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Release No. STELPRD4022936
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
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Mt. Vernon, MO, Feb 06, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development Assistant to the State Director Tim Rickabaugh, on behalf of State Director Janie Dunning, today recognized Southwind Development Corporation’s Board of Directors and Bell Management. Certificates were presented to each group for an outstanding spirit of cooperation.

“To say affordable, quality housing is mandatory to promote and quarantee the viability of any community is stating the obvious. Without an adequate housing supply, owner- and renter-occupied, a community will not exist. A community must offer folks a place to live to attract any economic activity,” Dunning stated. “Southwind Development Corporation’s Board of Director has a clear understanding of the connection between housing and the strength of a community. They have taken an aggressive attitude in providing affordable, quality housing. In seeking the assistance of Bell Management, the Board of Directors acknowledged the vital importance of maintaining housing for residents of Mt. Vernon and their responsibility to the community.”

The groups were congratulated on the partnership forged to continue to offer quality housing opportunities in Mt. Vernon. Southwind Development Corporation’s Board of Directors (Board) contracts with Bell Management for the oversight of Southwind Apartments. By contracting with Bell Management for management of the complex, the Board took a proactive step in assuring Southwind Apartments received the attention required to meet regulatory requirements and residents’ needs. Bell Management has extensive experience in the management of Rural Development complexes. The company currently manges over 70 properties

Secretary Tom Vilsack said that maintaining and supporting rural rental housing 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.

The Rural Rental Housing Program is intended to provide elibigle tenants economically designed and constrcuted rental housing and related facilities suited to their living requirments in rural areas. For the Rural Rental Housing Program rural area is defined as communties with a population of less than 20,000. Direct (Section 515) and Guranteed (Section 538) loans are offered through the Rural Rental Housing Program.

Further information on rural programs is available by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at Information about Rural Rental Housing in Missoui can be obtained by visiting The Springfield Area Office is located a 688 South State Highway B, Suite 400, Springfield, MO, 65802. The office can be contacted at (417) 831-5246, 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.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users)

Last Modified:11/20/2014 
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