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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $2 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Greenville, Michigan

EDA Grant Expected to Create 200 Jobs and Generate $60 Million in Private Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $2 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Greenville, Mich., to expand and upgrade the local wastewater treatment plant to serve current and future business needs. The project is expected to create 200 jobs and generate $60 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 EDA grant will create new jobs and boost private investment in the region by making the critical water infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate the United Solar Ovonic's manufacturing plant expansion and to serve other current and future business needs."

The Department of Commerce is a voice for Main Street businesses that works to grow local economies by fostering innovation and opening markets to U.S. products and services. Locke is a member of President Barack Obama's economic team.

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.