WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $70,000 grant to the Brooke-Hancock Regional Planning and Development Council. Funds will be used to develop and implement a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) that supports private capital investment and job creation in the region.

“Ohio workers can compete with anyone in the world, and this investment will help ensure the communities in Steubenville and Jefferson County have the resources they need to remain competitive,” said Brown. “I’m happy to see EDA recognize the strength of Ohio workers, and I support any effort that invests in Ohioans and grows our state’s economy.”

The EDA is the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to communities, specifically for economic development.