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U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) program has awarded the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation (KHIC) a $251,706 grant. These funds are targeted to assist rural businesses with training in Bell, Clay and Wayne Counties.

“Providing top-notch business training to our local companies, large and small, is an excellent way to spur innovation, stay ahead and survive these challenging economic times,” said Rogers. “By assisting existing small business owners and encouraging forward-leaning entrepreneurs, we keep our commercial centers thriving and put our people to work. Kentucky Highlands has once again teamed up with the ever-important USDA Rural Development Office to deliver meaningful business solutions and technical assistance expertise rural areas can rely on.”

KHIC will use these grant funds to establish a rural micro-business training initiative in conjunction with Bell, Clay and Wayne County governments. The project seeks to build a team of experienced entrepreneurial trainers to assist existing and future business owners throughout these three rural counties. KHIC was formed in 1968 to stimulate growth and create employment opportunities in Southeastern Kentucky. KHIC currently serves the following twenty-two counties in Kentucky: Bell, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, McCreary, Owsley, Perry, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, and Whitley.

Rogers currently serves as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Through this role, Rogers supports important initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.