WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) praised the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decisions to award Rural Business Enterprise Grants to the cities of Warrenton and Wilson, North Carolina.
The grant for Warrenton will be used to assist the town with a streetscape beautification project to encourage tourism and increase traffic to the downtown area. Several businesses have expressed interest in moving to the downtown district, but requested that Warrenton first improve its landscaping and install bike racks, benches, and trash receptacles to spur patronage of businesses and attractions downtown.
The city of Wilson will use its grant to update its storm water infrastructure. The project will provide environmentally sustainable storm water run-off for businesses in the Goldsboro Street area.
“I’m very pleased with USDA’s decision to award these grants to Warrenton and Wilson,” said Congressman Butterfield. “These grants will provide much-needed financial assistance for projects that will help drive the economic development and revitalization of these downtown districts.”
The two grants will fund portions of the total costs needed to complete these projects. The remainder of the funds will come from partnering non-profits.
“These grants are true demonstrations of how the federal government can work with local partners to achieve great things. I look forward to the completion of these projects and the added benefits they will bring to both cities.”