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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke Announces $2.5 Million Recovery Act Grant to Create Jobs, Boost Development in Imperial County, California

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $2.5 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Imperial County and the Heber Public Utility District in Heber, Calif., to build infrastructure to support a major commercial development project. 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 Imperial Valley region by building the critical water, sewer, and roadway infrastructure needed for the new Imperial Center multi-use commercial development project."

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.

"I am so pleased that Imperial County will receive this grant, which will put people to work improving the infrastructure of their community," U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer said. This funding will create jobs and boost the region's economy, and it could not come at a more critical time."

"I join the Obama Administration in their commitment to creating jobs and improving our country's economic competitiveness." U.S. Rep. Bob Filner said. "This grant provides my Imperial County constituents with much needed jobs and opportunities, and will build infrastructure to continue economic development, private investment and increase employment into the future!"

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.