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Press Release

Commerce Department Grants Support New Commercial, Green and Manufacturing Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced $8.8 million in Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants to the State of Wisconsin to assist ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of recent floods.

"Flooding has hit Wisconsin hard in recent years and President Obama's commitment to assisting in the recovery is comprehensive and ongoing," Locke said. "Today's grants will create and save jobs and improve the region's competitiveness by supporting local redevelopment plans, encouraging green-sector innovation, advancing workforce training opportunities and providing the vital infrastructure needed to mitigate the economic impact of future flood events."

The investments announced today include:

- $4.31 million to the Village of Gays Mills and the Redevelopment Authority of Gays Mills to develop a strategy for relocating the Village's commercial district outside of the floodplain. 

- $2.4 million to the Village of Plain to accelerate green sector entrepreneurship and workforce development by building the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver-accredited Green Technology Training and Enterprise Facility. 

- $670,196 to Lakeshore Technical College and Plymouth Joint School District of Cleveland to create jobs in the manufacturing sector by renovating Plymouth High School for use as a high speed production training center. 

- $608,935 to the City of Adams to build infrastructure to extend roadway, sewer and water facilities to expand an existing industrial park that will support future business needs. 

- $408,161 to the city of Platteville to develop a storm water management pond to support future business development. 

- $399,937 to the City of Omro to attract new private investment by providing the vital infrastructure needed to expand the city's industrial park.  

The Economic Development Administration marks 45 years of public service, with a mission to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, regional collaboration and innovation.

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.