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U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests $600,000 to Upgrade Critical Infrastructure and Support Job Creation in Tennessee

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $600,000 grant to the City of Pulaski, Tennessee to upgrade critical infrastructure serving a local packaging plant. According to grantee estimates, this project will create 75 jobs, retain an additional 106 jobs, and generate nearly $50 million in private investment.

“The Obama Administration, the Department of Commerce, and EDA understand the critical role infrastructure plays in supporting business operations and growth,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams. “The EDA investment announced today will ensure that businesses in the Pulaski region are able to maintain existing operations and expand into the future, which means jobs and investment for the community.”

EDA’s investment will improve the water and sewer system’s infrastructure to enable the expansion of a major supplier of corrugated containers and related packaging supplies to customers in the southeastern states. According to the grantee, this project will not only help the thirteen adjoining counties in the Pulaski region but also the surrounding counties in Tennessee and Alabama.

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.