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October 12, 2007   Email to Friend 

TUSKEGEE, A&M TO RECEIVE USDA GRANTS
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
October 12, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Acting Secretary Chuck Conner announced Thursday the selection of Tuskegee University and Alabama A&M University among 15 historically African-American land grant institutions in 14 states to receive a total of $1.5 million in job creation and business promotion grants.

Tuskegee and Alabama A&M each will receive $100,000 grants.

"These funds are part of USDA Rural Development's ongoing efforts to ensure that all rural Americans are able to share in the nation's economic growth," Conner said. "USDA has been working with the 1890 institutions and Tuskegee University for more than a decade to help them reach residents in rural communities with the greatest economic need."

The grants will be used to help create new businesses, promote cooperatives and provide new employment opportunities through the promotion of Rural Development programs. The recipients are among the 18 institutions supported under the Second Morrill Act of 1890, a law providing for the establishment of land grant institutions focusing on agriculture, home economics and the mechanic arts.

Funding of recipients will be contingent upon their meeting the conditions of the grant agreement.


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