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Press Release

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke Announces $2.2 Million Investment to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Macon, Georgia

EDA Grant Expected to Create 60 Jobs and Generate $21 Million in Private Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $2.2 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Macon Water Authority, the Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority and Bibb County, Ga., to help create jobs and boost private investment in the wake of damage inflicted by last year's Mother's Day tornado. The project will build vital infrastructure needed to serve the I-75 Business Park and is expected to create 60 jobs and generate $21 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. "Last year's Mother's Day tornado devastated the Macon region and this grant will help the economic recovery and attract significant business development and private investment to the area - and that means jobs."

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. Locke is a key member of President Barack Obama's economic team.

EDA is an agency within the U.S. Commerce Department and 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.