PLAINS, Ga, Jun 21, 2014 -- USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Lilian Salerno celebrated a Downtown Development plan that will stimulate the local economy and save and create jobs for tourist-friendly Plains, Georgia.
“This development plan is projected to save 8 jobs at the restaurant as well as promote rural tourism through safety, signage and lighting improvements.” Administrator Salerno said.
Contingent upon meeting the terms of the grant agreement, Plains Better Hometown (PBH) Program will receive a $90,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant to renew tourist interest in Plains, Georgia, famous hometown of 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The PBH plan includes improvements to tourist destination, Mimmie’s Diner; walkway repairs and beautification of the Main Street Block; and new tourist-friendly signage downtown.
Rural public entities, Indian tribes and rural private non-profit corporations for are eligible to apply for RBEG funding for projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses. For more about the USDA programs for businesses and cooperatives, see http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/LP_Subject_BusinessAndCooperativeAssistance.html .
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.
USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
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