The U.S. Commerce Department is awarding $2.6 million in CARES Act funding to seven Economic Development Administration (EDA) Economic Development Districts in Utah to update economic development plans and fortify programs to assist communities in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

“These investments come at a crucial time to help Utah’s and our nation’s economy come roaring back and provide hard-working Americans with new opportunities,” said Dana Gartzke, assistant secretary of commerce for economic development. “We are pleased to make these investments in Utah’s EDA Economic Development Districts to help them prevent, prepare and respond to coronavirus.”

The EDA districts receiving funding are the Bear River Association of Government in Logan, $400,000; the Six County Economic Development District in Richfield, $400,000; Southeastern Utah Economic Development District in Price, $400,000; the Uintah Basin Economic Development District in Roosevelt, $400,000; the Wasatch Front Regional Council/Wasatch Front Economic Development District in Salt Lake City, $400,000; the Mountainland Economic Development District in Orem, $390,786; and the Five County Association of Governments in St. George, $210,444.

EDA CARES Act recovery assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance program, provides a wide range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

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