August 5, 2021
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Invest Aurora, Aurora, Illinois, to capitalize and administer a Revolving Loan Fund, providing gap financing to small local businesses. This EDA grant, to be matched with $500,000 in local funds, is expected to create 50 jobs, retain 120 jobs and generate $3 million in private investment.
“President Biden is working to deliver bold action and immediate relief for American businesses as the nation continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “This EDA investment in Invest Aurora will support a Revolving Loan Fund that will provide local businesses with financial assistance to rebuild and expand, creating more jobs and a stronger regional economy.”
“The Economic Development Administration plays an important role in supporting community-led economic development strategies designed to boost coronavirus recovery and response efforts,” said Susan Brehm, Director of EDA’s Chicago Regional Office. “This EDA investment will support capital investment, strengthen the local economy, and create and retain jobs.”
“As our economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ensure that small businesses are not left behind,” said Senator Dick Durbin. “This EDA support will serve as a lifeline for small businesses in Aurora and will bolster the local economy. I’m proud to support this federal funding and will continue advocating for strong investments in Illinois’ communities.”
“This pandemic has impacted countless small and local businesses,” said Senator Tammy Duckworth. “Federal investments like these help create a more resilient economy for entrepreneurs, and I’ll keep advocating for the resources communities across Illinois need to grow and thrive.”
“I am thrilled that Invest Aurora will receive a $2 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant,” said Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11). “These funds will provide direct relief to businesses in Aurora. I was proud to vote for the CARES Act because it’s continual community investments like this that are going to help our small businesses and economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic.”
This project is funded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136 PDF), which provided EDA with $1.5 billion for economic assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) (PDF) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to eligible communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.