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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $500,000 to Support the California Citrus Industry


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $500,000 grant to The Regents of the University of California at Riverside, Riverside, California, to purchase new scientific equipment to support research efforts being conducted through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP).

“We commend the University of California at Riverside and the local citrus industry for working together to advance innovations that can help drive business and job growth in the region,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs Dennis Alvord. “This advanced research facility is critical to developing and introducing new varieties of disease-resistant citrus to the California citrus market.”

The CCPP services regional citrus growers by providing them with support and services necessary to safely develop and introduce new varieties of citrus in the market. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 181 jobs, retain 3,000 farming jobs and generate more than $22 million in private investment.

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.