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Press Release

U.S. Economic Development Administration Commemorates 2010 Earth Day

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) today commemorated Earth Day by highlighting investments that enhance environmental quality and promote environmentally-sustainable development initiatives to transform the U.S. economy for the 21st century.‬ Next week, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John R. Fernandez will attend the groundbreaking of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified Technology Innovation and Development Center at the LindenPointe Innovative Business Campus in Hermitage, Pa., which was funded by EDA to provide high-tech workforce training.‬

"Recognizing the need to protect our planet's natural resources is important not only on Earth Day, but every day of the year," said Assistant Secretary Fernandez.  "At EDA, we are doing our part to support the Obama administration's vision for a robust green economy by investing in projects that build a more innovation-driven, environmentally responsible economy."‬

EDA is investing in green initiatives across America's regions through President Obama's Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC) program. Along with other federal agencies, EDA is working to leverage funding and resources to promote regional growth centered around an Energy Innovation Hub focused on developing new technologies to improve the design of energy-efficient building systems and spur local economic growth.

To read more about EDA's environmentally-sustainable development initiatives such as the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund (GCCMIF) and brownfields redevelopment, visit: www.eda.gov.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration:‬ 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.