WASHINGTON, June 14, 2010 — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.670 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Santa Fe College and the District Board of Trustees of Santa Fe College of Gainesville, Florida to build a biotechnology laboratory and classroom addition to the new Emerging Technologies Center. The project is expected to create 270 jobs and generate $380 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

“The Obama administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation’s economic competitiveness,” Locke said. “This EDA grant will create jobs and provide the lab space needed to advance biotechnology innovation and help prepare students to fill critically important allied health and biotechnology job openings.”

The project will consist of a 6,000 sq. ft. addition to include one dedicated program laboratory for biomedical engineering technology, one general purpose laboratory for general biology and chemistry, one large classroom and general office space.

Source: Commerce Department

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