WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1 million grant to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Harbor Springs, Michigan, to support economic diversification strategies for the Tribe. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan Indigenous Communities program.
This investment is a good example of EDA’s commitment to Indigenous communities, as well as to addressing Equity as one of its top investment priorities. This EDA grant will support the hiring of an economic recovery coordinator, who will assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy, and the hiring of a planning consultant to help create the strategy.
“President Biden is committed to supporting Tribal communities in their recovery from the coronavirus pandemic,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “This EDA investment will help the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians create job opportunities and build economic resiliency that will help them stay competitive and strong during future economic disruptions.”
“Tribal communities were disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This EDA investment will provide a blueprint for future for the community as they work to draw private investment to the reservation, support Tribal entrepreneurs and spur economic growth in surrounding areas of Northern Lower Michigan.”
“I am grateful to our federal partners for investing in the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. […]