Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.6 million grant to the town of Boydton, Virginia, to upgrade the town wastewater treatment plant to service an expanding Microsoft data center campus and other business needs.
This EDA project will provide the wastewater infrastructure capacity needed to bring new businesses and jobs to the community. The grant, to be matched with $1.6 million in local funds, is expected to create 270 jobs and generate $1.6 billion in private investment.
“President Biden and this administration applaud community-led efforts to diversify and grow regional economies,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “This EDA investment will provide the wastewater treatment capacity that Boydton needs to support the expansion of Microsoft’s data center campus and attract new, diversified businesses to the region.”
“The Economic Development Administration is pleased to support the town of Boydton as they work to diversify and grow the region’s economy,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “Expanding Microsoft’s presence in the region will create the opportunity to bring new businesses and jobs to a region impacted by the decline of the tobacco and furniture production industries.”
“Microsoft’s presence in Southside is a huge economic boon for the region,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “Investing in critical infrastructure is necessary for companies to do business in the twenty-first century.”
“This EDA investment will provide the town of Boydton with needed resources to expand and diversify the local economy,” said Senator Mark Warner. “This grant will support the expansion of the existing data center and attract new business opportunities and good-paying jobs to the community.”
“I’m happy to see these federal dollars go toward supporting wastewater infrastructure in Boydton, which will strengthen the local economy and create jobs,” said Senator Tim Kaine. “Adequate water systems are critical for new and existing businesses. That’s why I have and will continue to support federal legislation, such as the bipartisan infrastructure law, to fix our crumbling infrastructure and create more good-paying jobs across the Commonwealth.”
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 invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.