About the Economic Development Administration

The Economic Development Administration, established in 1965 as part of the US Department of Commerce, aims to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

Visit EDA.gov for more information about EDA’s investment priorities, funding opportunities, and eligibility requirements.

About the Urban Institute’s evaluation

The Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization, received an EDA grant to evaluate the agency and its programs. This research examines EDA’s funding allocations and grantmaking programs, the agency’s history and goals, the attributes of communities receiving EDA investments, and the extent to which EDA investments spur local economic growth.

This website highlights the results of that evaluation through research briefs and stories about the people and places that benefited from EDA’s investments and expertise. The EDA investments listed on this site are current through 2021.

See the research.