Leahy: USDA Economic Development Investments In Windham County This Year Now Top $3.1 Million

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economic development investments in Windham County now total more than $3.1 million during fiscal year 2017.  Area businesses, nonprofits and municipalities received 16 awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development (USDA-RD) to assist with a diverse range of projects that included business assistance, infrastructure upgrades and energy efficiency improvements.  The USDA-RD investments leveraged an additional $7 million from other sources for a collective impact of $10.3 million.

Leahy is a leading member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, which oversees USDA and handles the Senate’s work in writing Farm Bills, and he now also is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which annually appropriates funds for the USDA.

Leahy said:  “These USDA investments are empowering local organizations and businesses to make our Vermont communities stronger.  The diverse nature of Rural Development’s programs mean that federal help can be pre-tailored to address distinct needs for each community.  As Congress begins writing a new Farm Bill in 2018, I’ll be focused on making sure that USDA-RD continues to have resources like these to invest in Vermont.”

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices.  These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers to improve the quality of life in rural areas.






Post Oil Solutions


Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation


Holton Home


Sandglass Theater


Village of Saxtons River


Women's Community Center, Inc.


Friends of the Brattleboro Music Center, Inc.


Friends of the Brattleboro Music Center, Inc.


Friends of the Brattleboro Music Center, Inc.


Holton Home


Brattleboro School District


Retreat Farm, Ltd.


Women's Community Center, Inc.


Southeast Vermont Transit


Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.


Ampers and Brockway Mills Hydro LLC

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