U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo has announced a $3.1 million grant from the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Port of Chehalis in Chehalis, Washington 

The grant is intended to enhance agricultural production and processing in southwestern Washington 

The primary focus of the grant is to support the construction of a grain storage and rail transload facility at the Port of Chehalis 

The EDA's $3.1 million investment will be matched with $1.8 million in state and local funds 

It is estimated that this project will create or retain more than 50 jobs in the region 

Grantee estimates suggest that the grant will generate $3.4 million in private investment 

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo highlights how this investment aligns with President Biden's "Investing in America" agenda to stimulate local businesses and job creation 

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo emphasizes the EDA's commitment to supporting local business growth through place-based grants 

Senator Patty Murray expresses the significance of the grant for the Port of Chehalis, local businesses, and job creation in the area 

Congresswoman Marie Gluesenkamp Perez underscores the importance of investing in infrastructure to support local farmers and producers and praises the collaboration between community leaders and the federal government in addressing local needs