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Press Release

Commerce Department Grant will Support Santo Domingo Tourism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Santo Domingo Tribe of Santo Domingo Pueblo, N.M., to design, reconstruct, and rehabilitate the Santo Domingo Trading Post. The project is expected to create 30 jobs, according to grantee estimates.

"The Obama Administration is committed to supporting local industries and jobs," Locke said. "Tourism is vital to this region's economic stability. This EDA grant will create jobs by reviving a famous Native American tourist attraction that will increase retail opportunities for Santo Domingo Native American artists who produce world-renowned pottery, jewelry, and other artisan goods."

The Trading Post will capitalize on the region's competitive strengths, particularly the tourism potential with the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter train and new Santo Domingo stop. The Trading Post will bring increased trade and commerce to the area, and promote entrepreneurship by providing a venue and market for tribal goods and art.

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.