Commerce Department Announces More Than $10 Million in Grants to Support Job Creation in California
September 21, 2010
Contact: John Atwood, (202) 482-4085
WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced $10.8 million in U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants to help create jobs and boost the global competitiveness of businesses in California.
"The Obama administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's economic competitiveness," Locke said. "These EDA grants will help to bring jobs and economic growth to California by providing the critical infrastructure improvements and building renovations needed to serve the local community."
The investments announced today include:
- $3.25 million to the Inland Valley Development Agency of San Bernardino to renovate Building Number 2 to create 82,000 sq. ft. of rental office space needed for the commercial and light industrial conversion of Norton Air Force Base. This project was identified and is being funded by the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). EDA is administering this federal award on behalf of OEA..
- $3 million to the city of Dixon to make water supply and storage improvements needed to expand the Dixon Northeast Quadrant commercial and industrial area. The project is expected to create 1,000 jobs and generate $40 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.
- $2 million to the city of Shafter to make sewer and water upgrades to expand the East Shafter Logistical Center. The project is expected to create 1,485 jobs and generate $253 million in private investment over 10 years, according to grantee estimates.
- $1.3 million to the Inland Valley Development Agency of San Bernardino to make drainage upgrades for the City Creek Bypass Channel at Third Street on the north side of the San Bernardino International Airport to protect the facility against flooding. This project was identified and is being funded by the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). EDA is administering this federal award on behalf of OEA.
- $950,000 to the city of Victorville and the Southern California Logistic Airport Authority to build a fuel farm that will service aircraft that utilize the airport as part of the conversion of the former George Air Force Base into a commercial facility.
- $300,000 to California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo, Calif., to develop 3,000 sq. ft. of tenant space at the Cal Poly Technology Park to accommodate start-up technology companies interested in partnering with University researchers.
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.