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Workforce Development

EDA and GCA Partner to Upskill Guam’s Workforce

In 2006, when the U.S. Marine Corps made plans to expand its footprint on Guam, one logistical challenge became immediately apparent: the project would require nearly three times more construction workers than were available in the Territory. For leaders in Guam’s construction industry, however, the dilemma was nothing new.

February 8, 2022

Building B of the GCA Trades Academy is seen in this photo courtesy of the Guam Trades Association

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

University of Wyoming Business Incubator Program Expanding Statewide

The landscape and opportunities for entrepreneurs in Wyoming are growing. IMPACT 307, a business incubator program at the University of Wyoming, is now expanding statewide.

The program has helped create and launch more than 200 Wyoming businesses, with the majority of those coming in the past three years of running community startup challenges. It helps connect clients to the resources and support needed to launch their business.

February 1, 2022

IMPACT 307, a business incubator at the University of Wyoming, is expanding statewide


From Steam to Silicon: San Francisco’s Pier 70 Welcomes a New Generation of Business with EDA Support

The maritime history of the western U.S. was written at San Francisco’s Pier 70. From the California Gold Rush to Y2K, the most important ships to ply the Pacific were laid down at Pier 70’s shipyards, one of the best-preserved 19th century industrial complexes west of the Mississippi.

Despite its historic importance to American seafaring, however, Pier 70 was unable to escape the decline of San Francisco’s shipbuilding industry. By the early 2000s, almost all of Pier 70’s industrial tenants had exited the site.

January 13, 2022

The interior of Building 104 at San Francisco’s Pier 70 is pictured before (left) and after (right) redevelopment


With EDA Support, Florida Gateway College Helps New Truck Drivers Hit the Road

When the pandemic first began, Americans had a renewed appreciation for the trucking industry, bringing supplies and groceries to shelves across the country. Two years later, the need for qualified, commercial truck drivers has only increased, as America faces global supply chain issues. With support from the Economic Development Administration, one grantee is helping to fill that void.

January 4, 2022

Florida Gateway College, Lake City, Florida

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Venture Capital Fund Focuses on Boosting Businesses in Rural Colorado

With a focus on rural communities, a venture fund in western Colorado is helping to create new opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses. The Greater Colorado Venture Fund (GCVF) started in 2018 and focuses on supporting early-stage startups.

December 15, 2021

A rendering of Tampa Bay Innovation Center at 4th Street South and 11th Avenue South.


Assistant Secretary Alejandra Castillo Travels to Puerto Rico to Visit EDA Investments Sites Critical to Disaster Recovery and Preparedness

>In 2017, Puerto Rico was devastated by back-to-back storms that resulted in Category 5-level destruction. More than 3,000 people lost their lives in Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the entire population was left without power.

November 30, 2021

Assistant Secretary Castillo tours the conch lab at Conservacion Consciencia


EDA Investment Helps Former Logging Town “Branch Out”

Nestled in the densely forested Okanogan highlands of Eastern Washington, Deer Park’s fortunes were built on logging. But when the town’s last sawmill shut its doors, the community lost its long-time base industry and suddenly found itself with a need to economically “branch out.”

November 23, 2021

Jack Schultheis, General Manager of Kwik'pak Fisheries


New Mexico Project to Create One Stop Shop for Native American Entrepreneurs

A project in New Mexico is aiming to fill a gap in support for Native American artisans and entrepreneurs. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, showcases the accomplishments and history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico. It includes a museum highlighting cultural arts, educational opportunities, and space for daily artisans and dances.

November 16, 2021

Jack Schultheis, General Manager of Kwik'pak Fisheries


After Devastating Fire, EDA Partners with Yup’ik Fishermen to Rebuild Salmon Roe Processing Plant

Fishing has been the economic lifeblood of the Yup’ik people of western Alaska since time immemorial. After a catastrophic fire ripped through the Kwik'pak Fisheries salmon roe processing plant in Emmonak in March 2016, six Alaskan Native Villages along the Lower Yukon River found their economies in sudden peril. Kwik'pak Fisheries, an enterprise of the Native-owned Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, operates the only salmon processing plant in this section of Alaska’s vast, Unorganized Borough.

November 8, 2021

Jack Schultheis, General Manager of Kwik'pak Fisheries

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

EDA Incubates Innovation and Entrepreneurship in St. Petersburg, Florida

The name St. Petersburg conjures up visions of warm, sandy beaches, a variety of theme parks, and two-time Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Like many cities today however, St. Petersburg is looking to redefine itself, with an eye on technology and the innovation that drives it.

November 2, 2021

A rendering of Tampa Bay Innovation Center at 4th Street South and 11th Avenue South.
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