updated 6/15/2011 6:46:03 PM ET 2011-06-15T22:46:03

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Please join representatives of Better Community Development, Inc. (BCD, Inc.) as they break ground on the EmPowerment Center, a new, state-of-the-art, LEED Certified facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 17, 2011.

BCD, Inc. will be joined by State Representative Darren Williams, D-Little Rock, who was instrumental in advancing the project to this point, representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas). FHLB Dallas provided two grants totaling nearly $624,000 to assist BCD, Inc. with the construction of two residential housing facilities within the EmPowerment Center.

The environmentally green EmPowerment Center will be a safe haven for those in need of addiction treatment. The 25,000-square-foot complex will include residential housing facilities with 30 rooms for special needs individuals and 24 treatment beds for individuals enrolled in substance addiction treatment. It will also house office space, conference rooms, and classrooms where it will provide its residents with life skills, career and technology training, community programs, and other empowerment services.

All media representatives are invited to attend. Representatives from the participating organizations will be available for interviews and photo opportunities.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 17, 2011
   
WHO:   State Representative Darrin Williams, Arkansas District 36
  Darryl Swinton, Director of Housing & Economic Development, BCD, Inc.
  Greg Hettrick, VP, Director of Community Investment, FHLB Dallas
  Deborah Bell, Director of Programs, Community Development, BCD, Inc.
  James Slater, Director, Community Planning Development Division, HUD
  Sara Oliver, VP of Housing, Arkansas Development Finance Authority
  C.J. Duvall, Duvall Family Charitable Endowment
   
WHERE:   Future site of the EmPowerment Center
  3600 West 12th Street
  Little Rock, Arkansas 

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3013
 

CONTACT:  Corporate Communications
          Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
          www.fhlb.com
          (214) 441-8445           

          Deborah Bell
          Better Community Development, Inc. www.bcdinc.org
          (501) 379-1538

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