Ninth District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R- Salem, will host two workshops with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development in October on the process of applying for grants from the agency.

The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. It will focus on Rural Development’s Broadband ReConnect Program, which offers loans and grants to help fund broadband service in rural areas.

A second workshop will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, at 9:30 a.m. at the Historic John D. Bassett Event Center in Bassett. It will address the broader array of opportunities funded by Rural Development.

“Federal resources are available to support rural areas with economic development needs, including broadband and infrastructure. Rural Development has been an important partner in our area, and I hope that these workshops will increase awareness of the support it can provide, as well as enlighten on the process of applying for funding,” Griffith said.

Economic development professionals interested in attending may RSVP to John Bebber, Griffith’s district director, at john.bebber@mail.house.gov.