Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program (Recompete Pilot Program)

The Recompete Pilot Program Request for Information (RFI) closed on March 27, 2022. Ensure you are registered to receive EDA’s electronic communications to stay informed about updates to the Recompete Pilot program.

The Recompete Pilot Program is an economic development initiative that will provide grant funding to distressed communities across the country to create, and connect workers to, good jobs and support long-term comprehensive economic development by helping to reduce the high, prime-age (25 to 54 years of age) employment gap.

The program employs EDA’s place-based approach to economic development and seeks to address the unique challenges of an individual community or region.

 The Recompete Pilot Program was enacted as part of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 (as the Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program). Congress appropriated EDA $200 million – of the $1 billion authorized for the program – as part of the FY 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

 This new authority allows EDA to: 

  • target persistently economically distressed areas to support long-term, comprehensive and sustainable economic development and job creation/placement; and
  • award grants to support development or implementation of an eligible recipient’s Recompete Plan;

subject to constraints and targets outlined in detail in the full text of the statute.

On February 23, 2023, EDA issued a Recompete Pilot Program Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register to solicit public input about the program’s planning and design. The RFI closed on March 27, 2023. Additional information on the Recompete Pilot Program will be shared ahead on eda.gov.


Press Release: U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks Public Input on New Recompete Pilot Program That Supercharges Communities with High Unemployment

Fact Sheet: Recompete Pilot Program (PDF)

FAQ: Recompete Pilot Program FAQs