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Press Release

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $96,607 to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $96,607 grant to the East Central Iowa Council of Governments, Cedar Rapids, and the Iowa Association of Regional Councils, Atlantic, Iowa to enhance efforts to respond to regional and statewide needs, including the economic recovery work facing Iowa in the aftermath of the 2008 natural disasters.

"The Economic Development Administration is pleased to partner with the East Central Iowa Council of Governments and the Iowa Association of Regional Councils to improve the regional economic climate," said Sandra R. Walters, EDA Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer. "This EDA investment will provide for a more efficient and effective delivery system of economic development resources and programs across the state."

EDA supports the economic development needs of distressed communities throughout the United States. Its mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

Additional information on how EDA programs are helping distressed communities create a positive and sustainable economic future can be accessed at: http://www.eda.gov.