Press Release
June 27, 2023

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.6 Million to Support Manufacturing Growth on Tribal Land in Louisiana

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.6 million grant to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, located in Marksville, Louisiana, for construction of a multi-enterprise manufacturing facility that will support the growth of the region’s manufacturing sector and create new jobs.

This grant will support the design and construction of the Garan Building to support business expansion in local industries including sewing fabrication and rare earth materials. This EDA investment will be matched with $250,000 in local funds and is expected to create 110 jobs and generate $1.4 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

“The Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda is jumpstarting manufacturing growth across the country,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “This EDA investment will provide the infrastructure the Tunica and Biloxi people need to continue supporting the growth of Central Louisiana’s manufacturing sector, while creating new jobs for the local economy.”

“The Economic Development Administration is pleased to support the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe as it seeks to build a resilient and sustainable Tribal economy,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This project will create new opportunities for manufacturing and create new jobs for the tribe and its members.”

“We are grateful to the Biden-Harris Administration, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and the EDA for this announcement,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “This investment in Central Louisiana is critical to the area’s manufacturing sector and the state’s overall economic growth. We are excited about working with the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana to ensure this investment results in jobs that will provide living wages and will help create sustainable growth for communities throughout the region.”

“Investment in manufacturing like this commitment to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe builds a better future for Louisiana,” said U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.

“I proudly support the EDA investment for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe that will provide much needed manufacturing support and growth for Louisianans,” said Congresswoman Julia Letlow (LA-05). “This grant will help bolster economic growth, spur competitive wages, and foster future stability for the Tribe, Avoyelles Parish, and surrounding areas within the Fifth District.”

This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning and Development District (KDPDD). EDA funds KDPDD to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development framework which strengthens the regional economy, supports private capital investment, and creates jobs.

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 invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.