In a ceremony, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Award to the City of Kahoka for $5,700 to purchase a new self contained breathing apparatus for the fire department.
The equipment will be utilized in the Kahoka community of 2,241 residents.
The assistance consisted of a Community Facilities grant of $5,700 from USDA Rural Development. The community facility grants provide funding for essential public improvements to public bodies and non-profit corporation with substantial ties to the local community. The remainder of the cost of the equipment ($6,352) was provided by the City of Kahoka.
“The city of Kahoka is congratulated for the receipt of the funds to purchase the self-contained breathing apparatus and for its vision,” State Director Janie Dunning said. “Assuring the safety of residents and visitors is fundamental to maintaining a community’s overall quality of life.”
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. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more that $172 billion in loans, and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improves the quality of life in rural America.
Anyone seeking more information about this or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or by contacting Cheryl Elliott, Area Specialist, 17623 Hwy. 19, New London, MO 63459, or by email to Cheryl.Elliott@mo.usda.gov, or by calling 573-985-7211, Ext. 4.