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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $1.4 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Port Arthur, Texas

EDA Grant Expected to Create Jobs and Generate Private Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.4 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for the Digital Workforce Academy of Port Arthur, Texas, to help establish a business incubator and expand redevelopment activities within the downtown business district. This grant is part of an ongoing effort by the Obama Administration to assist communities recovering from hurricanes Ike and Gustav. In the past three months, more than $54 million has been delivered by the Commerce Department for recovery projects.

"The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's competitiveness," Locke said. "Recovery from this kind of devastation takes time. We will continue to support Gulf Coast communities as they restore core businesses, strengthen business opportunities and accelerate the region's recovery."

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