Commerce Department Planning Grants to Help Indiana Implement Local Strategies to Accelerate Job Growth
April 5, 2010
Contact: John Atwood, (202) 482-4085
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced $204,884 in grants in the State of Indiana to boost economic development planning efforts.
"Economic recovery and growth are top priorities for the Obama Administration," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John R. Fernandez. "These EDA grants will support Indiana economic development planning programs that advance regional competitiveness by working to spur innovation and entrepreneurship, create higher-skill, living-wage jobs, and promote industry clusters."
The investments include:
- $154,884 to the River Hills Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission of Jeffersonville to implement a comprehensive economic development planning program.
"EDA funding will allow the River Hills Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission to continue an economic development process that targets the needs of the region to resolve the problems and eliminate the constraints to development," said Jill Saegesser, Executive Director, River Hills E.D.D.
- $50,000 to Energize-ECI, Inc. of Muncie to implement a comprehensive economic development planning program.
"The project will assist the region in focusing on our many competitive advantages as we develop plans to recruit new investment and to retain and assist existing businesses," said Thomas Farris, Coordinator, Energize-ECI, Inc.
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.