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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $4 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Seattle, Washington

EDA Grant Expected to Create 405 Jobs and Generate $50 Million in Private Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $4 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to South Seattle (Wash.) Community College to help design and build a Leadership in Environment and Energy Design (LEED) silver-certified building addition at the Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center for use as a jobs training facility. The project is expected to create 405 jobs and generate $50 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 help establish a jobs training facility that will provide workers with the skills needed to compete for jobs in the green manufacturing and international trade sectors."

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.