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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $2 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Mississippi Gulf Coast Region

EDA Grant Expected to Create 636 Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $2 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College District of Perkinston, Miss., to help build a Hospitality and Resort Management Center. The project is expected to create 636 jobs, 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 help establish a hospitality-based workforce training center that will create new jobs and boost the tourism sector in a regional economy severely impacted by natural disasters."

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.