United States Department
of Agriculture Rural Development
Contact: Alec Lloyd
EAST LANSING, Jan. 7, 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development today presented ceremonial grant checks totaling $27,000 to South Branch Township and Friends Together of Alpena.
These grants illustrate how USDA Rural Development is helping to enhance public safety in northern Michigan, said State Director for Michigan James J. Turner.
Friends Together received a $10,000 grant for a medical transport vehicle that will serve 90,105 rural residents in a multi-county area. South Branch Township received two grants totaling $17,000 for an emergency command vehicle and general purpose township vehicle, which will serve 1,842 rural residents.
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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