MEIGS COUNTY — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Friday announced a new federal anti-poverty initiative that will expand to 11 counties in Ohio, including Meigs.

This initiative is through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is called the StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative. According to Brown, this initiatve identifies local and regional challenges and hopes to solve them by connecting local partners with federal resources to help fight what Brown refers to as “chronic poverty.”

“The small towns and rural communities in Meigs County showcase our state’s diverse strengths and opportunities for growth,” Brown said. “But they face unique challenges — like aging infrastructure — and are often isolated from important resources that build wealth and encourage economic success. The StrikeForce initiative takes a tailored approach to address this vacuum by engaging with local partners who know the community and deploying targeted federal resources to solve regional and county-specific problems.”

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