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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $1 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Vienna, Georgia

EDA Grant Expected to Save 600 Jobs and Generate $5 Million in Private Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Vienna, Ga., to build critical wastewater system improvements needed to serve the local business community. The project is expected to save 600 jobs and generate $5 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. "We won't rest until every American who wants a job can get one. This grant will keep 600 good workers in their jobs by helping to build a quality wastewater system that will allow the local Tyson Foods processing plant to maintain its current production schedule."

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.