Rural Development meeting set for Nov. 18 at county lake

A USDA Rural Development informational meeting is planned from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Marion County Park and Lake Hall.

USDA Rural Development Area Director Richard Boyles

?This informational meeting covers USDA?s business, community facilities, housing, and water and environmental loan and grant programs,? said Richard Boyles, area director of USDA Rural Development.

?Rural Kansas communities need good planning and strong partnerships to prosper,? he said. ?Rural residents need affordable housing and essential community facilities such as healthcare.?

In addition, rural workers need jobs and rural businesses need economic stimuli to compete in a changing marketplace.

?USDA Rural Development is committed, through the agency?s programs and its expanding network of partnerships, to help Kansas achieve these important community and economic development goals.?

The mission of Rural Development is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for residents, Boyles said.

?Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure.?

The meeting is being co-hosted by Marion County Economic Development and reservations may be made with Teresa Huffman, MCED director by calling 620-382-8830.

For more information about the programs available through Rural Development, call Boyles at 316-283-0370.

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