Jump to main content.


This site contains information that has been considered archived and will no longer be updated. Please click here to go to the CURRENT eda.gov website.

A bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce


Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $4.2 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Hermitage, Pennsylvania

EDA Grant Expected to Create 100 Jobs and Generate $10 million in Private Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $4.2 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Hermitage, Pa., to help build the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Technology Innovation & Development Center at the LindenPointe Innovation Business Campus. The project is expected to create 100 jobs and generate $10 million in private investment, according to the grantee's 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 higher-skill, living-wage jobs by building a facility that will train workers in the skills needed to compete for jobs in the emerging semiconductor, electronics, biomedical and biotechnical sectors."

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.