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YUMA, AZ (AP) -

Federal officials are hoping a new fund will revitalize manufacturing in Yuma County.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced Wednesday that the southwestern Arizona county would receive $140,000 as part of an initiative from the Obama Administration.

Yuma County is one of 44 recipients to receive the first round of funding for the "Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership." Some of the grants being issued are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Small Business Administration.

The Obama administration is trying to boost the manufacturing industry in cities across the country.

Commerce officials say Yuma County's grant will be used to help increase higher-skilled jobs by taking advantage of the county's proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border.

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