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U.S. awards grant for marine hydro manufacturing center in Maine

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that Washington County, Maine, will receive $1.4 million for the construction and rehabilitation of the Eastport Business Center and the establishment of the Maine Marine Energy Center, which will house companies that manufacture and assemble components used in marine hydropower.

The center, proposed by Ocean Renewable Power Co., will be the first marine renewable energy manufacturing facility of its kind in the United States, a press release states. ORPC announced its plans for the turbine manufacturing center to the city of Eastport in April. The Portland-based company has been testing its tidal turbine generator in Cobscook Bay since February.

"This initiative represents another important step forward for job creation and clean energy advancement in Washington County," said U.S. Rep. Michaud, D-Maine. "Washington County's location and dedicated workforce make it an ideal place to grow our ocean energy sector."

According to EDA, it is expected that this investment will result in 75 jobs created and $23 million in private investment leveraged. This grant is funded under EDA's Community Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, which is aimed at helping communities adjust to increasing competition in the global marketplace and create jobs to bolster the local economy.

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