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During Fiscal Year 2013, EDA invested $744,000 in 12 projects in the State of West Virginia. EDA’s investments help West Virginia 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: Capacity Building Through Planning
West Virginia has the unique advantage of being entirely covered by EDA-designated Economic Development Districts (EDDs). West Virginia has 11 regional designated planning and development councils that provide a broad range of planning, economic development, and technical assistance services to the state’s cities, towns, and rural communities.
EDA’s Partnership Planning assistance helps create regional economic development plans in order to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region. The Partnership Planning program helps facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to leverage the unique assets of each respective region to help create higher-skill, higher-wage jobs especially in the Nation’s most economically distressed regions.
Across the state, EDA-supported planning organizations are providing critical capacity and technical expertise to support communities and regions in their comprehensive, entrepreneurial, and innovation-based economic development efforts. These plans focus on increasing private investment and higher-skill, higher-wage jobs in areas experiencing substantial and persistent economic distress. These programs are designed to enhance the competitiveness of regions.