|Program||# of Grants||EDA Funds|
|Economic Adjustment Assistance||1||$214,711|
In June 2016, an area of North Dakota that encompasses the Turtle Mountain and Spirit Lake Indian reservations was designated as one of the Nation’s nine newest Promise Zones, facilitating access to Federal aid and cutting red tape for areas beset by joblessness, hunger, crime and poor housing.
In September 2016, EDA invested $214,711 in Economic Adjustment Assistance funds to the Spirit Lake Tribe to hire a Promise Zone coordinator to facilitate access to Federal, State, and local resources for the Tribe. The coordinator holds strategic planning sessions to engage tribal and community members in the development of community and economic development activities in the designated Promise Zone, resulting in more community engagement, investments in skills for future job opportunities, more infrastructure investments, and overall economic diversification of the Tribe.
The award provides communities that have suffered severe economic distress with a means to invest in infrastructure, establish business innovation centers, and develop economic plans to diversify their local economies. This type of award can serve as a catalyst for attracting additional funding, with nearly $87 million in investments from other public and private partners already secured.