U.S. Department of Commerce invests $1.5M for water infrastructure improvements in Oklahoma

Funding will support the city of Stilwell, OK's critical wastewater treatment improvements and bolster manufacturing in the region.

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WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 23, 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., today announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.5 million grant to the city of Stilwell, Oklahoma, to provide critical wastewater treatment improvements to bolster manufacturing in the region. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 100 jobs, retain 15 jobs, and spur $6.5 million in private investment.

"The Trump Administration is committed to not only retaining jobs in this country, but also to creating new opportunities through infrastructure improvements," said Secretary Ross. "I look forward to seeing how Stilwell's improved water system will help businesses grow and thrive."

The upgraded system will support the expansion of a local food manufacturing company. It will also provide increased capacity to attract new manufacturing and other businesses.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration
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. www.eda.gov

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