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June 24 2012

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2 million in Hawaii's Culinary Arts Industry

Alicia Leonard

June 25, 2012

The following information is provided by U.S. Department of Commerce:

U.S. Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today announced a $2.4 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Culinary Institute of the Pacific of Honolulu, Hawaii, to help expand the institute’s training facilities located on the Diamond Head campus of the Kapiolani Community College. The investment will expand access to job training in the culinary arts sector and boost tourism. The project is expected to create 500 new jobs and generate $7 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

“This $2.4 million investment in the Culinary Institute is an example of the Obama Administration’s commitment to supporting America’s travel and tourism industry by making sure Hawaii and other states are the top choices for international visitors,” said Acting Secretary Blank. “Travel and tourism are America's number one services export, and are critical to job creation and economic growth. Yesterday, the Commerce Department reported that international visitors spent an estimated $14 billion on travel to and tourism-related activities within the U.S. during April. This investment in the Institute will not only help us maintain that record-setting pace, but also will provide workers and entrepreneurs in Hawaii with the skills they need to attract new customers, start their own businesses, and obtain higher-paying jobs.”

“The Culinary Institute of the Pacific will be a state-of-the-art facility that expands on the expertise of Hawaii’s world class chefs, farmers and restaurateurs by advancing a curriculum that combines the culinary arts with restaurant management and entrepreneurship,” said Senator Daniel K. Inouye. “Students will work with locally grown produce and be able to fully explore and innovate the cross cultural cooking style of our islands while learning how to share that talent with our residents and visitors from around the world. I would like to thank the administration for investing in this job creating center that will support our vital visitor industry for generations to come.” More

Kogachi, C. (June 18, 2012) U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2 million in Hawaii's Culinary Arts Industry. Retrieved June 25, 2012 from http://urbanhonolulu.hawaiinewsnow.com/news/arts-culture/97284-us-department-commerce-invests-2-million-hawaiis-culinary-arts-industry 

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