WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded a $300,000 grant to Midwest Electric, Inc. in Mercer County to improve the sanitary, storm and sewer systems, and roads at the Marion Township Industrial Park.

Brown said –

“Strong water and sewer infrastructure is critical to Ohio communities’ ability to be economically competitive. This funding will help attract jobs and businesses to the area, and spur future investment in Mercer County. I will continue to advocate for federal resources for rural communities across Ohio.”

USDA’s Rural Development program provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas by supporting infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities, successfully securing a number of provisions that are important to Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years