U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo has announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration is awarding a $3.8 million grant to the town of Plymouth to make water infrastructure improvements needed to attract new industries and jobs.
The EDA grant, to be matched with $1.3 million in local funds, is expected to create 3,450 jobs and generate $5.9 million in private investment. The project is being funded under EDA’s Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities program. In Fiscal Year 2020, the EDA is deploying $15 million appropriated to the agency to support communities impacted by nuclear plant closures.
“As the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant is finally decommissioned, it’s critical that we continue to invest in Plymouth’s local economy and promote job growth in the region,” said Sen. Ed Markey. “This grant will put people back to work, help make long-overdue water infrastructure improvements, and help our local economy recover following this pandemic-driven recession.”
“This investment into the water infrastructure of Manomet and the Pine Hills area by the Economic Development Administration represents a strong partnership between the federal government and the Town of Plymouth that will benefit the businesses hardest hit by the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant closure,” said Congressman Bill Keating. “This infrastructure project will ensure that the former site of the plant has adequate water access, allowing for future development of the property and, critically, will empower small businesses to start, stay, and grow here in Plymouth.”