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EDA gives jobs grant to Choctaw

WASHINGTON — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Choctaw, Miss., to help renovate an industrial facility in the Choctaw TechParc. The project is expected to create 220 jobs and generate $1.9 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

“The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation’s economic competitiveness,” Locke said. “This grant will help the Choctaw Tribe establish an environmentally-friendly facility that will boost opportunities for new high-tech manufacturing jobs.”

The Department of Commerce is a voice for Main Street businesses. It focuses on creating jobs by fostering innovation and opening markets to U.S. products.

EDA is an agency within the U.S. Commerce Department and supports the economic development needs of distressed communities throughout the United States. Its mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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