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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $3 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Clemson, South Carolina

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $3 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Clemson University Real Estate Foundation, Clemson University, and the city of Greenville, S.C., to help expand the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research to provide office and lab space for entrepreneurs developing new technologies in the automotive, mobility, and energy fields.

"The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's economic competitiveness," Locke said. "This grant will create jobs as automotive start-up companies get the space and technical assistance they need to prosper."

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.