USDA announces rural business grants

6 entities in Tennessee get rural business grants from Agriculture Department

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The U.S. Agriculture Department has announced rural business grants for six Tennessee organizations.

USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Lillian Salerno announced the grants on Wednesday in Memphis.

Salerno visited Memphis Bioworks Foundation, a recipient of a $45,000 grant being used in partnership with the Crockett Policy Institute to help returning veterans in West Tennessee find jobs.

Also, the South Central Tennessee Development District received $25,056 to buy technological equipment aimed at attracting new businesses to the area.

Hickman County's Economic and Community Development Association received $6,500 to enhance marketing tools.

The Lafayette-Macon County Chamber of Commerce received $9,076 to repair the Macon County Welcome Center.

The East Tennessee Development District received $15,000 to develop leadership opportunities.

The city of Lafayette received a $25,000 grant to help renovate downtown sidewalks.

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