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Blog Entries from January 2011


Brian McGowan Headshot U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Brian McGowan leads the White House National Incident Command (NIC) Economic Solutions Team, which is working to help communities and regions mitigate the impacts of the BP Oil Spill. This initiative is part of EDA's goal to support collaborative regional innovation to promote sustainable job growth and strengthen communities that have suffered disproportionate economic and job losses to become more competitive in the global economy.

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Economic Assessment Reports Released; Economic Solutions Team Support Gulf Coast Communities

Gulf Restoration Efforts (Photo courtesy of NOAA) Over the summer, the National Incident Command-Economic Solutions Team lead 21 economic development and assessment teams throughout the Gulf, including Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. Their findings informed Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' report, "America's Gulf Coast: A Long Term Recovery Plan After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill". In October, each county/parish received their 'draft' Economic Development Assessment report.

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Feature Article

Innovation in American Regions Web Screenshot Innovation in American Regions: Online Data and Tools for Economic Development Strategy & Decision Making

Special from EDA Grantees: Jerry Conover, Indiana University
& Sam Cordes, Purdue University

The notion that economic development is most effectively pursued via regional, cluster-based efforts is central to contemporary practice and EDA's strategic focus. So is the idea that regions can prosper by cultivating innovation-driven growth strategies.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Completes First EDA/ITA Trade & Investment Mission

For the first time ever, three bureaus within the U.S. Department of Commerce-the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) and Commerce's Invest in America program–teamed up to promote U.S. exports and foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. through an international trade and investment mission.

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