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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke Announces $2.4 Million Recovery Act Grant to Create Jobs, Boost Development in Eureka, California

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $2.4 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Eureka, Calif., to help revitalize the Eureka waterfront area. The project, made possible because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), is expected to create additional jobs and private investment in the region.

"The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's economic competitiveness," Locke said. "This grant will help create new jobs and boost private investment in the fishing and aquaculture sectors by improving Eureka's waterfront to better accommodate the Fisherman's Terminal facility."

The Recovery Act was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is providing immediate relief for American families and jump-starting billions of dollars in new projects that are creating jobs, improving infrastructure and strengthening local economies.

"This $2.4 million grant will provide a much needed economic boost to the City of Eureka by creating jobs, upgrading the Eureka Waterfront and helping to attract more private investment to the city," U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said. "The announcement of this funding shows that the stimulus package is working for Eureka."

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer said, "I am so pleased that Eureka will receive this grant to revitalize the city's waterfront. This funding will help create jobs and support the region's fishing industry."

"This is an important project for the City of Eureka and the fishing industry," U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson said. "The new terminal will house a fish market and small café, provide facilities for fishermen to off-load, ship and process their catch. It will create jobs and reinvigorate Eureka as the historic commercial fishing center for northern California."

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.