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EDA University Centers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

The most visible example of EDA’s ongoing partnership with the HBCU community consists of those schools that have been designated as EDA University Centers. These five EDA University Centers spanning three of EDA’s Regional Offices are listed below with links to each of their individual UC profile pages where you can learn more about each of them.

State University Center Regional Office Year 1 of Funding
Maryland UMD – College Park and Morgan State University Philadelphia 2016
Florida Florida A&M University Atlanta 2017
North Carolina Fayetteville State University Atlanta 2017
Louisiana Southern University and A&M College Austin 2018


Between November 12 – 18, 2020, The Economic Development Administration (EDA), in collaboration with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (The Initiative) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), hosted a regional webinar series entitled, EDA and HBCUs: Cultivating Strategic Engagement for Regional Economic Development. This series is an extension of the White House National HBCU Week and Conference that was held virtually from September 21 – 25, 2020.

This webinar series is designed to provide the HBCU community with valuable information describing how HBCUs can effectively engage with EDA resources, including its network of regional partners to support the development of inclusive, innovative, and competitive regional economies. This includes case study presentations offered by HBCUs located in each of the following EDA regions, and which highlight examples of previous and current collaboration between HBCUs, EDA, and other stakeholder organizations such as Economic Development Districts (EDDs).

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