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A bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce

About EDA

Investment Programs

Public Works:

Empowers distressed communities to revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure to attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify local economies, and generate or retain long-term, private sector jobs and investment.
Printable Public Works Program (PDF)

Economic Adjustment:

Assists state and local interests in designing and implementing strategies to adjust or bring about change to an economy. The program focuses on areas that have experienced or are under threat of serious structural damage to the underlying economic base. Under Economic Adjustment, EDA administers its Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program, which supplies small businesses and entrepreneurs with the gap financing needed to start or expand their business.
Printable Economic Adjustment Program (PDF)

Partnership Planning:

Supports local organizations (Economic Development Districts, Indian Tribes, and other eligible areas) with long-term planning efforts. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Content Guidelines, provides suggestions, tools, and resources for developing comprehensive economic development strategies.
Printable Partnership Planning Program (PDF)

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms:

A national network of 11 Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers to help strengthen the competitiveness of American companies that have lost domestic sales and employment because of increased imports of similar goods and services.
Printable Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program (PDF)

University Centers:

A partnership of the federal government and academia that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development community.
Printable University Centers Program (PDF)
Report: Making Connections, Evaluation Project to Assess Best Practices in EDA’s University Center Program (PDF)

Research and National Technical Assistance:

Supports research of leading edge, world class economic development practices and information dissemination efforts.
Printable Research and National Technical Assistance Program (PDF)
Communities that Work Partnership
Coal Reliant Communities Innovation Challenge

Local Technical Assistance:

Helps fill the knowledge and information gaps that may prevent leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors in distressed areas from making optimal decisions on local economic development issues.
Printable Local Technical Assistance Program (PDF)

RLF Reporting

Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Templates