Architect Rendering of the New Wicomico Youth and Civic Center Exterior

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $6.5 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Modernize a Civic Center and Restore Road Infrastructure on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $6.5 million in American Rescue Plan grants to support Maryland’s Eastern Shore as it recovers from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

The EDA investments announced today are:

This project is funded under EDA’s $240 million competitive American Rescue Plan Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation program. EDA awarded $510 million in grants to all 50 states and territories in 2021. The two programs are designed to accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

Contact: EDA Public Affairs Department, (202) 482-4085
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