In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Fire Protection Grant award on behalf of Morriston in Fulton County. The Morriston Fire Dept. received $3,500 to purchase Wildland protective gear and fire hose.
This year's conference, hosted by the Department of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission, was held May 22 -- May 24, 2012. Keynote speakers throughout the conference included Lt. Governor Mark Darr, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, and Eureka Springs Mayor Morris Pate. Also in attendance were state legislators and over 600 mayors, county judges, fire services personnel, state and federal agency representatives and local community leaders representing all areas of rural Arkansas. Our Rural Advocate of the Year is Senator Randy Laverty. Senator Laverty was awarded with a plaque during the luncheon on Wednesday.
The Department of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs in three cycles each year. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge's office.
For more information about the Department of Rural Services and their grant programs contact Butch Calhoun at 1-888-RURAL-AR.