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Press Release

Apalachicola Fishing Industry Gets Boost from Department of Commerce Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.855 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Apalachicola, Fla., to expand the Scipio Creek Boat Basin. The project is expected to create 44 jobs, according to grantee estimates.

"The Obama Administration is committed to helping communities build upon their regional strengths to grow new businesses and create jobs," Locke said. "This EDA grant will create jobs by helping to modernize the core infrastructure that supports the area's fishing industry."

The project will include repair and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure, including shore utilities, dock slips, and mooring piles as well as additional docking space. Parking facilities will be renovated and public restrooms expanded. Docks and ice handling facilities for off-loading of fresh seafood will be constructed, and a boat repair yard and haul-out/lifting facilities will be built, as well as a retail market area for seafood.

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.