The Center for Rural Innovation (TCRI) has received a $300,000 CARES Act grant through the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA). The grant will establish the TCRI CARES project, which will respond to economic injury as a result of coronavirus in the rural Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. The project will help 200 local businesses, create 20 student internships, broadcast 50 interactive community Zoom calls, and produce a monthly PBS television series. “This project will help our region’s entrepreneurs survive and thrive throughout the pandemic and beyond through a comprehensive approach to technical assistance, commercialization, applied research, and workforce development,” said Michael Aikens, the TCRI CARES director and PI.  Read the official EDA press release here https://eda.gov/news/press-releases/2020/07/10/cookeville-tn.htm