Farm-to-Future: $100M Investment for Local Growth

The new Leader Award of Castilla y León will honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the growth and improvement of rural areas. The award is honorary and will be given annually in seven categories. It was announced by Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development, Gerardo Dueñas, who emphasized the importance of recognizing the work of local action groups (GALs) in the region.

The award is aimed at presenting the winners on October 8 in a public event. The minister noted that the region has seen a significant increase in the number of GALs, from eight to 44, which now cover over 98% of the territory and have a population of nearly one million people.

The award will recognize excellence in several areas, including young entrepreneurs who have used Leader funds to create employment and promote entrepreneurship, SMEs that have used Leader funds to diversify economic activity and promote sustainable rural development, and local entities that have contributed to social cohesion and improved the quality of life in rural municipalities.

The categories include the Young People with a Future Leader Award, which will recognize individuals under 41 years of age who have made significant contributions to the creation and consolidation of employment, the Rural Leader SME, which will recognize SMEs that have made significant contributions to sustainable rural development, and the Leader Living Peoples Award, which will recognize local entities that have contributed to social cohesion and improved the quality of life in rural areas.

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