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Press Release

West Virginia Aviation Sector Receives $1.5 Million from Commerce Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.5 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the city of Bridgeport, W. Va., and the Benedum Airport Authority for water system improvements that will serve aviation-related industries at the North Central West Virginia Airport. The project is expected to create or retain more than 560 jobs and generate $1 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

"The Obama administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's economic competitiveness," Locke said. "This EDA grant will help create jobs and keep companies competitive by supporting vital infrastructure improvements needed to expand the local aviation sector."

The project will upgrade water pressure levels for the fire suppression system at the airport, enabling it to serve more businesses. This upgrade will support the retention of two aviation businesses: Bombardier and KCI Aviation.

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.