WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that WSOS Community Action in Fremont will receive a $152,492 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program. The funds will be used to implement the HomeTown Competiveness program, a strategy for developing rural communities by investing in local assets – in the City of Fremont, the City of Geneva, the City of Somerset, and Morgan County. WSOS will also utilize a portion of this grant to conduct comprehensive economic development planning with the City of Willard.
In November 2013, Brown wrote a letter to the USDA urging consideration of WSOS Community Action’s application.
“Ohio’s rural communities will benefit greatly from this investment,” Brown said. “These funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help support economic growth throughout the state.”
According to the USDA, the RCDI program fosters economic development in low-income, rural communities by providing grants to community-based development programs, federally-recognized Native American tribes, and other groups. Grant recipients are required to raise matching funds.
Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 40 years. In 2014, he was part of the Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee that successfully negotiated a five-year farm bill that had been stalled for more than three years. Brown supported a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 Farm Bill to encourage economic development in rural communities.