MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State University has been awarded a Rural Business Opportunity Program grant by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The program will be located at ASU's Southern Normal Campus in Brewton, AL. The purpose of the grant is to provide comprehensive economic development resources for the residents, businesses and government entities within the four-county area of Conecuh, Covington, Escambia and Monroe counties.
Dr. RoseMary Watkins, executive director of ASU's Brewton Campus was excited about the news. "Because of this wonderful grant, we will be able to provide a resource center library for economic development leadership training, professional development, support for businesses, organizations, community officials, entrepreneurs and individuals within the four-county area we serve," Watkins said.
The grant will allow ASU's Brewton Campus to provide a center with computers, faxes, research resources and other assets, as well as allowing it to host mini-sessions to help those they serve write business plans, find seed money and capital and other economic development related training programs to help expanding or new businesses in that area.