posted on May 04, 2012 17:04
The Town of Batavia accepted grant money for the Agri-Business Park Friday. The $105,500 in funding was secured by the USDA’s Rural Development and Economic Business Enterprise program.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced the funding would be awarded to the county on Thursday.
The funding will be used for water infrastructure and pumping station upgrades. USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Doug O'Brien said the money will create jobs.
“It’s going to make it possible in particular for the Genesee Valley Mushroom Company as-well as some other companies to locate their business and to have the basic infrastructure that’s needed to conduct the food processing business. It’s estimated that this federal investment will create 40 jobs,” said O’Brien.
After the grants were awarded there was a roundtable discussion with the White House Rural Council and local business leaders hosted by U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand to discuss rural revitalization, job creationg and economic growth in the County.
Six other areas in the State also received funds. The Grant awards from USDA totaled over $500,000.