April 17, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the City of Muskogee for being awarded an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant of $1.5 million to support the upgrade of critical infrastructure to expand an existing industrial park. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the project will help to sustain 238 jobs as well as create new job opportunities, and generate $400,000 in private investment.
“The key to long-term, sustainable economic growth starts with investing in local infrastructure,” said Inhofe. “I applaud the City of Muskogee for putting forward a plan that partners with the local private sector to create an environment that will attract new opportunities for the community. The city’s coordinated efforts specifically with the Business and Economic Development Office of the Port of Muskogee, Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, and the City of Muskogee Foundation, which matched the EDA award amount, shows the strength in partnering together to improve the city for the next generation. With this EDA grant, the City of Muskogee will be able to accomplish necessary updates to its essential roads as well as its wastewater system.”
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the funds will support the City’s long-term economic development plan. The city's master plan has designated this area as the primary location for economic and industrial development, and upgrades to the existing infrastructure will enable business and industry to grow. According to the grantee, five companies have agreed to create or retain jobs and invest in the community as a result of the project, including Central Mortar and Grout, Glover Construction, American Foundry, Direct Traffic Control, and Frix Construction.