Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $351,763.44 to 31 rural communities at an awards ceremony on May 25th, 2017 held at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs, AR. The communities were selected for funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programís Cycle II of fiscal year 2017.
In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Community Development Grant award on behalf of Black Fork Volunteer Fire Department in Scott County. Blackfork Volunteer Fire Department is receiving $4,542.58 to purchase turnout gear for half of their fire fighters and ladders for the pumper truck.
Through the efforts of Black Fork VFD, Scott County Quorum Court and the assistance of Senator Terry Rice and Marcus Richmond, grant monies become available to the rural fire department.
AEDC Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs in two cycles each year.