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Press Release

Commerce Department Grant to Protect Communities and Businesses in Southeast Nebraska's Tornado Alley

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the River Country Economic Development District of Lincoln, Nebraska to purchase and install 67 early warning sirens in southeastern Nebraska.

"Protecting communities from the economic impact of severe weather events like tornadoes is critical," said Locke. "This EDA grant will help fill gaps in southeast Nebraska's early warning system to help them mitigate the human and economic impact of future events."

The Southeast Nebraska Outdoor Warning System that will serve a 15-county region.

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.