Officials with the Agriculture Department will join Casey County leaders today are highlighting the purchase of public safety equipment for the sheriff’s office and police department.
Thomas G. Fern, State Director for USDA Rural Development, said the agency provided the Casey County Fiscal Court a Community Facilities grant for $17,784 used to purchase a new 2014 Ford Police Interceptor vehicle for the sheriff’s department in order to provide efficient and effective emergency and protection services to the residents of Casey County.
Rural Development also awarded a grant for $36,196 to the city of Liberty for the purchase two new 2014 Dodge Charger police pursuit vehicles.
“The Community Facilities Program helps rural communities like Casey County and cities such as Liberty upgrade public safety equipment and improve security while at the same time providing the services needed to attract business and create economic opportunities,” said Fern.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. 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.
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.