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Press Release

Business Community and Workers in Barstow, California Receive Major Grant from Commerce Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $2 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Barstow, Calif., to make wastewater system improvements to serve the local business community. The project is expected to create 825 jobs and generate $20 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

"This grant will help keep Barstow competitive by providing the critical infrastructure improvements needed to serve the local community," Locke said. "The project will help foster job growth and business development in the region by rehabilitating and upgrading Barstow's wastewater reclamation facility."

Improvements funded by this project include an upgrade to the core wastewater treatment infrastructure, which will allow for growth of the rail yard and Barstow Industrial Park, bringing logistics, manufacturing and distribution companies to the region.

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.