USDA Rural Development state director Chuck Banks announced today that the agency will host three informational meetings during the month of June to help assist Kansans in the region. The presentations, to be held in Stafford, Pratt and Kinsley, will cover USDA Rural Development programs available to promote affordable housing, along with supporting community and business development.


USDA Rural Development state director Chuck Banks announced today that the agency will host three informational meetings during the month of June to help assist Kansans in the region. The presentations, to be held in Stafford, Pratt and Kinsley, will cover USDA Rural Development programs available to promote affordable housing, along with supporting community and business development.
    “USDA Rural Development of Kansas has recognized significant community and economic development opportunities present in this part of Kansas, along with addressing needs resulting from the 2007 and 2008 storms," Banks said. "USDA Rural Development’s programs provide an excellent opportunity for communities to expand affordable housing opportunities and job opportunities, along with enhancing local infrastructure. Whether it be improving local housing or upgrading community projects such as health care services, USDA Rural Development is positioned to assist in these important Kansas economic development goals."
    The three meetings, which will cover both the Agency’s affordable housing programs and business/community development programs, will be held:
    • June 18: 7 to 9 p.m., Ritz Theatre, 116 S. Main, Stafford.
    • June 19: 7 to 9 p.m., Pratt Community College (Room 23), 348 NE State Road 6, Pratt.
    • June 26: 7 to 9 p.m., Edwards County Fair Building, 1305 S. Niles, Kinsley.
    Kansans who are interested in general programming opportunities, or others who might have been impacted by the 2007 or 2008 storms, are encouraged to attend one of these meetings.