United States Department
of Agriculture • Rural Development
EAST LANSING, Oct. 17, 2008 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Director for Michigan Gene DeRossett today presented a ceremonial grant check totaling $750,000 to Central Michigan University to continue the transition of CMU public television from analog to digital broadcasting.
“Central Michigan University plays an important role in providing quality programming to rural Michigan residents,” said DeRossett. “USDA Rural Development is proud to help them obtain the technology needed to continue and broader their service.”
The money will be used to equip a new mobile production truck with high definition digital equipment, which will be used throughout central and northern Michigan.
Central Michigan University provides targeted educational content and instructional programming to K-12 and community college students through CMU public television.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity, liquidity, and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/.
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