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Press Release

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $50,000 to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Kennewick, Washington

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $50,000 grant to the Port of Kennewick of Kennewick, Wash., to help develop a feasibility study that will outline marketing and infrastructure needs related to the development of a viticulture grape production site in Benton County.

"Economic recovery and growth are top priorities for the Obama Administration," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John R. Fernandez. "This EDA grant will advance regional competitiveness by identifying new marketing plans that will expand and diversify the economy by introducing the viticulture industry to Benton County."

"This feasibility study will help revitalize the city of Kennewick and support the surrounding area's viticulture related businesses," said Tana Bader-Inglima, Director of Government Relations for the Port of Kennewick.

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.