May 30, 2007 Edition

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Portia receives
grant for truck

U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, along with Representative Marion Berry, have announced that $173,900 in Economic Impact Initiative Grants have been awarded to six cities in Arkansas' First Congressional District.

Among the awardees is Portia, receiving $40,000 to purchase a fire truck.

The funds are provided through the USDA Rural Development program and are aimed at improving public safety, health care and training services.

"Cities throughout Arkansas depend on these federal dollars in order to protect and improve their communities," Lincoln said. "I applaud the citizens of the First Congressional District for using these funds to improve local infrastructure and to purchase equipment for first responders."

"These federal funds will make a real difference to help address the infrastructure and security needs of rural Arkansas," Pryor said. "I will continue to be a strong advocate for this program. It's clearly listening to local officials' needs and making sound investments in rural communities."

"This federal grant will help communities get the resources they need to improve local infrastructure and purchase equipment for first responders," said Berry. "By ensuring communities have what they need, we help boost economic revitalization for the First District."

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