WASHINGTON, July 5, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to support regional economic development strategies and promote job creation.

“The Obama Administration is working on a regional basis to build networks of strong, self-sustaining rural communities,” Vilsack said. “This program will help create jobs and assist in identifying and developing business opportunities in rural areas.”

Almost $2.5 million is available through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program