Big news if you do business in Clarkston, Wash.
The Department of Commerce is providing $1.4 million to the Port of Clarkston to develop a manufacturing-focused business park.
It's expected to create about 130 jobs and attract more than $30 million in private investment, says a federal press release.
The money is provided through the Commerce Dept. Economic Development Administration, which earmarks projects that can be used to help areas with economic challenges.
A press release said the park will assist the establishment of a boatbuilding cluster "and will allow the Port of Clarkston to attract employers in other growing manufacturing sectors."
The EDA money will help buy land and help construct a new Sustainable Business Park.
The Port of Clarkston is the furthest inland of Washington’s port districts.
Spokane's own Greater Spokane Inc. has said it will look closely at advocating for a Spokane area port district, which voters must approve.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic DevelopmentAdministration (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.