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North Charleston’s Opportunity Center Helps Empower Entrepreneurs and Build Generational Wealth in Low-Income Communities

In January 2022, The Opportunity Center opened for business in North Charleston, South Carolina, designed to create economic development opportunities for low-income communities. This innovative space provides workforce development, small business incubators, and coworking spaces benefiting entrepreneurs and start-ups, while maintaining offices of local non-profits actively working in the community and economic development sector.

May 10, 2022

Leaders from the four partners in The Opportunity Center,  pictured left to right: Bernie Mazyck, SCACED; Dr. Jennie Stephens, Center for  Heirs Property Preservation; Jerome Heyward, Mayor Pro Tempore of North  Charleston; Dorothea Bernique, Increasing HOPE; and Don Oglesby, Homes of Hope,  gather to cut the ceremonious ribbon, marking the official opening of the new  building.

Workforce Development

Specialized Health Sciences Equipment has Unanticipated Benefits for College

Several years ago, Bismarck State College (BSC) was at a crossroads with its health sciences programs. BSC offered Nursing, EMT/Paramedic, Medical Lab Technician and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) programs as well as the only Surgical Technology program in the state.

May 6, 2022

The Bismarck State College Health Sciences program offers real-world training to students

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

Workforce Development

Hitting the Ground Running: Assistant Secretary Castillo Visits West Virginia and Colorado on First Week in Office

Assistant Secretary Alejandra Castillo hit the ground running after being sworn in on August 13, visiting West Virginia and Colorado during her first week in office.

August 31, 2021

Assistant Secretary Castillo and Senators Manchin and Capito engage with Generation West Virginia NewForce program participants

Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Workforce Development

Houston Makerspace Transforming Surrounding Neighborhood

The East End of Houston has a long history of early industry. Now, that landscape is shifting, transforming into a core of innovation and entrepreneurship.

That change is boosted by the new East End Maker Hub. The 300,000 square foot facility is being called the largest innovation maker hub in the state of Texas and will serve as a community fabrication space and incubator hub with workforce training and apprenticeship programs.

August 4, 2021

Evan Carlson (lower left) and the staff of Do North Coworking.

Workforce Development

Success Story: Making the Impossible, Possible: How EDA is Helping to Create New Innovations and Train the Food Industry Cluster to Maximize Business Growth

This past 4th of July, Americans had more meatless options for their barbecues – enter the “Impossible Burger.”

July 2019

Rutgers Food Innovation Center

Workforce Development

Highlight: How Non-Profit ICAST is Teaching Green Construction Skills to At-Risk Youth, Training for Jobs of the Future

In December 2017, EDA provided funding for the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST), a nonprofit that focuses on providing a higher quality of living for low-to-moderate income communities, to launch a green construction training and job creation program for disadvantaged youth.

February 2019

Students at the ICAST Green Construction Training Program

Workforce Development

College of Southern Idaho’s Applied Technology and Innovation Training Center Prepares Students for Jobs of the Future

South-central Idaho has been an attractive area for companies to expand. However, the region lacked workers trained in cutting-edge technologies that these companies needed.

December 2017

College of Southern Idaho Logo

Economic Development Districts, Workforce Development

Welding Program at North Georgia Technical College Provides Businesses in Region with Skilled Workers

To support businesses and boost job growth in the region, the North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) strategized to build a new welding facility at its main campus in Habersham County.

August 2017

Southwest Region Executive Directors Association Logo

Workforce Development

The EDA-funded Todd County Career Path Institute in Kentucky Opens Facility and Wins 2016 “Spirit of Kentucky Award”

In FY 2013, EDA invested $1.5 million in Todd County (KY) Fiscal Court to help build the Todd County Career Path Institute.

August 2017

TruFund supports minority and women owned contractors.
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