$2M grant awarded for Midcoast job creation

6:40 PM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) - The agency that's redeveloping the former Brunswick Naval Air Station and a Midcoast agency are getting $2 million from the federal government to spur business investment and job creation.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said Wednesday that the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and Coastal Counties Workforce are one of 10 winners of grants from the Obama administration.

They say $750,000 will be used to create advanced manufacturing accelerator in Brunswick and another $1.3 million will be used for training to reduce dependency on H-1B visas for foreign works. Funding is being provided by the Economic Development Administration and Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says the grants will advance the president's goals of "improving our economy by strengthening our manufacturing sector."

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