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U.S. Department of Commerce Presents Grant Check to The City of Anaheim
Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle accepts the grant check on the City’s behalf
ANAHEIM, CA - (October 8, 2009) - In a tremendous show of support for the City of Anaheim, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) agency, today presented a grant check in the amount of $7.275 million to the City.  Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle accepted the grant check on behalf of the City from Brian McGowan, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.

"Anaheim is delighted to receive this federal grant which will allow us to to create a pedestrian walkway linking the Metrolink to businesses in the Canyon Business Center," said Mayor Pringle.  "It will help reduce traffic in our region by making our mass transit more user friendly."

The EDA grant check will be used to help stimulate the economy and create jobs in Anaheim’s Canyon Business Center by creating a pedestrian connection essentially linking the Canyon Metrolink Station to the new Kaiser Permanente medical campus and all future development in the Canyon Business Center.  The Canyon Business Center is the largest industrial area in Orange County and provides 25 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the County.  In addition to the $7.275 million from the EDA, Kaiser Permanente has contributed $2 million towards these improvements.

“Economic recovery and growth are top priorities for the Obama Administration,” said McGowan.  “This EDA grant will create jobs now, help ease access to the new Kaiser Permanente hospital complex and the PacifiCenter retail center, and will support the City’s goal of creating a viable transit-oriented mixed-use, business, and retail district in the Anaheim Canyon Corridor.” 

Anaheim is the only city in Orange County with two MetroLink stops:  The Canyon MetroLink Station and the Anaheim MetroLink Station (at Angel Stadium of Anaheim).  The Canyon MetroLink station is one of the most successful stations in the system and is heavily used by employees of Anaheim businesses.  The pedestrian connection will ultimately boost industrial, commercial and retail development in Anaheim.  Recognizing the importance for connection between transportation and business is a critical component to maintaining and expanding employment opportunities not only in Anaheim, but in all of Orange County. 

Mayor Pringle and McGowan were joined by Edward Ellison, MD, Area Medical Director for Kaiser Permanente, Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs for the Orange County Business Council, and Todd Ament, President/CEO of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, at today’s presentation, held in front of the PacifiCenter retail center in the Anaheim Canyon Business Center.

EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, and its mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the global economy.


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