Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today announced a $5 million grant to the City of Reno, Nevada awarded by the U.S Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA grant will be used to make water infrastructure improvements essential to support regional business and job growth. The grant will be matched with $9.8 million in local investment and is expected to create 144 jobs and generate $56.3 million in private investment.
“I’m proud that my office was able to work with the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to get these critical funds to the City of Reno and the Reno Stead Water Reuse Facility to better serve residents and businesses in the North Valleys,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “This grant funding will help create local jobs in a time when COVID-19 has decimated job growth in Nevada. I am committed to working for Nevada’s communities to bring more resources to our state that create good paying jobs, protect our natural resources, and support improving our infrastructure.”
“Water is a critical resource in Nevada that allows our communities to operate and thrive,” said Senator Rosen. “This grant from the Economic Development Administration will help to support Nevada’s water infrastructure, allowing for greater growth and development. By increasing the ability to process waste water, this funding will also help to create a cleaner and healthier Nevada.”
This project will facilitate infrastructure improvements that will increase the processing capacity of the Reno Stead Water Reuse Facility from two to four million gallons of wastewater per day, allowing the facility to support current and future business interests, including the proposed Reno Stead Airport Logistics and Manufacturing Park and commercial growth and business expansion planned in the nearby Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.
In June 2020, Senator Cortez Masto led a letter with Senator Rosen and their Senate colleagues requesting additional EDA funds as part of the COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts for exactly these kinds of investments.