“USDA Rural Development
is working with local communities to improve the business climate,” said
Turner. “These investments will help strengthen local businesses and
provide for job creation.”
The Village of Cass
City received a $5,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant to purchase
equipment that can be leased to a local business.
The Thumb Area
Partnership received a $40,000 RBEG to help small businesses in Tuscola
County access new markets and increase their competitiveness.
The Tuscola County
Economic Development Corporation received a $20,000 RBEG to maintain a
revolving loan fund to support small businesses in the county.
The Huron County EDC
received a $40,000 RBEG to help small businesses in Huron County access
new markets and increase their competitiveness.
The Thumb Area Tourism
Council received a $20,000 RBEG for marketing and website design to
promote travel in Michigan’s Thumb.
The Harbor Beach Area
District Library received a $750,000 loan to renovate and expand its
Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support
increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural
residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides
equity, liquidity, and technical assistance to finance and foster growth
in homeownership, business development, and critical community and
technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is
available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA's
web site at