Aberdeen a winner in community competition

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ABERDEEN – Aberdeen has been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive technical assistance and implementation support through the $250,000 Livable Communities program.

The assistance and support will help Aberdeen improve its livability by promoting economic development, preserving rural lands, and increasing access to locally grown food. Also selected for the funds were the Appalachian communities of Corbin, Ky.,; Anniston, Ala.; and Pikeville, Tenn.

Aberdeen will establish a farmers’ market and neighborhood nutrition education center in a revitalized and refurbished former railroad building. Among the major goals of the project is the development of food systems managed by the residents, giving them the opportunity to feed their families and supplement their income. The result will be a revitalized economic landscape in the area.

The 2013 Livable Communities program focuses on developing local food systems as a means of revitalizing traditional downtowns and promoting economic diversification. The selected communities drew on the help of their Local Development Districts or their local university or community college to submit their winning applications.