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Annual Report

Wisconsin


Program # of Grants EDA Funds
Economic Adjustment Assistance 1 $999,650
Public Works 2 $4,277,350
Disaster Relief 2 $386,975
Planning 3 $328,175
Technical Assistance 3 $403,910
Total 11 $6,396,060

During Fiscal Year 2013, EDA invested $6,396,060 in 11 projects in the State of Wisconsin. These projects are expected to create or retain 3,236 jobs and leverage $90,000,000 in private investment, according to grantee estimates.  EDA’s investments help Wisconsin communities achieve bottom-up, locally-defined economic development goals and strategies.

EDA offers a complementary, balanced portfolio of grant programs designed to help rural and urban communities grow their private sectors and create jobs.

Investment Spotlight: Expanding Aviation Manufacturing

In 2010, EDA awarded $133,500 to the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to support a strategic plan for expanding global trade across a ten-county region.  This analysis pointed to significant opportunities for Oshkosh, Wisconsin and surrounding counties to greatly increase exports. Oshkosh has a strong foundation in manufacturing, particularly in defense-related industries, which showed great potential for expansion into global markets. Furthermore, the region has a unique advantage: the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual air show held each year in Oshkosh has created a strong aviation and aviation products cluster in the region.

In order to capitalize on these distinct advantages, Oshkosh needed more available, ready-to-build industrial space targeted at the aviation industry.

In September 2013, EDA awarded $2 million to the City of Oshkosh and Winnebago County to construct road, water, and other critical infrastructure needed to develop the City of Oshkosh’s Aviation Business Park. This project will help the region build its emerging aviation cluster and achieve global competitiveness.