US Department of Commerce Invests $3.7 Million to Make Critical Water Infrastructure ...

August 2020

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.7 million grant to the Greene County Board of Commissioners, Xenia, Ohio, to provide modern sanitary sewer infrastructure needed to protect businesses against damage from future severe weather events. The EDA grant will be matched with $2.5 million in local investment.

“The Trump Administration is committed to helping communities not only rebuild following natural disasters, but to come back stronger than ever before,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The improved water infrastructure to be undertaken through this project will enhance the reliability of Greene County’s sewer system to protect businesses from damage caused by future natural disasters and advance the region’s economic competitiveness.”

“The tornado that struck Greene County over Memorial Day weekend in 2019 resulted in the failure of several sewer lift stations, severely impacting business operations,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “This EDA investment will construct new, modern sanitary sewer infrastructure to increase the county’s resilience to future severe weather and spur new private investment in the region.”

“Water and wastewater infrastructure is the backbone of a strong economy,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Building resilient infrastructure is a smart investment for protection against future severe weather incidents. We’re appreciative of this federal grant from the EDA that will support businesses in Greene County.”

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