U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $1.25 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Eagle Pass, Texas
October 30, 2009
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EDA Grant Expected to Create 165 Jobs and Generate $60,000 in Private Investment
WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.25 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Eagle Pass, Texas to help build a potable water pipeline to serve the College Hills Corridor. The project is expected to create 70 jobs and generate $3.1 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 EDA grant will create jobs now by building the critical infrastructure needed to spur private sector investment in Eagle Pass."
The Department of Commerce is a voice for Main Street businesses that works to grow local economies by fostering innovation and opening markets to U.S. products and services. Locke is a member of President Barack Obama's economic team.
EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster economic growth and job creation. 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 global 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.