JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would be investing $181 million to help improve infrastructure and other projects throughout 27 states. Missouri was listed in the announcement as one of the states to be receiving support.

Gov. Mike Parson applauded the USDA for its dedication and support in rural America.

“I want to thank Secretary Perdue and the USDA for their commitment to providing support and sustainability to rural America,” said Governor Parson. “In order to continue to thrive in our agricultural industry, we need to provide these communities with the proper infrastructure and necessary facilities to maintain a strong quality of life. Through these investments, our rural areas will be able to acquire the modern tools they need.”

Rural communities in Missouri will be receiving $541,100 in loans and $193,675 in grants. The following are Missouri recipients: City of Perry Community Organization, East Prairie Municipal Corporation, Macon County Economic Development Inc., Steele Municipal Improvement Corporation, Stoddard County Development Corporation, Wyatt Community Development Corporation, and York Township Association.

The USDA Rural Development helps provide loans and grants to help job growth and create opportunities for people in rural areas.

More information is available online, here.