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EDC President Coleman Taps Into Pig Farmer Roots At Eco City Farms Tour

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman and ECO City Farms CEO Margaret Morgan-HubbardRiverdale, MD, April 7, 2016 - On Friday, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President & CEO, Jim Coleman and members of Team EDC paid a visit to two "ECO City Farms" sites in Riverdale and Bladensburg. The tour, led by Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, CEO of ECO City Farms, was a follow-up to the EDC's meeting with the Prince George's County Food Equity Council Meeting in February. The purpose of the tour was to address the County's food sustainability and security and to discuss how the farm might collaborate with the EDC to create food production jobs in Prince George's County

During the tour of the farm's facilities, which includes over five total acres of vegetation, President Coleman reflected on his own experience as a farmer growing up on Coleman Crest Farm in Lexington, Kentucky (which he still owns today)

"As the owner of my family farm, Coleman Crest, I understand firsthand the challenges that farmers see" Coleman said. "I am excited that the EDC has the tools and resources available to assist 'ECO City Farms' so we can create good jobs in the farming community and meet their challenges head on. I'm going to make all of Prince George's residents healthy and wealthy!" Coleman went on

Tools available include incentive programming such as the EDI Fund, a special $50 million fund that offers specialized loans to small business owners for the purchase of land and buildings, building construction and improvement as well as working capital in order to create jobs. In addition, the EDC is currently facilitating the "Hire Prince George's" initiative. Businesses enrolled in this program enjoy the benefit of having up to 90% of the on-the-job training and hiring costs reimbursed for up to the first six (6) months of an eligible new hire's employment

ECO City Farms' CEO, Margaret Morgan-Hubbard is extremely proud of the work that her farm does to create education for youth, job opportunities for County residents and offer healthy, locally grown foods

"We have a summer youth program here. We hire chefs and teach the kids how to cook and also how to farm," said Morgan-Hubbard. "We would like to develop an effective program with the EDC to help make our farm and other farms in Prince George's County sustainable.

President Coleman and Team EDC are committed to supporting local farms and the Food Equity Council to create more job opportunities and healthy food options in Prince George's County.

To learn more about Prince George's County's incentives and resources, please contact Larry Hentz, EDC Business Development Director at lhentz@co.pg.md.us or (301) 583-4650.