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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2008 11:28 pm | Updated: 11:22 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced late last month that more than $100 million in grant funding was available for projects in rural Arizona communities, including the Gila River Indian Community and the city of Maricopa.

Eddie Browning, state director for USDA Rural Development in Arizona, will be in Coolidge Feb. 13 to make a presentation about the type of projects that would qualify for the grant funds. That meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the council chambers in Coolidge, 911 S. Arizona Blvd.

Maricopa grants coordinator Mary Witkofski said she plans on attending the conference.

“We are seeking applications from this area... for a variety of projects, such as senior centers, hospitals, libraries, housing, business development and police and fire stations and equipment,” Browning said in a press release. “Our programs are far-reaching and can help jump-start most economic development and community projects within a town.”

Almost $91 billion has been invested in rural communities across the country since 2001 through grant programs provided by USDA Rural Development, which has lead to the creation and salvaging of 1.7 million jobs during that timespan.

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