U.S. Department of Commerce provides $1.5 million for water infrastructure projects in Eden

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has awarded a $1.5 million grant for renovations at the Eden sewer treatment facility.

“President Biden is committed to ensuring that our communities are provided with the resources they need to diversify and grow their economies,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “This EDA infrastructure investment will support business expansion in Eden, creating jobs and providing economic resilience.”

This grant will support local businesses and provide reliable water service necessary for a major pet food manufacturer to expand operations. It will be matched with $7.6 million in local funds and is expected to create 180 jobs and generate $270 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

“The EDA supports locally-driven efforts to spur economic growth and prosperity,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This project will bolster the diversification of Eden’s economy by expanding the city’s industrial capacity, leading to new, good-paying jobs.”

“Access to clean water is a necessity for families and businesses to thrive,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “We will continue working with the federal government to strengthen infrastructure in communities like Eden for years to come.”

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