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Funding available for area projects
USDA Rural Development here today

Eddie Browning, State Director for USDA Rural Development in Arizona, announced March 21 that agency representatives would be in Williams today for a special meeting. The purpose is to solicit applications for over $100 million in funding that will be available for rural Arizona communities and entities.

"We are seeking applications from this area - including Ash Fork and Seligman - for a variety of projects, such as senior centers, hospitals, libraries, housing, business development and police and fire stations and equipment," Browning said.

USDA Rural Development has funded thousands of projects throughout rural Arizona in the past and new applications are being sought for this funding cycle.

The meeting, which is free to the public, is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Williams City Hall, 113 S. 1st St. There will be break-out sessions for the various program areas.

"We hope to see business developers, city and town planners, police and fire department representatives, housing folks and advocates for seniors, children and students at this session," Browning said. "Our programs are far-reaching and can help jumpstart most economic development and community projects within a town."

Browning noted that the Agency is partnering with the Arizona Rural Water Infrastructure Committee (RWIC) for the meeting in order to better address water and wastewater infrastructure needs. RWIC representatives will be available during the breakout sessions.

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