U.S. Commerce Department Supports Redevelopment of Brunswick Landing to Attract Businesses and Create Jobs in Maine
August 31, 2011
Contact: John Atwood, (202) 482-4085
WASHINGTON - Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Dr. Rebecca Blank today announced a $1.7 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority of Brunswick, Maine, to help convert the former Brunswick Naval Air Station into a commercial use facility. The naval air station closed on May 31, 2011 and is being transformed into Brunswick Landing to support local business development. The project is expected to create 560 jobs, according to grantee estimates.
"The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation's economic competitiveness," Blank said. "This EDA grant will make the vital infrastructure improvements needed to redevelop Brunswick Landing and attract new businesses and jobs to the region."
This EDA investment funds improvements to various buildings and infrastructure so they are better equipped for commercial operations. Seven buildings will be upgraded to National Fire Protection Association 101 and Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Other upgrades include the installation of a paint booth and ventilation to support aircraft manufacturing, demolition of 26 buildings not suitable for re-use, and the installation of electric and water metering.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration:
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.