Economic Development Administration investment saves 109 jobs in the region

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 26, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) today announced a $2,438,681 Economic Development Administration (EDA) investment which will support roadway and infrastructure improvements to the Green Island Industrial District (GRID) in American Canyon. The funds will be used to help reconstruct Green Island Road, a goods movement corridor for the GRID. In August, 2014 Thompson urged Northern California’s EDA representative to support the City of American Canyon’s application for federal funding.

“The best thing we can do to grow our economy is to invest in rebuilding our roads, overpasses and bridges – and these funds show it,” said Thompson. “Not only will this project put people to work in construction, it will support hundreds of other jobs and businesses in the Green Island Industrial District that may have otherwise left if infrastructure improvements were not made.”

Mayor Leon Garcia added, “This project is a great example of the City and business community working together to solve a problem. The American Canyon Chamber of Commerce brought together the business owners in the Green Island area to work with the City on this project. We all have the same goal: to help the Green Island businesses be successful. I appreciate the Chamber and local businesses partnering with the City to improve Green Island Road.”

“The Green Island area has been the center of American Canyon’s industrial core for many years. Unfortunately, as the city has grown and prospered, the infrastructure hasn’t been able to keep up,” said City Manager Dana Shigley. “The City has been working with the business owners in the Green Island industrial area to find solutions, and this grant is exactly what we needed to make it happen. This grant, along with local tax dollars and funding from the property owners, will allow us to upgrade the utility and streets so the area can continue to prosper and businesses can grow”

“Working together, the award of this Economic Development grant is the missing piece to make vital improvements to the industrial center of Napa County,” said City Council Member Belia Ramos. “This grant award would not have been possible without the collaboration of business operators, property owners, city staff and elected officials.”

According to the EDA, the project will allow businesses better access to the industrial district and its amenities, ensuring the ongoing viability and vitality of the industrial zone.

EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds.

Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus


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