WASHINGTON, D.C. – An organization in Fremont County has been awarded new federal resources to help create new jobs across 14 counties in Ohio. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the WSOS Community Action Commission was awarded $99,952 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program to establish an “Economic Gardening” initiative in Ashtabula, Brown, Clinton, Crawford, Hardin, Highland, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Morgan, Meigs, Pike, Scioto and Seneca Counties. Economic Gardening is a business initiative that seeks to create jobs by nurturing existing businesses. The Economic Gardening initiative established by these funds will assist 20 businesses.

“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.”

Earlier this year, Brown introduced the The Business Incubator Promotion Act which would help make more Ohio communities eligible to receive funds that support business incubators through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Brown, Chair of the Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation, has held more than 200 roundtables throughout the state and is the first Ohioan to serve on both the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee.