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Press Release

Businesses and Workers in Pharr, Texas to Benefit from Commerce Department Flood-Protection Grant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Pharr, Texas, and the Pharr Economic Development Corporation to elevate and expand Hi-Line Industrial Park Road to protect local businesses from flooding.

"Mitigating the impact of natural disasters and getting people back to work is a top priority of the Obama administration," Locke said. "These roadway improvements will protect local commerce and jobs at the Hi-Line Industrial Park in the event of severe weather."

This investment will focus on improving Hi-Line Road so it can adequately handle increased commercial activity. The project will also provide basic water, sewer and related drainage infrastructure to support projected expansion of commercial operations at the site.

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.