Mississippi County Ambulance District was presented a mock check totaling $79,745.
"The Mississippi County Ambulance District is very pleased that USDA Rural Development has awarded us a Grant for new communication equipment, an early storm warning siren, and a new ambulance," said Board of Director's President Bill Feezor. "We feel that Rural Development is keeping their pledge to rural communities to return our tax dollars for use with the public health and safety of our county."
Also pledging funds to assist with the storm siren were: Delta Growers Inc., Progressive Farm Credit; French Implement; Ford Tractor -- New Holland and Ameren UE.
The City of Wyatt received $13,461 to purchase and install an early storm warning system. "Wyatt has needed a new storm siren for quite a few years and we would like to thank USDA, Rural Development for their assistance on this project" said Mayor Donald Williams. "We would also like to thank the Mississippi County Commissioners for their donation toward the funds the city will need."
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and Gregory C. Branum, Missouri state director for USDA Rural Development, presented a mock check to Anniston's Mayor Dessie Gross to be used to purchase and install an early storm warning system.
"The city of Anniston is pleased to be one of the recipients of a grant from USDA Rural Development in the amount of $13,198.00" said Gross. " We feel this has been needed and will give our families more time to seek shelter during storms." Also assisting in the funding were the Mississippi County Commission, Citizen's Bank of Charleston, Ameren UE and the Anniston Community Center Committee.
Mayor Jackie Whiteside said, "The dity of Charleston is grateful for the opportunity that Rural Development has allowed us to improve patrolling of the dity with the funding of this grant." The City of Charleston received a grant of $15,750.00. "Without this grant, the dity would not be able to purchase a new patrol car, which is greatly needed at this time," said Whiteside.
City of East Prairie Mayor Gene Ditto said, "Recently USDA Rural Development notified the City of East Prairie that we were approved for two fully equipped police cars Once again our close relationship with USDA Rural Development has been very beneficial for the city. We wish to express our thanks to our friends at USDA Rural Development, we couldn't do it without them." Emerson and Branum presented a check in the amount of $46,200.00 to East Prairie .
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 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 by visiting USDA's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo or by contacting Cathy Walters , Rural Development Manager, at the Charleston Local Office of USDA Rural Development at 831 S. Hwy 105, Charleston, MO 63834.