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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $1 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Ohio County, Kentucky

EDA Grant Expected to Create or Save 910 Jobs and Generate $30.6 Million in Private Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Ohio County Water District of Hartford, Ky., to further the building of a new water treatment plant to serve the local business community. The project is expected to create or save more than 900 jobs and generate $30.6 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 ensure an adequate water supply for Ohio County and create jobs by allowing for the expansion of Purdue Farms, the county's largest employer."

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.