WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $3,747,660 to the Greene County Board of Commissioners in Xenia, Ohio. The funds will be used to construct a new sanitary sewer infrastructure and eliminate three existing lift stations. The EDA grant will be matched with $2.5 million in local investment, bringing the total project funding to $6,246,100.
“Strong water and sewer infrastructure is critical to Ohio communities’ ability to be economically competitive,” Brown said. “This funding will help attract jobs and businesses to the area, while improving access to safe and clean water for Greene County residents. I will continue to advocate for resources so that Ohioans in small and rural communities have equal access to clean water.”
This project is funded by the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019, which provided EDA with $600 million in additional Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program funds for disaster relief and recovery.
The EDA is the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to communities, and promote economic development. The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides the EDA with $1.5 billion specifically for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare, and respond to coronavirus.