Graves announces $2.4 Million in CARES Act assistance to Louisiana Economic Development

Staff Report

WASHINGTON, D.C -- U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award a $2.4 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) to develop a technical assistance program and support business attraction and retention efforts across the state in response to adverse economic impacts caused by COVID-19.

The EDA grant will be matched with $600,000 in local funds.

Congressman Garret Graves

“Louisiana faces challenges time and time again, but we are the state you can count on to come back stronger,” Graves said. “Between the pandemic, seven storms, tornadoes, and a few other obstacles thrown in the mix, this year has forced our businesses to adapt and recover in more ways than one, but our resiliency will prevail.

“We owe it to our business owners and entrepreneurs to keep working for long-term solutions to reignite Louisiana and America’s economy,” he said. 

“President Trump is working diligently every day to support our nation’s economy following the impacts of COVID-19 through the CARES Act,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This investment will provide the resources that Louisiana needs to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic and, in turn, create a stronger and more resilient state economy for the future.”

“This investment comes at a crucial time to help Louisiana and our nation’s economy come roaring back and provide hard-working Americans with new opportunities,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “EDA is pleased to invest this CARES Act funding to make resources available for technical assistance programs, business attraction and retention across Louisiana, and efforts to diversify the economy through new outreach to international markets.”

On Sept. 1, Graves announced $2,134,000 in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to South Central Planning and Development Commission. On that same day, EDA awarded a total of $7.2 million across Louisiana to help provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic across the state.

Graves also announced $400,000 awarded to South Central Planning and Development Commission, Inc. from EDA on Aug.14 to help them respond to the unusual and compelling urgency of the coronavirus pandemic.