News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022928
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
Parma, 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 Parma. Rural Development approved a Economic Initiative Impact (EII) Grant of $10,750.

Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a police vehicle. The vehicle will replace an unreliable car currently being used. This city provides police protection to 713 residents.

“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 communities,” Dunning said. “Parma is taking a proactive approach by acquiring the police vehicle for the protection of citizens. Rural Development applauds Parma’s efforts and is proud to be part of protecting the community.”

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 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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