TALBOT COUNTY, Md. – The U.S. Commerce Department is giving a $1.6 million grant to go toward a proposed medical center in Talbot County.
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the grant Friday morning. The money is coming from the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration.
The federal money is to help build a proposed University of Maryland Medical System/Shore Health System regional medical center.
Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) applauded the department's decision.
"This is smart spending that sustains and creates jobs and protects community health in Talbot County and across the Mid-Shore," Mukulski said. "This grant means the Mid-Shore will have the infrastructure it needs to keep the medical center from moving existing jobs outside of the region. This grant also creates construction jobs today and private sector jobs tomorrow. And it protects community health by keeping this medical center in the region so the people of the Mid-Shore - especially children and seniors - will continue to have access to the health care they need."
The EDA investment will specifically go towards the construction of a new wastewater system and pump station for the proposed Shore Health System's Regional Medical Center Campus in Easton, according to the Commerce Department. The department also says the investment will support private practices and other additional businesses looking to move into the area.