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$250,000 in federal aid to help Upper Rio Grande economy

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it plans to give $250,000 to Texas to help the Upper Rio Grande region deal with the factory layoffs affecting several western counties.

The Upper Rio Grande Workforce Investment Board is expected to use a DOL Regional Innovation Grant to develop a new regional economic development plan for Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties.

The project will support sustainable, innovation-based strategies in west Texas, using resources from public and private sector programs to advance the plan. According to Brent R. Orrell, DOL’s acting assistant secretary for employment and training, “The $250,000 this grant provides will supplement the development of strategies that address the shift from manufacturing and agricultural industries to a focus on other economic sectors in the region.”

Partners in the project include the Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization, the Center for Entrepreneurial Development, the Hispanic Entrepreneurial Center, the University of Texas-El Paso, El Paso Community College, Western Technical College and Sul Ross State University School of Business.

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