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Washoe Tribe Receives Funding from Commerce Department to Implement Job Creation Strategy

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $40,000 grant to the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California of Gardnerville, Nev., to develop a comprehensive economic development planning program.

"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 develop an economic development planning program that will advance regional competitiveness by working to spur innovation and entrepreneurship, create higher-skill, living-wage jobs, and promote industry clusters."

"This project will enhance the Tribe's ability to be regionally competitive, increase short and long term profitability of tribal enterprises, boost job creation, and advance our opportunities to attract suitable business and manufacturing facilities to tribal lands," said Washoe Tribal Chairman, Waldo W. Walker.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov): This year, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) marks 45 years of public service, with a mission of leading 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, collaboration and innovation.