U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.9 million grant to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of Highland, California, to make critical roadway improvements required to further develop the infrastructure of the region. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 394 jobs, and spur $23 million in private investment.
“The new roads providing access to the airport and commercial zone in Highland will support local business needs and create new job opportunities for the community,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are a federally recognized American Indian tribe. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government.
The project supports the local 3rd Street and 5th Street Corridor improvement initiative and will include the construction of two new roadways to support access to the local airport and commercial zone in the vicinity of the San Manuel Reservation. The improved infrastructure will increase capacity for businesses located in the region while providing high-paying employment opportunities for the local workforce.