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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $4 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Robstown, Texas

EDA Grant Expected to Create 540 Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $4 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Robstown and Nueces County Water District No. 3 in Robstown, Texas, for infrastructure improvements to support the development of the Robstown Trade Processing and Inland Center, a global cargo handling facility. The project is expected to create 540 jobs, according to grantee estimates.

"The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's economic competitiveness," Locke said. "We can't rest until every American who wants a job can find one. This grant will help create new trade-related jobs in the Coastal Bend area of Texas by to help build a facility that can handle global cargo."

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.