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.
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.