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Federal funds will support new road for yogurt factory

Genesee County has been awarded a $199,821 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development for the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park to construct a new access road into the park and pave the way for Pepsi’s Quaker Muller Greek Yogurt plant.

 

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, who announced the grant Monday, has fought for months for Genesee County to receive the award, through the USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant program, which provides grants to small and emerging rural businesses for certain qualifying projects.

 

Specifically, the money will help fund the completion of an essential secondary access road in the park, necessary to accommodate the influx of trucks and employee vehicles.

 

Schumer said the funding will also help position the park to attract new businesses such as Genesee Valley Mushroom, which has interest in building a 70,000 square foot mushroom growing facility that would employ approximately 100 workers.

 

For more information about the program, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov.