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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that she has secured $2,000,000 for Vancouver’s Waterfront Redevelopment Project in the Fiscal Year 2011 Senate Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill. This investment will be used to construct transportation improvements, including the extension of Grant and Esther Streets connecting downtown Vancouver with the waterfront redevelopment area.

The Vancouver Waterfront Redevelopment project is estimated to generate $1.3 billion in private economic investment in the area, providing thousands of new professional, retail and service job opportunities for the greater Vancouver area.

“The Vancouver waterfront has the potential to be a true economic engine for the region, and we need to make sure it is accessible to the community and open for business,” said Senator Patty Murray. “This investment will create jobs immediately, and it will give businesses the confidence they need to expand, add jobs, and continue investing in the Vancouver community.”

“The waterfront renaissance project is the pinnacle in the next chapter of downtown Vancouver’s revitalization,” said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt. “The opportunity to connect, and in some ways reconnect, our community to our waterfront is unmatched in terms of size and potential. This project will forever change the face of Vancouver and the state of Washington.” 

As Chair of the THUD Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Murray has fought to secure federal support for Southwest Washington projects that will create jobs and invest in long-term economic growth. 

The key spending bill passed through the THUD Subcommittee today, and will now move to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.