Fortenberry Delivers Over $700,000 for Economic Development

Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 19, 2007 -- United States Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Scot Blehm presented ceremonial checks today to seven recipients totalling $707,388 that will help stimulate economic development in rural areas of Nebraska.

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"Nebraska's rural communities depend on strong small businesses and entrepreneurship," Congressman Fortenberry said. "Targeted federal support can help develop sustainable economic opportunity in these communities. I commend the grant recipients and their partnership efforts with USDA Rural Development to strengthen entrepreneurship in our rural areas."

Rural business enterprise grant recipients include:

The Board of Regents University of Nebraska for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Neb. to use $37,800 leveraged with $20,400 of its' funds for personnel and resources to plan, develop, implement and evaluate a 12 month comprehensive rollout of the EntrepreneurShip Investigation curriculum phase one. ESI Curriculum is used by schools, 4-H clubs and camps to aid with economic development efforts helping to retain youth in rural communities.

 "USDA Rural Development is committed to delivering the funding needed to help rural communities to succeed and remain viable," stated Blehm. "I applaud the recipients here today for their foresight in planning for the economic development of rural Nebraska and their actions taken to secure the funding available to help meet those needs."