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2013

  • November 25-29, 2013

    • $1,498,048 in Public Works funds to the STC-University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, to fund the acquisition of property to build a new Innovation Center between downtown Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico. This project is the first piece in the Innovate ABQ, a collaborative initiative that brings together the research powers of the state’s flagship university and Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial and established business community to create new companies, grow existing ones, and attract more out-of-state business. This investment is part of a $6.6 million project.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the University of New Orleans/Regional Planning Commission, New Orleans, Louisiana, to support the implementation of the New Orleans Regional Innovation Alliance, a collaborative effort that includes universities, colleges, industry partners, and economic development organizations throughout southeastern Louisiana. This investment is part of a $652,234 project that will brand New Orleans for Knowledge and Innovation, leverage scarce resources, enhance partnering, and create a “front door” for individuals and businesses to access resources from a variety of sources.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas, to support Texas State University’s STAR Center for Materials and Life Sciences to strengthen and enhance interaction between companies involved in the materials industry and the University to promote job creation in the region. The University provides technical assistance and applied research to help increase productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase long-term regional competitiveness. This investment is part of a $618,192 project.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, to build upon the South Plains region’s capability in wind and other renewable energy sources to increase innovation and entrepreneurship through technology commercialization. This project supports cross disciplinary student teams performing hands on analysis to identify technologies suitable for commercialization to increase the region’s ability to leverage investments. This investment is part of a $600,000 project.

  • November 11-15, 2013

    • $2 million in public works funds to the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator, Binghamton, New York, to support construction of the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator in downtown Binghamton. The incubator facility will include specialized laboratories and provide assistance to companies focused on research and development in the energy, microelectronics, and healthcare industries. This investment is part of a $9 million project that the grantee estimates will create 40 jobs and promote entrepreneurship and small business development in the region.

  • October 21-25, 2013

    • $2 million in Make it in America Challenge funds to Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, to provide an addition and partial renovation to Freeman Hall to provide a home to the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD). Through this investment, Clemson University will foster strong public-private partnerships with key partners, including Work Link, Greenville Technical College, Northeastern Technical College, Tri-County College, and the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The project will create stronger connections between industry and workforce programs, accelerate opportunities for business expansion by implementing strategies to increase efficiency of manufacturing supply chains, and develop strategic partnerships that will open doors to increased exporting of regional products and the attraction of foreign direct investment. This investment is part of a $4 million project.
    • $750,000 in Make it in America Challenge funds to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Brunswick, Maine, to support infrastructure improvements and renovation of Building 250, a former Navy maintenance facility at the closed Naval Air Station Brunswick, to establish the TechPlace advanced manufacturing accelerator. When complete, TechPlace will provide office, shop, laboratory, and workspace for aerospace, aviation, advanced materials, renewable energy and biotechnology manufacturing. This investment is part of a $1.5 million project that the grantee estimates will create 295 jobs.
    • $500,000 in Make it in America Challenge funds to the Innovate Washington foundation, Spokane, Washington, to implement a technical assistance program to develop the capacity of small and medium-sized business enterprises to become more competitive in the global marketplace and encourage foreign direct investment in economically distressed rural areas of Washington state. This investment is part of a $1,231,118 project.
    • $500,000 in Make it in America Challenge funds to the SEDA-Council of Governments, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, to support the PA Made Again, an initiative focused on promoting job growth, retention, and creation in manufacturing industries by building networks of industrial clusters, fostering a collaborative environment among manufacturers, colleges, and research institutions, and building a pipeline of middle- and high-skilled manufacturing workers. The project will impact a 52-county target region to enhance visibility to foreign and domestic investors and ultimately spur job creation, retention, and renewed investment in Pennsylvania's manufacturing economy. This investment is part of a $1,008,400 project.
    • $499,954 in Make it in America Challenge funds to Team Northeast Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio, to identify up to twenty-five firms from the bio-medical, automotive, and advanced energy sectors in the cities of Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Lorain, and Youngstown with potential for growth and attraction of foreign investment and provides specialized and individualized technical assistance to those firms. This investment is part of a $999,954 project.
    • $463,518 in Make it in America Challenge funds to the Curators of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, to support planning, research, and technical assistance for Missouri manufacturers entering the clean energy industry. The initiative will focus on the manufacture of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), assisting Missouri manufacturers become part of a supply chain for SMR production and assessing the education, training, and certification needed to assure a workforce to support this industry. This investment is part of a $928,435 project.
    • $414,440 in Make it in America Challenge funds to the Willamette Valley Council of Governments and Strategic Economic Development Corporation, Salem, Oregon, to support the implementation of a plan to develop industries that utilize advanced manufacturing processes to accelerate, grow, and maintain industrial activity within Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties in western Oregon. Project activities will include the performance of supply chain market research, development of a manufacturing sector support team, performance of outreach to target industries, delivery of technical assistance services, and development of a culture to facilitate collaborative and innovative manufacturing sector. This investment is part of an $828,880 project.
    • $400,888 in Make it in America Challenge funds to the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District/Ohio Appalachian Business Council-Nelsonville, Reno, Ohio, to identify, research and document attributes for up to 1,000 development sites in the region, make the findings available online, create a GIS database and maps of characteristics of those sites and of economic and workforce development assets in the region to bring the sites to the attention of developers and site selectors. This investment is part of an $802,188 project.
    • $400,000 in Make it in America Challenge funds to Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, to help MSU and its partners develop and implement specific strategies and initiatives to strengthen the existing automotive and furniture manufacturing clusters in the region to drive job creation, business formation, export promotion, and the attraction of foreign direct investment. Other members of the Make It in Mississippi team include the Franklin Furniture Institute, the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension Center, the National Strategic Planning and Research Center, Mississippi Development Authority, and the Innovate Mississippi/Innovate MEP-Manufacturing Extension Partnership. This investment is part of an $800,014 project.
    • $400,000 in Make it in America Challenge funds to the Center for Automotive Research/National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Ann Arbor, Michigan, to support research into the bio-based product manufacturing cluster and its existing and potential relationship to the automotive manufacturing sector and provides specific and specialized technical assistance to firms within the sector. The project is expected to undertake at least 10 supplier scouting initiatives, provide access to high performance computing tools for modeling and simulating bio-based materials specifically targeting supply chain and small and medium sized manufacturers, and provide technical assistance to at least 10 cluster companies. The project area encompasses a contiguous 22-county project area in southeast Michigan. This project is part of an $800,000 project.
    • $250,000 in Make it in America Challenge funds to Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, to implement the 12-county region “Select SC: Improving Manufacturing Competitiveness in the Palmetto State” program that will focus on encouraging in-sourcing, expansion, and foreign investment. To meet its goals, the project will create a statewide workforce Virtual Innovation Hub that will utilize distance learning and innovation engineering training. Through this investment, Clemson University will foster strong public – private partnerships with key partners, including Work Link, Greenville Technical College, Northeastern Technical College, Tri- County College, and the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.

  • September 23-27, 2013

    • $5,061,440 in 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to construct The Edge - the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a business incubator and resources center on the site of the former Finnell Army Reserve Center, which was destroyed by the 2011 tornado that hit the City of Tuscaloosa. The Edge, a joint effort by the City and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and the University of Alabama, will help grow and retain small businesses after this recent disaster and any future disasters. This investment is part of a $6,326,800 project.
    • $3,655,504 in 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Economic Development Growth Engine of the City of Memphis and County of Shelby, Memphis, Tennessee, to establish a revolving loan fund (RLF) for the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Industrial Development Board of the City of Memphis and County of Shelby. This RLF will provide a source of flexible financing and low cost capital to small and medium sized businesses to spur entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the area. Massive flooding, tornadoes, and straight-line winds in February 2008 caused great damage in the region and greatly impacted the small business community. This investment is part of a $4,940,672 project.
    • $3 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the City of Mount Shasta, California, to fund the upsizing of a sewer collection system and construction of sewer lagoons at the existing wastewater treatment facility to allow for increased capacity in the City of Mount Shasta. By increasing the capacity of the City’s wastewater system, this project supports economic diversification and foreign director investment and enables the location of a beverage bottling facility and future industrial development. This investment is part of a $6 million project that the grantee estimates will create 60 jobs and leverage $20 million in private investment.
    • $2,986,133 in Public Works funds to the City of Imperial, California, to fund the extension of water, wastewater, and the construction of surface road and other improvements along Neckel Road in the City of Imperial. This project supports the development of the Alliance and Innovative Regional Center, an USCIS approved EB-5 green card investment regional center, which will include a hotel, retail center, and office park. This project supports foreign direct investment and global competitiveness. This investment is part of a $3,828,375 project that the grantee estimates will create 642 jobs and leverage $22.25 million in private investment.
    • $2,680,860 in Economic Adjustment funds to the City of Clare, Michigan, to construct road, water, and sewer infrastructure needed to develop a new city-owned industrial park along US-127 in Clare County. The new Park will focus on the region’s industry clusters, including timber, agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, and bio-medical. This project is especially important because the older industrial park is at capacity and can no longer add jobs to the regional economy. This investment is part of a $4,468,100 project that the grantee estimates will create 20 jobs, save 43 jobs, and leverage $875,000 in private investment.
    • $2,454,800 in Public Works funds to the Ohio Christian University, Circleville, Ohio, to construct the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center, a mixed-use incubator that will focus on agribusiness and technology-based entrepreneurs. Ohio Christian University is collaborating with TechColumbus and the Pickaway Progress Partnership. This project is the catalyst to bring critical entrepreneurial services to the south central Ohio counties of Fayette, Pickaway, and Ross. This investment is part of a $4,909,600 project that the grantee estimates will create 200 jobs and leverage $25 million in private investment.
    • $2 million in Public Works funds to the City of Oshkosh and Winnebago County, Wisconsin, to construct road, water, and other critical infrastructure needed to develop the City of Oshkosh’s Aviation Business Park. The region has strength in manufacturing and a well-researched need for additional industrial space. This project will help the region transition from defense-related manufacturing to the emerging aviation cluster and the region’s capacity to increase its exports. This investment is part of a $4,644,100 project that the grantees estimate will create 236 jobs and leverage $15 million in private investment.
    • $2 million in Public Works funds to the Village of Glenwood, Illinois, to construct road, water, and other critical infrastructure needed to accommodate expansion within the Village of Glenwood’s industrial park. The project will bring much needed jobs and private investment by supporting the region’s growing economic clusters. This investment is part of a $4 million project that the grantee estimates will create 60 jobs and leverage $3 million in private investment.
    • $1,937,434 in Public Works funds to the City of Jonesburg, Missouri, to fund construction of critical infrastructure improvements at a new industrial site in Jonesburg. These improvements, including a railroad spur, roadways, and water/sewer upgrades, will support a planned manufacturing facility that will produce green construction products. This investment is part of a $3,874,868 project that the grantee estimates will create 100 jobs and leverage $100 million in private investment.
    • $1,879,261 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on behalf of the University of Georgia/Griffin-Spalding County Development Authority, Griffin, Georgia, to construct the University of Georgia Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) that will offer incubator space, as well as research and development services to start-up companies in the food industry pursuing new product lines. The growth of the agricultural cluster will help counter losses to the textile industry and other manufacturing in Georgia. This investment is part of a $4.95 million project that the grantees estimate will create 33 jobs.
    • $1,846,062 in Public Works funds to the City of Delano, California, to fund the construction of a rail spur that will connect the Union Pacific Railroad with an industrial park and other undeveloped land in Delano. This project will provide the region with greater access to the transportation network that moves goods and services through the region, which will increase commercial activity, support diversification, and increase employment opportunities for the region’s workforce. This investment is part of a $3,481,794 project that the grantee estimates will create 302 jobs and leverage $35 million in private investment.
    • $1,790,232 in Public Works funds to the County of Yuba, California, to support upgrades to the wastewater collection system to increase its capacity and support expansion of the Yuba County airport industrial park. This project supports increased manufacturing in the County, including the establishment of the only nitrite, non-latex glove manufacturing facility in the country. This investment is part of a $2,237,790 project that the grantee estimates will create 150 jobs and leverage $50 million in private investment.
    • $1,545,519 in Public Works funds to the Sistema Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Universidad Del Este, in Carolina Municipality, Puerto Rico, to support renovation of an existing building for development of a regional business incubator on the campus of Sistema Universidad Ana G. Mendez in the Municipality of Carolina. The incubator will provide business coaching services and collaborations to start-up entrepreneurs in the tourism, culinary arts, and technology industries to innovate, capture market opportunities, commercialize ideas and build sustainable business models. This project will serve as a catalyst for future business expansion and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1,931,900 project that the grantee estimates will create 60 jobs and leverage $3 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, to fund rehabilitation of the former Rochester Community Savings Bank building to establish the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in downtown Rochester. The renovated facility will serve as an urban entrepreneurship program and incubator to foster and assist business creation and growth in the region’s growing high-tech clusters. This investment is part of a $3,866,350 project.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the Redevelopment Authority of Easton, Pennsylvania, to support the construction of public infrastructure necessary to support redevelopment of the Simon Silk Mill Complex This project funds access road, parking, water, sewer, and storm water improvements necessary to convert a remediated brownfield site dating back to the 19th century into a modern commercial site. The renovated building will help develop the City’s “creative economy” by housing the planned “Easton Made” incubator for the arts, as well as space for media production facilities. This investment is part of a $3,822,634 project that the Grantee estimates will create up to 80 jobs.
    • $1.43 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Baltimore City, Maryland, to fund renovation of two historic facilities for use as a food enterprise incubator center in Baltimore. The center will house a fully licensed, shared-use commercial kitchen that will provide multiple opportunities for small and medium-sized food entrepreneurs. The project will promote entrepreneurship and small business development in the region. This investment is part of a $2.86 million project that the grantee estimates will create 63 jobs and leverage $1 million in private investment.
    • $1.225 million in Public Works funds to the Lubbock Reese Redevelopment Authority and Texas Department of Transportation, Lubbock, Texas, to fund the construction of highway improvements and deceleration lanes for easier and safer access to the Reese Technology Center (RTC) in Lubbock. RTC is a multipurpose campus for technology, research, engineering, economic development, and entrepreneurship. This project supports the growth and expansion of alternative energy companies, and SWIFT - Scaled Wind Farm Technology, which is a public private partnership between Texas Tech University, Sandia National Laboratory, Vestas, and the U.S. Department of Energy. This investment is part of a $2,050,332 project.
    • $1.203 million in Public works funds to the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York, to fund rehabilitation of an existing facility on the Old Westbury Campus of the NYIT to establish the Entrepreneurial and Technology Innovation Center. The renovated facility will serve as an urban entrepreneurship program and incubator to foster and assist business creation and growth in the region’s growing healthcare and high-tech clusters. This investment is part of a $2,406,350 project that the grantee estimates will create 65 jobs, save 6 jobs, and leverage $425,000 in private investment.
    • $1.2 million in Public works funds to the West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, to fund the expansion of the Enterprise Center’s incubation program at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. The expanded facility will provide additional space for businesses incubation, an expanded training room, and two large conference rooms to create a desirable location for entrepreneurs, investors, and business service providers. This expansion is expected to accelerate 127 small businesses and diversify the regional economy. This investment is part of a $4.2 million project.
    • $1.2 million in Public Works funds to the Avoyelles Parish Port Commission and the Town of Simmesport, Louisiana, to support the construction of water lines and a storage tank for an industrial park at the Avoyelles Parish Port in Simmesport, which is located at the confluence of the Red, Atchafalya, and Mississippi Rivers. This project increases industrial space for construction and logistics companies, and leverages the Port’s transportation assets. This investment is part of a $2 million project that the grantees estimate will create 65 jobs, save 35 jobs, and leverage $3 million in private investment.
    • $1.2 million in Public Works funds to the San Benito Economic Development District, San Benito, Texas, to fund the acquisition of property in San Benito for a mixed-use tourism plaza. The anchor tenant will be the San Benito Culture and Heritage Museum, a merger of four historical and cultural entities. A number of commercial businesses are expected to co-locate on the plaza due to increased tourist traffic. This investment is part of a $1.5 million project.
    • $1.2 million in Public Works funds to the City of Clarksville, Texas, to fund the acquisition of a publically owned building and land to act as a catalyst for the area’s expanding alternative energy cluster. The building, on approximately 26 acres, will house algae based biodiesel and bio-mass technology companies. This investment is part of a $1.5 million project that the grantee estimates will create 50 jobs and leverage $3 million in private investment.
    • $1,181,626 in Public Works funds to the Highland Center, Monterey, Virginia, to support the renovation of a landmark former school building for development of the Highland Center Renovation Project. The renovated facility will house a business incubator, a business resource center, as well as two incubator kitchens to serve food-based businesses in the rural counties of Highland and Bath in Virginia, and the counties of Pocahontas and Pendleton in West Virginia. This project addresses the need for improved and expanded local employment opportunities in the region by leveraging local strengths in agriculture, the arts, and heritage-based tourism. This investment is part of a $2,764,471 project that the grantee estimates will create 27 jobs and leverage $100,000 in private investment.
    • $1,174,700 in Public Works funds to the Board of Trustees of Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio, to construct a 100 class clean room in the Richard Desich SMART Center. The new space will be used as a manufacturing pilot production lab for microsystems. Companies can package and test their sensor and MEMS technologies in this shared-resource, multi-user facility. This investment is part of a $2,574,513 project that the grantee estimates will create 194 jobs and leverage more than $13 million in private investment.
    • $1,097,360 in economic Adjustment funds to the Georgia SouthernUuniversity Research and Service Foundation, the Statesboro Arts Council, Inc, the Georgia Southern University-Statesboro, and the City of Statesboro, Georgia, to construct the University of Georgia Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) that will offer incubator space, as well as research and development services to start-up companies in the food industry pursuing new product lines. The growth of the agricultural cluster will help counter losses to the textile industry and other manufacturing in Georgia. This investment is part of a $1,872,360 project.
    • $1,083,675 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Salina Economic Development Corporation, Salina, Kansas, to fund construction of a new building to facilitate a Bulk Solids Innovation Center in Salina. This facility, the first of its kind in North America, will provide space for multiple small and medium-sized research projects, and benefit industries that use and make conveyance systems for bulk material such as sugar, starch, minerals, chemicals, and plastic pellets. This investment is part of a $2,167,350 project that the grantee estimates will create 30 jobs, save 5 jobs, and leverage $21 million in private investment.
    • $1,014,660 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority, Inc., Dothan, Alabama, to construct critical storm drainage and other infrastructure at Dothan Airport Industrial Park. The construction will improve the movement of aircraft and ground vehicles and make it possible for new aviation related businesses to locate at the park. This project supports the area’s expanding aviation cluster. This investment is part of a $2,029,320 project that the grantee estimates will create 300 jobs and leverage $7.5 million in private investment.
    • $1,006,334 in Public Works funds to the City of Florence, South Carolina, to fund construction to connect the Town of Timmonsville’s water system with that of the City of Florence to prevent operational disruptions that have recently interrupted business operations in the county. This project will improve the regional water supply, supporting manufacturing in the region and enabling business expansion. This investment is part of a $2,175, 220 project that the grantee estimate will create 65 jobs, save 600 jobs, and leverage $27 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the City of Smithville, Texas, to fund the construction of wastewater and roadway improvements for the Smithville Industrial Park in Smithville, Bastrop. This project supports the City’s goal to diversify the economy to make it more resilient to natural disasters in the wake of destructive wildfires in 2011. This investment is part of a $2,192,740 project.
    • $999,650 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee and the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to construct water, wastewater, and roadway infrastructure for the Century City industrial park site, in Milwaukee. This project, which is included in the City’s 30th Street Corridor Master Plan, creates space for new industrial users. This investment is part of a $1,999,300 project that the grantee estimates will create 900 jobs and leverage $25 million in private investment.
    • $993,050 in Economic Adjustment funds to the City of Blue Earth, the Blue Earth Board of Public works, and the City of Blue Earth Economic Development Authority, to construct Phase 1 of the City of Blue Earth’s North Industrial Park, essential roadway, water, and sewer infrastructure to prepare development road sites where private industry can locate and create jobs. This investment is part of a $1,986,100 project that the grantees estimate will create 108 jobs, save 12 jobs, and leverage $25.5 million in private investment.
    • $935,900 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Cedar City Corporation, Cedar City, Utah, to fund construction of roadway infrastructure at Cedar City Regional Airport. By improving the airport’s infrastructure, this investment will increase the region’s potential for foreign investment and exports, particularly in the aerospace manufacturing sector. This investment is part of a $1.337 million project that the grantee estimates will create 1,000 jobs and leverage $350 million in private investment.
    • $900,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Southeast Overtown, the Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, the City of Miami, and the Miami Dade College, Florida, to fund the adaptive re-use and rehabilitation of an historic former church building for use by the newly expanded Hospitality and Culinary Institute. The project will support locally-based food manufacturing in the region’s growing food cluster and support jobs in the hospitality and tourism cluster. Three start-up food businesses are now working with Miami Dade College to market products to a major national supermarket chain. This investment is part of a $1,969,437 project that the grantees estimate will create 139 jobs.
    • $782,445 in Public Works funds to the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and community Education, Spartanburg, South Carolina, to fund renovation of space at the Spartanburg Community College - Tyger River Campus in Duncan to serve area companies though workforce training, incubation, and technical assistance. The project will help the area mitigate the loss of traditional manufacturing jobs by launching, reorganizing, and building successful companies. This investment is part of a $1.2 million project.
    • $575,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Northern Maine Development Commission, Caribou, Maine, to support Phase II of the Mobilize Maine Cluster Development project. The project, conducted by all seven Maine Economic Development Districts, will focus on developing a statewide, cluster-focused, asset-based, economic development strategy to create jobs and boost private investment in Maine. This investment is part of a $1.15 million project.
    • $500,000 in Public Works funds to the LaSalle Parish, Jena, Louisiana, to fund the reconstruction of a 2-mile industrial corridor of Pinehill Road in LaSalle Parish. This project supports the growth of the timber and natural gas industries and assists the region to better position itself to maximize opportunities for private sector investment and increase global engagement and competitiveness. This investment is part of a $1.165 million project that the grantee estimates will create 135 jobs and leverage $3.9 million in private investment.
    • $500,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the rural Community Development Resources, Yakima, Washington, to fund the recapitalization and operation of an existing EDA-funded revolving loan fund in Yakima. This project will increase access to credit capital for low income Hispanic and Native American businesses, leading to small business job creation and economic diversification in the region. This investment is part of a $625,000 project that the grantee estimates will create 20 jobs, save 20 jobs, and leverage $450,000 in private investment.
    • $475,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance funds to South Plains College, Levellan, Texas, to construct the South Plains College Plainview Technology Center in Plainview, Texas. The Center will provide training in industrial manufacturing, welding technology, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, construction, and other trades for thousands of workers recently displaced by the closure of one of Plainview’s major employers. This investment is part of a $921,960.
    • $320,000 in Short-Term Planning funds to Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, New Jersey, support the development and implementation of an urban economic development strategy for 19 densely populated municipalities in northern and central New Jersey. The strategy will address the region’s high unemployment, high levels of unskilled workers, lagging new business development, and aging infrastructure. The project will also address local and statewide economic disaster resiliency plans. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance funds to the Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center, Choctaw, Oklahoma, to support the expansion of public-private partnerships in the development of a long-term disaster recovery and resiliency plan in response to a series of recent natural disasters including severe storms in May of 2013. This project will also strengthen EOCTC’s ability to conduct cluster and transportation research and provide support services to area firms and entrepreneurs. This investment is part of a $635,000 project.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance funds to the City of Moore, Oklahoma to fund a Disaster Recovery Manager to assist businesses damaged or destroyed by severe storms in May of 2013, to rebuild, reopen and retain jobs, as well as recruit new businesses to the region. Working with regional partners, the City will also prepare a disaster mitigation strategy that will build upon lessons learned and best practices to enhance the City’s ability to quickly respond and identify resources for recovery in the event of future disasters. This investment is part of a $600,000 project.
    • $293,000 in Short-Term Planning funds to the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the 21 federally recognized tribes represented by the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, which includes: Ak-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Tribe , Colorado River Indian Tribes , Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fort Mojave Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Havasupai Tribe, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-Paiute Tribe, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, Quechan Tribe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation, Tonto Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation, and Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe. This investment is a part of a $293,000 project.
    • $286,151 in Short-Term Planning funds to the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, to support the development and implementation of a regional economic development analysis and determination of opportunities associated with the 2015 opening of the University of Connecticut’s Technology Park, which will promote economic growth opportunities statewide. This investment is part of a $572,934 project.
    • $280,600 in Economic Adjustment Assistance-IMCP funds to the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Disputanta, Virginia, to fund development of a strategy for establishment of the Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice Academy, a regional training center, which will provide hands-on training to prepare workers in Virginia’s Tobacco Region for careers in advanced manufacturing. This project is critical to the continued growth of advanced manufacturing across the state. This investment is part of a $595,081 project.
    • $245,082 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation in Washington, District of Columbia, to develop training and technical assistance to help EDDs and other EDA grant recipients enhance their abilities to attract or retain businesses and jobs to their particular areas. NADORF will market and launch the training to target organizations in the region supported by EDA’s Chicago office, Illinois, Indiana, two counties in eastern Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. This investment is part of a $490,164 project.
    • $219,999 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the Christian Evangelistic Economic Development, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to support the “Skills to Wealth” program. This project will assist 100 underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses in a 10-county area of Southwest Pennsylvania by providing technical assistance in business planning, financial literacy, market analysis, and business technology. Providing mentoring and capacity building, the program will focus on serving disadvantaged business owners, particularly the region’s African war refugee population. This investment is part of a $439,998 project.
    • $214,795 in Public Works funds to Emerge Community Development and the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to fund additional renovations of a historic library for use as a career training center. This investment is part of a $429,590 project that the grantee estimates will create 438 jobs and leverage $3.5 million in private investment.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance-IMCP funds to the University of Utah/Salt Lake County, Utah, to support a cluster-based development strategy to bring innovation, growth, and sustainability to Utah’s advanced composites industry cluster. The project will focus on methods to increase access to capital, research, global markets, and enhancing the innovation ecosystem. The strategy will be implemented in the counties of Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Sanpete, Summit, Utah, Wasatch, and Weber. This investment is part of a $587,204 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance-IMCP funds to the Campus Research Corporation, Tucson, Arizona, to support the Border Technology Manufacturing Initiative, a regional planning group consisting of industry, workforce development, local government, and academia that will identify existing strengths and gaps in a thirteen-county region that spans the US/Mexico border from Yuma, Arizona to Las Cruces, New Mexico. This investment is part of a $457,390 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance-IMCP funds to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, to develop a manufacturing strategy for the state of California by assessing the existing industrial ecosystem. This project will identify gaps and opportunities, and leverage existing assets and comparative advantages, while forging new partnerships between the public and private sector and educational institutions. The resulting state-wide strategy will expand, strengthen and enhance advanced manufacturing. This investment is part of a $440,578 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance-IMCP funds to the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and the University of Redlands, Palm Springs, California, to develop an implementation-ready strategy to enhance the region’s capacity to attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports. This investment is part of a $401,955 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness/dba New Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, to complete a strategic plan begun under the SC Department of Commerce Aerospace Task Force and creates the Aerospace Implementation Council to help South Carolina enhance and grow the aerospace industry, composed of over 180 manufacturing companies and employing more than 20,000. This investment is part of a $401,220 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment-Disaster Recovery funds to the City of Calvert, Kentucky, for a conceptual study and a phase one environmental study to determine the best options for building a new wastewater treatment plant to serve, primarily, Calvert City’s industrial community, while providing cost savings and minimizing future loss of production from natural disasters. Floods in 2008 and 2011 impacted the region and the 2,100 employees of the City’s industrial base. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the Butte Local Development Corporation, Butte, Montana, a for a feasibility study into the potential establishment of the Montana Center of Manufacturing Technology at the Mike Mansfield Advanced Technology Center. The Center will serve as a single point of entry for manufacturing firms seeking assistance in automation, product development, management, engineering and design, and productivity. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the Centralina Council of Governments and the Centralina Economic Development Commission, Charlotte, North Carolina, to develop a multi-faceted, implementation-ready strategy to advance the region’s advanced manufacturing sector. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, to support the development of a manufacturing strategy for the Wichita region. This project will identify, verify, refine, and prioritize key tactical manufacturing ecosystem investments and strategically align resources to support the region’s advanced manufacturing sector. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the Development Projects Inc./Dayton Development Coalition,-Dayton, Ohio and its partners, to develop an assessment of the development and production of the Dayton region’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry that will drive a regional economic development strategy that will leverage the region’s manufacturing capability, aerospace expertise, and recent investments in the cluster. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to Technology 20/20, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to develop the Project Manhattan South manufacturing strategy to enhance competitiveness of an eight-county area by leveraging Tech20/20’s Advanced Manufacturing and Prototype Center of East Tennessee, the Advanced Composites Employment Accelerator, and by utilizing the region’s unique assets, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the Northern Maine Development Commission, Caribou, Maine, to support development of a Biomass Clean Tech Manufacturing Cluster Strategic Plan to advance the design and manufacture of biomass heating appliances in Northern Maine. The project will lead to job creation through expansion of business opportunities and business expansion in the region. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago, Illinois, to support its economic development local technical assistance program to assist local governments, nonprofits, and intergovernmental organizations to focus on the region’s growth clusters and prepare workers for those technical, high-paying jobs. As clusters like freight and manufacturing increase their capacity, other clusters including retail and trade will also grow, impacting the region as a whole. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $199,766 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the Ohio State University-Columbus, the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District-Reno, the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments-Youngstown, the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization-Akron, and the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association-Cambridge, to cover a 25-county region of Ohio` to develop a strategy to address how the region can take advantage of increasing tax revenues, short-term employment opportunities, workforce training, and individual and community wealth management to support economic diversification and foster long-term economic stability from shale gas development. This investment is part of a $399,532 project.
    • $197,500 in Technical Assistance funds to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, West Sacramento, California, to support the development and implementation of a marketing strategy for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This project will brand and promote the Delta as a destination for domestic and international visitors, featuring the region's unique characteristics and opportunities for agri-tourism and recreation. The proposed effort will be carried out in collaboration between the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy and the Delta Protection Commission, both agencies of the State of California. This investment is part of a $307,822 project.
    • $194,000 in Technical Assistance funds to the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Marquette University-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin Parkside-Kenosha, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering-Milwaukee, to fund the third year of a five-year University Center Economic Development Program at the Wisconsin Center for Commercialization in partnership with the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin Parkside, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The University Center provides technical assistance and applied research to help increase productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification. This investment is part of a $404,086 project.
    • $178,750 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the California State University Fresno Foundation, California, to support the San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Manufacturing Investment Strategy and Sustainability Plan to move the region further toward value-added agriculture and help create and grow food manufacturing companies in the region. This investment is part of a $407,061 project.
    • $177,762 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Bridgeton, New Jersey, to support development of the Accelerating Advanced Food Manufacturing Partnerships Initiative in the Newark, Camden, and Bridgeton regions of New Jersey. The Initiative will focus on the development of strategies to strengthen the food industry sector in the targeted regions by helping manufacturers to address the structural and technological changes in the food supply chain and gain access to advanced technology, critical information, training, and financing. Strengthening the food industry will lead to opportunities for job creation through expansion of businesses and private investment in the region. This investment is part of a $356,605 project.
    • $171,864 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Board of Regents-Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, to develop strategies to implement the Innovation and Commercialization Center for Advanced Manufacturing (ICCAM), a non-profit public-private partnership that will focus on helping the region grow its advanced manufacturing sector while preparing workers for related jobs. This investment is part of a $350,382 project.
    • $163,800 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the Burke Partnership for Economic Development, Inc., Morganton, North Carolina, to support the Carolina Textile District project to connect and support textile manufacturers in the region to facilitate growth of value-added businesses and strengthen and enhance the competitiveness of the entire value chain in the regional textile cluster. This investment is part of a $213,800 project.
    • $162,500 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the Bi-State Regional Commission-Rock Island Illinois, and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce-Davenport, Iowa, to develop a plan for the creation of a regional advanced manufacturing innovation hub that will help diversify the region’s economy by focusing on the growth of the vital metal and multi-materials manufacturing cluster. This investment is part of a $325,000 project.
    • $150,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the East Central Indiana Regional Planning District, the City of Muncie, the City of Anderson, the City of New Castle, and the New Castle Henry County Economic Development Council, Indiana, to assist the Anderson-Muncie-New Castle public-private coalition develop a regional economic vision and manufacturing strategic plan that will start with a robust analysis of the region’s assets and opportunities. The plan will conclude with a detailed strategic plan for implementation. This investment is part of a $300,000 project.
    • $140,000 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to Yuma County, Arizona, to develop a manufacturing strategy for Yuma County to help grow higher-skilled, higher-wage jobs by capitalizing on the county's location along the U.S. - Mexican border. This investment is part of a $200,000 project.
    • $135,000 in Economic Adjustment-IMCP funds to the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District-The Dalles, Oregon and Washington State University, to develop a strategic implementation plan to support manufacturing businesses in the five-county, bi-state Mid-Columbia region of Oregon and Washington. This investment is part of a $270,000 project.
    • $125,000 in Technical Assistance funds to the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, to fund the second year of a five-year University Center Economic Development Program at the University of Oregon. The University Center provides technical assistance and applied research to help increase productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification. This investment is part of a $250,000 project.
    • $120,000 in Technical Assistance funds to the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission-WI, the Blackhawk Hills Resource Conservation and Development-Rock Falls, IL, the East Central Intergovernmental Association-Dubuque, IA, the Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar, IA, and the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College-Lancaster, WI, to fund development of a business plan and implementation strategy for a Tri-State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence for a 25-county region in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin, centered around the Dubuque metropolitan area. The project will focus on identifying workforce training programs, technical assistance, and entrepreneurship support programs to further innovation and growth in the region’s advanced manufacturing industries. Public and private partners from across the region, including local community colleges, are joining together for this effort and supporting the continued collaboration of the three EDA economic development districts. This investment is part of a $240,000 project.

  • September 16-20, 2013

    • $2,576,024 in Public Works funds to the City of Big Rapids, Michigan, to fund critical infrastructure improvements to the Big Rapids Industrial Park, including replacing the Baldwin Street Bridge, demolition of a City-owned building, and construction of roadway and water infrastructure. This project supports the growth and expansion of the City’s manufacturing base and will create high-skill, high-wage jobs. This investment is part of a $5,854,600 project that the grantee estimates will create 75 jobs, save 968 jobs, and leverage $4.75 million in private investment.
    • $2,035,527 in Public Works funds to the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Needles, California, to fund the construction of foundation pads, a parking lot with access roads, and storm water drainage for a 50 room hotel and 172 slip marina on Lake Havasu. This project will allow the Tribe to provide additional recreational tourism resources for visitors to the Lake creating jobs for the tribal community. This investment is part of a $2,544,411 project that the grantee estimates will create 120 jobs.
    • $1,784,750 in Public Works funds to the City of Fall River, Massachusetts, to support construction and improvements to the Airport Road Water System in Fall River. The improvements will provide increased water storage and delivery for over 70 commercial and industrial users in the City, including the new Massachusetts Accelerator for Biomanufacturing (MAB) at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. MAB will serve as the anchor tenant of a new bio-park which will attract bio-medical research and manufacturing to the region. This investment is part of a $3,569,500 project that the grantee estimates will create 69 jobs and leverage $25 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the Port of Port Angeles, Washington, to fund the rehabilitation of a deep-water port terminal at the Port of Port Angeles. This project will help diversify the regional economy and expand this deep water port’s ability to provide repair services and critical area inspection programs for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Tanker fleet and support expansion plans for existing maritime companies. This investment is part of a $3 million project that the grantee estimates will create 80 jobs and leverage $2.125 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to fund the development and implementation of a Master Plan for International Commerce for the State of Louisiana. Supporting the establishment of the Office of International Commerce, this project will assess Louisiana’s unique strengths and identify opportunities for Louisiana businesses and communities to increase exports and foreign direct investment through marketing and technical assistance. This investment is part of a $3.241 million project.
    • $950,000 in Public Works funds to the Delaware Nation, Anadarko, Oklahoma, to fund the renovation of an old carpet mill for use as the Greentech Technology Center and the rehabilitation of an existing, on-site rail spur in Anadarko. These two projects will provide the necessary workforce and infrastructure needed for locally owned tribal and private businesses, allowing them to expand. This will help replace jobs that were lost due to a plant closure in 2000. This investment is part of a $956,551 project that the grantee estimates will create 150 jobs.
    • $857,000 in Public works funds to the George County Board of Supervisors, Lucedale, Mississippi, to construct critical public infrastructure to support the expansion of a wood pellet manufacturing company in George County to increase capacity in the areas growing sustainable fuels manufacturing cluster. Most of the wood pellets will be exported to Europe as a green fuel through the Port of Pascagoula. This investment is part of a $1.714 million project that the grantee estimates will create 85 jobs and leverage $115 million in private investment.
    • $406,019 in Economic Adjustment funds to the New Mexico Community Capital, Albuquerque, New Mexico, to support the expansion of the New Mexico Community Capital’s Tribal Investment Initiative throughout the state of New Mexico. This project will provide technical assistance in creating culturally-aligned, strategically-focused sustainable businesses. The initiative aims to reduce the skills gap for tribal employees, and capitalize on emerging growth sectors of energy, water, and agriculture. This investment is part of a $507,524 project.
    • $278,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization, Reno, Nevada, to fund the implementation of a technical assistance program to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in the commercialization of advanced technologies across the state of Nevada. This project will provide start-up business engagement events, upgrade of an on-line educational and assessment tool, and the development of a regional mentorship connection program. This investment is part of a $556,000 project.
    • $220,000 in Technical Assistance funds to the California State University Chico Research Foundation, Chico, California, to support the second year of a five-year University Center Economic Development Program at California State University Chico and at California State University Fresno. The University Center provides technical assistance and applied research to help increase productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification. This investment is part of a $440,000 project.
    • $200,000 in 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Brunswick Community College and the Board of Trustees of the Brunswick Community College, This EDA investment funds construction of new facilities and conversion and rehabilitation of existing facilities for business incubator space at the Brunswick Community College Leland Center in the Leland industrial park. The project will provide entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses quality space to develop and expand, supporting economic diversification in a region severely impacted by Hurricane Irene. This investment will help Brunswick County capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Short-Term Planning funds to the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Denver, Colorado, to implement a plan to create a sustainable Advanced Industries Manufacturing Institute in Denver to support manufacturing and workforce development that will foster economic growth statewide. Specifically, the project will identify both immediate and long-term development that will increase economic development capacity, attract private capital investment, leverage the available worker base, and boost job creation in the region’s expanding advanced and innovative manufacturing clusters. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $182,847 in Technical Assistance funds to the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, to support the second year of a five-year University Center Economic Development Program at the Pacific Business Center Program at the University of Hawaii. The University Center provides technical assistance and applied research to help increase productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification. This investment is part of a $365,694 project.
    • $160,000 in Technical Assistance funds to Tulsa’s Future, Tulsa, Oklahoma, to fund an analysis of the workforce in the Tulsa metropolitan area and will result in a comprehensive assessment and strategy to create a higher-skilled workforce to retain and grow existing businesses and recruit new business to the region. This project is being conducted in collaboration with Workforce Tulsa, the Tulsa Metro Chamber, and the Indian Nations Council of Governments. This investment is part of a $267,000 project.
    • $126,309 in Short-Term Planning funds to the Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, to support the Delta Entrepreneurship Network, which will connect entrepreneurs with sources of capital and business assistance. This project will provide access to experts through networking to help bring ideas to the market place. This investment is part of a $189,772 project.
    • $125,000 in Technical Assistance funds to the Board of Regents Nevada System, Reno, Nevada, to support the second year of a five-year University Center Economic Development Program at the University of Nevada-Reno. The University Center provides technical assistance and applied research to help increase productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification. This investment is part of a $250,080 project.
    • $125,000 in Technical Assistance funds to Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, to support the second year of a five-year University Center Economic Development Program at Boise State University in partnership with Idaho State University and the University of Idaho. The University Center provides technical assistance and applied research to help increase productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification. This investment is part of a $250,000 project.
    • $125,000 in Short-Term Planning to Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, to support the development and implementation of the Prairie View Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy through a collaboration of the various academic departments, city officials, and business stakeholders. It is anticipated that this process will help establish a science and technology research park, as well as a farmer’s market, while identifying innovative ways to enhance the area’s economy. This investment is part of a $156,361 project.

  • September 9-13, 2013

    • $2.5 million in Public Works funds to the Central Carolina Technical College and the City of Sumter, South Carolina, to fund the renovation of a building to create the Central Carolina Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center (Center), which will house applications-based industrial and engineering technology training programs. The Center will meet urgent industry demands for trained workers with enhanced and advanced skill-sets in mechatronics and machining to support the area’s growing automotive cluster. This investment is part of a $6,137,250 project that the grantees estimate will create 1,655 jobs and leverage $520 million in private investment.
    • $2 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the University of the District of Columbia—Community College and the District of Columbia Department of General Services, Washington, District of Columbia, to support the renovation of an existing facility in Northeast Washington by the University of the District of Columbia-Community College (UDC-CC) for use as a one-stop workforce training center. The UDC-CC will collaborate with the District’s Department of Employment Services to assess the current workforce needs of DC’s private industry employers in the construction, hospitality, and allied health industry sectors, and identify training programs needed to address the demand for skilled workers in these industry sectors. This investment is part of a $4,026,281 project.
    • $1.52 million in Public Works funds to the City of Lobelville, Tennessee, to fund construction to upgrade and expand the City of Lobelville’s water treatment system to mitigate the impacts of any future flooding. A major disaster in May 2011 caused serious flooding and threatened the future of the area’s most important manufacturer. This project will create a more resilient environment for businesses and strengthen the region’s automotive manufacturing cluster. This investment is part of a $1.9 million project that the grantee estimates will save 300 jobs.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation, the Greenfield Township, and the Greenfield Township Municipal Authority, Altoona, Pennsylvania, to support construction of road, water, and sewer infrastructure improvements and related appurtenances necessary for site development of 85 acres of the 144-acre South Blair County Business Park in Greenfield Township. This project will create new, shovel-ready sites for sale or lease to new or expanding manufacturing companies, and serve as a catalyst for future business expansion and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $3,949,719 project that the grantees estimate will create 200 jobs and leverage $40 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, Greensboro, North Carolina, to fund construction of critical airport taxiway infrastructure at Piedmont Triad International Airport to expand the areas growing aviation cluster. Local aviation maintenance and manufacturing companies will be able to leverage the new runway to expand production leading to new job creation. This investment is part of a $2,476,200 project that the grantee estimates will create 419 jobs and leverage $80 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to the Todd County Fiscal Court, Elkton, Kentucky, to fund construction of an advanced manufacturing training facility to meet the needs of employers in the region. The training programs will ensure that a competitive, qualified workforce is available for high-demand, high-wage industrial prospects. The region was heavily damaged by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes in 2011. This investment will help the County capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $2.5 million project that the grantee estimates will create 110 jobs and leverage $3.5 million in private investment.
    • $1,442,049 in Economic Adjustment funds to the City of Washington, North Carolina, to construct water infrastructure improvements to increase the ability to withstand weather emergencies of the city’s industrial park and the small businesses located in historic downtown Washington, an area severely impacted by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The project will enhance and strengthen advanced manufacturing in the region’s energy-efficient green technology sector and save traditional textile manufacturing jobs. This investment will help the region capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $2,852,156 project that the grantee estimates will create 68 jobs, save 58 jobs, and leverage $8.078 million in private investment.
    • $1.4 million in Public Works funds to Becker College, Worcester, Massachusetts, to support rehabilitation of an existing facility on the campus of Becker College to establish the Massachusetts Digital Gaming Institute’s (MassDiGi) New Ventures Center. The Center will serve as a business assistance facility, focusing on business incubation, research, and design in the digital gaming industry. MassDiGi will help attract new businesses, retain existing businesses, and create opportunities for new jobs and private investment in the gaming industry statewide. This investment is part of a $2.8 million project that the grantee estimates will create 430 jobs and leverage $360,000 in private investment.
    • $1,227,962 in Economic Adjustment funds to the CNMI Water Task Force to fund the construction of water services and design upgrades to the sewer system for the Lower Base Industrial Park on the island of Saipan. This project supports the location of new businesses into the park and the diversification of the island’s economy. This investment is part of a $1,733,321 project that the grantee estimates will create 191 jobs.
    • $1.205 million in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to the Water and Light Commission of the Town of Greenville and the Town of Greenville, Tennessee, to construct improvements to the Greeneville Water Treatment Plant’s raw water intake from the Nolichucky River. This critical infrastructure was damaged by downed trees and other debris after the tornado and flooding in 2011, and the resulting restriction of water production capacity has impacted regional businesses. This project will ensure business continuation and growth and will mitigate the potential for damage from future natural disasters. The investment will help the region capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $2.41 million project that the grantees estimate will create 187 jobs and leverage $20 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Dyersville, Iowa, to support infrastructure improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment facility. Rebuilding this critical sewer infrastructure will allow uninterrupted operations of area industries during future flood events, thereby enhancing the community’s disaster resiliency, as well as its capacity for continued residential, commercial, and industrial growth. When completed, these improvements will also eliminate the need to pump untreated wastewater into the North Fork Maquoketa River during future floods, addressing health, safety and environmental concerns downstream. This investment is part of a $3.303 million project that the grantee estimates will create 80 jobs and leverage $40 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the City of La Feria, Texas, to fund the construction of a multifunction center that will provide workforce and technology training opportunities for the region surrounding La Feria near the U.S. Mexico border. This project will assist the region to develop its human capital and be in a better proposition to increase productivity, advance innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase trade with Mexico.  This investment is part of a $1,537,500 project that the grantee estimates will create 18 jobs and leverage $300,000 in private investment.
    • $942,295 in Public Works funds to the City of Jasper and the Jasper Waterworks and Sewer Board, Jasper, Alabama, to fund construction of critical water system improvements to insure the water supply and fire protection necessary for growth in the City of Jasper’s Bevill Industrial Park. This project will enable expansion of two tenants of the industrial park, bringing needed jobs and investment to the region. This investment is part of a $1,884,591 project that the grantees estimate will create 300 jobs and leverage $29.5 million in private investment.
    • $520,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Inc. and the BioHealth Innovation, Inc., Baltimore City, Maryland, to establish the Healthcare Regional Innovation Cluster (H-RIC) initiative in Baltimore. Building upon central Maryland’s unrivaled bio-health research assets, including the National Institute of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the John Hopkins University, the University Systems of Maryland, and a concentration of biotech companies, the HRIC project will provide key resources and programmatic support to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies developed from research laboratories, entrepreneurs, and other emerging technology sources throughout the region. This investment is part of a $1.945 million project.
    • $551,459 in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Sioux City, Iowa, to fund infrastructure and site work necessary for construction of a new, flood-protected rail system to serve industries locating in the new Southbridge Business Park. This project supports the city’s plan to implement flood protection and disaster resiliency measures in the region severely impacted and still recovering from the 2011 flooding of the Missouri River. This investment is part of a $2,112,875 project.
    • $400,613 in Technical Assistance funds to the Foundation for the American South (Southern Governors Association), Washington, District of Columbia, to bring together private, public, and academic experts to develop regional strategies that will support and accelerate the growth of advanced manufacturing in the South. In addition, it will increase connectivity between economic development leaders, policy experts, and innovation-generating businesses and labs and broaden regional economic diversification efforts that lead to innovation and job creation. This investment is part of an $801,226 project.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, to support implementation of the Pratt Institute’s Spec It Green Manufacturing Initiative in New York City. The initiative aims to bring together stakeholders in the green building cluster to create opportunities for growth and commercialization, while enhancing the competitive environment and marketability of green manufacturing and energy efficient technology companies in New York City. This investment is part of a $600,256 project.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation, Gregory, Texas, to fund the development of an economic development strategy for San Patricio County, which experienced significant job loss due to the closure of the Naval Station Ingleside in 2010. In addition to developing economic recovery strategies this project will establish a website, establish a GIS data library and clearinghouse, and conduct a feasibility study for the San Patricio County Training Center. This investment is part of a $375,000 project.
    • $270,000 in Public Works funds to Cameron Works, Inc., Brownsville, Texas, to fund the acquisition of a new Mobile Training Unit (MTU) to replace an aging existing unit which has a proven track record for providing education and job training resources to areas in Cameron County that are isolated from regular service availability. A skilled workforce is a vital component to this border county’s ability to attract or retain businesses, and participate in the global economy. This investment is part of a $341,402 project.
    • $254,991 in Technical Assistance funds to the Greater New Orleans Development Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana, to document the impact of economic development investment projects in the Greater New Orleans region post-Katrina and create models for disaster-affected communities to follow in the future. The project will include an analysis and mapping of EDA awards in the region, an assessment of their economic impact, and the creation of best practice case studies and program design templates to share with areas vulnerable to disaster. This investment is part of a $383,562 project.
    • $180,000 in Short-Term Planning funds to the University of Little Rock and Louisiana Tech University, Arkansas, to support the formation of the Arkansas-Louisiana Regional Coordinating Council and the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the bi-state region that includes Chicot and Desha counties in Arkansas and East Carroll and Madison parishes in Louisiana. This project will conduct economic analysis and develop a marketing strategy to recruit, expand, and retain jobs within the 90 mile corridor. This investment is part of a $360,000 project.
    • $160,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the University of Arkansas’ Board of Trustees, Fayetteville, Arkansas, to support the University of Arkansas partnership with the World Trade Center Arkansas to increase exports and competition in the global market place through technical assistance, trade missions, market research, and outreach activities. This project will facilitate the creation of trading relationships between Arkansas businesses and potential exporting partners. This investment is part of a $320,710 project.
    • $135,000 in Public Works funds to the City of Jonesboro, Arkansas, to fund the extension of the city sewer line along Dalton Farmer Drive and near U.S. Highway 63 in Jonesboro. This project will replace existing septic systems and allow for existing businesses to expand their operations and attract new businesses. This investment is part of a $271,850 project that the grantee estimates will create 20 jobs and leverage $582,000 in private investment.

  • September 2-6, 2013

    • $1.5 million in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky, to support the renovation of an old hospital on the Union College campus for use as the Nursing and Health Sciences facility. The facility will be used to train a highly skilled workforce for the growing regional health care sector in the counties of Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, and Whitley, which had been severely impacted by tornadoes and flooding in 2011. This investment will help diversify the regional economy and promote economic resiliency for future natural disasters. This investment is part of a $9,482,401 project that the grantee estimates will create 60 jobs and leverage $10 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the Loudon Utilities Board, Loudon, Tennessee, to fund the construction of core electrical utility infrastructure for the Sugarlimb Industrial Park in Loudon County. Located in Tennessee’s Innovation Valley, the Park is in close proximity to research and development activities in materials science, nanotechnology, and carbon fiber which are producing technological advances and supporting the growth of ceramic manufacturing and foreign direct investment in the region. This investment is part of a $3.125 million project that the grantee estimates will create 178 jobs and leverage $70 million in private investment.
    • $1,445,330 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Industrial Development Board of Blount County, Tennessee, to fund construction of core roadway infrastructure improvements to the industrial park in the City of Alcoa to accommodate the expansion of the area’s bioscience cluster in Pellissippi Place, the region’s research and development hub. This project supports the continued growth of the Tennessee Innovation Valley, a five county region that includes the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and other regional advanced technology and manufacturing companies. This investment is part of a $2,945,330 project that the grantee estimates will create 205 jobs and leverage $21 million in private investment.
    • $663,098 in Economic Adjustment funds to the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to support the establishment of an international business mentoring program for advanced manufacturers in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The program will develop customized, sustainable strategies for manufacturers looking to export, and provide the tools and knowledge manufacturers need to increase their exports in the global marketplace. This export assistance will create opportunities in the energy, high-tech, nanotechnology, bio-tech, and life sciences industries. This investment is part of a $1,326,196 project.
    • $500,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the City of West Liberty, Kentucky, to fund the acquisition of property and the construction of parking and pedestrian walkways to facilitate access to the downtown business district in West Liberty. The City’s center was devastated by flooding in May 2011 with recovery efforts further hampered by an EF3 tornado in March 2012. The new parking areas and walkways will be built outside of the flood plain increasing disaster resiliency of businesses in the downtown area. This investment is part of a $650,000 project.

  • August 26-30, 2013

    • $600,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to The Idea Village, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, to increase assistance to entrepreneurs in high-growth, high-wage industries in New Orleans. Building upon the successful track record of Idea Village's Entrepreneur Season this project will provide technical assistance and facilitate access to capital to an additional 300 new businesses. Idea Village will also significantly increase the scale of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week by increasing the number of forums, workshops, pitch competitions, networking sessions, and attendees through outreach with entrepreneurs, universities, and public and private partners. This investment will help New Orleans diversify its local economy and solidify its position as a prime location for entrepreneurs. This investment is part of a $1.2 million project that the grantee estimates will provide technical assistance to over 1,000 businesses in high-growth, high-wage industries.
    • $425,680 in 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Paducah-McCracken Joint Sewer Agency, Paducah, Kentucky, to support the construction of sewer infrastructure that will promote the continued vitality of the port of Paducah following extensive flooding of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers in 2011. The project is necessary to remedy environmental concerns and to mitigate future flooding damages. This investment will help the region capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $532,100 project that the grantee estimates will save 102 jobs.

  • August 19-23, 2013

    • $1.65 million in public works assistance to Talbot County and the Town of Easton, Maryland, to support the construction of a new wastewater system and pump station to serve the proposed Shore Health System's Regional Medical Center Campus in Easton. The region has outgrown the existing Easton Memorial Hospital, and relocating the hospital would potentially move jobs out of an area of the state with one of the highest unemployment rates and hurt the area’s access to health care. EDA’s investment will not only support the new medical center, but also support medical private practices and other additional businesses looking to locate in the vicinity. This investment is part of a $3.3 million project that the grantees estimate will create 250 jobs, save 2,100 jobs, and leverage $240 million in private investment.
    • $1,644,040 in trade adjustment assistance to the Regents of the University of Colorado at Boulder, to fund the activities of the Rocky Mountain Trade Adjustment Assistance Center at the Regents of the University of Colorado in Boulder, which serves import-impacted firms located in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $2,076,040 project.
    • $1,621,025 in trade adjustment assistance to the Mid-Atlantic Employers’ Association, to fund the activities of the Mid-Atlantic Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, which serves import-impacted firms located in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $2,522,643 project.
    • $1,549,089 in trade adjustment assistance to the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc., to fund the activities of the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in North Billerica, Massachusetts, which serves import-impacted firms located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $2,411,089 project.
    • $1,538,277 in trade adjustment assistance to Applied Strategies International, Ltd., to fund the activities of the Midwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Chicago, Illinois, which serves import-impacted firms located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $2,194,177 project.
    • $1,374,763 in trade adjustment assistance to the University of Texas at San Antonio to fund the activities of the Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in San Antonio, TX, which serves import-impacted firms located in: Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,512,771 project.
    • $1,356,692 in trade adjustment assistance to the Trade Task Group to fund the activities of the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Seattle, Washington, which serves import-impacted firms located in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,542,132 project.
    • $1,310,555 in trade adjustment assistance to the Regents of the University of Michigan to fund the activities of the Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which serves import-impacted firms located in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,705,055 project.
    • $1,263,223 in trade adjustment assistance to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation to fund the activities of the Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves import-impacted firms located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,574,117 project.
    • $1,195,204 in trade adjustment assistance to the University of Southern California to fund the activities of the Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Los Angeles, which serves import-impacted firms located in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,553,123 project.
    • $1,152,303 in trade adjustment assistance to the Curators of the University of Missouri-Columbia to fund the activities of the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Columbia, Missouri, which serves import-impacted firms located in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,640,824 project.
    • $1,116,827 in trade adjustment assistance to the Research Foundation of SUNY Binghamton to fund the activities of the New York State Trade Adjustment Assistance Center at the Research Foundation State University of New York in Binghamton, which serves import-impacted firms located in New York, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,336,409 project.
    • $932,000 in public works assistance to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke Foundation Incorporated and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to fund the renovation of existing buildings in downtown Pembroke to create the University of North Carolina at Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator. This facility will provide local entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses with quality space and business services. By supporting economic diversification, the incubator will also help spur the creation of new high-skill, living-wage jobs in a region that has experienced job losses in the textile and tobacco manufacturing sectors. This investment is part of a $1,166,083 project that the grantees estimate will create 115 jobs and leverage $1.15 million in private investment.
    • $909,500 in partnership planning assistance to the Kentucky Department of Local Government, Frankfort, Kentucky, to support the development and implementation of comprehensive economic development strategies (CEDS) by Area Development Districts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and enhancement of coordinated economic development efforts. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. This investment is part of a $1,136,875 project.
    • $364,000 in public works assistance to the City of Fellsmere, Florida, to fund the construction of roadway infrastructure to support growth of the region’s aquaculture cluster. The cluster includes a commercial-scale, state-of-the-art aquaculture program in Fellsmere and an adjoining facility that will house a research and development consortium that includes the Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Institute, the Florida Institute of Technology, and Texas Tech University. This investment is part of a $728,000 project that the grantee estimates will create 42 jobs and leverage $10.4 million in private investment.
    • $300,000 in economic adjustment assistance to the TruFund Financial Services, Inc. (formerly Seedco Financial Services, Inc.), New York City, New York, to provide technical services and support for 8 to 10 emerging New York City small businesses. In an incubator setting, the program will target new companies in the City’s two fastest growing sectors -- technology and healthcare-- and provide these businesses with access to professional business expertise, networking, and management training opportunities. The program will provide the competitively selected businesses with on-site services tailored to address each firms’ operational needs, thereby maximizing their growth potential. This investment is part of a $600,000 project.

  • August 5-9, 2013

    • $1,227,138 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Dubuque, Iowa, to fund the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Dubuque’s deteriorated, century-old, flood-damaged sewer and water systems and restoration of Bee Branch Creek, a long-buried tributary of the Mississippi River. Rebuilding this critical water and sewer infrastructure and restoring the flood plain is critical to the management of flood waters in the city’s central commercial area, and will serve as a catalyst for boosting economic growth, job creation, and private investment in the region. This investment is part of a $10,226,150 project that the grantee estimates will save 106 jobs.

  • July 29-August 2, 2013

    • $190,000 to the University of Guam to fund development of an integrated strategy to increase tourism, exports, and competition in the global marketplace. It will also support the University of Guam’s efforts to strengthen the regional economy through the provision of technical assistance and applied research that will help boost and spur innovation and entrepreneurship. This investment is part of a $190,000 project.

  • July 22-26, 2013

    • $1.52 million to the City of Perryville, Perry County, and the Missouri Department of Transportation, Perryville, Missouri, to support construction of a new public roadway and related infrastructure necessary to provide industrial access and expansion of Perryville’s industrial park. The new roadway will allow the planned expansion of two businesses already located in the industrial park and provide improved access to the industrial area, which will reduce truck traffic in congested areas of the city and increase safety in and around the industrial park. In addition, the improvements will enhance the park’s ability to accommodate more business tenants in the future, which will bring new high-wage jobs and private investment to further strengthen the region’s economy. This investment is part of a project totaling $4,699,183 that the grantees estimate will create 215 jobs and leverage $26.97 million in private investment.

  • July 15-19, 2013

    • $2.249 million to the Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada, to renovate and expand the Applied Industrial Technology Center at the Truckee Meadows Community College in Washoe County. The Center will provide training for workers in the clean energy, advanced mining, materials and manufacturing, and logistics industries. This facility will create opportunities for area workers to attain the upgraded skills necessary to move into new and emerging industries. This investment is part of a $2,811,215 project that the grantee estimates will create 1,600 new jobs.
    • $1.859 million to the Central Valley Opportunity Center, Inc., Winston, California, to renovate the Central Valley Opportunity Center, Inc., in Merced County to expand the existing vocational and business training center. The Central Valley Opportunity Center is designed to address economic distress in the area leading to long term economic transformation by focusing on the rural community, and lower-skilled labor force, to create and foster an environment which supports higher-wage, higher-skill jobs in the metal manufacturing and transportation trades industry. This investment is part of a $2,657,029 project that the grantee estimates will create 432 jobs.
    • $1,592,959 to the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, Monticello, Utah, to fund construction of the Canyon Country Discovery Center, a destination tourist site in San Juan County, which is currently home to numerous National and state parks and forests, a Native American Reservation, and other recreational sites. This project will expand the tourism industry, bringing opportunities for employment and job creation to the region. This investment is part of a $3,592,959 project that the grantee estimates will create 23 jobs, save 12 jobs and leverage $2 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million to the Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, Oregon, to fund the renovation of an existing building at Linn-Benton Community College and creates the new Advanced Transportation and Technology Center in Linn County. This Center will train technicians in advanced manufacturing as well as in the research, design, building, and operating of high efficiency alternative-fuel vehicles. This investment helps Linn County capitalize on its competitive strengths and boost the region’s economy by creating more jobs in advanced automotive technology. This investment is part of a $3 million project that the grantee estimates will create 203 new jobs and save 200 jobs.
    • $579,000 to the City of Bangor, Maine, to fund the renovation of an existing aircraft hangar and construction of an aircraft paint facility at the Bangor International Airport to accommodate mid-sized commercial aircraft and support expansion of existing businesses. The upgraded facilities will help attract more U.S. and foreign contracts and provide opportunities for creation of high-wage aircraft maintenance and repair jobs. This investment is part of a $1.158 million project that the grantee estimates will create 70 jobs and leverage $250,000 in private investment.

  • July 8-12, 2013

    • $1 million in Fiscal Year 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to Lincoln County and Fayetteville Public Utilities, Fayetteville, Tennessee, to construct critical sewer infrastructure along the Huntsville Highway corridor to protect businesses from damage and disruptions due to flooding disasters. The project will also allow manufacturers to locate or expand in the region and create jobs. This investment will help the County capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $5,283,900 project that the grantee estimate will create 155 new jobs, save 45 jobs, and leverage $6.45 million in private investment.

  • July 1-5, 2013

    • $1,946,100 to the City of Rochester, New Hampshire, to fund construction of water and sewer infrastructure to extend service to the Crossroads Industrial Park and the Rochester Marketplace in Strafford County. Expanding the water and sewer services to these areas will serve as a catalyst for expansion of existing businesses, new business development, and opportunities for job creation to replace almost 500 jobs lost due to the recent closure of several manufacturing companies. This investment is part of a $3,892,200 project that the grantee estimates will create 130 jobs, save 76 jobs, and leverage $1.5 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million to the Gaston College/Gaston Board of Trustees, Dallas, North Carolina, to construct the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing on the Gaston College campus and renovate the existing Pharr Trade and Industrial building. The facilities will house training for workers to expand the region’s clean energy industry, green technologies, and sustainable manufacturing. The training will prepare students for high-growth, high-wage occupations and train current employees for advancement in those industries. This investment is part of a $6,517,431 project that the grantee estimates will create 160 new jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $50 million in private investment.
    • $1.4 million to Halifax County, North Carolina, to construct core infrastructure to support a new state of the art lumber processing facility within the Town of Enfield. The project will leverage North Carolina’s abundance of forestry based natural resources for the lumber, biomass, and other related industries. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies to enhance North Carolina’s second largest manufacturing industry, the project will enable the area’s manufacturing and agricultural clusters to rapidly expand. This investment is part of a $2,996,505 project that the grantee estimates will create 350 jobs and leverage $110 million in private investment.
    • $1,246,054 to the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to fund the construction of critical infrastructure improvements to Bahnson Avenue from East 60th Street North to East Benson Road. When completed, the renovated roadway will provide access to acres of land for new developments and improve the City’s connections to the interstate highway boosting business expansion and job opportunities for residents of Sioux Falls. This investment is part of a $2,492,109 project that the grantee estimates will create 200 jobs and leverage $70 million in private investment.
    • $1,228,079 to Winston-Salem State University and the S.G. Atkins Community Corporation, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to renovate the lower level of the Enterprise Center in Winston-Salem to expand the existing, successful business incubation program. The Enterprise Center is designed to address economic distress in the area leading to long term economic transformation by focusing on the urban, minority, and economically disadvantaged populations, to create and foster an environment which supports and grows small business. The incubation program expands and recruits new entrepreneurial opportunities for start-up business in industries including information technology, healthcare, and human service fields. This investment is part of a $1,928,079 project that the grantees estimate will create 300 jobs and leverage $12 million in private investment.

  • June 24-28, 2013

    • $1,489,255 to the Great Falls College-Montana State University, Great Falls, Montana, to fund the renovation of an existing building, located on the campus of Great Falls College-Montana State University, for use as the Industrial Trades Training Center. When completed, the Center will provide classrooms for specialized training in welding, carpentry, and auto mechanics to address the state’s shortage of skilled, certified workers in these trades. Workers completing advanced welding training will be certified in U.S. and Canadian welding standards and may qualify for high demand, high-paying employment opportunities in industries such as the Canadian oil sands extraction and the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota and eastern Montana. This investment is part of a $2,978,510 project that the grantee estimates will create 120 jobs and leverage $24 million in private investment.
    • $1 million to the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, El Paso, Texas, to fund the design and construction of the Biomedical Research and Technology Commercialization Center in a distressed area in El Paso. The Center will serve as a flexible hub to support multi-institutional and disciplinary transitional biomedical research, innovation, and commercialization supporting entrepreneurship and small business growth and development. This investment is part of a $1,337,480 project.

  • June 10-14, 2013

    • $9,833,120 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Mankato, Minnesota, to fund construction to raise the grade of Highway 169 above the 100-year floodplain between Mankato and St. Peter. The project will protect this essential transportation asset, allowing freight and vehicle traffic through the region’s important arteries during disasters. The highway has flooded 7 times in the last 20 years—most significantly in October 2010 and May 2011—forcing road closures and detours that crippled local businesses. This investment will help Minnesota capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $17,802,450 project that the grantee estimates will create 500 jobs and leverage $10 million in private investment.

  • May 27-31, 2013

    • $18 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Minot and the Souris Basin Planning Council, Minot, North Dakota, to fund the installation of new water, sewer, road, and lighting infrastructure in downtown Minot to replace and upgrade infrastructure damaged by the 2011 Mouse River Flood. This project supports the Downtown Minot Smart Growth DevelopmentDisaster Recovery Project, which is focused on enabling the City—considered the regional commercial hub for northwest North Dakota—to address the demand for new retail, commercial, and housing space outside of the flooded area. Not only will this project help strengthen the infrastructure needed for a more robust retail base, but it will enable displaced homeowners and businesses to relocate to the Downtown area and assist with economic development efforts needed to make the community more resilient to future disasters. This investment is part of a $22.5 million project that the grantees estimate will create 75 jobs and leverage $35 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Montana Department of Transportation and the Central Montana Rail, Inc., Helena, Montana, to fund the extensive repair of the Judith River Trestle, which was demolished and deemed impassable due to severe flooding in spring 2011. Repair of the trestle is critical to restoring rail service lost as a result of the flooding to the region’s agricultural and manufacturing businesses, and will also provide more transportation options for freight movement thus decreasing transportation costs for farmers and small businesses. This investment is part of a $3,880,750 project.
    • $600,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of McAllen, Texas, to support the construction of basic roadway, water, and wastewater infrastructure along with sidewalk and drainage improvements for the South Bentsen Road Industrial Complex in the Foreign Trade Zone of McAllen near the U.S. Mexico border. These projects allow for the expansion of existing businesses and an increase in international trade. This investment is part of a $1.27 million project that the grantee estimates will create 300 jobs.
    • $300,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the  North Country Council, Bethlehem, New Hampshire, to fund a disaster recovery coordinator to help local government officials and business leaders coordinate and facilitate long-term economic recovery efforts from the devastation of the 2011 natural disasters in New Hampshire’s North Country region, which comprises the counties of Grafton, Carroll, and Coos. This investment is part of a $375,000 project.
    • $284,311 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Greenfield, Massachusetts, to support the hiring of two full-time Business Development Specialists—one to serve Franklin County and the other to serve Berkshire County—as well as establish an office in northern Berkshire County. The specialists, working with local government officials, will provide technical assistance, outreach, and financial counseling to entrepreneurs and small business owners that have been impacted by the Tropical Storm Irene disaster. Providing these services will help the disaster-impacted businesses with long-term recovery and promote resiliency in the region. This investment is part of a $355,389 project.

  • May 20-24, 2013

    • $20 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Joplin and Joplin Redevelopment Corporation, Inc., Missouri, to support construction of critical infrastructure necessary to redevelop the city’s 20th street corridor. This project, which includes a new public library and community resource center, constitutes an integral part of Joplin’s mixed-use retail/residential/dining/entertainment long-term master plan for recovery from the devastating tornado of May 22, 2011. This project also supports green development initiatives and makes the city an attractive place for prospective investors, employees, and residents. This investment is part of a $25 million project.
    • $4,718,017 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Chenango County Industrial Development Agency, Norwich, New York, to support the revitalization of the Chenango County Rail system, which was extensively damaged from flooding in 2011 by Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. Restoration of the rail system will resume access to freight and industrial transportation to businesses throughout Chenango County making it more competitive and cost effective to small businesses still recovering from the natural disasters. Overall, the improvements will help create job opportunities and attract new businesses to the area and help make the rail system more resilient to future disasters.  This investment is part of a $5,997,509 project.
    • $799,944 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Sunbury Municipal Authority, Sunbury, Pennsylvania, to support the construction of storm water and sewer infrastructure to update the current inadequate storm water conveyance system, which was overwhelmed by flooding from Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. Improvements to the system will help protect major businesses and critical infrastructure, such as an electrical substation serving the entire Sunbury community and a fiber optic amplification facility, from future disasters and create a resilient community. This investment is part of a $1.346 million project that the grantee estimates will retain 200 jobs.
    • $196,468 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Northwest Wisconsin regional Planning Commission, Spooner, Wisconsin, to fund a strategy for the protection of businesses and employers in the city of Jasper and Taylor County from events similar to or even worse than the 2010 flooding of the Yellow River. Economic developers and engineers will access the study to make site selections for future business locations. The similarities between Taylor County and the nine other counties in the Northwest Wisconsin EDD, as well as EDDs throughout Wisconsin, will allow wider use of the data inputs from this study. This investment will help Wisconsin capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $245,600 project.
    • $115,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, Vermont, to provide technical assistance, in conjunction with loan opportunities and products offered through the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), to businesses affected by the 2011 natural disasters. Providing these services will help these disaster-impacted businesses with long-term recovery, prevent long-term losses, particularly for Vermont’s brand of small businesses, which typically are locally owned and independently-operated with less than 20 employees, and promote long-term recovery and resiliency in the region. This investment is part of a $156,404 project.

  • May 13-17, 2013

    • $3,431,600 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, to support the development of a new coalition and first-class training and workforce development center operated by the Hudson Valley Food and Beverage Alliance (Alliance) at the Marriott Pavilion located on the campus of the Culinary Institute of America to help local flood-ridden farmers in the Hudson Valley recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. The Culinary Institute will serve as the hub for the Alliance, which will provide farms and agri-businesses in the Hudson Valley with the resources, training, services, and essential support necessary to recover from the natural disasters, sustain their current farming operations, as well as expand and create new economic opportunities to make the region more resilient to future disasters. This investment is part of a $5,816,612 project that the grantee estimates will create 32 jobs and leverage $7 million in private investment.
    • $2.02 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Savanna, Illinois, to demolish the city of Savannah’s old flood-damaged water treatment plant and construct a new facility in a location that will be able to support the expansion of two manufacturing companies and to spur continued growth in the region. The old plant was overwhelmed by significant flooding on the Mississippi River, and the region suffered severe economic loss. This investment will help Illinois capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $9,945,200 project that the grantee estimates will create 20 jobs and save 220 jobs.
    • $2 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the US Virgin Islands Government, Economic Development Authority, St. Thomas/St. Croix/St. John, Virgin Island, to support the creation of a Disaster Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) for small and mid-sized businesses focused on commercial, manufacturing, retail, construction, and business services located in St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John that have been affected by federally-declared natural disasters. The Disaster Relief RLF will offer a range of loan services and implement strategies over the long term to support the creation and retention of businesses and job preservation and address economic distress in the face of future nature disasters. This investment is part of a $2,409,638 project.
    • $800,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Stamford, Connecticut, to support the rehabilitation and replacement of obsolete and vulnerable infrastructure at the Dyke Lane Pumping Station, which was weakened, deteriorated, and stressed by flooding from Tropical Strom Irene. This infrastructure is a core part of the Stamford Hurricane Protection Barrier project whose main objective is to promote the economic resiliency of one of the most active and growing commercial business districts in New England. Currently, Stamford remains vulnerable to disaster from storm and flood surges from the Long Island Sound. Rehabilitation of this infrastructure will help alleviate the risk of losing billions of dollars in existing and planned economic development in Stamford’s downtown and South End redevelopment areas and will enhance the region’s overall resiliency to future storm events. This investment is part of a $1 million project that the grantee estimates will create 1,653 jobs, save 2,705 jobs, and leverage $32 million in private investment.
    • $265,616 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Popular Bluff, Missouri, to fund the construction of storm water drainage infrastructure for the Poplar Bluff Industrial Park, which was damaged and temporarily closed due to flooding in 2011. By improving the industrial park’s storm water drainage system, future closures caused by flood waters will be avoided and available space will be marketable to businesses seeking to locate in the industrial park, enhancing the resiliency of the park in flood events. This investment is part of a $332,020 project.
    • $200,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Bristol, the Town of Plainville, and the Town of Plymouth, Connecticut, to support the Bristol-Plainville-Plymouth Pequabuck River Flooding Study that will evaluate flooding and its effects on economic development in the communities of Bristol, Plainville and Plymouth, Connecticut, which were severely impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and other natural disasters in 2011. The study is a necessary first step to implementing flood mitigation projects that will result in the identification of strategies to alleviate flooding in the Pequabuck River watershed, with a focus on flood-prone commercial areas in each community. Overall, the project will assist in long-term disaster resiliency planning that will provide an economic development roadmap for a more resilient future. This investment is part of a $250,000 project.

  • April 22-26, 2013

    • $2 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Lorraine Civil rights Museum Foundation, Memphis, Tennessee, to fund the renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum at the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Lorraine Motel site is an economic anchor in the downtown south end of Memphis, the Arts and Museum district.  A national marketing campaign will spearhead the reopening of the newly renovated museum and draw attention to the City’s many tourism attractions.  Memphis suffered several natural disasters in 2011 that resulted in flooding and business disruptions.  This project will encourage the return of visitors to the area and help Memphis recover from these disasters.  This investment is part of a $4,362,429 project.
    • $2 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Vermont Economic Development Authority, Montpelier, Vermont, to fund the creation of the Vermont Business Recovery Revolving Loan Fund to provide additional business capital not readily available from traditional sources to restore the operations of small, at-risk businesses directly and severely impacted by spring flooding events and Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.  Due to external and prevailing factors such as the current state of tight commercial lending and a regional economy that relies on natural resources, agriculture, recreation and tourism as significant contributors to the gross state product and jobs, the current available loan level is not adequate to meet existing and anticipated demand for capital and resiliency needs.  The portfolio will allow the Vermont Economic Development Authority to expand its range of loan services over the long term to support businesses and job preservation in the face of future natural disasters.  This investment is part of a $2.5 million project.
    • $1.13 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Atlantic City, New Jersey, to support the rehabilitation and replacement of antiquated infrastructure in the Atlantis Avenue Flood Gate System and bulkhead in Atlantic City, which sustained major flood damages from Hurricane Irene.   The City’s two major access roads, the Atlantic City Expressway and U.S. Route 30, were both flooded during the Hurricane and rendered the City inaccessible for extended periods of time resulting in loss of billions of dollars in gaming, hospitality and tourism-related services in New Jersey’s primary tourism destination.   The restoration of the infrastructure is a critical element in Atlantic City’s ongoing revitalization and post-Irene economic recovery, and will help to reestablish and maintain economic viability and diversity and mitigate future flooding.  This investment is part of a $2.13 million project.
    • $600,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and Common Capital, Inc., Springfield, Massachusetts, to fund the development of a Regional Disaster Framework Plan for Hampden and Hampshire counties that were severely impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and other natural disasters in 2011.   Disaster affected businesses in this two-county rural Pioneer Valley region will gain access to capital, business outreach, and technical assistance, as well as regional disaster resiliency planning to assist in long-term planning and recovery.  This investment is part of a $760,000 project.
    • $500,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Montpelier, Vermont, to support implementation of the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative (VERI) whose objective is to rebuild “Vermont Strong” following the devastation caused by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.  VERI will enable community officials to assess the region’s critical infrastructure, demographics, and overall economic state and develop strategies to assist Vermont and its municipalities in disaster resiliency planning.  The project will assist in long-term recovery from natural disasters, creating a more resilient future.  This investment is part of a $679,700 project.
    • $280,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to Passaic County, Paterson, New Jersey, to fund the development and implementation of the Passaic County Disaster Assessment and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) focusing on the municipalities of Little Falls, Paterson, Passaic, Pompton Lakes, Totowa, and Wayne to assess the region’s critical infrastructure, demographics, and overall economic state following the flooding and storms of 2011.  The project will also incorporate disaster resiliency planning to assist in long-term recovery from future natural disasters.  The CEDS process is designed to bring together the region’s public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.  This investment is part of a $350,000 project.

  • April 15-19, 2013

    • $4,090,624 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Corinth , Mississippi, to construct storm water control systems to minimize the impact of flooding on businesses and the Corinth community. The City has been repeatedly devastated by flooding and storms in recent years, causing millions of dollars in damages and losses to businesses and jobs. This project will help the City capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $5,113,280 project that the grantee estimates will create 40 jobs and save 107 jobs.
    • $1,834,863 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the River Edge Development Authority, Jefferson, Indiana, to construct road, rail, water, and other infrastructure to support the region’s transportation, distribution, and manufacturing clusters to spur job creation in the River Ridge Commerce Center Business Park. The region has suffered through five declared disasters since 2008 – disasters that caused many millions of dollars in damages. This investment will help the Clark County region capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in its long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $3,669,726 project that the grantee estimates will create 1,202 jobs and leverage $147 million in private investment.
    • $1,600,309 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to Holmes Community College and Attala County, Goodman, Mississippi, to construct improvements to renovate a structure to house the Attala Educational Center. The region has suffered severe flooding and tornado damage, with three federally-declared disasters in 2011. The Attala Educational Center will house education, training, and business incubation. This investment will help Holmes County capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $3.2 million project that the grantees estimate will create 183 jobs and leverage $750,000 in private investment.

  • April 8-12, 2013

    • $1.8 million to the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, Pauma Valley, San Diego County, California, to fund roadway improvements to the Pauma Valley Recreational Area of the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians’ Reservation, which was damaged during severe flooding in 2010 and led to significant job loss. The reconstruction of the damaged roadways increases the safety of the campground, enhances recreational tourism opportunities in the community, and improves the Tribe’s potential for significant economic gain. This investment is part of a $2 million project that the grantee estimates will create 22 new jobs.

  • April 1-5, 2013

    • $3,810,412 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency, Delhi, New York, to fund the purchase and preparation of a flood resistant, shovel-ready manufacturing site in Delaware County which suffered severe damage by flooding and torrential rains from Tropical Storm Lee.  Work at the site includes clearing; grading; water, sewer, and road infrastructure; and relocation of overhead utilities.  The site will be leased by major regional employers including an aerospace manufacturer who would have been forced to relocate out of the region, leading to significant job loss, if a new location had not been found.  This project will increase disaster resiliency for the region and ensure ongoing employment for area residents while providing the confidence to rebuild homes, support business, and community facilities.  Additionally this project supports the growth of the manufacturing and transportation industry clusters. This investment is part of a $4,763,015 project that the grantee estimates will save 1,200 jobs and leverage $50 million in private investment.
    • $2,643,730 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Sheffield, Alabama, to construct flood control infrastructure necessary to protect a local hospital and create new areas for future economic development. Two EF3 tornadoes and other storms hit the city in April 2011, collapsing and overwhelming parts of the storm water system. This investment is part of a $3,304,663 project that the grantee estimates will make the area more resilient to floods and save over 1,000 jobs.
    • $1,601,800 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, Montpelier, Vermont, to fund the installation of cellular communications infrastructure in targeted areas of Northeast Kingdom, East Central Vermont, and Windham County that experienced damage from the 2011 natural disasters that lead to business disruptions due to communication failures. This project supports the Vermont Cellular Resiliency Project which is focused on increasing cellular communications in Vermont’s disaster stricken areas while providing resilient communications hot spots in villages that will provide cellular and Wi-Fi access even when commercial power is out. This investment will help Vermont capitalize on its competitive strengths, assist in the region’s long-term recovery efforts, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $2,002,250 project that the grantee estimates will save 225 jobs and leverage $33 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Town of Faison, North Carolina, to fund construction of water infrastructure necessary to retain and expand industries that add value to the region’s hard-pressed agricultural economy. In August 2011, Hurricane Irene severely damaged the region’s crops–including cotton, sweet potatoes, and tobacco. The extreme drought worsened the economy by withering crops and delaying harvests. This investment is part of a $2.285 million project that the grantee estimates will create 80 jobs, save 75 jobs, and leverage $4.75 million in private investment.
    • $420,528 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to Lyman County and the Town of Oacoma, South Dakota, to support the replacement of a compromised wastewater main serving major businesses in the region that were significantly impacted by the 2011 Missouri River flood event. Although the buildings and structures associated with the businesses avoided direct water damage, the underlying soils were found to be compromised causing the vertical and horizontal shifting of the existing wastewater main. Replacing the comprised wastewater infrastructure with a new wastewater main will help stabilize the property, support the region’s long-term recovery, spur job creation, leverage private investment, and promote disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $525,660 project.

  • March 25-29, 2013

    • $3,079,889 to the Port of Garibaldi, Oregon, to fund the reconstruction of the wharf along Commercial Avenue in Garibaldi, which was damaged in severe winter storms in 2011 and led to significant job loss. The reconstruction supports the return of commercial fishing boats to the wharf that have been unable to utilize it since it was damaged, and the diversification and strengthening of the economy into heavier marine manufacturing products. This investment is part of a $4,687,889 project that the grantee estimates will create 250 jobs, retain 32 jobs, and leverage $1.8 million in private investment.
    • $1.7 million to New College Foundation, Martinsville, Virginia, to support construction of a workforce training center, including classroom and high-bay manufacturing space and associated equipment, at the New College Institute in Martinsville, to serve the city of Martinsville and the counties of Patrick and Henry. The new facilities will allow the Institute to provide training to students in advanced manufacturing, next-generation healthcare, and entrepreneurship, and will address the shortage of skilled workforce in those particular sectors. This investment is part of a $3.5 million project that the grantee estimates will create 160 jobs and leverage $68 million in private investment.
    • $1,645,200 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Harrisburg, Illinois, to construct improvements to the City of Harrisburg’s waste water treatment plant. Harrisburg suffered severe damage from the 2011 flood and further devastation from a major tornado in 2012. This investment will also support local industries and protect against future floods. The project will add to and improve the filtration system and install an additional pump in the storm water pumping station. This project is expected to leverage $2 million in private investment. This investment is part of a $2,056,500 project that the grantee estimates will leverage $2 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million to the Nash Community College and the Trustees of Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to construct the Corporate Training Wing of the Nash Community College Continuing Education facility on the College’s Rocky Mount campus. The new facility is critical to expanding the College’s existing partnerships with local industries and increasing the capacity of the College to meet the rising demand for skilled employees to work in the advanced manufacturing, transportation, and logistics industry clusters that are emerging as new foundations in the regional economy. This investment is part of a $3,026,643 project that the grantees estimate will create 440 jobs and leverage $5.5 million in private investment.
    • $1.4 million to the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Edward Wisner Donation Advisory Committee, Galliano, Louisiana, to fund the construction of improvements to elevate and improve drainage of Theriot Road at Port Fourchon, which is considered the “Gulf’s Energy Connection.”  Area companies have been dislocated or experienced lengthy down time due to flooding from various natural disasters, including Hurricane Isaac in 2012.  This project will increase disaster resiliency at the port ensuring its continued operation following future flooding events, and enhance the safety and sustainability of the port as the hub for deepwater-offshore energy activity in the Gulf of Mexico.  This investment is part of a $3.96 million project that the grantee estimates will create 320 jobs and retain 1,000 jobs.
    • $1,122,401 to the city of Asheville, North Carolina, to fund critical infrastructure improvements in Asheville—including transportation and waterline upgrades—to strengthen the region’s agricultural cluster and spur economic growth through economic diversification, recreation and tourism, and better utilization of the region’s assets—while ensuring the proper balance in the rich ecological environment of the Appalachian Mountains. The project will revitalize brownfield sites and promote green building and energy efficiency, as well as create jobs in western North Carolina. This investment is part of a $2,244,803 project that the grantee estimates will create 150 jobs and leverage $175 million in private investment.
    • $610,740 to the Town of Kingstree and the Williamsburg County Development Corporation, Kingstree, South Carolina, to construct critical infrastructure to enable reuse of a former textile facility in Williamsburg County. The region has suffered severe economic distress in recent years because of downsizing and plant closings. This project will increase local manufacturing and strengthen the regional economy. This investment is part of a $763,425 project that the grantees estimate will create 100 jobs and leverage $3.5 million in private investment.
    • $587,796 to the City of Fort Benton, Montana, to support construction of infrastructure necessary to extend public utilities (water, sewer, and roads) to accommodate development of the new Fort Benton Industrial Park in Chouteau County. The new infrastructure is crucial for development of shovel-ready sites needed to attract and expand businesses, particularly those focused on value-added agriculture and alternative energy. The plant, as proposed, would use innovative technology to convert feed barley into fish food to supply the region’s trout and salmon industries and produce ethanol for sale to Montana refineries. Development of the park will create jobs and attract private investment to the region. This investment is part of a $1.385 million project that the grantee estimates will create 42 jobs and leverage $19 million in private investment.
    • $400,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission, Appleton, Minnesota, to fund the creation of the new Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission’s Disaster Recovery Revolving Loan Fund for the five counties served by the Commission and the Upper Sioux Community. The counties – Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Porte, Swift, and Yellow Medicine – suffered from the disastrous floods of May 2011 that destroyed an entire year’s income for farmers and farm workers. Job creation in the region’s cities and towns has become even more important to the workers. This investment is part of a $500,000 project that will give the region’s businesses access to capital through the revolving loans, that the grantee estimates will create 50 new jobs, retain 50 jobs, and leverage $5 million in private investment.

  • March 18-22, 2013

    • $960,056 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to Operation Hope, Inc., Los Angeles, California, to fund disaster and long-term recovery resiliency guidance and business planning assistance to small businesses in the Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, and New York Counties that suffered flood damage and interruption of services due to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Due to lack of pre-disaster planning, more than half of the small businesses in the targeted area that were severely impacted by these disasters were unable to qualify for loans and obtain other critical services needed to revive their businesses and as a result were forced to lay off or furlough employees. This project will help address the long-term need for disaster mitigation services for small businesses by enhancing opportunities to access capital and other critical services needed to make them more resilient to future disasters. This investment is part of a $1,200,070 project.

  • March 11-15, 2013

    • $3,201,600 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Town of Hackleburg and the Water Board of Hackleburg, Alabama, to fund the construction of critical water infrastructure necessary to increase capacity to support regional economic growth. Marion County and the town of Hackleburg suffered severe damage and economic dislocation when hit by an EF 5 tornado in April 2011. This investment is part of a $4.002 million project that the grantees estimate will create 30 jobs and save 330 jobs.
    • $3 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to Joplin Schools, Joplin, Missouri, to support the rebuilding and equipping of the Franklin Technology Center in Joplin, which was demolished in the May 2011 tornado disaster. The Franklin Technology Center, operated by the Joplin School District, will provide skills training to students in the school system as well as specialized training to adults already in the workforce. This investment will allow the school district to enhance the career training program to focus on manufacturing and technology to help with job creation and economic diversification efforts needed to make the community more resilient to future disasters. This investment is part of a $3,750,632 project.
    • $1.89 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Town of Pine Hill, Alabama, to fund construction of infrastructure necessary to diversify the regional economy and make it more economically resilient to natural disasters. The tornadoes of April 2011severely impacted the wood products and paper industries and this project will strengthen the emerging metal producing and processing industrial cluster known as the “Metals Corridor” by creating nearly 300 jobs created and leveraging nearly $100,000,000 million in private investment. This investment is part of a $2.7 million project that the grantee estimates will create 300 jobs and leverage $100 million in private investment.
    • $1,557,408 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Town of Phil Campbell and the Water Works and Sewer Board of the Town of Phil Campbell, Alabama, to construct critical water and sewer infrastructure to support the reconstruction of businesses in the Phil Campbell North Industrial Park. The tornados on April 11, 2011, destroyed more than 400 structures throughout the county and three-fourths of the businesses within the city resulting in sudden and severe economic dislocations in the community and the surrounding region. This investment is part of a $1,946,760 project that the grantees estimate will create 23 jobs, save 17 jobs, and leverage $5.1 million in private investment.
    • $1,175,752 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Cordova and the Water Works and Gas Board of the City of Cordova, Alabama, to fund relocation of water and natural gas infrastructure from their present vulnerable location on a bridge over the Black Warrior River to the downtown central business district to protect the utilities and mitigate future business disruptions. The City was devastated by two tornadoes that tore through the downtown in April 2011. The relocation of the infrastructure will stimulate job creation within the Cordova Industrial Development Park. This investment is part of a $1,469,961 project.
    • $800,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Pennyrile Area Development District and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to support the establishment of a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the 15 Kentucky Area Development Districts for the development of a state-wide strategy to reduce the impact of future disasters while providing a framework to further enhance the agricultural economy in Kentucky. Ninety-three of Kentucky’s 120 counties were declared federal disasters in 2011 due to severe storms, tornadoes, and devastating flooding that led to over $200 million in crop damage. The project includes the development of a GIS Agricultural Database to identify disaster prone facilities, potential sites for agricultural development, aggregation/distribution facilities, and other assets that can be used to update the Kentucky Economic Development Information System with agricultural related information. This collaborative effort will more effectively realize the potential of the State’s agricultural economy while increasing disaster resiliency and mitigation. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $367,956 to Custer County, the Custer County Water and Sewer District #2, and the Southeastern Montana Development Corporation, Miles City, Montana, to support construction of a new water main to extend water service to a growing commercial/industrial area along Highway 12 to Interstate 94 in southeastern Montana that does not currently have water service. This project will have substantial economic development impact on the regional economy by greatly enhancing the value of the land and positioning the area to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the emerging energy industry. In addition, the project will foster long term economic development that will serve to stem the tide of population out-migration and increase per capita income for residents in the region, help diversify the regional economy, and reduce the overall dependence on the agricultural industry. This investment is part of a $974,900 project that the grantees estimate will create 30 jobs and leverage $6.32 million in private investment.
    • $205,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Magoffin County Fiscal Court, Salyersville, Kentucky, to support the development of a disaster resiliency strategy and master plan for the City of Salyersville and Magoffin County, which experienced a significant flooding event in 2011. The plan will focus on best-use strategies for disaster vulnerable sites and provide an assessment of the region's industrial and commercial business opportunities relative to their proximity to transportation, other infrastructure, quality of life factors, in order to determine business recruitment and/or expansion strategies. Implementation of this strategy will lead to the diversification of the region's economy, job creation, and a stronger tax base. This investment is part of a $205,000 project.
    • $136,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Rural Economic Development Center, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, to support training and technical assistance activities in communities along North Carolina’s eastern coast, which is recovering from damage received from Hurricane Irene, and Bladen and Robeson counties, which sustained damage from tornado activity in 2011. This project provides leadership training and technical assistance to community and economic development leaders, and business owners to increase each community’s capacity to prepare, respond and recover more quickly reducing the impact and disruption of economic systems and recovery costs for future natural disasters. This investment is part of a $170,450 project.

  • March 4-8, 2013

    • $2,277,350 to the City of Marinette, Wisconsin, to fund the expansion of water, sewer, and road infrastructure in the vicinity of Main and Stanton Streets in Marinette. This project supports the growth of local ship builders who will be building the US Navy's new littoral combat ship providing high-skill high paying jobs and increased participation in the region's growing defense and manufacturing sectors. This investment is part of a $4,554,700 project that the grantee estimates will create 100 jobs and generate $50 million in private investment.
    • $1.2 million in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, Inc. and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama, to support the development of information, analytical methods, and tools to help communities across Alabama build targeted strategies to diversify their regional economic base and mitigate the impact of future disasters. Much of Alabama experience natural disasters in 2011 that severely impacted small business, including the destruction of manufacturing plants and significant damage to central business districts. This project has four components, target sector analysis, transportation and logistics, supply chain analysis, and a simulation and visualization tool. This project is closely affiliated with "Accelerate Alabama" a statewide economic development plan. This investment is part of a $1.5 million project.
    • $1,044,248 to the City of Rolla, Missouri, to support the construction of upgrades to the water, sewer and road infrastructure for an industrial park at the Rolla National Airport. The project is part of a comprehensive master plan for development of the Rolla National Airport. The infrastructure improvements support expansion of existing companies, including advanced manufacturing businesses and others seeking to locate in the industrial park, while improving air transportation for the region. This investment is part of a project totaling $2,389,519 that the grantee estimates will create 65 jobs and generate $13 million in private investment.
    • $378,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to the City of Granite Falls, Minnesota, to support the construction of a new wastewater lift station to replace the system that was damaged in the floods of 2011. This project will increase resiliency to future flooding events and offer businesses and residents greater confidence in the City's preparedness for future natural disasters and will mitigate the flood risk. This investment is part of a $1.512 million project.

  • February 25-March 1, 2013

    • $2,908,306 to the State of Rhode Island, Department of Environmental Management, Providence, Rhode Island, to support the repair of bulkheads, piers, and docks at the Port of Galilee in Narragansett, one of the largest working commercial fishing ports on the east coast. This infrastructure is vital to the continued economic success of the commercial fishing industry and the hundreds of small to medium size businesses dependent upon the port. This project will additionally position the port to increase exports and expand the region’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. This investment is part of a project totaling $5,816,612 that the grantee estimates will create 21 jobs, save 685 jobs, and generate $720,000 in private investment.

  • February 18-22, 2013

    • $15 million in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to Columbia County, Pennsylvania, to support the construction of two flood control systems that include flood walls and pump stations in Bloomsburg, which experienced a number of extraordinary flooding events including a record crest on the Susquehanna River triggered by Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. This project will increase resiliency to future flooding events and allow existing manufacturers and other major regional employers to rebuild in a reduced risk environment while supporting the continued growth of the automotive and agricultural products regional industry clusters. This investment is part of a $30 million project that the grantee estimates will save 900 jobs.
    • $105,000 in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council and the City of Joplin, Missouri, to support the continuation of critical resources needed to address disaster and economic recovery efforts in the cities of Joplin and Duquesne, which are still recovering from the impacts of the May 2011 tornado that destroyed over 450 businesses. Funds will be used to help identify economic recovery activities needed to restore the economies and infrastructure of the impacted areas to pre-disaster levels and make them more resilient to future disasters. This investment is part of a $105,000 project.

  • February 11-15, 2013

    • $400,000 in FY 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity funds to Operation HOPE, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama, to establish the Alabama Small Business Disaster Recovery Program to provide the business and technical assistance needed to reopen small businesses in the six counties where some of the worst damage and jobs losses were caused by the tornadoes of April 2011. The program will offer guidance to more than one thousand business owners over a two-year period and help put some of the thousands of employees affected back to work. The project will help ensure greater disaster resiliency in future crises. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.

  • January 7-11, 2013

    • $1.803 million in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to the Vermont Council on Rural Development, Montpelier, Vermont, to support the Vermont Digital Economy Project, an initiative focused on integrating online tools into rural business strategies, community development, and economic development efforts within twenty-five Vermont communities. In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, 225 of Vermont’s 251 communities incurred significant damage to public infrastructure and numerous communities were physically cut off from services for days. This disruption was magnified by the fact that many businesses in the state had not been able to establish an online presence prior to the storm due to the lack of broadband infrastructure in areas with low population density. This project will provide for the delivery of business support services, deployment of small scale wireless internet infrastructure, distribution of information technology licenses, and expansion of Vermont’s networking services which will enhance the availability of reliable Internet services and enable small businesses in rural regions to be more resilient to future disruptions. This investment is part of a $2,268,175 project.
    • $1 million in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to the US Virgin Island Government-Economic Development Authority, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, Virgin Islands, to support the establishment of an incubator program to assist small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs across the US Virgin Islands. Significant damage sustained during Tropical Storms Otto and Tomas reinforced the need for improved economic resiliency in the Territory. With a focus on growing sustainable businesses, the new incubator will target the professional service, food and agribusiness, tourism, e-commerce and information technology industries. By offering technical assistance on the establishment, operation and administration of small businesses, as well as grants, training and mentoring services to encourage increased entrepreneurial activities, this project will strengthen and diversify the Territory’s economy and make it more resilient in future disasters. This investment is part of a $1.2 million project.
    • $800,000 in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation, Washington, DC, to support the development of a Regional Post-Disaster Recovery Program to provide technical assistance, training, peer-to-peer learning and mentoring, and best practice information dissemination to provide capacity building assistance to FY 2011 disaster-impacted communities within the Northeast. IEDC and NADO will help communities to identify economic recovery, resiliency and redevelopment strategies and efforts that have proven to be effective in other communities and assist individual communities to locate and access necessary resources and build capacity to maintain the momentum of long-term disaster recovery. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $440,000 in 2012 Disaster Recovery Relief Opportunity funds to the US Virgin Island Government-Bureau of Economic Research, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, Virgin Islands, to support the development of a Comprehensive Post-Disaster Targeted Competitive Industry Study and Input-Output model, as well as updates the Territory’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy by incorporating resiliency strategies for private and public sector entities impacted by Hurricane Otto and Tropical Storm Tomas. The project will not only help the Territory recover from the storms’ devastation, but will also conduct an extensive reality-based assessment of the Virgin Islands’ economic, social and financial strengths and assets to attract and grow new industries to diversify the economy and stimulate growth in the impacted region. The project will assist the Territory become more economically resilient following future natural disasters. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.