USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern was in Madisonville on October
30, 2012, to announce economic development grant funds for Madisonville Community
College (MCC). The college has been awarded $49,500 to purchase mobile instructional
equipment that will allow faculty members to deliver training on-site at the students
workplace. The training will offer skills that promote entrepreneurship in a wide
variety of industry sectors. The funding was made available through USDA s Rural Business
Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program. The primary objective of the RBOG program is to
promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs.
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
This award to Madisonville Community College illustrates the important impact that
economic development assistance can have on small towns and rural communities, Fern
said. USDA is committed to helping small, rural businesses grow and providing the
technical support needed to create jobs.
For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, visit Rural Development
s new interactive Web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.