USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode and Area Director Joe Woody today announced projects in Campbell, Claiborne, and Union counties that will boost local economies by more than $14 million.
“In January, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion into Tennessee of the StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity strategy of partnering public resources with local expertise to grow rural economies,” said Goode. “These projects are excellent examples of local, state and regional partnerships working together to create jobs and improve lives in our rural communities.”
In Jellico, Rural Development funds will be used to purchase turnout gear for local Fire and Rescue workers providing protection for them as they serve their community. In Claiborne County, Servolution Health Services is using Rural Development funds to make site improvements to better serve their clients. In partnership with Powell Valley Electric Cooperative, Walters State Community College received funding to purchase and renovate a building that will provide new multi-purpose space impacting student enrollment and creating jobs. And, in Union County, Seven Springs Farm and Seven Springs Winery and Vineyard are receiving Value-Added Producer Grants to assist in business organization and production that will provide jobs in the area.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve 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 Rural Development programs available in East Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Knoxville at (865) 523-3338 ext. 4, toll free (800) 342-3149 ext. 1491, or find more details at www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN.