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Press Release

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke Announces $3 Million Investment to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Brighton, Colorado

EDA Grant Expected to Create 1,500 Jobs and Generate $295 Million in Private Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $3 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) investment in the city of Brighton, Colo., to help make water and access road improvements in support of the Northeastern Renewable Energy Park. The project is expected to create 1,500 jobs and generate $295 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

"The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's competitiveness," Locke said. "This EDA grant will help strengthen the region's renewable energy sector by allowing a wind energy manufacturer to build a new wind turbine complex at Brighton's renewable energy site. This project will create jobs and boost regional economic growth."

The Department of Commerce is a voice for Main Street businesses. It focuses on creating jobs by fostering innovation and opening markets to U.S. products.

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 investments are helping distressed communities create a positive and sustainable economic future can be accessed at: http://www.eda.gov.