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Bill done as soon as possible.
“Ensuring public safety is essential for promoting quality community life. Having the proper equipment is necessary in order to provide coverage expected by and required for residents and visitors to our rural areas,” Rickabaugh said. “Canton is taking a proactive approach by acquiring the appropriate equipment for the protection of citizens. Rural Development applauds Canton’s efforts and is proud to be part of protecting the community.”
Community Facility Grant and Loan Programs provide loans, grants, and loan guarantees for projects to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. This may include hospitals, fire protection, public safety, libraries, schools, day care centers as well as many other community-based initiatives. USDA also works to develop the capacity and ability of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low income rural communities to improve housing, community facilities, community and economic development projects in rural areas.
Further information on rural programs is available by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo or by contacting Area Specialist Cheryl Elliott at the New London Rural Development office, 17623 Highway 19, New London, Missouri 63459; by phone at (573) 985-7211, Ext. 4; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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