On behalf of the City of Imperial, California, we have been diligently holding meetings over the past couple of years with officials from the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), both here in Washington, DC and with their regional office in southern California. Our work with EDA paid off in 2013 when the City of Imperial secured a $3,000,000 EDA grant to fund the extension of water, wastewater, and the construction of surface road and other improvements along Neckel Road. This project supports the development of the Alliance and Innovative Regional Center, an USCIS approved EB-5 green card investment regional center, which will include a hotel, retail center, and office park. This project supports foreign direct investment and global competitiveness. This investment is part of a $3,828,375 project that will create an estimated 642 jobs and leverage $22.25 million in private investment.