LACONIA — U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., and representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce $175,000 in job-creating Rural Development grants to seven New Hampshire economic development organizations at a news conference this morning.During the 10 a.m. event at the Vintage Café, Shea-Porter and USDA Rural Development Regional Director Ted Brady will present certificates to:
• Belknap Economic Development Council: $20,234 to provide a second year of funding for ongoing business counseling to small and emerging businesses in Belknap County.
• Snow Drifters: $20,000 to the Grafton County snowmobiling club to purchase trail grooming equipment to maintain 40 miles of trails in Plymouth, Rumney, Groton, Hebron and Wentworth.
• Capital Regional Development Council: $25,000 to conduct a feasibility study to determine the need for, cost and sustainability of a community kitchen in Boscawen.
• Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust: $16,500 to integrate farmland conservation into business planning and land conservation.
• Sullivan County: $30,000 to conduct a feasibility study surrounding farm-based economic development and studying the need for an agricultural incubator in Unity.
• Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network: $13,266 to assist arts-based entrepreneurs in Carroll, Coos and Grafton counties.
• Northern Community Investment Corporation: $50,000 to provide technical support and counseling to small businesses in Carroll, Coos and Grafton counties.