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U.S. EDA Collaborates with Texas A&M University to Boost Green Economy Campaign

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $516,646 grant to the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) of the Texas A&M University, to help provide a statewide information campaign on the latest information and opportunities related to the emerging green economy.

"EDA supports the job-creating, innovative research and development that takes place at our nation's colleges and universities," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John R. Fernandez. "This grant will create jobs and business opportunities by providing TEEX the resources to promote renewable energy, and related sustainable development programs to communities and utilities throughout the state of Texas."

"We're genuinely excited at this opportunity to bring the latest in this rapidly emerging industry." said Gary Sera, Executive Director of TEEX. "While most of the major urban area are embracing and adopting these new technologies, a lot of the rural areas are literally in the dark when it comes to this changing environment. We're delighted to be able to bring the message to folks that probably wouldn't normally receive it for a good while. The economic potential of this business is tremendous for everyone."

TEEX will provide a series of workshops and training sessions throughout the state with a focus on communities that are underserved and out of the regular technology information cycle. The focus on the program will be on providing the latest advances in energy and sustainable development and on the current trends of this emerging industry.

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.