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Abraham announces $400,000 in grants for infrastructure, workforce development

August 9, 2018
In The News

Federal grant money is coming for 3 projects, including a big upgrade for the Madison Parish Port.

Congressman Ralph Abraham announced nearly $400,000 in grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture for education and workforce development projects across Northeast and Central Louisiana.

The USDA rural development grants will fund three projects that will benefit residents in 14 different parishes, 11 of which are in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District.

"Thanks to tax reform and our efforts in Congress to remove barriers to job creation, our economy is booming and hiring is on the rise. These grants will help further stimulate workforce growth, job training and small business development in rural Louisiana, and I appreciate Sec. Sonny Perdue and the USDA for awarding these funds,” Dr. Abraham said.

The Madison Parish Port will receive a $200,000 grant to help finance a rail spur adjacent to an existing rail line that services the port. The completion of this project will increase rail transportation at the industrial park. The project is expected to add 26 new jobs as the new infrastructure investment will attract new businesses and allow existing businesses to expand.