WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, announced two awards of $30,000 and $35,000 for rural business development on Friday, Aug. 2.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture sponsored the awards, a news release states. The award of $30,000 will be used to create a “Rural Technical Capacity Training” program, which “will be used for the development of rural learning programs that provide educational instruction and job training related to potential employment or job advancements for adult students,” according to the USDA.

The award of $35,000 will be dedicated to the revitalizing of historic Chestertown, and according to the USDA, “will be used to provide direct technical assistance to local restaurateurs and retailers in an effort to retain/revitalize existing operations, create jobs, and attract new businesses downtown.”

“I support efforts to grow our economy in Kent County. The award of these federal grants to our local businesses, restaurants, and tourism industry, as well as investment into our economy through job training and enhancing employment opportunities, are important to employers, employees, and our communities. I applaud the USDA for their investment into employment and business in Kent County,” Harris said in the release.

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