The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced $21.1 million in grants being awarded to 16 economic development projects in 11 states.
It is expected that the projects being funded will raise $505 million in additional investments, and will create a combined total of more than 2,500 jobs.
The list of 16 projects includes four recipients in¬†California. The Cities of Mt. Shasta and Imperial are getting $3 million each, while Delano and Yuba are getting $1.8 million each.
The City of Imperial is getting $3 million to help it support the development of the Alliance and Innovative Regional Center, which is an EB-5 investment initiative. This center is expected to create more than 640 jobs by helping provide green cards to foreigners who invest in qualified projects and help create jobs.
Mt. Shasta is getting $3 million for making water infrastructure improvements that will allow the city to provide support for a new water bottling plant. This project is expected to generate $20 million in private investments and will create 60 new jobs.
Yuba is likewise getting $1.8 million for water system improvements that will enable an expansion of Yuba County Airport Industrial Park and support continued manufacturing growth. This project will help create 150 jobs.
Delano is also getting $1.8 million for building a rail spur connecting the city to an industrial park, which is expected to boost commercial activity at the park and provide more employment opportunities.
Dothan, Alabama is getting $1 million from the EDA to help build up aerospace sector activity at Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority. The grant will be used for roadway and water system improvements, which is expected to be helpful for an MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) project at the airport that is expected to generate $7.5 million in private investment and create 300 new jobs.
In Miami, Florida, the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency is getting $600,000 for a historic rehabilitation project. The City of Miami Hospitality and Culinary Institute will be housed in the rehabilitated church. This project is expected to create 139 jobs while expanding training opportunities for hospitality workers.
The Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, is getting a $1.5 million grant that will help establish the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in a renovated downtown property that housed a bank.
The city of Florence, South Carolina is getting $1 million to make water system improvements that will facilitate a $27 million expansion at the Honda plant. This project will help retain 600 jobs and create 65 new jobs.
The rest of the grants are as follows:-
Avoyelles Parish Port Commission of Simmesport, Louisiana – $1.2 million
LaSalle Parish Police Jury of Jena, Louisiana – $500,000
City of Jonesburg, Missouri – $1.9 million
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center of Choctaw, Oklahoma – $300,000
City of Moore, Oklahoma – $300,000
Redevelopment Authority of Easton Pennsylvania – $1.5 million
South Plains Community College of Levelland, Texas – $475,000
Cedar City, Corporation of Cedar City, Utah – $935,900