ALBUQUERQUE ― USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced two grants totaling $34,951 to the Eight Northern Pueblos Council and the Pueblo of Santa Clara to support their economic and business development efforts.
The funds were made available through USDA Rural Business Development Grant Program which supports job creation and economic development efforts by non-profits and public entities.
USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner commented on today’s award, “New Mexico’s economy has failed to recover from the Great Recession.” Brunner continued, “These tribal organizations are taking it upon themselves to come up with local, practical solutions to improve their economies..”
With a $20,000 grant, USDA’s funds will support the development of an economic development plan for agricultural business at Santa Clara Pueblo. USDA will also supply a $14,951 grant to the eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council to support their assistance program for small and emerging businesses.
For those non-profits and public entities interested in accessing the program visit USDA’s website at www.usda.gov or call the Rural Development State Office in Albuquerque at 505.761.4952.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.