Morgantown, WV, Jul 10, 2013 -- State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $50,000 for the Center for Economic Options, Inc., Kanawha County, WV.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
Rural Development funds will be used to promote the development of the 'Green Collar Jobs Initiative' by providing employee training, support and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs pursuing business opportunities in construction, de-construction, local food production and weatherization in Wayne County, WV.
The project will also complete a feasibility study to determine the potential for the expansion of the local food production systems to create new markets and entrepreneurial opportunities in Wayne County.
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration, the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.