USDA Investment to Replace Essential Equipment Damaged in Ice Storm

Lindsay Cheek
Release Date
Mar 25, 2021

More than 1,800 Memphis Residents to Benefit from Investment

COLUMBIA, MO, March 25, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas today announced that the agency is investing $81,600 to purchase essential community infrastructure in Memphis, Mo.

“Missouri’s rural residents deserve modern infrastructure, equipment, and public safety services in the communities they call home,” said Thomas.  “This USDA investment is a prime example of how the agency helps address these needs and will provide more efficient services to residents and businesses in Memphis.”

Memphis Community Betterment Organization will use an $81,600 Community Facilities Loan to purchase a garbage truck that will be leased to the city of Memphis.  The city operates a 2016 truck that was damaged during severe weather last year.  This new garbage truck will allow city personnel to provide more efficient trash services to more than 1,800 Memphis residents and businesses.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding.  Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Native American tribes.  Projects must be in eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.  Grant applications will be accepted on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. 

Today’s announcement came as part of a larger statement earlier this week from Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson where he announced USDA is investing $266 million to build and improve critical community facilities.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas.

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USDA Rural Development has 25 offices across the state to serve the 2.2 million residents living in rural Missouri.  Office locations include a state office in Columbia, along with local offices in Butler, Charleston, Chillicothe, Clinton, Dexter, Eldon, Farmington, Higginsville, Houston, Kennett, Kirksville, Maryville, Mexico, Moberly, Neosho, New London, Poplar Bluff, Richmond, Rolla, Sedalia, Springfield, St. Joseph, Troy, and West Plains.

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