WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $287,916 grant to the Terra College Foundation to offset the cost of equipment at the Terra State Leadership and Entrepreneur Center (TSLEDC) in Fremont. An applicant contribution of $295,198 will bring total project funds to $583,114. The TSLEDC will offer leadership training and will include a Small Business Development Center.

“Small businesses and manufacturers are the backbone of Ohio’s economy,” said Brown. “This investment ensures the Terra State Leadership and Entrepreneur Center has the resources it needs to support local businesses and community leaders.”

The TSLEDC will offer entry, mid-, senior and C-level leadership training. It will also host monthly and quarterly programs with prominent business leaders and organizations. The TSLEC is the only high-tech leadership center in the region.

The funds for this grant are a part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative. Brown helped secure a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 Farm Bill, and is continuing to advocate for Rural Development programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.