Center Point receives Rural Community Grant

    SUBMITTED PHOTO | The Nashville News Pictured from left to right are: Tammy Smith, Carolyn Jefferson, Judge Kevin Smith, Doris Coulter, Senator Larry Teague, Kim Dunham, Governor Asa Hutchinson, ARDC Commissioner Lonnie Turner, AEDC Rural Services Director Alex Johnston, ARDC Chair Jamie Pafford-Gresham, AEDC Deputy Director Amy Fecher and AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston. Not Pictured: Representative Justin Gonzales.

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Deputy Director Amy Fecher, and AEDC Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $171,232 to 17 rural communities selected for Fiscal Year 2016 Cycle II funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs. The grant awards were distributed at a Feb. 9 awards ceremony held in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.
    In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Community Development Grant award on behalf of Center Point in Howard County. The The community of Center Point received $10,000 to purchase new playground equipment for the community park.
    The Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs in three cycles each year. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge’s office.
    All Arkansans are invited to attend the 2016 Arkansas Rural Development Conference in Rogers May 24-26. Attendees will learn about additional programs and funding opportunities available to Arkansas’ rural communities. Over 75 state legislators will join over 600 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 Division of Rural Services grant programs, please contact the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at 1-888-RURALAR.

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