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Press Release

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $75,000 to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Southeast Michigan

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $75,000 grant to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments of Detroit, Mich., to develop a comprehensive economic development strategy that will help the region respond to auto plant closures in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.

"The Economic Development Administration is pleased to partner with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments to improve the regional economic climate," said Sandra R. Walters, EDA Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer. "This EDA grant will help build an economic development blueprint that will help diversify the regional economy and create new jobs and businesses in the wake of the downturn of the automotive sector."

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