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Learning Center In Branson Receives $1-Million Check

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BRANSON, Mo. –- Cox Health’s new Learning Center in Branson received a check for $1-million Monday. The funds are part of a program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which provides zero-interest loans to electric and telephone cooperatives for economic development projects.

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BRANSON, Mo. –- Cox Health’s new Learning Center in Branson received a check for $1-million Monday. The funds are part of a program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which provides zero-interest loans to electric and telephone cooperatives for economic development projects.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12487/6827597?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:02:08 +0000 Learning Center In Branson Receives $1-Million Check BRANSON, Mo. –- Cox Health’s new Learning Center in Branson received a check for $1-million Monday. The funds are part of a program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which provides zero-interest loans to electric and telephone cooperatives for economic development projects. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12487/6827597?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KOZL BRANSON, Mo. –- Cox Health’s new Learning Center in Branson received a check for $1-million Monday. The funds are part of a program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which provides zero-interest loans to electric and telephone cooperatives for economic development projects. In the case of the check presentation Monday, White River Valley Electric Cooperative was the electric company that facilitated the loan for Cox Health. “We're an intermediary, we're in the middle of this,” says WRVEC economic development consultant, Cy Murray, “and our position is we try to go out and find projects that will help our White River [Valley Electric Cooperative] members.” The electric cooperative has helped acquire several zero-interest loans for area projects over the years -- the OTC Table Rock Campus, Jordan Valley’s Health Clinic and Cox Medical Center Branson’s Cancer Center are just a few examples. Murray says in order to secure the loans – only $33-million from the USDA is available each year – the projects have to meet specific criteria. “Are you creating jobs? Is it good for the community? Is it something that's going to be beneficial to all concerned?” Murray says. The Learning Center in Branson, which opened last December, checked off all of those boxes. It can accommodate 116 children, has created 29 new jobs and helps fill a major void in the Branson area. "There's just not a lot of good quality childcare down in this area,” says Karrie Ridder, who is the director of the center, “and we just felt like it would be a great place to bring our services and it's a great need for our employees." Ridder says while the new facility is great for employees at Cox Medical Center Branson, it also provides opportunities for local families as well. It’s why she was thrilled to learn of the funds secured for the new service. "Anything that we can get investment into our children it's just a great thing," she says. Ridder says the Learning Center takes children from the age of six-months through 12-years old. There is already a waiting list for infant care but only 55 total children are enrolled, so the business still has room to grow. "We don't really get anything out of doing this,” says Murray. “The beneficiaries of what we're doing are the recipients of the loan, as well as the folks from the community that are able to utilize these facilities." For more information about the Learning Center in Branson click here https://www.coxhealth.com/employees/cox-learning-centers/), or call 417-348-8810.




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