The Economic Development Administration yesterday announced a number of grants-in-aid to communities and Native American organizations yesterday.

  • $1.7 million grant to the Iowa State University Research Park of Ames, Iowa, to make critical infrastructure improvements needed to support a manufacturing test lab facility.
  • $1.5 million in grants to the State of Arkansas to help provide the critical infrastructure needed to support business expansion and growth.
    • The City of North Little Rock will receive $869,964 to support the 6th street expansion project.
    • Cleveland County will receive $660,000 to make infrastructure improvements to the local water system, supporting the relocation and expansion of a local lumber company and a farm, both of which are major employers in the region.
  • $1 million grant to Navajo Technical University of Crownpoint, New Mexico, to build a Metrology and Materials Testing Center (MMTC) that will help diversify the Navajo Nations’ economy and train displaced workers in the energy sector.
  • $3.4 million in grants to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to help spur economic activity in Stearns and support industrial development in Hazard.
    • McCreary County Heritage Foundation will receive $2 million to renovate and revitalize the downtown historic area in Stearns.
    • The City of Hazard will receive $1.4 million to provide a natural gas line directly to the Coalfields Regional Industrial Park, to support business growth and expansion.
  • $ 3 million in grants to the State of Texas to support infrastructure projects and fuel further business growth.
    • The Hidalgo Economic Development Corporation will receive $1.2 million to help support the Hidalgo Infrastructure Project to make water, sewer, and road improvements that will serve commercial and industrial sites within the city.
    • The Port of Brownsville will receive $1.8 million to make infrastructure improvements needed to assist businesses in the ship-building industry.
  • $3 million grant to the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin, to build a workforce training and business development center.
  • $2 million grant to Wallace State Community College (WSCC) of Cullman, Alabama, to build a technical education center that will help workers gain new, in-demand skills.
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