U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.5 Million to Support Commercial Redevelopment Project in Jefferson City, Missouri, Opportunity Zone
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.5 million grant to the city of Jefferson City, Missouri, to support the commercial redevelopment of the historic Missouri State Penitentiary site. The EDA grant, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $1.6 million in local funds and is expected to create 67 jobs and generate nearly $28 million in private investment.
“The Trump Administration is committed to helping American communities recover from, and build back stronger, following natural disasters,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This project will address the regional need for economic development opportunities in the aftermath of the devastating floods and tornadoes of 2019.”
“The Economic Development Administration plays and important role in supporting locally-driven disaster recovery and resiliency plants,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “This investment will allow for construction of roadways and infrastructure at the Missouri State Penitentiary redevelopment site to create new opportunities for business growth and development, and the project’s Opportunity Zone designation will further transform the local economy.”
This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission, which EDA funds to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs.
The funding announced today goes to one of Missouri’s 161 Opportunity Zones. Created by President Donald J. Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones are spurring economic development in economically-distressed communities nationwide. In June 2019, EDA added Opportunity Zones as an Investment Priority, which increases the number of catalytic Opportunity Zone-related projects that EDA can fund to fuel greater public investment in these areas. To learn more about the Commerce Department’s work in Opportunity Zones, please visit EDA’s Opportunity Zones webpage. To learn more about the Opportunity Zone program, see the Opportunity Now resources webpage. To learn more about Opportunity Zone best practices, see the recently released White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Report (PDF) to President Trump.
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.