October 18, 2017 Edition

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Powhatan receives grant
for community center

The City of Powhatan recently received a $73,504 grant to renovate the Powhatan Community Center.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $947,407 to 14 rural communities, including Powhatan. The cities were selected for funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2018.

The grant awards were distributed Oct. 10 at an awards ceremony held in the Governor's Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Several were in attendance for the presentation including Powhatan Mayor David Foley and his wife, Mary Ann.

The Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the Rural Services Block Grant recipients. The grant program is funded through HUD's Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and is administered for the state and the Division of Rural Services through a partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission Grants Division.

Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population and that are at least 51 percent low-to-moderate income are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge's office.

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 Arkansas's 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, contact the Division of Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.

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