Impact that starts locally and spans nationally (Data for March 2024)
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April 9, 2024

With EDA Support, Maine’s Marine Industry Reaches New Depths

The seafood industry is often described as the lifeblood of Maine, providing food to customers the world over. Generations of fishermen have sailed its waters in search of lobsters, crabs, scallops, and a variety of other fish. In recent years, the cultivation of oysters, mussels, seaweed, and other species has added to their hauls. Seafood, along with forestry, agriculture, and outdoor recreation, is one of the iconic natural resource-based industries that dominate the economy in the Pine Tree State.
Photo of a man with lobster
April 4, 2024

Multiple EDA Grants Transform Base Closure into Economic Opportunity in West Texas

The place-based investment is core to EDA’s mission, with our team working closely with local community leaders to ensure EDA’s grants support targeted economic development based on each community’s unique needs. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach, which allows EDA’s grants to be flexible, dynamic, and meet the moment that’s called for in each community. In Lubbock, Texas, that has translated into multiple EDA investments, as leaders turn a painful Air Force Base closure into economic opportunity for the region.
Photo of Reese Technology Center sign
March 14, 2024

With EDA Support, a North Carolina Brewery Serves New Opportunities for the Community

Reidsville is a small North Carolina community about twenty miles from Greensboro. Known as “Lucky City,” the residents have a simple motto: ‘live simply, think big.’
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April 9, 2024

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.7 Million to Support Infrastructure Improvements at the Central Louisiana Regional Port

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.7 million grant to the Central Louisiana Regional Port in Alexandria, Louisiana, for infrastructure improvements needed to support disaster resiliency and efficiency improvements at the port.
  • Press Release
  • Disaster Recovery
April 3, 2024

EDA’s Good Jobs Challenge Puts Thousands of Americans to Work

Just last month, over 200 people from across the country gathered together in Washington, DC. They were from state governments, community colleges, and non-profits, representing rural towns, big cities, and everything in between. The one thing they all had in common, they are all partners in this once in a generation investment to place 50,000 Americans into good jobs they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to access. In 2022, the Department of Commerce launched the Good Jobs Challenge in the wake of the pandemic to upskill underemployed individuals and provide job opportunities for those the labor market has historically passed over.
  • Blog
March 21, 2024

EDA Celebrates Women’s History Month

In observance of Women’s History Month 2024, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) joins other U.S. Department of Commerce bureaus recognizing the tremendous contributions of women  and the importance of ensuring equity and opportunity for all.
  • Blog