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Downtown Development Authority awarded $99,999 Rural Development Grant

The Trump Administration on Tuesday announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding the Donalsonville Downtown Development Authority  (DDDA) $99,999 as one of the 16 grants, totaling $1,384,000 for rural business development and job creation in Georgia.  Funding comes from the Rural Business Development Grant program

The Rural Development funds will be used by DDDA to purchase and make minor repairs to the property at 120 East Second Street in Donalsonville. The project will support the development of small and emerging private businesses by renting spaces to Seminole Trading Post and other businesses in need of space to start or expand their businesses.

. “This program is vital for workforce development, business development and job creation,” USDA Rural Development State Director Joyce White said. “It can be used by technical colleges to modernize classroom equipment to train a technically skilled workforce, and small towns renovate business centers, start business incubators and expand opportunities with this program. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

In addition to Donalsonville, White announced projects in Ben Hill, Camden, Coffee, Cook, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Stephens, Towns, and Wilcox counties.

This program provides grant money to assist with economic development planning and/or the financing or expansion of rural businesses. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 50,000 or less.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

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