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Press Release

U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests $740K to Improve Roadway Connection to Major Airport

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $740,000 grant for the construction of a roadway connector to the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport, in Galliano, La. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 250 jobs and additional high-value jobs as a result of increased economic activity at the airport and improved efficiencies.

“Ensuring that our communities have the critical infrastructure they need to support commerce is a top priority for the Obama administration,” said Jay Williams, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “Today’s EDA investment will foster job creation for the Lafourche Parish through critical roadway connectivity improvements to the local airport.”

EDA’s grant will facilitate the construction of a two-lane asphalt connector beginning at the junction of Louisiana Highway 308 and the Lafourche Parish Airport Road that traverses to the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport’s facilities. The connector will provide turning lanes and asphalt shoulders for safer access to airport facilities. The project is expected to create better connection of marine and upland sites that are a part of the port complex, resulting in high-value jobs in the Lafourche Parish.

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.