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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $187,884 to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in the East Michigan Region

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced an $187,884 grant to the East Michigan Council of Governments of Saginaw, Mich., to implement 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 Fernandez. "This EDA grant will implement 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 EDA District planning investment grant will help direct and coordinate efforts throughout the east central region of Michigan toward reduction of regional unemployment and poverty, promotion of a more stable and diversified economy and provision for improved living conditions all of which will strengthen regional competitiveness," said Sharon Stalsberg, Chairperson of the East Michigan Council of Governments.

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.