Essex, MO, Jan 16, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development Assistant to the State Director Tim Rickabaugh today announced funding for the Essex Improvement Corporation. Rural Development approved a Community Facility Direct Loan of $29,3000 and a Community Facility Grant of $8,700. These funds were used to purchase a used pumper truck for fire protection in the city.
“Rural fire departments often operate with volunteers and aging equipment. Yet, these departments have the same responsibility as urban and suburban departments; protecting life and property. Rural Development understands the plight of these departments,” Dunning said. “We strive to assist public safety departments whenever and whereever we can. The Essex Improvement Corporation knows the importance of protecting a community’s residents and visitors. We are proud to provide funds to assure the Essex Fire Department has access to the apparatus they need.”
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.
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. 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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