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Washington, District of Columbia

Program # of Grants EDA Funds
Economic Adjustment Assistance 1 $2,000,000
Total 1 $2,000,000

During Fiscal Year 2013, EDA invested $2,000,000 in one project in the District Of Columbia.   This project is expected to create or retain 200 jobs and leverage $6,000,000 in private investment, according to grantee estimates. EDA’s investments help District Of Columbia 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: Workforce Training Center

The District of Columbia has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, both economically and in population.   This growth has brought substantial opportunity and increased prosperity in many D.C. neighborhoods that have been transformed through a redevelopment renaissance.   Fueling much of this growth in the District is a diverse workforce from a broad labor skill shed that includes highly skilled workers in neighboring Maryland and Virginia.  The availability of workers from outside the District creates significant competition for job opportunities in underserved and underemployed areas.

To meet ever-increasing demand for workers, EDA awarded $2 million in September 2013 to support the renovation of an existing facility in Northeast Washington by the University of the District of Columbia-Community College (UDC-CC) for use as a one-stop workforce training center.   As part of this project, UDC-CC will collaborate with the District’s Department of Employment Services (DoES) to assess the current workforce needs of DC’s private industry employers in the construction, hospitality, and allied health industry sectors, and to identify training programs needed to address the demand for skilled workers in these industry sectors.

When complete, the UDC-CC Training Center will provide direct economic impact to three of the five largest industries in the District by creating a site for practical nursing, nursing assistant, and home health aide programs, as well as the architectural engineering, fashion merchandising, and construction management degree programs.  The District DoES expects that the UDC-CC Training Center will provide an average of 43 percent improved earnings annually in some of the city’s most underserved areas.

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