Little Rock, AR: Governor Asa Hutchinson and ADRS Director Amy Fecher presented $750,000 to 11 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2015. The grant awards were distributed March 10th at an awards ceremony held in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.
In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Services Block Grant award on behalf of Maddox Bay in Monroe County. The Maddox Bay Fire Department received $74,500 to purchase a used fire truck.
The Department of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the Rural Services Block Grant recipients. The grant program is funded through HUD's Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and is administered for the State and the Department of Rural Services through a partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population and that are 51% or above on the low-to-moderate income scale are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge’s office.
All Arkansans are invited to attend the 2015 Rural Development Conference in Little Rock May 19th-21st. Attendees will learn about additional programs and funding opportunities available to Arkansas’ rural communities. Over 75 state legislators will join over 500 mayors, county judges, other state and federal officials, and community leaders to participate in this annual conference.
For more information about the Rural Development Conference or ADRS grant programs, please contact the Department of Rural Services at 1-888-RURALAR.
Pictured from Left to Right:
ARDC Frank Lisko, Senator Jonathan Dismang, Donnie Wilkison, Teresa Wilkison, Ema Taylor, Judge Larry Taylor, Janet Edwards, Governor Asa Hutchinson, ARDC Chair Sam E. Angel II, Amanda Adaire, ADRC Commissioner Lynn Hawkins, Carol Bray, ADRC David Johnston, ADRS Director Amy Fecher, Randy Everett, Brandon Everett.
Not Pictured: Representative Reginald Murdock