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USDA Rural Business Development Grant Will Help Expand Local Business Efforts, Spurring Economic Development In Hudson Valley

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced $509,642 in federal funding for the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency. The funding was allocated through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant program. Specifically, $314,420 will go to Catskill Brewery to help them further their expansion, creating 7 jobs and growing the demand for locally sourced hops and grains. The remaining $195,222 will be used for improvements at the Goodness Grainless Bakery, which produces gluten-free, nut-free, and allergen-free products, growing the demand for locally sourced produce and creating 5 new jobs.

“This federal investment is a win-win for Sullivan County and local businesses,” said Senator Schumer. “With support from the USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant program, the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency can support Catskill Brewery and Goodness Grainless, enriching the regional economy and supporting local jobs. I am proud to announce this federal investment and will continue to fight to make sure that rural communities have the tools and facilities needed to grow and prosper.”

USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents.  This funding is awarded through the Rural Business Development Grant program, administered by the USDA’s Rural Development agency. The Rural Development agency is committed to improving economies and lives in rural America, through loans, grants and loan guarantees. They support local businesses, individuals, and communities by promoting economic development, offering loans and providing technical assistance.