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Commerce Department Partners with Newark, Delaware to Create Green Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.03 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) investment to Delaware Technical and Community College, Newark, Del., to build a Sustainable Energy Training Center. The project is expected to create 300 jobs and generate up to $1 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

"Growing our nation's green economy to advance our global competitiveness is a top priority of the Obama Administration," Locke said. "This EDA grant will create job opportunities across Delaware and help train former auto industry workers and others for new jobs in the green economy."

The 5,200 square foot Sustainable Energy Training Center will provide classrooms and laboratories for the education and training needed to fill energy and green-building related jobs. The LEED certified facility will be constructed in the western quadrant of the Stanton Campus of Delaware Technical and Community College, located in Newark, Delaware. The Newark Campus will serve as part of a network for Delaware Technical and Community College's Energy Management Program.

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.