Commerce Department Announces Grants to Boost Job Opportunities in Ohio's Wilmington Region
March 26, 2010
Contact: John Atwood, (202) 482-4085
WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced $1.6 million in Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants to boost competitiveness and create jobs throughout Ohio.
"The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's economic competitiveness," Locke said. "Today's grants will create jobs, support innovation and improve the competitiveness of Ohio businesses."
The investments announced today include:
- $1 million to the city of Mansfield to provide infrastructure to support the development of a new industrial park. The project is expected to create 300 jobs and generate $67.5 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.
- $163,884 to the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA) of Cambridge to implement a comprehensive economic development planning program.
- $163,884 to the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission of Waverly to implement a comprehensive economic development planning program.
- $150,000 to the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission of Waverly to retain an Economic Recovery Coordinator and prepare and implement strategies to help the region recover from major job losses associated with the closure of DHL AirPark in Wilmington.
- $75,000 to Clinton County to develop a feasibility study that will explore ways to enhance existing industrial clusters and further develop along the I-71/SR 68 corridor.
- $50,000 to the Northwestern Water & Sewer District of Bowling Green to develop a regional intermodal development corridor capacity impact study that will help attract new private investment to Wood County.
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.