By Heartland News
MISSOURI (KFVS) - Three communities in southeast Missouri will receive a total of nearly $340,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The funds will go to help pay for community facilities for public use in rural areas.
The city of Steele will get $250,000 to build a new bridge to reduce traffic to and from the school and downtown area.
The New Madrid Historical Museum will buy educational material to prepare for earthquakes with $56,100 in grant funds.
The Ripley County Family Resource Center will get $32,800 to renovate a crisis shelter.
The grant money is provided through the United Stated Department of Agriculture Rural Development's Community Facilities program.
According to the USDA, President Obama signed the ARRA to help jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and address long-ignored challenges so the country can thrive in the 21st century.
Rural communities in 32 states will benefit from the loans and grants provided by the ARRA, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.