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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.4 Million to Boost Capacity at the Central Louisiana Region Port

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.4 million grant to the Central Louisiana Regional Port in Alexandria, La., to upgrade transportation and transit infrastructure to help minimize disruptions in commerce and advance global connections.

“U.S. ports and our marine transportation system are essential drivers of the American economy,” said Secretary Pritzker. “This EDA investment will make critical upgrades at the Central Louisiana Regional Port that will increase its capacity to handle the needs of local industry and facilitate global trade.”

The EDA grant will help the port expand its warehouse, increase crane service, upgrade and expand transit infrastructure, and acquire and develop adjacent property for truck and container staging.

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. To learn more about EDA, visit www.eda.gov.