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Press Release

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests Nearly $4 Million in Northern California to Help Build Infrastructure and Support Job Creation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $3.9 million in grants in Northern California to help build structural and technical infrastructure needed to help businesses operate more efficiently, capitalize on economic opportunity, and create jobs.

“The U.S. Economic Development Administration plays an important role in facilitating development of the critical infrastructure that local communities need to support long-term job growth and economic competitiveness,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The EDA grants announced today will support infrastructure projects that will boost business development and job growth in the Northern California region.”

The EDA investments announced today are:

  • The City of Sanger will receive $1,243,000 to support the installation of a water storage tank to ensure that local manufacturers have consistent water flow to their facilities. According to grantee estimates, the investment is expected to create approximately 115 new jobs and retain another 100 jobs.
  • The City of Hayward will receive $2,744,824 to support the installation of a fiber optic network within an industrial zone to provide businesses with high-speed Internet access. This access is expected to make business operations more efficient and enable businesses to capitalize on economic opportunities afforded by data and Internet driven industries in the Bay Area. According to the grantee, this EDA investment is expected to create 148 jobs, retain 26 jobs, and lead to more employment opportunities for the region’s workforce.

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.