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May 2020

Spotlight: Applications Open for $1.5 Billion in EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

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EDA is now accepting applications from eligible grantees for $1.5 billion in economic assistance to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic using funds authorized by under the CARES Act that was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 27.

An Addendum to our Fiscal Year 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY20 PWEAA NOFO) has been published, making the funds available. Under this announcement, EDA will make CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants under the authority of its Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which is our most flexible and responsive program to help meet the economic development needs and priorities of local and regional stakeholders.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance investments will support a wide range of planning and technical assistance, construction and non-construction activities, and support for Revolving Loan Funds in communities across the country experiencing severe economic dislocations brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Success Story: EDA University Center Participates in Cross-Campus Collaboration to Respond to Aid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Member of the For Oklahoma Covid-19 Task Force Helps to Create PPE

An EDA University Center partner, the Tom Love Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma (OU), is participating in a cross-campus effort to create and validate essential medical equipment in support of our healthcare heroes.

Led by Innovation Hub Executive Director Tom Wavering and Dr. Yacoub Al Sakka, director of digital technologies in the OU College of Dentistry, OU's For Oklahoma Covid-19 Task Force is comprised of more than 40 individuals. Together across three campuses, they are combining their expertise to develop, prototype, validate and offer recommended essential equipment designs.

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Highlight: Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Welding Expansion Project Adds 35,000 Square-Feet of Learning Space for Students

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Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour at a dedication ceremony for the new expanded lab

Last month was National Welding Month and in light of that, we wanted to highlight Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Welding Expansion Project.

The Project, funded in part by a $2 million EDA investment, includes an additional 35,000 square feet of hands-on learning space for the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center to allow up to 300 welding students to enroll per year.

The expanded center is coming online at a critical time, as the industry predicts a shortage of more than 200,000 skilled welding professionals this year.

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EDA CARES Act Job Opportunities Available

EDA Hiring Announcement

Work on the Front Lines to Help American Economy Recover from COVID-19: EDA is supporting the whole-of-America effort to help our nation’s communities respond to and recover from COVID-19. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team to support our CARES Act Recovery Assistance work, visit eda.gov/careers/ for up-to-date information on our latest openings.


EDA Seeks Applications to Support Nuclear Closure Communities

Closures of nuclear power plants (NPPs) throughout the United States have had a significant impact on the economic foundations of surrounding communities through sudden job losses and a reduction to the local tax base. This month, EDA announced $1.5 million to provide technical assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities (NCCs).


13th Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) Postponed

ACE Postponed

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the 13th Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) program that was scheduled for May 17-22, 2020 in Colorado has been postponed. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the State of Colorado and hosting the program as soon as feasible.


EDA AmeriCorpsVISTA Update

AmeriCorpsVISTA Leader Brandy Howdeshell

AmericCorpsVISTA Leader Brandy Howdeshell has kicked off her year-long service in St. James, Missouri. She will lead a cohort of 20 VISTAs to develop economic opportunities across nine states. Want to learn more about the EDA VISTA program? Visit: eda.gov/vista/.


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EDA in the News!

$1.5B CARES Act Funds to Aid Communities Impacted by COVID-19
Business Facilities, 5/7/20

$3 million grant to provide critical infrastructure improvements in Tulsa County
KOKH Fox25, 4/21/2020

Commerce awards $345k for economic planning in Grafton, Fort Yates, Agency Village, New Town
WZFG, 4/22/2020

Damariscotta Wins $3M Grant for Waterfront Project
Lincoln County News, 4/15/20

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1 Million to Support Efforts in Barnstable County
Capecod.com News 4/15/20

$2 million grant awarded to the Maine Technology Institute in Brunswick
Press Herald, 4/13/20

Pennsylvania Development Group Gets Telehealth Grant
Government Technology, 4/23/2020

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