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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $3.4 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Independence County, Arkansas

EDA Grant Expected to Create 95 Jobs and Generate $75 Million in Private Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $3.4 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Independence County, Ark., to help build a rail switching station and rail car storage area to accommodate current and future business needs. The project is expected to create 95 jobs and generate $75 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 create new jobs and boost private investment in the region by making the vital rail infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate business expansion plans and serve future industrial development needs."

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.