INHOFE PRAISES NEW GRANT SUPPORTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OWASSO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated Tulsa County for being awarded a federal grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to invest in infrastructure construction at 76th Street North. The $950,000 grant, along with the $160 million pledged in private investment, will allow 76th Street to more safely and efficiently accommodate increased traffic for the new businesses in this area, including the future Macy’s fulfillment center which broke ground on April 17. 

“As Oklahoma continues to welcome new business to the state, it is important that our infrastructure maintains pace in order to make these economic opportunities a success,” said Inhofe. “This grant will help to fund roughly a third of the costs of the project along 76th Street North in Owasso and contribute towards the roughly 1,500 jobs that will be created as a result. With the new Macy’s fulfillment center opening in 2015, the roads will soon be able to safely and efficiently manage the increase in traffic and support ongoing economic development for the area.”

“Senator Inhofe has long recognized the important connection of infrastructure and economic development,” said Rich Brierre, executive director of Indian Nations Council of Governments. "The EDA funding for Tulsa County road improvements will provide enhanced access for the Macy's fulfillment center under construction in Tulsa County. The roadway project is a collaborative effort of Tulsa County, Oklahoma DOT, and the Cherokee Nation and would not be possible without the assistance of EDA. Senator Inhofe's support and leadership in securing EDA funding for this timely and important project is greatly valued.”

“The infrastructure improvements surrounding the new fulfillment center were an integral part of recruiting Macy’s to Tulsa County,” John Smaligo, Tulsa County Commissioner District 1. “Senator Inhofe’s support of the grant application with the Economic Development Administration helped us land the project.”

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