ABERDEEN WINS LIVABLE
COMMUNITIES PROGRAM AWARD!
Aberdeen is one of four Appalachian
communities selected by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
(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
help Aberdeen improve its livability by
promoting economic development,
preserving rural land, and increasing
access to locally grown food. This
partnership is one example of the White
House Rural Council's commitment to
leveraging community solutions to solve
economic challenges in rural America.
The 2013 Livable Communities program
focuses on developing local food systems
as a means of revitalizing traditional
downtowns and promoting economic
diversification. A team of small town
experts will work with Aberdeen to
develop achievable plans for the local
production, distribution, and
consumption of healthful foods.
Aberdeen Main Street will establish a
farmers' market and neighborhood
nutrition education center in the
revitalized and refurbished former
Railroad building. Among the major goals
of the project is the development of
food systems managed by local residents,
giving them the opportunity to feed
their families and supplement their
income. The result will be a revitalized
economic landscape in the area.