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Press Release

Commerce Department Investment Fortifies Tennessee Commercial and Manufacturing Businesses

Hendersonville Utility District Grant to Create Local Jobs

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $520,000 grant to the Hendersonville Utility District of Hendersonville, Tenn., to build sewer infrastructure to support commercial and manufacturing businesses located in the Freehill Business Park and an adjacent commercial area. The project is expected to save 314 jobs and attract $1.2 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

"This EDA grant will keep Hendersonville employees working by providing the vital infrastructure improvements needed to keep businesses open," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez. "The improvements will also increase Hendersonville's ability to accommodate business expansion plans and promote new commercial development."

"The Hendersonville Utility District is pleased to have been awarded this grant to assist the local businesses affected by this project. These businesses will now be able to maintain existing employees at their present level and provide an opportunity for them to expand and provide future additional jobs in our community," said Tom Atchley, General Manager, Hendersonville Utility District.

The EDA investment will help build 3,810 linear feet of 8 inch collection line.

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.