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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces $15.3 Million for 145 Business Development Projects in Rural Areas


Recovery Act Projects Funded Include Business Expansions, Education and Training, Community Development and Technical Assistance

WASHINGTON. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 145 recipients for more than $15.3 million in grants to start or expand businesses in rural communities. Through Recovery Act funding, businesses will be able to access critical capital that will help with start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project planning and other business needs.

“These Recovery Act grants represent the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to ensure strategic investments and increased economic opportunities in rural America,” said Vilsack. “Small businesses play an important role in building strong communities while providing vital products and services to local residents. This funding will help spur economic development to strengthen communities in dozens of states around the country.”

In addition to the $15.3 million that USDA Rural Development is providing for the 145 projects announced today, recipients have raised $16 million from other sources.

For example, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in rural northern Minnesota has been selected to receive an $83,149 grant to help The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe’s Business Development Center provide training for area businesses to expand, thereby creating new jobs and spurring economic growth in the region. The funding also is expected to help lower chronically high unemployment and poverty rates among Native Americans who live in the region. Since 1980, the Business Development Center has helped Native American-owned businesses grow, secure financing, write business plans and conduct market feasibility studies. Four Native American-owned businesses already have been selected to use the Rural Development funding to expand their operations. Businesses in the 12-county region that are not owned by Native Americans also expect to benefit from the jobs created by the tribe’s business development center.

Loup City Public Schools in rural Nebraska has been selected to receive an $8,800 grant to install a 1.8 kilowatt wind turbine on the school site to educate students on the importance of wind as an alternative energy source. Students will gain knowledge on wind energy as well as learn about career opportunities in the alternative energy field and wind energy’s role in the economic future of rural America. Loup City Public Schools is one of the first six school jurisdictions in Nebraska to partner with the National Renewable Energy Lab’s Wind for Schools program.

The funding announced today is being is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Program (RBEG), which helps finance new and existing businesses as well as employment-related adult education programs. RBEG funds can be used for start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project planning and other business needs. Additional information on the RBEG program may be found at

Grants announced today include:


Auburn University; $100,000


Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (AMEP), Inc.; $71,000


East Arkansas Enterprise Community; $96,400


City of Maricopa; $30,000


Siskiyou Training & Employment Program Inc.; $80,000


Community Involved in Sustain Agriculture (CISA); $60,620


YWCA Delaware, Inc.; $41,000


East Athens Development Corporation (EADC); $99,500

Okefenokee Technical College; $98,000

City of Fort Valley; $99,999

Early County Development Authority; $99,999

City of Shellman; $99,999

South Georgia Tech College (Commercial Driving Program); $99,999

South Georgia Tech College (Nursing Program); $99,999

South Georgia Tech College (Criminal Justice/Enforcement Academy); $75,000

Arlington Downtown Development Authority; $95,000

City of Oglethorpe; $99,999

Fort Valley Downtown Development Authority; $99,999

City of Dawson; $56,000

Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc.; $99,352

Hogansville Downtown Development Authority; $50,000

Appalachian Community Enterprises, Inc.; $99,999

City of Tifton; $36,121

East Central Technical College; $99,999

East Central Technical College; $99,999

McDuffie Co. Dev. Authority; $54,755

Heart of Georgia Technical College; $98,525

North Georgia Technical College (NGTC); $98,764

Tifton Downtown Development Authority; $99,000


Ida-Ore Winery Incubator Equipment; $9,000


Southern Illinois Stimulus Corporation; $79,650

Lena Economic Development Corporation; $99,000


Maquoketa Industrial Development Assistance Service; $99,000

Iowa Falls Area Development Corporation; $99,999

Manson Economic Development Corporation; $50,000

Central City Main Street; $99,000

City of Tipton; $94,000


City of Cherryvale; $95,000


Bath County Agricultural Extension Foundation, Inc.; $400,000

Southeast KY Economic Development Corporation; $165,000

Community Ventures Corporation; $200,000


Acadiana Regional Development District; $49,900

Avoyelles Parish Police Jury; $139,432


Town of Madison; $50,000

Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Inc.; $75,000

Town of Greenville; $253,000


Denton Development Corporation; $51,850

Maryland Hawk Corp. Inc.; $73,888

Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc.; $52,300


Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund; $75,000


City of Fremont; $90,000


Minnesota Chippewa Tribe; $83,149

Frazee; $90,000

Watonwan County; $99,999

Business Entrepreneur Center; $99,335

Lower Sioux Indian Community; $200,000

Renville County HRA/EDA; $99,999

City of Granite Falls; $99,900

City of Gibbon; $99,000


Southwest Mississippi RC&D, Inc.; $99,990


City of Doniphan; $99,500

City of Piedmont; $211,150

Missouri State University, Mountain Grove Campus; $20,700


Beartooth RC&D; $12,900

Ravalli County Economic Development Authority; $9,300

Eastern Plains Economic Development Corp.; $50,000

Ravalli County Economic Development Authority: $41,374


Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools; $7,000

Arnold Economic Development Corporation; $50,000

Village of Cody; $75,000

Bloomfield Community Schools; $7,000

Loup City Public Schools; $8,800


Walker River Paiute Tribe; $18,878

City of Wells: $90,000

New Hampshire:

North Country Resource and Conservation District; $46,000

New Jersey:

South Jersey Economic Development District, Inc.; $99,000

New Mexico:

Pueblo of Acoma; $577,750

New Mexico’s Own, Inc.; $400,000

New York:

Fort Edward Business Revitalization Program; $90,000

Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency; $94,000

North Carolina:

City of Reidsville; $75,000

Henderson-Vance Downtown Improvement Project; $75,000

Scotland County; $75,000

North Dakota:

Impact Foundation; $181,000


Carroll County Chamber of Commerce; $99,000

Laus Deo Foundation; $499,000

Jackson Co. Economic Development Board; $99,999


Fort Towson Industrial Authority; $300,000

City of Antlers; $99,750

Johnston County Industrial Authority ; $399,999

Minco Community Foundation, Inc.; $87,000


Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation; $99,000

Umpqua Community College; $98,936

Chemeketa Community College; $99,000

The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy dba THRIVE; $53,620

Oregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network (ONABEN); $173,246

Valley Development Initiatives, Inc.; $99,000


CAN DO, Inc., of Greater Hazleton; $99,990

Sun Home Health Services, Inc.; $99,500

Puerto Rico:

Rural Business Strengthening/Universidad Sagrado Corazon; $50,000

South Carolina:

Have Faith Community Development Corporation; $99,900

Salkehatchie Arts; $75,000

Williamsburg County Business Development Center; $99,050

City of Manning; $250,000

Western Carolina Higher Education Commission; $199,991

Colleton Improvement Collaborative; $99,920

SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership; $99,500

The Mitney Project; $99,000

South Dakota:

National Enterprise Development Center; $91,660

Whetstone Valley Business Opportunities; $18,288

Clark Area Chamber of Commerce; $99,000

Gate City Development Association, Inc.; $99,900

Tulare Economic Development; $22,735

City of Arlington; $94,000


Reelfoot Area Chamber of Commerce; $8,500

Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency; $30,000

State of Tennessee; $100,000

City of Bruceton; $30,000

Covington Economic Development Corporation; $25,000

Crockett County Chamber of Commerce; $15,000

Lauderdale County Board of Education; $50,000

City of Friendship; $20,000

Giles County; $40,000

Greene County Partnership; $10,000

Wayne County Government; $199,999

Clay County; $95,000


Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation; 300,000

Hidalgo Economic Development Corporation; $300,000

The Development Corporation of Mercedes; $300,000

La Feria Industrial Development Corporation; $300,000


Transitions; $99,900


Randolph Community Development; $65,000


Floyd County Economic Development Authority; $ 99,000

Bland County Farmer’s Market; $40,000

City of Galax; $99,600

Industrial Development Authority of Danville; $99,000

Town of Pulaski; $99,000


Squaxin Island Tribe; $88,873


City of Ladysmith; $98,800

Heart of Wisconsin Community Incubator, Inc.; 97,000

Village of Gays Mills; $99,999

Western Pacific:

University of Guam; $50,000

Pacific Islands Microcredit Institute; $65,000

West Virginia

The City of Buckhannon; $200,000


Converse Area New Development Organization, Inc.; $60,000

Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the grant agreement. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at

President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation’s economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.


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