Rural Jobs Accelerator Winners Announced

Posted on: August 1st, 2012 by NADO Admin

The U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority, today announced the winners of the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. The winners are:

  • Alaska: Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Project, $405,023
  • Connecticut: New England Food Hub Cluster Initiative, $568,150
  • Illinois: Henry-Rural Rock Island-Mercer County Economic Development Consortium, $193,500
  • Kansas: Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University, $715,000
  • Louisiana-Arkansas: I-20 Corridor Regional Accelerator, $964,134
  • Mississippi: Mississippi State University, $1,065,000
  • New Hampshire: Northern Tier Farm and Forest Jobs Accelerator, $708,750
  • North Carolina: WNC AgriVentures — Cultivating Jobs and Innovation Project , $815,000
  • North Carolina: Northern Carolina Eastern Region Aerospace and Automotive Cluster Project, $715,000
  • South Carolina: Southern Carolina Alliance Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, $650,000
  • Virginia: Appalachian Spring – Using Asset-Based and Creative Economy Methods to Catalyze Rural Job Acceleration, $815,000
  • West Virginia: Southern West Virginia Rural Jobs Accelerator Partnership, $717,985
  • West Virginia: Value Chain Cluster Initiative, $815,000

The competition was designed by the Taskforce for the Advancement of Regional Innovation Clusters and the White House Rural Council and is also supported by nine other Federal agencies including Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership; Denali Commission; U.S. Department of Education; U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration; U.S. Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the Small Business Administration.

For more information, please see Obama Administration Announces $9 Million Investment in Rural Communities to Foster Job Creation and Innovation (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2012/08/0258 NULL.xml&contentidonly=true).

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