The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism will receive a $30,000 grant from the Appalachian Development Commission to train Cattaraugus County residents to revitalize community centers and attract business back to the area.

“This grant is a great outcome for the CCEDPT and Cattaraugus County,” said U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, who announced the grant. “It will empower individuals and communities and as a result help the local economy.”

The project will offer a two-day intensive training workshop and follow-up activities. It will also provide community assessments, review of local marketing efforts and assist in development and implementation of a vision for community centers. In total, 80 participants are expected to be trained and 25 communities will be improved.

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The Appalachian Development Commission funds will be matched by local sources, doubling the total funding for the project.

The commission is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, it is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair.