U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2.25 Million to Support Business-Focused Wastewater Infrastructure Planning Efforts in Hawaii County, Hawaii
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.25 million grant to Hawaii County, Hawaii, to develop a wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure plan to support new and existing business.
“The eruption of the Kīlauea Volcano and the Hurricane Lane severely impacted the Big Island in 2018,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This investment will provide the resources Hawaii County needs to plan infrastructure that will attract business and create a stronger and more resilient economy for the future.”
“The Trump Administration is working hard to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure and improve economic resilience in the wake of natural disasters,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “This project will allow Hawaii County to effectively upgrade to a more centralized collection and treatment system to meet current and future business needs.”
This project is funded by the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 116-20) (PDF), which provided EDA with $600 million in additional Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program (PDF) Program funds for disaster relief and recovery for areas affected by Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Lane, Typhoons Yutu and Mangkhut, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and other major natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2018, and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019, under the Robert T. Stafford Act. Please visit EDA’s Disaster Supplemental webpage for more information.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
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.