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Department of Rural Affairs presents $250,000 Check to Colmesneil

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The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) presented the City of Colmesneil with an oversized, ceremonial check to recognize the community for its hard work in securing a grant from the agency’s Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) program. Agency staff presented the check on June 2, 2010 in Lufkin, Texas. “We are very pleased to present this ceremonial check to the community,” said Charles S. (Charlie) Stone, executive director of TDRA. “Community development grants such as this help Texans in rural communities improve their quality of life significantly.” The City of Colmesneil will use the $250,000 grant to construct a new lift station and make other improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in the northwestern and southcentral areas of town. The agency awarded $4,772,800 to 20 Deep East Texas communities, including Angelina County, Broaddus, Colmesneil, Corrigan, Crockett, Garrison, Hemphill, Huxley, Jasper, Jasper County, Livingston, Lovelady, Sabine County, San Augustine, San Augustine County, Seven Oakes, Shelby County, Tenaha, Woodville, and Zavalla: TDRA awarded more than $88 million to rural communities in Texas for the 2009 funding cycle. “Texas CDB is a competitive grant program, so the community is to be commended for their hard work and diligence in pursuing this grant,” said Mark Wyatt, director of TDRA’s community development division. The grant comes from the Texas Community Development Block Grant program, the largest CDBG program in the nation. Rural cities with populations less than 50,000 and counties that have a non-metropolitan population under 200,000 and are not eligible for direct funding from HUD may apply for the agency’s TxCDBG program. This program serves approximately 1,017 eligible rural communities, 245 rural counties, and provides services to over 375,000 low- to moderate-income beneficiaries each year.

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