Black Oak, Leachville receive Rural Community Grants

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
ARDC Commissioner Jamie Pafford-Gresham, ARDC Commissioner Claude Graves, Black Oak Mayor Eddie Dunigan, Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive VP of Operations Amy Fecher, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, ARDC Commissioner Lynn Hawkins, ARDC Commissioner Davis Bell. (photos provided)

LITTLE ROCK Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $246,225 to 21 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Rural Community Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2018. The grant awards were distributed Oct. 10 at an awards ceremony held in the Governorís Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Services Rural Community Grant award on behalf of Black Oak in Craighead County and Leachville in Mississippi County.†

The Town of Black Oak received $15,000 to renovate a building to use as a museum in an effort to preserve the rich history of the town.

State Representative Johnny Rye, ARDC Commissioner Jamie Pafford-Gresham, ARDC Commissioner Claude Graves, Leachville Mayor Rodney Robertson, Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive VP of Operations Amy Fecher, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, ARDC Commissioner Lynn Hawkins, ARDC Commissioner Davis Bell.

The City of Leachville received $15,000 to purchase additional playground equipment for the city park.

The Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the Rural Services Rural Community Grant recipients. 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 Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program.

All Arkansans are invited to attend the 2018 Rural Development Conference in Little Rock May 22-24. Attendees will learn about additional programs and funding opportunities available to Arkansasís 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 Rural Services grant programs, please contact the Division of Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.

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