Sep 23, 2013 11:06 AM by katc
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1 million grant to Louisiana Economic Development of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to help develop a Master Plan for International Commerce that will help the state attract foreign direct investment and open export markets to Louisiana businesses.
"The Obama administration is committed to highlighting the many advantages the United States offers as a location for business and investment and to increasing American export to create new jobs," said Secretary Pritzker. "This critical EDA investment will allow Louisiana to develop a plan that will help them capitalize on their unique assets to create new jobs through the attraction of foreign investment and increased exports."
This investment to the Louisiana Department of Economic Development will support the development of a Master Plan for International Commerce and implementation of the plan through marketing and technical assistance to businesses to increase foreign direct investment and exports in Louisiana. The project is expected to result in the creation of high-wage jobs in targeted industry clusters due to increased foreign direct investment and exports from Louisiana-based companies.