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U.S. Department of Commerce $2.5 Million Investment Aims to Grow Manufacturing, Infrastructure in Northern California

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.5 million grant to the city of Willows, Calif. to upgrade critical infrastructure that will allow a major employer in the region to expand its operations. According to grantee estimates, this investment will save 100 jobs and generate more than $32 million in private investment.

“This EDA investment is an example of the Obama Administration’s commitment to supporting American manufacturers,” said Secretary Pritzker. These funds will attract more businesses to the region and create jobs in Willows.”

According to the grantee, the city of Willows and Glenn County have struggled to recover from the recession and have been further hindered by the ongoing drought in California. A major employer in the food industry is looking to expand and diversify its products, which requires additional space. EDA’s investment will upgrade roadway, sewer, and water infrastructure to facilitate the business’ expansion. Additionally, this project allows the city to leverage the region's agricultural and production cluster by expanding access to commercial space and transportation; it will allow the city to target additional manufacturers and business enterprises.

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.