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U.S. EDA Investment Strengthens Economic Development Planning Capacity of Native American Tribes in California

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $200,000 grant to California State University (CSU), Chico Research Foundation, Chico, Calif., to help develop Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) for Native American Tribes in California.

"Native Americans have been among the hardest hit by these tough economic times," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez. "This EDA grant will partner the Chico Research Foundation with California tribal communities to develop planning documents that are critical to getting the assistance they need to advance economic and job growth strategies.".

The project will increase the capacity of rural and remote Native American Tribes throughout California to begin their own Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning via an on-line database. For the Tribes without Internet access, regular meetings and visits will facilitate the process.

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.