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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.2 Million to Build New Wastewater System to Support Manufacturing in Michigan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.2 million grant to the Beaver Creek-Grayling Townships Utilities Authority in Grayling, Mich., to help build a new wastewater treatment system to support the needs of local businesses and allow a manufacturing company to expand.

“Ensuring that our communities have the vital infrastructure they need to support commerce is a top priority of the Economic Development Administration,” said Secretary Pritzker. “This EDA investment will provide the infrastructure the region needs to increase its development capacity.”

This EDA investment will help build a wastewater treatment system along the commercial and industrial corridor located south of Grayling to support the expansion plans of small businesses and a local manufacturer in the region. By providing access to water and sewer facilities, businesses will have the opportunity to diversify and grow, bringing more jobs to the region. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 250 jobs and attract $325 million in private investment.

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.