Two Local Rural Businesses Receive Development Grants
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Eight rural businesses in New York have received grants for development; two of the recipients are within the area.
USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hosted a roundtable in Batavia Friday with stakeholders on issues and solutions in rural communities throughout New York. O'Brien announced the eight companies benefitting from the federal grants.
The grant program gave the Village of Holley in Orleans County $99,000. It will be used for renovations to parking lots and the construction of needed infrastructure at the newly opened Save-A-Lot store, which created 23 new jobs.
The Town of Batavia in Genesee County also benefitted, getting $105,500 for upgrades to its sewer pump station and wet wells. Both will allow Genesee Valley Mushroom to locate their business in the Genesee Valley Agricultural Business Industrial Park.
O'Brien says Batavia will benefit greatly.
"With that new infrastructure, they're going to be able to attract over 40 jobs in the food processing sector," said Doug O’Brien.
The roundtable discussion focused on job creation, workforce development, and economic competitiveness in rural New York.