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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $297,925 grant to Jefferson County and the Brookville Municipal Authority in Brookville, Pennsylvania, to help build critical water and sewer infrastructure for the city’s new Jefferson County Business Park. The project is expected to create 100 jobs and generate $10 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.
“The Obama Administration is committed to helping communities spur business development and create high-skill, high-wage jobs,” said U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine. “The EDA grant announced today will provide the critical infrastructure that Jefferson County needs to attract new businesses that will pave the way for future economic and job growth.”
The project will fund construction of 5,700 linear feet of sewer lines, a pump station, and 4,000 linear feet of water lines to provide service to the future site of the Jefferson County Business Park. The 166-acre business park, located adjacent to exit 81 of Interstate 80, will provide central access to numerous transportation routes and serve as a catalyst for future business expansion and job creation in the region.
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.