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Small Business Committee Offers to Partner with USDA Task Force on Rural America

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Washington, August 23, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON – Today, Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Subcommittee Chairmen Rod Blum (R-IA), and Dave Brat (R-VA) sent a letter to the Honorable Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging USDA to utilize the Committee’s findings from previous hearings to help rural America increase access to capital, improve quality of life, advance rural workforce development, and progress technological innovation.

“Ensuring the prosperity of rural America is vital to our nation’s long term economic vitality. Although many of our nation’s largest cities are creating new businesses at an impressive rate, and economic growth is strong nationally, startup rates, capital access, and economic vitality lag in rural America. The House Small Business Committee is actively examining the challenges facing rural small business owners, especially as they pertain to access to capital. I’m proud we’re working to ensure obstacles are removed so rural small businesses can start and grow, and we hope to work together to ensure rural America’s economic vitality for decades to come.”

Background: Last month, the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access and the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade met for a joint hearing titled, “Investing in Rural America.”

Additionally, USDA is continuing to improve the economic growth of rural America through their Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force.

To read the entire letter, click here
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