City of Weed Receives $2.5 Million For Infrastructure Investment, Creating 80 New Jobs, Leveraging $12 Million in Private Investment
Weed, CA (September 5, 2017) – The City of Weed received a grant for $2.4 million from the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support transportation infrastructure improvement in the South Weed I-5 and Vista Drive interchange.
“Infrastructure improvement is vital to the economic development and community health of the City of Weed. This project will accelerate growth in the area by attracting new businesses and improving the accessibility for existing businesses in South Weed,” said City Manager, Ron Stock.
“This investment will create 80 new jobs and leverage $12 million in private investment,” according to the EDA’s recent announcement.
The designated area in South Weed serves as a stop for freight haulers and travelers, providing gas, food, and lodging. Over the past 20 years, the City of Weed has invested significant resources into infrastructure development in South Weed which has resulted in numerous businesses opening in the area and continues to incentivize more businesses to move to the area in the future. This investment in transportation infrastructure will be key to its continued growth and development.
“Completing projects like this one will allow regional businesses to operate more efficiently and would ultimately result in a boost to the local economy. Building new roads in rural America can only help small towns to thrive. These are the types of investments we need to continue making to see that happen,” said Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale).
With the successful completion of this grant application, the City of Weed has obtained $27.4 million in Federal and State grants since 2014. $17.3 million for debris clean up and infrastructure restoration following the Boles Fire and an additional $10.1 million in roadway, water line replacement and sewer line replacement funds to replace aging infrastructure.
“Obtaining Federal and State grants are a high priority for our community,” Stock explained, “every dollar we can return to the community is a dollar that our citizens will not have to bear in higher taxes or our customers will not have to bear in higher utility bills.”
The City of Weed is supported in the project by the Siskiyou Economic Development Council. To learn more, call the Siskiyou Economic Development Council at (530) 842-1638.
Bethany Mueller, Communications Manager, Siskiyou Economic Development Council
Phone: (530) 842-1638 | Email: Bethany@siskiyoucounty.org
About the Siskiyou Economic Development Council (www.siskiyoucounty.org): The mission of the Siskiyou Economic Development Council is to facilitate business growth, retention, and attraction to promote community prosperity. To learn more, call Bethany Mueller, Communications Manager, at (530) 842-1638.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov): The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.