Schoesler applauds state CERB grant for Othello market district study

A $50,000 state grant awarded to Othello to conduct a study of a possible market district and food makers’ incubator could help the community and its agriculture-based economy, said state Sen. Mark Schoesler.

The state Community Economic Revitalization Board approved the grant for Othello at its Nov. 21 meeting, noting the grant was matched by $16,667 in local funds.

“I know that Othello is looking to secure a site in its downtown area to create a market district and food makers incubator area,” said Schoesler, R-Ritzville. “The CERB grant will help the city study how this project can best help the community, its entrepreneurs and farmers in the surrounding area. I support local farmers markets because they provide communities with the opportunity to buy and sell locally farmed or produced food and other products. These markets help Washington farmers and agriculture in general.”

Schoesler represents the 9th Legislative District, which covers all or part of Adams, Asotin, Franklin, Garfield, Spokane and Whitman counties.