It is part of $7.2 million in investments to support business development and job training in distressed communities in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah. The projects are expected to create 2,258 new jobs and support the retention of an additional 200 jobs, according to grantee estimates.
“These $7.2 million in investments are an example of our commitment to creating jobs and promoting our nation’s economic competitiveness,” said Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. “The EDA grants will support tourism growth in Utah and expand job training programs in distressed communities in California, Nevada, and Oregon.”
The $1.59 million EDA grant to the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education in Monticello will support construction on the Canyon Country Discovery Center. Renovations will support the growth of the tourism cluster in the region, and create or save 35 jobs, in addition to leveraging $2 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.
Other investments include:
• In California, a $1.86 million grant to Central Valley Opportunity Center of Winton will expand vocational and job training opportunities in Merced County. Construction of the new facilities is expected to result in the creation of 432 jobs, according to grantee estimates.
• In Nevada, a $2.25 million grant to Truckee Meadows Community College of Reno will fund renovation of the Applied Industrial Technology Center. According to grantee estimates, the facility will help fill employers’ needs for 1,600 new job openings in these industries.
• In Oregon, a $1.5 million grant to Linn-Benton Community College of Albany will fund a new building at the Advanced Transportation Technology Center. The project will create 203 new jobs and retain 200 jobs, according to grantee estimates.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs.