Canalou, MO, Jan 16, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development Assistant to the State Director Tim Rickabaugh, on behalf of State Director Janie Dunning, today announced funding for the City of Canalou. Rural Development approved a Economic Initiative Impact (EII) Grant of $10,750.
Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a used police vehicle from the Missouri Highway Patrol. The city’s existing police vehicle has high mileage and is not reliable. This will allow the officer to provide more dependable protection to the citizens of Canalou, a community of 338.
“Small, rural communities across Missouri are struggling to provide a minimum level of service due to budget and funding constraints. Essential public services, such as police and fire protection, are threatened by these financial difficulties,” Dunning said. “The City of Canalou is well aware of the importance of purchasing and maintaining equipment necessary for the protection of life and property. Rural Development is proud to partner with the City of Canalou to assure the police department has access to the vehicle they need to protect the city’s residents and visitors.”
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.
EII grants are available to rural communities with a not employed rate of greater than 19-1/2 percent to help develop essential community facilities. One goal of the EII program is to provide funding for rural first responder agencies. These funds have been used by rural communities to purchase, among other critical items, police cars, fire trucks, emergency rescue equipment and communications devices.
Further information on rural programs is available by visiting the USDA Missouri Rural Development web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo. In addition, interested parties may contact the Dexter Area Office, 18450 Ridgeview Lane, Dexter, MO 63841-9776, (573) 624-5939, Ext. 4.
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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