WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) after the announcement of $800,000 in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants for economic development organizations in Louisiana’s 3rd District.

The Acadiana Planning Commission will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to help provide technical assistance to business and community partners to support long-term recovery strategies.

Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development Commission (IMCAL) will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to help enhance electronic communication with local governments and business entities; hire additional professional employees; and re-evaluate and re-prioritize the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) to effectively respond to pandemic adjustments in the oil and gas, seafood, timber, agriculture, tourism, and freight transport industries.

Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

“Rebuilding our economy and getting Americans back to work are top priorities for my office. These investments support our recovery efforts and help ensure Louisiana’s long-term economic health. We will continue working closely with President Trump’s administration and our state partners to deliver the necessary resources.”

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross added:

“The Trump Administration is eager to allocate these essential CARES Act funds and deliver on our promise to help American communities recover from the impact of COVID-19. I am proud of the perseverance and strength shown by our communities coast to coast throughout this pandemic, and these funds will help provide Louisiana with resources to make a swift and lasting economic comeback.”

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