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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces California Organization as Excellence in Economic Development Award Recipient

San Jose Organization Wins Award for Community and Faith-Based Social Entrepreneurship Efforts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced that the Center for Employment Training of San Jose, Calif., received the 2009 Excellence in Economic Development Award for Excellence in Community and Faith-Based Social Entrepreneurship for their commitment to research-based, market driven economic development in helping grow the local economy.

"The Center for Employment Training represents the best and brightest in 21st century economic development," Locke said. "Excellence Award winners exemplify the importance of supporting regional strategies to ensure American communities succeed in the global marketplace and create higher-skill, higher-wage jobs."

Nominations are made annually in different categories and are evaluated by a Selection Panel appointed by the Assistant Commerce Secretary for Economic Development.

This year's categories were:

  • Excellence in Urban or Suburban Economic Development

  • Excellence in Rural Economic Development

  • Excellence in Environmental or Energy Economic Development

  • Excellence in University-led Economic Development

  • Excellence in Economic Diversification Strategies

  • Excellence in Community and Faith-based Social Entrepreneurship

  • Excellence in Historic Preservation-led Strategies.

  • 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.