U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests More Than $800,000 to Improve Infrastructure to Help Strengthen a Vital Cluster in Northwest Georgia
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Monday, August 24, 2015
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced an $816,637 grant to Murray County, Georgia to upgrade sewers systems to support the region’s flooring industry, which is a major cluster for the area. According to grantee estimates, this project will create 600 jobs and generate $100 million in private investment.
“Infrastructure provides critical support that enables businesses to operate, grow, and create jobs,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams. “The EDA investment announced today provides vital upgrades to a local business that is integral to the regional cluster and economy.”
EDA’s investment will help fund the construction of wastewater infrastructure to connect a large flooring manufacturer to the existing sewer collection system in the City of Chatsworth, as well as allow the system to be expanded to serve any future demand. Moreover, the company that will benefit from the project employs a process that uses less energy, oil, and water, which will bolster conservation in the region.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The Economic Development Administration marks 50 years of public service, leading 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.