Butterfield Applauds $1.4M Economic Development Grant for Washington, N.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) for awarding a $1.4 million investment grant to the city of Washington, N.C. to support critical disaster recovery and resiliency efforts in the state.
This EDA investment grant will fund water infrastructure improvements to increase the city’s ability to withstand weather emergencies in historic downtown Washington, an area severely impacted by Hurricane Irene in 2011.
Specifically, the grant will fund replacement of a water-pumping station and installation of a new water transmission line from the city’s regional water treatment plant. The project will enhance advanced manufacturing in the region’s energy-efficient green technology sector and save traditional textile manufacturing jobs. This investment is also expected to create 68 new jobs and generate $8 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.
“This project is part of the $200 million appropriation made by Congress to the EDA to help communities that received a major disaster designation in 2011,” said Butterfield. “I applaud the Commerce Department and the Economic Development Administration for awarding this much-needed grant that will help to create jobs and further the city’s recovery efforts.”