USDA awards Rural Business Development grants to Ga. cities

ATHENS, Ga., (WALB)The Trump Administration announced Tuesday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding 16 grants, totaling $1,384,000, for rural business development and job creation in Georgia. Funding comes from the Rural Business Development Grant program.

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“This program is vital for workforce development, business development and job creation,” said Joyce White, USDA Rural Development state director. “It can be used by technical colleges to modernize classroom equipment to train a technically skilled workforce, and small towns renovate business centers, start business incubators and expand opportunities with this program. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”


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White announced projects in Ben Hill, Camden, Coffee, Cook, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Seminole, Stephens, Towns, and Wilcox counties.


USDA is funding 16 projects through the Rural Business Development Grant Program, totaling $1,384,000.

This program provides grant money to assist with economic development planning and/or the financing or expansion of rural businesses. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 50,000 or less.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

Interested parties should contact at the Georgia Business Programs Division at (706) 546-2154 for information about this program, including the FY2021 application timeframes and eligibility details. For more information, click here.

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