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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $2 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in West Memphis, Arkansas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $2 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Mid-South Community College of West Memphis, Ark., to help build a diesel/biodiesel technology education center.

"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 region by providing a well-trained, high-skilled labor force for the transportation, agriculture, and heavy construction industry clusters in the state of Arkansas."

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.