Stevens Point, Wis., Aug 14, 2014 -- Contact: Kevin Tuttle 715-701-2589, firstname.lastname@example.org
USDA Awards Grants to Eight Rural Wisconsin Projects to Strengthen Small Businesses and Create Jobs
STEVENS POINT, August 14, 2014 – USDA Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski announced today that eight projects in rural Wisconsin were selected to receive grant funds to help strengthen business and create jobs. The Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program promotes the development of small and emerging business in rural areas.
“These investments create ladders of opportunity in the recipient communities by delivering technical support, services, and investment dollars. This increases earning potential, sparks job creation, and improves the over-all quality of life for rural people and their families,” Gruszynski said. “For example, Native American communities will use the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council’s grant to provide job skills training and financial literacy education to support economic growth and capacity for tribal communities.”
Rural Business Enterprise Grants also may be used to help fund distance learning networks and employment-related adult education programs. Eligible applicants include local governments, non-profit corporations and federally recognized Indian Tribes.
Since the start of the Obama Administration, the RBEG program has helped create or save more than 73,000 rural jobs, expanded or helped establish more than 41,000 rural businesses and community projects and provided more than $170 million in economic development assistance.
Below is the listing of the eight recipients receiving a total of more than $600,000 in USDA funding. The assistance is contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of the grant agreement.
Wisconsin Rural Business Enterprise Grants:
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. – $99,999 grant to provide job skills training and financial literacy education to tribal members.
Tri-County Regional Economic Development - $19,200 grant to create a consortium of 10 businesses to explore government contracting.
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation - $99,000 grant for technical assistance to 12 counties.
Vernon Economic Development Association, Inc. - $43,501 grant to purchase and build infrastructure in the Food Center.
Wisconsin Business Innovation Corporation - $57,500 grant for technical assistance for nine counties.
Lakeshore CAP - $99,999 grant for technical assistance to existing business incubator.
Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin - $99,900 grant to evaluate and assist growth.
Columbia County Economic Development Corporation - $99,900 grant for a revolving loan fund.
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.
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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