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Jaime Herrera Beutler Applauds Federal Economic Development Grant for City of Longview

Grant funding targets “Opportunity Zones” created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to help revitalize economically-distressed areas like Longview

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Washington, D.C., September 27, 2019 | comments
Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce’s announcement that it had awarded a $1.9 million grant to the city of Longview for the Beech Street extension project. This effort is projected to create more than 200 jobs and bring an anticipated $111 million in private investment to the city.
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Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce’s announcement that it had awarded a $1.9 million grant to the city of Longview for the Beech Street extension project. This effort is projected to create more than 200 jobs and bring an anticipated $111 million in private investment to the city.

These Economic Development Administration grants are being targeted to designated Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zones were created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Herrera Beutler helped usher into law to spur economic development by giving tax incentives to investors in economically-distressed communities like Longview.

“Nearly two years ago, I helped usher the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law because of its potential to strengthen Southwest Washington’s economy and infrastructure,” Herrera Beutler said.I had communities like Longview in mind when I helped champion the Opportunity Zones that this law created, because they bring additional employment to a community that certainly wants more jobs. I welcome the announcement of these funds coming to Cowlitz County and commend the City of Longview for successfully taking advantage of this opportunity put forth by Congress.”

“Beech Street represents a shining example of the private sector and government at all levels working creatively together to bring jobs, investment and an improved quality of life to our community,” Longview Mayor Don Jensen said. “On behalf of the citizens of Longview, I offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Senator Murray and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for bringing this meaningful economic development project to fruition.”

According to Mayor Jensen, the Beech Street extension project:

  • Opens up approximately 48 acres of land for commercial/light industrial purposes
  • Is estimated to create more than 200 family-wage jobs
  • Is anticipated to attract $111 million in private investment
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