ALAMO, Tenn., May 27, 2014 -- U.S. Representative Stephen Fincher today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) State Director Bobby Goode and Crockett County Chamber (CCC) President Bill Williams to announce funding to assist the Chamber with the purchase of computers and software needed to improve delivery of business development services. The event took place at the Chamber building in Alamo.
"Chambers bring business and community leaders together with a focused purpose, helping leverage local talent and resources to grow existing businesses and recruit new ones," said Fincher. "Small investments like these pay us back many times over by helping grow jobs in Crockett County and across West Tennessee."
A USDA grant of $3,500 will match the CCC’s $3,500 contribution to pay for the upgrades. In addition to online marketing CCC currently serves 256 member businesses and helps build capacity in the county through well-respected youth and adult leadership programs. The adult leadership program recently celebrated 25 years of service to the community.
“Crockett County is in a good spot near Jackson, Memphis and the new Mega-Site, and has tremendous agricultural assets,” said Goode. “With the right tools, the Chamber can make sure people outside the County get the word that this is a good place to do business.”
Others participating in the event included Crockett County Mayor Gary Reasons, Alamo Mayor Tommy Green, State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, Tenn. Dept. of Economic and Community Development Field Representative Janna Hellums, Gibson Electric Membership Cooperative Vice Pres. Emily Sullivan and Field Rep. Kerry Watson, and RD Area Director Harriet Cannon and Specialist Tyler Hayes.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the lives of people in rural areas and the economic health of rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.7 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Northwest Tennessee contact the Union City Area Office at 731-885-6480 x4, or 800-342-3149 x1497. Visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN.
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