U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $1.5 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Minot, North Dakota
August 19, 2009
Contact: John B. Atwood, (202) 482-4085
EDA Grant Expected to Create 630 Jobs and Generate $138 Million in Private Investment
WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.5 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Minot, N.D., to help build infrastructure at a developing regional energy park that supports the oil and gas industry in western North Dakota. The project is expected to create 630 jobs and generate $138 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.
"The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's economic competitiveness," Locke said. "This grant will create new jobs and boost private investment in the Minot region by supporting the vital energy sector in western North Dakota."
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 investments are helping distressed communities create a positive and sustainable economic future can be accessed at: http://www.eda.gov.