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Kingsport gets $1.5M for water infrastructure

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration has awarded $1.5 million to Kingsport for development around Eastman Chemical Co.

The Kingsport Times-News (http://tnne.ws/VObI2e ) reports the grant will go toward infrastructure improvements that will provide a consistent, reliable water source to businesses. It will also support Eastman's recently announced $1.6 billion effort to expand and improve its corporate campus.

Eastman is a major employer in the Kingsport area. It produces a broad range of products for manufacturing and business use.

The EDA says the grant will create an estimated 120 jobs in the area and generate $640 million in private investment.

Officials announced the grant on Monday.

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Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net

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