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Press Release

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

EDA Grant Expected to Create 150 Jobs and Generate $8 Million in Private Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Kilgore Economic Development Corporation and the city of Kilgore, Texas to help build infrastructure improvements to serve business needs at Synergy Park. The project is expected to create 150 jobs and generate $8 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 create jobs and spur economic growth in the Kilgore region by building the critical infrastructure businesses need to operate and expand."

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.