City of Rector Benefits from Grant

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Those on hand for the check presentation to the Rector Fire Department were, from left: Sen. Blake Johnson, Rep. Joe Jett, Justin Jackson, chief Huston Bowden, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, ARDC commissioner Claude Graves, AEDC executive director Mike Preston, AEDC VP of operations Amy Fecher, ARDC commissioner Jamie Pafford-Gresham and Rural Services director Alex Johnston.(courtesy photo)

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, AEDC executive director Mike Preston, AEDC vice president of operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services director Alex Johnston presented $261,512.35 to 27 rural communities on Thursday, Oct.13, including Rector. The communities were selected for Fiscal Year 2017 Cycle I funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program.

Among those in attendance were representatives receiving a $15,000 Arkansas Rural Community Development grant on behalf of the city of Rector. Rector had applied for the grant to provide funding to add additional bays to the current fire station.

Those on hand for the presentation included Rector fire chief Huston Bowden, firefighter Justin Jackson, State Rep. Joe Jett and State Sen. Blake Johnson, along with Hutchinson and state officials.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs recipients. Incorporated cities and towns, along with 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.

Those wanting more information about the Arkansas Rural Services grant programs or other services, may contact the Division of Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.

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