RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Tuesday that the WSOS (Wood, Seneca, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties) Community Action Commission, in Fremont, Ohio, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish an “Economic Gardening” initiative in 14 Ohio counties, including Scioto and Pike.
The program has been awarded $99,952 by the USDA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program.
Economic Gardening is a business initiative that seeks to create jobs by nurturing 20 existing businesses in Ashtabula, Brown, Clinton, Crawford, Hardin, Highland, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Morgan, Meigs, Pike, Scioto and Seneca counties.
“Thanks to these federal resources, small businesses throughout Ohio will have a better shot at creating new opportunities and jobs in small towns and rural areas,” Brown said. “Small businesses are essential to our economy, and through this award, local communities and their residents can lead the way in rural economic development.”
The WSOS Community Action Commission could not be reached on Tuesday to identify the businesses that will benefit in Scioto County.
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