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USDA Invests $249,930 in West Virginia Community Development Hub to Support Rural Communities

Andrew Stacy
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MORGANTOWN, WV., Nov. 14, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) West Virginia State Director Ryan Thorn announced today that the West Virginia Community Development Hub will receive a $249,930 grant to provide financial and technical assistance through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program.

“At Rural Development we’re all about ensuring that our rural West Virginia communities have the opportunity to succeed,” said USDA Rural Development West Virginia State Director Ryan Thorn. “The grant announced today through our Rural Community Development Initiative will benefit five rural communities and allow them to create jobs, spur economic growth, diversify their economies and build resilient communities.”

This funding will allow The Hub to launch the fifth round of its Hub Communities of Achievement Program (HubCAP). The program will provide financial and technical assistance training to five (5) recipient low-income, rural communities in West Virginia that are recovering from the economic effects of Covid-19, scaling up community projects led by local leaders, and seeking technical assistance for increasing local resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The Rural Community Development Initiative Program is designed to facilitate housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. For more information on the program and how to apply, contact Janna Lowery at janna.lowery@usda.gov.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate, smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.


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