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Exploration Place awarded $1.3 million grant to create an outdoor riverside park

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is providing a $1.3 million grant to Exploration Place, Inc., Wichita, Kansas, to create an outdoor waterfront park at Exploration Place. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan.

This project will provide the Exploration Place science and discovery center with space for new and expanded events, bringing new visitors to the city, its businesses and attractions. This EDA grant will be matched with $313,997 in local funds and is expected to create 21 jobs, according to recipient estimates.

“President Biden recognizes the vital contribution that the travel and tourism industry makes to the American economy,” Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo said. “This EDA investment underscores the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to helping this critical sector not only recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but to build back stronger and more fairly for the future. coming.”

“The Economic Development Administration plays an important role in supporting community-led economic development strategies designed to boost coronavirus recovery and response efforts,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “The expanded outdoor space at Exploration Place will provide new opportunities to attract more tourists to Wichita, boosting the regional economy.”

“The outdoor riverside park at Exploration Place will bring tourists to Wichita, create high-quality jobs for local residents, and provide more educational opportunities for our students,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “This investment will help our state’s economy continue to grow in a way that benefits every Kansan.”

This project is funded through the EDA’s competitive $240 million American Rescue Plan Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation program. The EDA awarded $510 million in 2021 to the 50 states and territories. Both programs are designed to accelerate the recovery of communities dependent on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors. Effective May 26, 2022, the EDA has officially closed all of its US bailout programs for applications. Funding for the $3 billion program will be provided on an ongoing basis through September 30, 2022.

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