The city of Highland will be receiving a $23,000 Rural Development grant to be used for the construction of a new fire department building.
The United States Department of Agriculture is awarding the grant to Highland in return for the important role its firefighters play in the local community, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln explained.
"As first responders, our local firefighters play an integral role in keeping our communities safe. These federal dollars will allow the Highland Fire Department to continue to provide the best possible service to families in Sharp County," Lincoln said.
The USDA Rural Development grants are meant to support public facilities and services, promote economic development and offer technical assistance to help address the diverse and unique needs of rural communities which is just what this grant will do, according to other U.S. officials.
Sen. Mark Pryor made a statement regarding the importance of strengthening the abilities of service women and men through offering needed funds.
"I'm proud to work with local officials and other members of the Congressional delegation to strengthen public services throughout the state. A new fire department building is a smart federal investment for the city of Highland," Pryor said.
Rep. Marion Berry said that firefighers who serve Highland deserve to have the best tools and resources available to better serve the community.
"Everyday our first responders put their lives on the line to protect the safety of our communities," Berry said.