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October 3, 2013

Scotland County Sheriff's Office Receives Funds to Upgrade Radios

Scotland County commissioners Chipper Harris, David Wiggins and Danette Clatt were joined by representatives of the USDA, as well as reps from the office of senators Bond and McCaskill and Representative Graves, for the presentation of a $20,000 loan to upgrade the sheriff office’s radio system.

Neal S. Miller, USDA - Rural Development Area Director, announced the award of the Community Facility Loan of $20,000 to the County of Scotland Improvement Corporation. The funds will be used to upgrade radios for the Scotland County Sheriff's Department.

"Scotland County would like to express its thanks to the USDA Rural Development program for their assistance in obtaining the funds necessary to upgrade our emergency radio system to meet the new federal band-width requirements," C.E. Harris, Jr., Presiding Commissioner, said. "Without this assistance our ability to dispatch and communicate with our law enforcement and emergency personnel would have been eliminated. Their explanations of the program, aid in completing project guidelines, and genuine dedication to aiding us in a time of need exceed our expectations. They are to be commended for a job well done."

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.

Anyone seeking more information about Rural Development Community Program Loan and Grant Programs or any other USDA Rural Development program may visit the Missouri Rural Development homepage at or may contact the St. Joseph Area Office at (816) 364-3767 Extension 4.

For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's interactive web map at The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at:

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