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Two USDA Grant Awards in Utah Help Boost Rural Job Creation, Economic Opportunity

Jamie Welch Jaro
Salt Lake City
Release Date
Sep 30, 2015

USDA Rural Development State Director Dave Conine today announced $52,800 in grant funding for two Utah organizations to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses.

“These grants will support the emergence of small business in our rural communities, leading to job growth and economic stability,” Conine said, “This program is an exceptional tool for rural Utah to make sure local entrepreneurs get the training and assistance they need to succeed.”

USDA is awarding the grants through the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. Recipients may use the funds to provide technical assistance, training and job-creation activities. 

Pandolabs in Park City has received $28,196 to support a business creation training program to teach participants to code software and gain employment in software development.

Epicenter in Green River has received $24,604 to hire a business coordinator for the small business support center and provide training and technical assistance to local entrepreneurs and managers.

Funding of each award announced today is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement. 

USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant Program is one of several that support rural economic development. Since the start of the Obama administration, USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has helped 85,000 rural businesses.

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.