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USDA grant presented among dignitaries in City of Vandalia

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 8:44 am

Front row, from left: Alderman Bob Dunn, Interim City Administrator Debbie Hopke, Kristen Wright (U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s office), Interim Police Chief Justin Landis, USDA State Director Jamie Dunning, and Sarah Graff (U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office). Back row: Longtime City Administrator Alan Winders, State Representative Jay Houghton (District 10-R), Bryan Nichols (U.S. Representative Sam Graves’ office), Dylan Hosmer-Quint (U.S. Senator Clarie McCaskill’s office), Vandalia Mayor Ralph Kuda, USDA Area Specialist Travis Zimmerman, and USDA Area Director (of Clinton, Mo.) Kelly Gregory.

Front row, from left: Alderman Bob Dunn, Interim City Administrator Debbie Hopke, Kristen Wright (U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s office), Interim Police Chief Justin Landis, USDA State Director Jamie Dunning, and Sarah Graff (U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office). Back row: Longtime City Administrator Alan Winders, State Representative Jay Houghton (District 10-R), Bryan Nichols (U.S. Representative Sam Graves’ office), Dylan Hosmer-Quint (U.S. Senator Clarie McCaskill’s office), Vandalia Mayor Ralph Kuda, USDA Area Specialist Travis Zimmerman, and USDA Area Director (of Clinton, Mo.) Kelly Gregory.

USDA Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning announced on July 22 funding for the City of Vandalia. The city received a Community Facility Grant in the amount of $19,380 to purchase a police vehicle and equipment.
“Rural public safety departments; police, fire and other first responders, operate on a limited budget,” Dunning said. “Yet, these departments have the same responsibility as urban and suburban departments; protecting life and property. Rural Development understands the plight of these departments. We strive to assist public safety departments whenever and wherever we can. The City of Vandalia knows the importance of protecting a community’s residents and visitors. We are proud to provide funds to assure Vandalia’s police officers have access to the equipment necessary to safeguard residents and visitors.”
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 the USDA Missouri Rural Development website at http:www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo. In addition, interested parties may visit the Clinton Area office at 1306 N. 2nd St., Clinton, Mo. 64735 or contact the office by telephone at 660-885-5567, extension 4.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $211 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.