University of Nebraska awarded $248,000 to create development plan for Knox County

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The University of Nebraska board of regents was awarded over $247,000 to create a plan to attract people to rural areas of the state.

Undersecretary Xochitl Torres Small of the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the USDA is awarding a total of $4 million in grants to 17 organizations, including the board of regents.

Rural and tribal communities in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin received grants this year.

The grants aim to help underserved communities become places where people want to live, work, visit and learn.

The recipients will work with rural communities to help them apply for government resources for projects that are designed to spur economic growth and attract jobs.

Plans to ensure access to high-speed internet, affordable housing, and safe and reliable transportation will also be developed.

The board of regents was awarded a total of $247,938 to create a plan for Knox County.

The proposed project will focus on post-pandemic economic recovery, tourism, recreation, infrastructure mapping and more.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will match $42,191 in funds for the project.  Knox County Economic Development will provide $5,000.

Visit the USDA’s website for more information on the program. Additional resources on rural development can be found here.

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