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Anaheim nets $7 million grant for walkway linking biz center, Metrolink station

U.S. Department of Commerce award will create jobs, stimulate economy.

By Kristen SchottPublished: October 08, 2009 10:19 AM

The city of Anaheim has received a $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration to build a walkway that will link the Canyon Metrolink Station to the city's Canyon Business Center.

The funding is expected to boost the local economy and create jobs in the center, which is the largest industrial area in O.C. and provides 25 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the region. The path will connect the Metrolink Station to the new Kaiser Permanente medical campus, as well as all future development in the Canyon Business Center.

In addition to the grant from the EDA, Kaiser Permanent contributed $2 million toward improvements and projects to improve pedestrian access.

Mayor Curt Pringle, who accepted the grant yesterday from Brian McGowan, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of commerce for the EDA, says the funds will also reduce traffic in the region by offering more easily accessible mass transit – which Anaheim has been working long and hard on.

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