November 11—The London office of the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation receives a boost with a USDA Rural Development grant.
Rural Development Undersecretary Xochitl Torres Small and State Rural Development Director Tom Carew were in London last week to officially announce the grants.
The London office will receive a rural development grant of $99,999 to establish a four-person technical team to assist businesses in the 14-county Kentucky Highlands region.
Sandi Curd of Kentucky Highlands said the grant would benefit small businesses in multiple ways.
“If you need a website, we’ll help you build one. If you need more technical services, we can help,” she said. “This grant will benefit small businesses in this region to help them grow and thrive.”
A total of $1.25 million in investments in the region have been made through the Meat and Poultry Expansion Program, the Rural Business Development Grant Program and the community facilities to help improve economic opportunities in rural Kentucky.
“Rural populations are growing and producing the necessities our country depends on, and the Biden-Harris administration is committed to ensuring they have every opportunity to succeed,” Torres Small said. “The investments we are announcing today are just the beginning, as we partner with rural people in Kentucky to strengthen the food supply chain and create jobs and economic opportunity where rural people call home. they.
Other recipients of the funds include Marksbury Farm Foods in Lancaster to expand their slaughter and grinding areas and create 25 new jobs.
Hyden-Leslie County Water District received a $50,000 Community Facilities Grant for the purchase of a backhoe loader to be used for maintenance calls for preventative and emergency situations, water line breaks water, repairs and installation of some water pipes. They also received a $41,500 grant to purchase two Dodge Ram 1500 trucks to help with water plant operations.
Pineville will use a $50,000 grant to purchase a police patrol vehicle and a K-9 unit vehicle.
A $50,000 grant to the Perry County Tax Court will benefit county citizens to purchase a 74-horsepower diesel hydrojet sewer system that has the ability to blast blocked and problematic sewer lines and for water and sewer maintenance.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for Americans living in rural areas. Areas included are infrastructure improvement, business development, housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas.
For more information, visit their website at www.rd.usda.gov.