There was a big announcement made by Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning Thursday—Rural Development USDA is funding Macon County Economic Development with a $35,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG).
"This news was beyond exciting," said Bennett. "I look forward to reporting to you [Dunning] and sharing all the great businesses that are an outcome of the training sessions we can now provide."
RBEG funds provide business training sessions to residents of Macon County. These seminars will feature topics of interest to entrepreneurs and emerging small businesses in an effort to generate greater commerce and increase local jobs.
"Identifying entrepreneurs and supporting small businesses are foundations for the economic vitality of any community," said Bennett. "The creation and retention of jobs is essential to the sustainability of rural areas. When a community can start businesses and offer employment, those outside think success."
Not only did Macon County Economic Development get presented with a plaque Thursday afternoon, but Dunning also awarded Bennett personally.
"Without question, Denise is probably one of the best economic directors in the state to work with," said Dunning. "Her leadership and the changes we are seeing are outstanding."
The RBEG program promotes development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas and may also be used to fund distance learning networks and employment-related adult education programs.