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Gulf Coast – One Year After the BP Oil Spill

One year after the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill, EDA invested almost $4 million to support recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast. Investments include:

  • $1 million to Florida's Great Northwest, Inc. of Destin, Fla., to help the region implement a strategic business outreach program to strengthen the local economy.
  • $315,000 to the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) of New Orleans, La., to fund a marketing and rebranding campaign and workforce training program to aid the seafood and sports fishing industry affected by the oil spill.

To read the press releases: Click here and here.

The U.S. Commerce Department's CommerceConnect also launched a Gulf Coast initiative as part of a national effort to extend business assistance resources to communities across the country. The unique project will assist businesses and entrepreneurs in the region in three strategic ways, through: direct business assistance in five Gulf Coast cities; the development of robust partner networks that connect federal, state and local resources from both the public and private sectors; and the integration of government-wide federal resources.