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2021

  • EDA announced four investments from October 11-15, 2021, totaling $7,230,774, which is matched by $2,707,698 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $6,108,811 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes two projects for $3,200,000 that will help create 238 jobs and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment; and (2) $1,121,963 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 210 jobs.
    • $6,108,811 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $2,427,203 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,908,811, matched by $727,203 in local investment, to the City of Farmersville, Farmersville/Collin County, Texas, to support the City of Farmersville with building a new fiber optic broadband infrastructure to help the city respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and become more resilient to future disasters in Collin County, Texas. The project is designed to lend massive improvements in regional broadband speed while simultaneously improving the reliability and ease of access related to the delivery of broadband thereby hardening Farmersville to the adverse effects of economic disruption from future disasters. Once completed, the project will create and save jobs, attract and retain businesses, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the City of Wynne, Wynne/Woodruff County (Project Wynne/Cross County), Arkansas, to support the construction of a new industrial rail spur facility in Wynne, Arkansas to support the manufacturing industries in the area. The project will allow for a better transportation system that is designed to benefit multiple local manufactures in the surrounding vicinity by constructing an area for all inbound materials and an area for a cross dock facility. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, provide alternative means of transportation for manufactured and processed goods at various locations, bolster job creation, and increase economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs.
      • $1,200,000, matched by $1,200,000 in local investment, to the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Lubbock/Lubbock County, Texas, to support the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance with enhancing its rail port by adding concrete pavement, sewer lines and connection to manholes, hydrants and service connections, and drainage channel excavation in Lubbock County, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing critical infrastructure to ensure businesses success. Once completed, the project will encourage job creation, advance the manufacturing industry, increase private investment, and create economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 38 jobs and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
    • $1,121,963 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $280,495 in local investment, as follows:
      • $1,121,963 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $280,495 in local investment, to Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction/Mesa County, Colorado, to provide medical and therapeutic equipment, mobile simulation technology, and funding for personnel and programming to Colorado Mesa University (CMU) for a workforce development project in communities in western Colorado. The project will equip CMU's Physician's Assistant, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy degree programs to support academic programming, professional and workforce development activities, and outreach to displaced coal workers and their families. Once completed, the project will help increase workforce development in healthcare fields, not only through ensuring availability of equipment for specialized training, but also by implementing recruitment strategies that provide exposure and a pathway to health care careers in the University's rural, frontier, and underserved service region. In addition, the project will help create new job opportunities in area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 210 jobs.
  • EDA announced three investments from October 4-8, 2021, totaling $3,857,712, which is matched by $901,828 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $3,607,712 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 218 jobs, save 819 jobs, and leverage $15,000,000 in private investment; and (2) $250,000 in two Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $3,607,712 in one Public Works project, matched by $901,928 in local investment, as follows:
      • $3,607,712, matched by $901,928 in local investment, to the Workroom Program Alliance/Cleveland Municipal School District, Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to fund the Greater Collinwood Community Career Center Project, to renovate space within the Collinwood High School to be used for adult technical training and workforce development programming with an emphasis on manufacturing skills in Cleveland, Ohio. The manufacturers and residents on Cleveland's east side have limited access to manufacturing technical training, which leaves businesses and residents underserved. The capacity to train machining, production, and industrial maintenance skillsets are severely lacking in the area. The new infrastructure will help existing businesses and allow for business expansion within the area, which will support job creation, attract private investment, create the potential for investment in nearby Opportunity Zones, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 218 jobs, save 819 jobs, and leverage $15,000,000 in private investment.
    • $250,000 in two Partnership Planning projects, with no local match, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 81 investments from September 27-30, 2021, totaling $95,563,711, which is matched by $67,402,855 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $25,106,265 in 10 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that will help create 13,566 jobs, save 87,998 jobs, and leverage $2,035,550,000 in private investments; (2) $28,777,497 in 10 Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes seven projects for $26,575,272 that will help create 859 jobs, save 12,928 jobs, and leverage $444,600,000 in private investments; (3) $3,135,680 in two Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 245 jobs, save 240 jobs, and leverage $618,000,000 in private investments; (4) $85,000 in two Local Technical Assistance projects to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; (5) $1,207,203 in seven Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process; and (6) $37,252,066 in 50 Build to Scale projects to support entrepreneurship, acceleration of company growth, and increased access to risk capital across regional economies.
    • $25,106,265 in 10 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $8,744,638 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5,103,625, matched by $747,275 in local investment, to the Mobile Airport Authority, Mobile/Mobile County, Alabama, to support the Mobile Airport Authority (MAA) with constructing a multi-use cargo warehouse and hangar facility to assist in the efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus and its economic injury in Mobile County, Alabama, a designated Opportunity Zone.  The new facility will include a cold storage space to allow for the quick distribution and shipment of food products to any location in the country, which supports the MAA’s comprehensive effort to expand the food processing cluster.  Once completed, the project will aid in the attraction of businesses to the area, bolster job creation, increase private investment, diversify the regional economy, and create economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs and leverage $1,500,000 in private investment.
      • $3,800,000, matched by $4,865,000 in local investment, to the University of Michigan-Flint, Flint/Genesee, Michigan, to support the construction of the College of Innovation and Technology (CIT) building in Genesee County, Michigan.  The new 17,000 square foot facility will provide space for high-growth entrepreneurship services along with technology focused workforce development programs designed to encourage collaboration among business partners, community members, university faculty, and students.  The CIT will be a one-stop gateway for businesses to engage high-tech university-based training and research expertise to help businesses and entrepreneurs validate market-ready innovation and recruit career-ready workers to meet the region’s workforce needs.  Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, promote economic diversification, save and create jobs, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 126 jobs, save 175 jobs, and leverage $10,350,000 in private investment.
      • $2,800,000, matched by $955,403 in local investment, to the City of Osceola, Osceola/ Mississippi County, Arkansas, to support the construction of water and wastewater improvements necessary to support the growing steel industry in Mississippi County, Arkansas.  The project will consist of diverting wastewater flow from the Elm Street Pump Station to the new Phase 3 pump station to help mitigate pressure on the City’s existing pump stations.  Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing the additional capacity needed to allow business expansion, which will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs and leverage $2,000,000,000 (billion) in private investment.
      • $2,787,412, with no local match, to the City of Roswell, Roswell/Chaves County, New Mexico, to support the design and construction of an addition (doghouse) to Hangar 84 at the Roswell Air Center in Chaves County, New Mexico.  The existing hangar door and entrance will be modified to accept a free-standing, attached, addition, which will provide sufficient width and door height to accommodate a Boeing 767 aircraft wingspan and tail height.  Once completed, the project will allow for the expansion of an aerospace maintenance firm, which will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, save and create jobs, increase private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 45 jobs and save 30 jobs.
      • $2,677,401, matched by $1,300,000 in local investment, to the Economic Resources Corporation/2299 Pacific Avenue LLC, Lynwood/Los Angeles, California, to support the renovation of a 5,900 sq ft building to develop a childcare center for K to 8th grade students in the Wrigley neighborhood of Long Beach, California.  YMCA of Greater Long Beach will operate their school age programs for 75-125 children per day.  Once completed, the project will fill the need for more childcare facilities to help parents returning to work after COVID-19, increase job creation, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 12 jobs.
      • $2,230,000, with no local match, to the Town of Estill, Estill/Hampton, South Carolina, to support the construction of a wastewater treatment plant and improving the spray field in Hampton County, South Carolina.  The project will support the expansion of a company and sustain business operations in the event of severe weather events by creating resiliency in the public infrastructure.  In addition, the project will provide opportunities to diversify the regional economy through location and expansion of industry in the area. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 30 jobs and leverage $15,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,200,000, with no local match, to the Arizona Office of Tourism, Phoenix/Maricopa County, Arizona, to support the design and implementation of a multi-dimensional marketing campaign to help Arizona recover from record tourism declines due to the economic disaster of COVID-19.  The project will recoup lost revenue and jobs by attracting income producing meetings and conventions, creating rural and tribal sustainable tourism development, and jumpstarting recovery through a data driven marketing campaign that will trigger increases in visitors and visitor spending.  Once implemented, the project will support the tourism industry, create and retain jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 12,500 jobs and save 87,100 jobs.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Northern Maine Development Commission, Caribou/Aroostook County, Maine, to support the Northern Maine Development Commission with increasing its capital to meet the demand for its Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) in Caribou County, Maine.  Once completed, the RLF will provide the necessary affordable, flexible, and patient capital for businesses to respond to the impacts of the coronavirus and be able to sustain operations and growth, which will create and save jobs, increase private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 106 jobs, save 124 jobs, and leverage $3,300,000 in private investment.
      • $800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the Metro Regional Government/Travel Portland, Portland/Multnomah County, Oregon, to support the Metro Regional Government and Travel Portland with promoting the vital tourism sector within the three-county region of Oregon that Metro serves.  Working in close partnership with Travel Portland, Metro will recover lost meeting and convention business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program will provide technical assistance and support to qualifying clients for the purpose of helping them modify existing plans or to develop new plans for holding convention meetings.  Once implemented, the project will support entrepreneurism, create and retain jobs, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 492 jobs and save 472 jobs.
      • $707,827, matched by $176,958 in local investment, to the City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco/San Francisco County, California, to support the establishment of the Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Program to assist small businesses towards economic recovery by providing critical technical assistance to pivot business models, improve marketing and outreach, build financial resiliency, and reopen safely in San Francisco, California. Once completed, the project will benefit a designated Opportunity Zone, support specialized technical assistance and recovery planning, insulate small businesses from further economic shocks and build capacity, which will bolster creation, increase private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 105 jobs, save 97 jobs, and leverage $5,400,000 in private investment.
    • $28,777,497 in 10 Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $15,718,277 in local investments, as follows:
      • $9,968,028 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $2,492,007 in local investment, to the City of Davenport, Davenport/Scott County, Iowa, to support the construction of a flood prevention levy wall and pumping system to protect the regional wastewater treatment facility during future flood and stormwater events in Scott County, Iowa, a designated Opportunity Zone.  The new earthen berm-structure and stormwater-pumping system upgrades will provide the region with reliable and resilient wastewater treatment during major storm and flooding events and maintain the region’s competitiveness during and after natural disasters.  Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the 2019 Severe Storms and Floods, save jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 9,272 jobs.
      • $6,000,000 in Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities, matched by $5,968,863 in local investment, to the Midwest Energy Cooperative/Midwest Energy and Communication/ Village of Cassopolis/Penn Township, Cassopolis/Cass County, Michigan, to support the Midwest Energy Cooperative and its local government partners with constructing the necessary infrastructure to establishing the Southwest Michigan Advanced Research and Technology Park (SMART Park) in Cass County, Michigan. The new 234-acre sustainably designed SMART Park will include access to rail infrastructure and will be marketed to advanced manufacturers in important energy-related sectors such as solar, fiber optics, and data-hosting.  Once competed the project will provide a new resource to transition the region’s economy for when a major regional power plant closes by creating employment opportunities, spurring private investment, and advancing economic resiliency to an area hit hard by the closure of a nuclear power plant. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 248 jobs and leverage $14,000,000 in private investment.
      • $3,199,660 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $3,150,740 in local investment, to the Muscatine Louisa Island Levee District/Muscatine County, Muscatine/Muscatine County, Iowa, to support the Muscatine Louisa Island Levee District and Muscatine County with providing enhanced flood protection to critical infrastructure and businesses located in Muscatine, Iowa.  The project includes partially raising portions of the Muscatine Island Levee System by several inches and hardening potential overtopping points, in anticipation of an overtopping, to prevent a levee breach.  Once completed, the project will provide protection to the Island, make the region more resilient in the face of future flood disasters, save and create jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 215 jobs, save 3,598 jobs, and leverage $352,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,593,900 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $1,276,100 in local investment, to the Harrison County Commission, Clarksburg/Harrison County, West Virginia, to fund the construction of a building for the Harrison County Commission to lease to a new West Virginia manufacturing facility that will utilize coal by-products for clean energy technology in Harrison County, West Virginia.  Once completed, the project will benefit a nearby Opportunity Zone, support the manufacturing industry, bolster job creation, increase private investment, and create economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs and leverage $4,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,400,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to the City of Colstrip, Colstrip/Rosebud County, Montana, to support the Southeastern Montana Development Corporation and the City of Colstrip with constructing a Business Innovation Center in Rosebud County, Montana.  The new facility will help the regional economy recover from coal plant closures and support emerging businesses, provide training to dislocated workers, and provide a center for entrepreneurial activities.  Once completed the project will help the region diversify its local economy, increase entrepreneurship, create jobs, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 71 jobs and leverage $11,600,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Northern Maine Development Commission, Caribou/Aroostook County, Maine, to support the Northern Maine Development Commission with increasing its capital to meet the demand for its Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) in Caribou County, Maine.  Once completed, the RLF will provide the necessary affordable, flexible, and patient capital for businesses to respond to the impacts of the coronavirus and be able to sustain operations and growth, which will create and save jobs, increase private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 106 jobs, save 124 jobs, and leverage $3,300,000 in private investment.
      • $1,413,684 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $353,421 in local investment, to the City of Benson, Benson/Swift County, Minnesota, to support the construction of a new flood protection infrastructure that will enhance the reliability and resiliency of critical wastewater treatment services in Swift County, Minnesota.  The project will provide critical protection to the facility during future flood events, like those that affected the city in 2019, and will ensure critical services remain online and resilient in the face of future economic shocks. Once completed, the project will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 20 jobs, save 58 jobs, and leverage $60,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,350,000, matched by $337,500 in local investment, to the Executive Office of the State of California, Sacramento/Sacramento County, California, to support the Executive Office of the State of California with mitigating job loss by expanding capacity of local economic development and encouraging entrepreneurship.  The project will help strengthen inclusive innovation networks through targeted investments that encourage early-stage investment in startups to bolster economic output in the state of California.  The project will hire Regional Economic Recovery Coordinators and focus on five regions: Central Coast, Inland Empire, Central Valley, North State, and Imperial.  Once completed, the project will benefit designated Opportunity Zones, assist with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, promote entrepreneurship and business development, and advance economic resiliency throughout the regional economy.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $1,218,421 in local investment, to the Dumas Economic Development Corporation, Dumas/Moore County, Texas, to support the Dumas Economic Development Corporation with constructing road, water, and sewer infrastructure improvements to the Dumas Business Park, to attract new manufacturing, warehousing, and other businesses to Moore County, Texas.  The project will help the City of Dumas with diversifying its economic base, making it more resilient to the economic cycles of the oil and gas industry that have traditionally dominated the regional economy.  Once completed, the project will increase higher paying job opportunities, support the manufacturing industry, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 105 jobs and leverage $3,000,000 in private investment.
      • $711,000, matched by $180,000 in local investment, to the South Carolina Association for Community Development/Increasing HOPE/South Carolina Community Capital, Inc., Charleston/Charleston, West Virginia, to support the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development, Increasing HOPE, and the South Carolina Community Capital, Inc. with enhancing the Minority Business Development Initiative to help minority-owned businesses rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic and develop greater resiliency in Charleston County, South Carolina.  The project will cultivate an increasing number of qualified entrepreneurs to build businesses that will create new and higher paying jobs and provide wrap-around training.  Once completed, the project will benefit a designated Opportunity Zone, support job creation, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $141,225, matched by $141,225 in local investment, to the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, Taunton/Bristol County, Massachusetts, to support the development of a Regional Resiliency Plan that will impact the entire Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District Region through the assessment of economic disruption events and associated impacts on all regional and local economic development.  The project will help to establish best practices, strategies, and recommendations for the diversification of the region's industry sectors and workforce skill levels to reduce impacts to various industry sectors and improve regional economic competitiveness.  Once implemented, the plan will prepare businesses remain resilient through any disaster, which will enhance future economic sustainability, strengthen the regional economy, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $3,135,680 in two Public Works projects, matched by $784,100 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,675,680, matched by $418,920 in local investment, to the City of Twentynine Palms, Twentynine Palms, Bernardino County, California, to support the construction of a Wastewater Package Treatment Plant to address substantial wastewater infrastructure needs that will enhance economic development opportunities for local residents and outside investors in San Bernardino, California. The Package Treatment Plant will connect 18 directly affected business locations and have the capacity to connect future developments.  Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, increase private investment, and advance resiliency throughout the reginal economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 25 jobs, save 200 jobs, and leverage $14,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,460,000, matched by $365,180 in local investment, to the City of Crossett, Crossett/Ashley County, Arkansas, to support the City of Crossett with completing the East Crossett Sewer Improvement Project, to construct a centralized sewage pump station in Ashely County, Arkansas.  The project will eliminate three smaller pump stations and reduce the hydraulic stresses on the existing collection system in the eastern part of Crossett including the Crossett Industrial Park, commercial area, and the Ashley County Medical Center area.  Once completed, the project will benefit a nearby Opportunity Zone and assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by creating and retaining jobs, increasing private investment, and advancing economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 220 jobs, save 40 jobs, and leverage $603,000,000 in private investment.
    • $85,000 in two Local Technical Assistance projects, matched by $35,000 in local investments, as follows:
      • $50,000, with no local match, to the Village of Dwight, Dwight/Livingston County, Illinois, to fund the Village of Dwight Economic Recovery Strategy to help the Village form a project advisory steering committee, engage community stakeholders, complete a market analysis, perform a gap analysis to assist in retail growth, and identify potential developers and investors to boost industrial and tourism growth opportunities.  Once completed, the project will provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy. 
      • $35,000, matched by $35,000 in local investment, to the Bridgeport Charter Township, Bridgeport/Saginaw County, Michigan, to support the development of the Bridgeport Charter Township Economic Development Strategic Plan and Commercial Market Study for Bridgeport Township, Michigan.  Once implemented, the strategy will lead to the capitalization on new opportunities and creation of jobs throughout the region.
    • $1,207,203 in seven Partnership Planning projects, matched by $230,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $37,252,066 in 50 Build to Scale projects, matched by $41,890,840 in local investments, as follows:

      2021 Venture Challenge Grant Recipients

      2021 Capital Challenge Grant Recipients

  • EDA announced 35 investments from September 20-24, 2021, totaling $30,652,115, which is matched by $21,884,373 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $7,613,701 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes three projects for $5,580,123 that will help create 150 jobs, save 75 jobs, and leverage $37,000,000 in private investments; (2) $12,034,571 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes two projects for $7,662,216 that will help create 385 jobs; (3) $8,664,660 in three Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure, which includes two projects for $6,789,344 that will help create 937 jobs, save 614 jobs, and leverage $45,160,000 in private investments; (4) $165,791 in three Local Technical Assistance projects to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; (5) $2,007,392 in 20 Technical Assistance University Center projects to make the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community; and (6) $166,000 in two Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $7,613,701 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $2,766,826 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,750,000, with no local match, to the Nevada Business Opportunity Fund, Las Vegas/Clark County, Nevada, to establish a Revolving Loan Fund (RFL) to provide capital and technical assistance to minority and other underserved business owners in distressed areas of Clark County, Nevada. The fund will provide $2,500,000 in funds for loans along with $250,000 in technical assistance and administrative funds to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 25 jobs and save 75 jobs.
      • $2,033,578, matched by $508,395 in local investment, to the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Hartford/Hartford County, Connecticut, to support the State of Connecticut's statewide long-term COVID-19 Pandemic economic recovery coordination, resiliency planning, and technical assistance across six regions in Connecticut and technical assistance to businesses located in designated Opportunity Zones throughout the area. The project will also address the State’s current economic need by providing educational webinars to assist impacted businesses. Once completed, the project will strengthen employment and business recovery efforts at the local, regional, and state levels, which will promote economic growth throughout the region.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $2,050,900 in local investment, to the City of Aberdeen, Aberdeen/Brown County, South Dakota, to support the City of Aberdeen with constructing a new 1-million-gallon water tower and waterline to existing infrastructure to aid in the expansion of local manufacturing facilities and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) production in Brown County, South Dakota. The project will increase the City’s water storage capacity, which will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, increase higher paying jobs, support the manufacturing industry, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs and leverage $35,000,000 in private investment.
      • $830,123, matched by $207,531 in local investment, to the Southeast Nebraska Development District, Lincoln/Lancaster County, Nebraska, to establish a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to address the impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic by providing capital financing to the surrounding communities of: Butler, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, and York Counties in Nebraska. The RLF will provide businesses access to working capital and financing options to support economic recovery and resiliency, which will promote business growth and development, increase private investment, bolster job creation, and diversify the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 25 jobs and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
    • $12,034,571 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $7.922,874 in local investments, as follows:
      • $6,000,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $6,000,000 in local investment, to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System, Saipan/Saipan County, Northern Mariana Islands, to support the construction of a building for use as a technical and career training facility on Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. The new facility will provide career and technical education opportunities for the youngest members of the region’s workforce. The programs offered will increase the pool of skilled labor for the region’s employers. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the Super Typhoon Yutu, support economic conditions that will lead to the creation of more higher skill employment opportunities and higher paying jobs, which will advance economic resiliency and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 85 jobs.
      • $4,372,355 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $1,391,145 in local investment, to the City of Sheffield/Sheffield Utilities Board of Directors, Sheffield/Colbert County, Alabama, to support the construction of sanitary sewer enhancements along the Tennessee River in Colbert County, Alabama, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the 2019 severe storms, straight line winds, tornadoes, and flooding events by renovating the City’s current sanitary sewer system to mitigate the effects of future natural disasters. Once completed, the project will help the region create a more resilient community and assure continuity of businesses and residential operation, which will advance economic resiliency and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $1,662,216, matched by $531,729 in local investment, to the City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas/Clark County, Nevada, to fund the Advanced Connectivity for Community and Economic Development (ACCED) project for the City of Las Vegas’s Historic Westside neighborhood, the Corridor of Hope (home to social service facilities) and the Medical District, which has experienced significant impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will provide Wi-Fi internet access to individuals living in low-income areas to assist with education, employment, and job training to connect to these services from home at no charge. Once implemented, the project will create jobs, improve business retention, enable business expansion, and increase business attraction opportunities, which will help advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 385 jobs.
    • $8,664,660 in three Public Works projects, matched by $11,367,958 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,039,344, matched by $6,725,958 in local investment, to the City of Detroit, Detroit/Wayne County, Michigan, to support the construction of road infrastructure to support increased production at a local automobile plant in Wayne County, Michigan, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will provide critical access roads to the plant and enhance direct access to the I-94 Industrial Corridor. In addition to the automotive supply chain, this infrastructure will be an asset to the multitude of industrial manufacturers in the Detroit region, who rely on the Mt. Elliott Corridor and East Grand Boulevard for access to I-94. Once completed, the project will create high-skill manufacturing jobs, increase private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 810 jobs, save 300 jobs, and leverage $45,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,750,000, matched by $2,750,000 in local investment, to the Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay/Coos Bay County, Oregon, to support the renovation of college halls at the Southwestern Oregon Community College to help grow instruction in the Southwest Oregon occupations of Dental Assistance, Fire Science, Forestry/Natural Resources, Criminal Justice and Computer Science/Cybersecurity in Coos County, Oregon. The project will provide more flexible learning spaces to support the five Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that will help boost regional workforce needs now and for decades to come. Once completed, the project will benefit a nearby Opportunity Zone, revitalize the College’s CTE programs, help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 127 jobs, save 314 jobs, and leverage $160,000 in private investment.
      • $1,875,316, matched by $1,892,000 in local investment, to the Town of Vinalhaven/Vinalhaven Water District/Maine Department of Transportation, Vinalhaven/Knox County, Maine, to support the Town of Vinalhaven with improving the flood resilience of its downtown commercial district in Knox County, Maine. The project includes upgrading the stormwater management infrastructure, improving the deficient and vulnerable sewer and water utilities, and improving the pedestrian and vehicular transportation infrastructure. In addition, the project will provide access to Main Street’s three public commercial fishing and recreational piers, six private commercial piers, and 52 businesses. Once completed, the project will increase business growth and development, bolster job creation and retention, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $165,791 in three Local Technical Assistance projects, matched by $41,446 in local investments, as follows:
      • $80,000, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to Ralls County, New London/Ralls County, Missouri, to fund the Mark Twain Lake Feasibility Study, to determine the strengths and weaknesses of building economic stability through tourism asset development opportunities constructed directly on Mark Twain Lake in New London, Missouri. The County of Ralls will perform an economic feasibility study including a market demand analysis, and competitive analysis to include community engagement and findings presentations. Once completed, the study will identify an opportunity to increase economic resiliency and stability in the area surrounding the lake, which will boost job creation and strengthen the local economy.
      • $60,000, matched by $15,000 in local investment, to the City of Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau/Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, to provide the technical assistance necessary to do a feasibility study to develop strategies to best leverage publicly owned riverfront properties, including a new marina in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The study will examine the growth and feasibility of potential dock size, assessment of potential marina sites, best use of adjoining publicly-owned properties, concept level cost estimates, market demand, current market saturation, rate structures, analysis of potential public-private partnerships, business plan outlining development costs, financing, implementation strategies, as well as direct and indirect economic impacts on the community and surrounding neighborhood from the development of the facility. Once completed, the project will provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy.
      • $25,791, matched by $6,446 in local investment, to the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation, Inc., Washington, District of Columbia, to host a 2-day workshop and training conference for the 47 Economic Development Districts (EDDs) located in the 4-state region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. The training event will provide a setting for regional development professionals, local government officials and other key stakeholders involved with the EDDs to share best, promising, and noteworthy practices; discuss emerging industry trends; tour notable development projects; and engage in peer networking and information exchanges. This investment will lead to the capitalization on new opportunities and creation of jobs throughout the 4-state region.
    • $2,007,392 in 20 Technical Assistance University Center projects, matched by $2,402,095 in local investments, to support the first year of a five-year University Center program, which is a competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community.
    • $166,000 in two Partnership Planning projects, matched by $150,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 24 investments from September13-17, 2021, totaling $41,250,059, which is matched by $15,972,430 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $4,466,727 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes two projects for $2,466,727 that will help create 84 jobs, save 22 jobs, and leverage $2,200,000 in private investments; (2) $23,393,078 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes three projects for $5.713,878 that will help create 190 jobs and leverage $25,700,000 in private investments; (3) $12,011,440 in six Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 809 jobs, save 815 jobs, and leverage $407,245,000 in private investments; (4) $260,470 in one Local Technical Assistance project to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; and (5) $1,118,344 in eight Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $4,466,727 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $1,116,700 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to Little River County, Ashdown/Little River County, Arkansas, to support the construction of fiber optic cable lines to bring broadband infrastructure to rural communities that have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will help make the region more resilient to future pandemics and natural disasters and increase the region's economic competitiveness through the deployment of new broadband service. Once constructed, the County will partner with service providers to improve regional access to high-speed service, and this is expected to have a significant impact on the County's ability to attract and retain employers in its target industries. Once completed, the project will help the region overcome the lack of adequate, reliable broadband service to help diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $1,460,000, matched by $365,000 in local investment, to the Bowie Economic Development Corporation/City of Bowie, Bowie/Montague County, Texas, to support infrastructure improvements for the Bowie Business Park and construction of an approximately 10,000 square foot spec building within the business park. The project will help the City of Bowie rebound from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as an F-1 tornado that struck the town in May 2020. Once completed, the project will generate employment opportunities and attract private investments, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help save eight jobs and leverage $800,000 in private investment.
      • $1,006,727, matched by $251,700 in local investment, to the Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business, Lacey/Thurston County, Washington, to support the establishment of the Lacey MakerSpace CARES Act Response to serve as a 21st-Century Manufacturing Training Program in Thurston County, Washington. The project will help train workers and business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in modern manufacturing processes and the safe and appropriate use of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. The project will benefit the City of Lacey, a designated Opportunity Zone, including residents of Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Mason counties of western Washington State. Once completed, the project will advance the manufacturing industry, create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 76 jobs, save 22 jobs, and leverage $1,400,000 in private investment.
    • $23,393,078 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $5,848,269 in local investments, as follows:
      • $16,000,000 in 2018 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $4,000,000 in local investment, to EcoExploratorio, Inc./University of Puerto Rico, San Juan/San Juan County, Puerto Rico, to support construction of the EcoEx Resilience Institute to serve as the hub for disaster preparedness, recovery education, and training in the Caribbean. The multi-use site will build recovery, resilience capacity and develop more effective emergency response mechanism that will help the region with recovery efforts from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Once completed, the project will benefit a designated Opportunity Zone and allow continuity of operations of businesses and overall community recovery after future disasters, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $2,829,958 in Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities, matched by $707,489 in local investment, to the City of El Paso de Robles, Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo County, California, to support the installation of a city-wide fiber optic broadband network to provide a more complete coverage in San Luis Obispo County, California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will support the economic capacity of small business enterprises to operate more efficiently and consist of the installation of approximately 11,500 feet of new fiber optic cable in the City’s existing 2-inch underground conduit, and the installation of approximately 52,500 feet of new fiber optic cable in new 2-inch underground conduit. Once completed, the project will create employment opportunities in sustainable industries for the region’s workforce and advance economic resiliency to an area hit hard by the closure of a nuclear power plant. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 90 jobs.
      • $2,283,920, matched by $570,980 in local investment, to the City of Woodruff, Woodruff/Spartanburg County, South Carolina, to fund construction of sewer infrastructure that will support the location of a new facility by the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare system in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. The project will provide wastewater service to approximately 650 acres along Highway 101 to support future increased commercial, healthcare, and industrial development. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 18 jobs and leverage $3,500,000 in private investment.
      • $1,600,000, matched by $400,000 in local investment, to the South Central Alabama Development Commission, Montgomery/Montgomery County, Alabama, to support the South Central Alabama Development Commission, an EDA designated Economic Development District, with establishing a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to respond to the capital needs of small and medium sized businesses and industries within the counties of Bullock, Butler, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, and Pike in Alabama. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to working capital, which will help with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, bolster job creation and retention, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $600,000, matched by $150,000 in local investment, to the City of Conover/Catawba Valley Community College, Conover/Catawba County, North Carolina, to support the purchase of equipment and critical supplies needed to create a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prototyping and testing lab in Conover, North Carolina. The equipment and supplies will go into a newly constructed Manufacturing Solutions Center expansion, which will augment the Center's capacity to expand prototyping and testing of fibers and fabrics needed to produce PPE and other products needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will benefit a nearby Opportunity Zone, increase job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 82 jobs and leverage $22,200,000 in private investment.
      • $79,200, matched by $19,800 in local investment, to the Paden City Development Authority, Inc., Paden City/Tyler County, West Virginia, to support Paden City with conducting a market analysis of their current position in the regional economy and identifying improvements needed to attract new jobs and private investment to West Virginia. The goal of this feasibility study is to implement the identified property improvements and transform a vacant industrial space into manufacturing or related business space. This will increase the local tax base, increase local employment, help support regional economic growth, and create the potential for investment in an Opportunity Zone. Once completed, the project will help stabilize and increase the working population and boost resiliency of the local economy.
    • $12,011,440 in six Public Works projects, matched by $8,345,086 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5,052,255, matched by $1,263,063 in local investment, to the Oxnard Harbor District, Port Hueneme/Ventura County, California, to support the Oxnard Harbor District with providing long-term infrastructure enhancements to maximize facility utilization through dredging in Ventura County, California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project includes dredging 5ft from 35ft to 40ft to enable fresh produce container vessels to load heavier with each visit, installing 600ft of sheet pile wall, demolishing old and installing new fender and mooring systems, repairing dilapidated areas of the concrete deck, and installing a passive cathodic protection system. Once completed, the project will modernize the wharf and pier structure to mitigate moderate seismic episodes and climactic resiliency, which will help with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 113 jobs and save 417 jobs.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $4,614,613 in local investment, to the City of Warner Robbins/City of Perry/City of Cochran/City of Hawkinsville/City of Byron/Mid-State Energy Commission, Warner Robbins/Houston County, Georgia, to fund the construction of a natural gas infrastructure to serve multiple existing and expanding businesses located in several counties in Middle Georgia. The infrastructure improvements will allow the Mid-State Energy Commission to expand its capacity to ensure existing facilities and future industries continue to have access to the natural gas needed to support their economic development efforts. Once completed, the project will help with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, advance the manufacturing industry, bolster job creation, increase private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 220 jobs, save 30 jobs, and leverage $310,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,760,000, matched by $440,000 in local investment, to the City of Dunlap, Dunlap/Sequatchie County, Tennessee, to support the renovation and replacement of aging infrastructure to the City's wastewater treatment plant in Sequatchie County, Tennessee, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project includes the replacement and/or upgrade of operational equipment and materials to address wastewater system infrastructure inadequacies that impact core commercial, industrial, and residential development within the area. Once completed, the project will help with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, increase private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 160 jobs, save 315 jobs, and leverage $28,200,000 in private investment.
      • $1,400,000, matched by $1,400,000 in local investment, to the City of Cleburne, Cleburne/Johnson City, Texas, to support the City of Cleburne with making roadway construction, connecting two existing segments of Sparks Drive, and providing industrial companies in an economically distressed part of the city with improved access to a major highway. The improved access and additional road capacity are expected to facilitate job retention and the creation of new jobs by accommodating increased truck traffic and reducing transportation times. Once completed, the project will advance economic resiliency, help diversify and strengthen the regional economy, and attract private investment in a designated Opportunity Zone. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 300 jobs and leverage $60,000,000 in private investment.
      • $950,000, matched by $627,410 in local investment, to the Fairfield Economic Development Corporation/City of Fairfield, Fairfield/Freestone County, Texas, to support improvements to the Old Mexia-Fairfield Road to facilitate job creation and private investment in a new industrial park. The project will help Fairfield City diversify its economy and become more resilient to economic cycles. It will also directly help the city to rebound from the closure of the Big Brown Power Plant and Big Brown Coal Mine in 2018. Once completed, the new infrastructure will help bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen economic growth throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 14 jobs and leverage $9,000,000 in private investment.
      • $849,185, with no local match, to the Native Village of Ekwok, Ekwok/Dillingham County, Alaska, to support construction of the Green Building to store supplies in Dillingham County, Alaska. The project includes a heated and covered S-1 Moderate Hazard storage facility for emergency supplies, recyclable materials, and regulated materials that cannot be discarded in the local landfill. Once completed, the project will increase resiliency of the Ekwok Tribal village by allowing for a proper infrastructure to dispose of recyclable and hazardous materials, which will help with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, increase private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 2 jobs, save 53 jobs, and leverage $45,000 in private investment.
    • $260,470 in one Local Technical Assistance project, matched by $111,630 in local investment, as follows:
      • $260,470, matched by $111,630 in local investment, to the Northeast Texas Economic Development District, Texarkana/Bowie County, Texas, to support Northeast Texas Economic Development District (NETEDD) in cooperation with regional partners with proposing to restart the Red River Leadership Institute for the ArkLaTexoma region. NETEDD, along with the three other EDA districts identified in the region, will work together to discover key public and private sector partner that will be included in the concept structure, recruitment of participants, and sponsorships of events. NETEDD and its partners will develop a curriculum that will teach the necessary leadership skills to build the regional community that addresses three areas of focus: talent, technology, and tolerance, thus enhancing economic development opportunities for the ArkLaTexoma region. The group will also identify a format for the leadership institute and logistics that would be most beneficial to the region, communities, and participants. Once completed, the project will provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy.
    • $1,118,344 in eight Partnership Planning projects, matched by $550,745 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 15 investments from September 6-10, 2021, totaling $10,325,793, which is matched by $4,864,719 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $8,324,982 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes four projects for $6,411,232 that will help create 1,215 jobs, save 1,291, jobs, and leverage $51,500,000 in private investment; (2) $1,146,811 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; (3) $50,000 in one Local Technical Assistance project to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; (4) $143,000 in one Technical Assistance University Center project to make the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community; and (5) $661,000 in four Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $8,324,982 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $2,885,275 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,525,075, matched by $1,556,025 in local investment, to the City of Bloomington/ Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Bloomington/Monroe County, Indiana, to support the construction of a new Trades District Technology Center, a second-stage commercialization support facility for emerging tech-based businesses in Monroe County, Indiana. Located within an Opportunity Zone, the Center will be a critical pillar of the City’s Bloomington Certified Technology Park and its Trades District. The Center will be a physical office space and commercialization service hub for second stage and start-up technology firms to connect with regional entrepreneurial resources, such as the University of Indiana and the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane, bring new products to market, and create new high-quality jobs and private investment in the Bloomington region. Once completed, the new facility will help the region recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by diversifying the region's economy, which will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 530 jobs and leverage $51,500,000 in private investment.
      • $1,300,000, with no local match, to the Guam Economic Development Authority, Tamuning (Project: Agana Heights), Guam, to support the construction and renovation of buildings for use as production and distribution facilities in Agana Heights, Guam, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project consists of improving three locations of the Green Markets to help business operations function more efficiently and assist with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will support small business enterprises in the agricultural industries, create employment opportunities, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $52,500 in local investment, to the Kisatchie Delta Regional Planning and Development District, Alexandria/Rapides County, Louisiana, to support the purchase, design, and renovation of an existing building for use as a new Resiliency Center for the Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning and Development District in Alexandria, Louisiana, a designated Opportunity Zone. The new Resiliency Center will offer multi purposes including strategic meeting, training, and staging point that will serve as a gathering point and access location. In addition, the project will provide assistance and resources that improves individual and collective capacity of disaster support partners and organizations, allowing the delivery of comprehensive tools for response, while improving the use of public assets as a catalyst for small business retention. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, retain jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 891 jobs.
      • $986,157, matched by $246,539 in local investment, to Larimer County, Fort Collins/Larimer County, Colorado, to support Larimer County with addressing the local and regional unemployment and underemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Larimer County, Colorado. The project will develop and implement a regional workforce strategy based on sector partnership to help employers develop and retain talent; align education and workforce resources with industry needs and local talent pool; and address structural issues that prevent a secure talent pipeline. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 495 jobs.
      • $900,000, matched by $416,461 in local investment, to the Regents of the University of California at Riverside, Riverside/Riverside County, California, to support the Regents of the University of California at Riverside with providing individualize technical assistance to COVID-19-impacted Inland Empire small businesses, especially minority-owned, to help them both to recover from the pandemic and build resilience for future economic challenges in Riverside County, California. The project will assist small businesses with strategies, programs, and resources to build resilience and diversifying their product and service portfolio by leveraging technology and specialized services in the face of certain shock waves from persistent economic and societal disruptions. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 190 jobs and save 400 jobs.
      • $613,750, matched by $613,750 in local investment, to the Missouri Association of Council of Governments/Missouri Department of Economic Development, Jefferson City/Cole County, Missouri, to support the State of Missouri and its regional councils of governments as they seek to promote economic resilience and equity in the state's regions through the development of broadband modeling and engineering feasibility plans for eight regional clusters and the provision of broadband planning technical assistance to all regions of the state. The plans and studies developed through this project will position the state and its regional planning commissions to have the best possible data and tools to support their efforts to assist with regional recovery from and resilience to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Once completed, the plan will create a more resilient broadband infrastructure, which will help strengthen and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $1,146,811 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $1,540,194 in local investments, as follows:
      • $750,000, matched by $1,133,383 in local investment, to the City of Brownsville, Brownsville/Cameron County, Texas, to support the renovation of an existing 8,300 square foot Gutierrez warehouse into, the Cannery Public Market, a multi-purpose community building located in the Mitte Cultural District in Cameron County, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The Cannery Public Market will increase access to healthy food through the existing Brownsville Farmers Market, provide health education initiatives for the area, and provide a space for entrepreneurial opportunities through the establishment of a community kitchen. Once completed, the project will help the region create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $376,811, matched by $376,811 in local investment, to the Hawaii Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, Honolulu/Honolulu County, Hawaii, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the Pacific region of the Hawaiian Islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu, and Maui, to promote global competitiveness through innovation to meet the needs in the islands and encourage regional partnerships, collaboration, and communication. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $70,000, matched by $30,000 in local investment, to the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, Pottsville/Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, to support the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation with determining the feasibility of expanding water capacity to attract development and commerce to Schuylkill County, a designated Opportunity Zone. The study will determine the potential to extend water service from Schuylkill County Municipal Authority’s (SCMA) Tremont System in Newtown, Reilly Township, PA to the I-81/SR 25 interchange. The extended service will allow the creation of a new industrial park and increase capacity for existing manufacturing to expand production. Once completed, the project will address the region’s needs and provide additional space and infrastructure for new and existing businesses to grow, which will create additional jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $50,000 in one Local Technical Assistance project, matched by $65,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $50,000, matched by $65,000 in local investment, to the City of Hillard, Hillard/Franklin County, Ohio, to investment support the establishment of the Hilliard Recovery and Economic Development Study to analyze the City's economy, development sites, tax base, workforce, corporate sustainability, industry sector opportunities, current and needed economic development tools and resources, and provide recommendations for the recovery from the loss of multiple major community employers and the decline in office space demand. Once completed, the study will provide a plan for future implementation to generate more economic opportunities for the region and diversify the local economy.
    • $143,000 in one Technical Assistance University Center project, matched by $143,000 in local investment, to support a five-year University Center program, which is a competitively based partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community.
    • $661,000 in four Partnership Planning projects, matched by $231,250 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 34 investments from August 30-September 3, 2021, totaling $54,506,702, which is matched by $22,837,573 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $8,029,296 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes four projects for $4,269,174 that will help create 536 jobs and save 3,034 jobs; (2) $34,702,321 in eight Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes five projects for $32,761,961 that will help create 2,403 jobs, save 1,062 jobs, and leverage $192,150,000 in private investments; (3) $9,684,985 in five Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 634 jobs, save 1,393 jobs, and leverage $618,500,000 in private investments; (4) $52,500 in two Local Technical Assistance projects to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; (5) $1,097,000 in eight Technical Assistance University Center projects to make the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community; and (6) $940,600 in five Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $8,029,296 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $2,103,007 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,500,000, matched by $551,187 in local investment, to the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC), Amarillo/Potter County, Texas, to support the purchase and rehabilitation of a workforce development center in Amarillo, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will allow the PRPC to serve unemployed or underemployed residents in job searches, including providing education allowances, job placements, and training necessary to support work readiness. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting workforce development and training services, which will help diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $1,500,000, matched by $375,000 in local investment, to the City of Anthony, Anthony/ Dona Ana County, New Mexico, to support the construction of an Urgent Care medical facility, in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The urgent care facility will provide convenient and affordable health care to residents in the region including the communities of La Union, Berino, Chaparral, Vado, the southern portion of Mesquite, Santa Teresa, and Sunland Park. Once completed the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create jobs in the telehealth and healthcare industry, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 35 jobs.
      • $1,260,122, matched by $319,418 in local investment, to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Millheim/Centre County, Pennsylvania, to support the development of the Foodshed Mapping and Digital Infrastructure Project to help stabilize the agricultural supply chain in the Western Pennsylvania region and beyond. The digital supply chain was severed due to digital literacy and/or connectivity barriers. This project will combine existing databases driving the development of a singular database and e-commerce marketplace to comprehensively connect and stabilize the regional foodshed supply chain, which directly responds to and prepares for future economic injury and emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. This clearinghouse of supply chain opportunities will empower autonomous decision-making and increase the ability of those across the agriculture continuum to pivot within the market; preparing for and responding to economic injury while increasing mid-tier value chains to strengthen the regional economy.
      • $1,200,000, matched by $300,000 in local investment, to Temple University, Philadelphia/Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, to support the implementation of a digital transformation program to provide strategic and operational no-cost consulting to small manufacturing, service, and retail business owners throughout the Commonwealth who have been most significantly impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. The majority of the PA Digital Transformation and Ecommerce Program (PADTEP) programming will be delivered online. As social distancing regulations ease, additional programming will be delivered through the 16 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) located across the state. Once implemented, small businesses will be provided with Digital Literacy skills, understanding Web site design, social media, Ecommerce, and cyber security training to assist with updating their marketing strategies, which will help advance economic resiliency, create new job opportunities, and attract private investment in designated Opportunity Zones across the state of Pennsylvania. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 2,000 jobs.
      • $1,052,814, matched by $263,212 in local investment, to the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester/Monroe County, New York, to support the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with implementing an Industry 4.0 Transition Program. This program assists the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions in their recovery from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic through technical assistance provided to affected businesses. Once completed, the project will advance economic resiliency, create new job opportunities, and attract private investment in designated Opportunity Zones. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 156 jobs and save 264 jobs.
      • $516,360, matched by $294,190 in local investment, to the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Martinsburg/Berkeley County, West Virginia, to support the expansion of their plastics training program to meet the local industry workforce needs in Morgan, Jefferson, and Berkeley Counties for highly skilled technicians, and to respond to COVID-19 layoffs in the region. The Plastics Technology Lab (PTL) provides space, equipment, and expert staff to create opportunities for high school students and working adults to earn college credit while gaining specialized technical skills for employment. The PTL also serves as an innovative production facility for manufacturing research and development, supporting West Virginia in the production of plastic components utilized in medical personal protective equipment (PPE), and providing manufacturers with an array of comprehensive customized training for the incumbent workforce. Once completed, the project will advance economic resiliency, create new job opportunities, and attract private investment in a designated Opportunity Zone. in CARES Act Recovery Assistance to Expand Plastics Workforce Training Program in West Virginia. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 345 jobs and save 770 jobs.
    • $34,702,321 in eight Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $5,172,851 in local investments, as follows:
      • $19,630,360 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, with no local match, to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan/Saipan County, Mariana Islands, to support the construction of a typhoon-resilient Department of Finance Economic Business Center and acquisition of a Financial Management Information System (FMIS) on the island of Saipan, a designated Opportunity Zone. The CNMI Economic Resiliency Center will serve as a hub for all critical finance operations, which will increase efficiency and real time response. The FMIS will allow the CNMI to be better prepared to withstand an economic paralysis and make operational adjustments to recover from the impacts of future natural disasters. Once completed, the project will help with recovery efforts from the Super Typhoon Yutu, bolster job creation, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,500 jobs.
      • $3,751,000 in Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities, matched by $937,750 in local investment, to the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, Middleton/Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, to support the reconstruction of the intersection of Olmstead Drive, Airport Drive, Third Street, and the cargo tug road to provide a new roadway surface to separate cargo container trains from highway traffic in Middletown, Pennsylvania. The project will help address the significant and sudden loss of jobs and tax revenue caused by the closure of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Plant (TMI) by expanding access for the Harrisburg International Airport Air Cargo terminal. These adjustments will allow the Airport to accommodate the expansion of global air cargo carriers thus creating new local jobs, increasing the local supply of air-carried goods, and generating new real estate tax revenue for the local communities. Once completed, the project will enhance job creation and retention, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency to an area hit hard by the closure of a nuclear power plant. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 354 jobs, save 458 jobs, and leverage $8,300,000 in private investment.
      • $3,380,401 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $845,101 in local investment, to the Economic Development Alliance of Saint Clair County, Port Huron/Saint Clair County, Michigan, to support the construction of a new two-story 11,000 square foot incubator space for ongoing entrepreneurship assistance and collaboration in Saint Clair County, Michigan. The project will be a permanent home for small business incubator operations that will support emerging and second-stage businesses in the region with dedicated private and co-working spaces, including advanced manufacturing equipment. Once completed the project will help the region diversify its local economy, increase entrepreneurship, create jobs, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 125 jobs and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,200 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $750,000 in local investment, to the City of Somerset, Somerset/Pulaski County, Kentucky, to support the construction and installation of equipment at two wastewater treatment plant sites to help the city meet future customer needs in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Once completed, project will support economic resiliency by ensuring infrastructure is adequate to support economic growth, which will help bolster job creation, and attract private investment to an area significantly impacted by decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 379 jobs, save 580 jobs, and leverage $178,600,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $1,300,000 in local investment, to the Economic Development Authority of Amherst County, Amherst/Amherst County, Virginia, to support the construction of a multi-tenant building to address the pressing need for job opportunities following the recent closure of the County’s largest employer. The new facility will help accelerate high-quality job growth, create additional economic opportunities, and diversify the economy by supporting the next generation of technology-based industries and innovative supply chains. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 45 jobs, save 24 jobs, and leverage $3,250,000 in private investment.
      • $960,000, matched by $540,000 in local investment, to the City of Vallejo/Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District, Vallejo/Solano County, California, to conduct an infrastructure study of developed and undeveloped portions of Mare Island in California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The study will determine the impacts that future development will have on City’s roads, stormwater, water, and sewer infrastructure. In addition, the study will determine the capacity of roads to support projected traffic from redevelopment and determine the extent to which roads will need to be reconstructed based on their current conditions. Once completed, the study will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $500,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Business and Industrial Corporation of Denison, Inc., Denison/Grayson County, Texas, to support the development of a master plan for the Texas Gateway Logistics Park, a 400-acre site encompassing an Opportunity Zone in Grayson County, Texas. The master plan will assess the suitability of existing infrastructure, determine the best use for the property, and consider transportation and engineering needs. Once completed, the project will allow the region to diversify its economy by creating jobs in growing industries that will improve economic opportunities for the regional workforce and advance long term economic vitality and sustainability, which will strengthen the regional economy.
      • $450,000 in Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities, matched by $300,000 in local investment, to the Hourglass Project, San Luis Obispo/San Luis Obispo County, California, to support the creation of an economic mitigation plan to help key industries (AgriTech, Clean Tech and Renewable Energy, Aerospace, Defense and Precision Manufacturing, and Technology) in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties recover economically from the closure of a Nuclear Power Plant. In addition to the plan, the project will create an asset map, help establish industry working groups, and develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy to help the region navigate the economic impacts of the power plant closure and create a more resilient economy for the future. Once completed, the plan will be a roadmap for economic recovery and diversification, which will help strengthen the regional economy.
    • $9,684,985 in five Public Works projects, matched by $14,411,815 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,000,000, matched by $8,300,000 in local investment, to the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, Philadelphia/Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, to support the acquisition and installation of two new Electric Rubber-Tired Gantry cranes at the existing Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (PAMT) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The new infrastructure will help address the continued economic distress of the neighborhoods bordering the Philadelphia Port at Packer Avenue. The PAMT is located along the Delaware River at the foot of the Walt Whitman Bridge and adjacent to the Port is a designated Federal Opportunity Zone. These cranes, they are uniquely designed to have the capability of reaching the far side of a shipping vessel to offload cargo, rather than the vessel having to turn around in port to greatly reduce loading and offloading time of containerized cargo. Once completed, the new infrastructure will help bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen economic growth throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs and leverage $9,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,620,485, matched by $3,097,315 in local investment, to the Chibardun Telephone Cooperative dba Mosaic Technology, Cameron/Barron County, Wisconsin, to support the installation of more than 70 miles of broadband fiber-optic cable in Wisconsin’s Barron and Washburn counties. The new broadband line will be the backbone of future expansions, bringing broadband access to more users and enhancing the economic conditions and attractiveness of the two counties to businesses. In addition, the line will provide fiber redundancy to improve the system’s reliability and resilience in the face of future natural disasters and other disruptions. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 54 jobs, save 616 jobs, and leverage $1,500,000 in private investment.
      • $1,587,000, matched by $1,587,000 in local investment, to Davie County, Mocksville/Davie County, North Carolina, to support industry and business development in Davie County through the rehabilitation of transmission lines connected to the Cooleemee Water Treatment Plant in Mocksville, North Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. Once completed, the project will expand workforce opportunities and economic mobility, which will retain and create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 300 jobs, save 747 jobs, and leverage $50,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,575,000, matched by $525,000 in local investment, to Pender County, Burgaw/Pender County, North Carolina, to support the construction of a permanent natural gas fueled generator at its water treatment plant and establishing a berm around the adjoining County’s wastewater treatment plant to mitigate the impact of significant flooding on the operation of both facilities. The project will reduce the likelihood of potential power losses in normal and extreme flooding events and reduce the risk of flooding of the wastewater treatment plant site that could result in both damage and cessation of plant operations. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency near Opportunity Zones and throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 30 jobs, and leverage $8,000,000 in private investment.
      • $902,500, matched by $902,500 in local investment, to the City of Hartwell, Hartwell/Hart County, Georgia, to support critical upgrades to the City of Hartwell's Wastewater Treatment Plant that are necessary to support a new distribution center at the Hart County Industrial Park in Georgia. Once completed, the project will ensure business continuity by protecting the City's residents and businesses from possible sewer accidents where COVID-19 or other viruses might be present, which will help bolster job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 130 jobs and leverage $550,000,000 in private investment.
    • $52,500 in two Local Technical Assistance projects, matched by $52,900 in local investments, as follows:
      • $30,000, matched by $30,000 in local investment, to the Native American Development Center, Bismarck/Burleigh County, North Dakota, to support the completion of a feasibility study for the concept of creating a business incubator designed to primarily serve the Native American population in the Bismarck, ND, Metropolitan Area. A prior study identified a business incubator as a potential solution to address community needs for business technical assistance and entrepreneurship support, especially within and in support of the area's Native American population. This study will determine the feasibility of creating an incubator within the Native American Development Center and will determine potential costs, facilities, equipment, and programmatic requirements, analyze local markets for relevant opportunities to target, and determine appropriate measurements for potential impacts and results. Once completed, the project will provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy.
      • $22,500, matched by $22,900 in local investment, to the Town of Amesbury, Amesbury/ Essex County, Massachusetts, to fund the Reimagining a Resilient Downtown Amesbury project to assist in the development of a resiliency strategy for the City of Amesbury. The plan will provide guidance in the development of institutional capacity to bounce forward in the face of economic shock events, which will help the City maintain a strong manufacturing sector, attract innovative businesses, and assist existing businesses with adjusting, expanding, and thriving during future economic disruptions. Once completed, the project will provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy
    • $1,097,000 in eight Technical Assistance University Center projects, matched by $1,097,000 in local investments, to support a five-year University Center program, which is a competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community.
    • $940,600 in five Partnership Planning projects, with no local match, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 10 investments from August 23-27, 2021, totaling $1,212,616, which is matched by $734,975 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $509,616 in five Technical Assistance University Center projects to make the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community; and (2) $703,000 in five Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $509,616 in five Technical Assistance University Center projects, matched by $664,975 in local investments, to support the first year of a five-year University Center program, which is a competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community.
    • $703,000 in five Partnership Planning projects, matched by $70,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 10 investments from August 16-20, 2021, totaling $5,092,515, which is matched by $1,272,311 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $3,213,515 in five Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes three projects for $2,269,470 that will help create 594 jobs, save 190 jobs, and leverage $10,600,000 in private investments; (2) $1,726,000 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes one project for $1,332,000 that will help create 143 jobs, save 184 jobs, and leverage $10,700,000 in private investments; and (3) $153,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $3,213,515 in five Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $798,311 in local investments, as follows:
      • $915,120, matched by $228,780 in local investment, to the Nevada System of Higher Education/University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas/Clark County, Nevada, to support the Nevada System of Higher Education, University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) with enhancing the UNLV Hospitality and Entertainment COVID-19 Labs to serve as an innovation center for key regional businesses in Clark County, Nevada. Located in a designated Opportunity Zone, the project will support resiliency and revitalization of key Las Vegas sectors through supplying innovation labs with technical software, providing businesses with an assistance program that includes expert counseling, and opening the labs to small and medium-size businesses in need. Once implemented, the project will provide businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic with feedback, testing, and coordination necessary to be resilient in future disruptions, which will help promote long-term prosperity and growth throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 13 jobs and save 120 jobs.
      • $762,350, matched by $260,520 in local investment, to Generation West Virginia, Charleston/Kanawha County, West Virginia, to support Generation West Virginia with the expansion of the New Force on-line learning program for the training and placement into high-tech software development positions with an emphasis on remote workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Charleston, West Virginia. The program will train 96 participants in the first three years, placing at least 81 of these in high paying living wage positions to assist West Virginia with COVID-19 recovery and resiliency efforts. Once implemented, the project will benefit a nearby Opportunity Zone, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy in an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 81 jobs and leverage $600,000 in private investment.
      • $644,045, matched by $161,011 in local investment, to the University of South Alabama, Mobile/Mobile County, Alabama, to support the consolidation of the Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing (LAM) through the renovation of facilities and equipment purchase to create an additive manufacturing laboratory and research hub on the University of South Alabama's campus. The LAM will provide prototyping services to industries in the region, and nationally, collaborating on research into new uses of additive manufacturing including prototyping of low-cost parts for repairs in a timely manner and exploring the new area of cyber-protection in additive manufacturing processes. LAM will also provide training services on the equipment and provide workforce development through a certificate program including undergraduate and graduate education. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and provide training in the engineering of 3D printing for PPE and other emergency supplies, which will help strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $592,000, matched by $148,000 in local investment, to the Future of Nursing West Virginia, Charleston/Kanawha County, West Virginia, to support the Future of Nursing West Virginia with expanding the successful West Virginia Nursing Entrepreneur Program, to serve the entire state of West Virginia. The state-wide expansion of this entrepreneur assistance program will enable nurse practitioners to open businesses to assist with COVID-19 recovery efforts within a designated Opportunity Zone. Once completed, the project will help diversify the regional economy and support workforce development in the healthcare industry, which will bolster job creation and advance economic resiliency throughout an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 500 jobs, save 70 jobs, and leverage $10,000 in private investment.
      • $300,000, with no local match, to the Navajo Nation, Window Rock/Apache County, Arizona, to support the Navajo Nation with developing and implementing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to include economic recovery planning because of economic dislocations due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Window Rock, Arizona. The project will provide the resources needed to focus on both short-term and long-term strategies for a more resilient and sustainable region as well as enable the region to have a strategic approach based on regional visioning, goals, measurable objectives and prioritized action. Once implemented, the CEDS will assist the region with recovery efforts from the pandemic and help build resiliency from future economic disruptions.
    • $1,726,000 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $474,000 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,332,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $348,000 in local investment, to Advantage Valley, Inc./Putnam County Economic Development Administration/Capital Area Development Corporation, and Our Jobs, Our Future, dba Huntington Area Development, Charleston/Kanawha County, West Virginia, to support Advantage Valley, Inc. with addressing the economic and social impact of coal community diversification through an Emerging Markets Initiative that will connect manufacturing, engineering, legal and accounting businesses with new external markets in Charleston, West Virginia. The project will provide local businesses with a more diversified set of customers and revenue base to mitigate the economic shock that they have experienced by the COVID-19 pandemic and the decline of the coal industry. This will lead to new jobs, services, and supply chain connections. The new initiative is designed to facilitate increased revenue, job creation, and private investment for businesses in the region, at least 10% of which will be in Opportunity Zones, to help address operational and workforce issues that companies may be experiencing. Once implemented, the project will create jobs, advance economic resiliency, and attract private investment. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 143 jobs, save 184 jobs, and leverage $10,700,000 in private investment.
      • $200,000, matched by $75,000 in local investment, to Valley Vision, Inc./Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento/Sacramento County, California, to support the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to promote capacity-building across the six-county region in Sacramento, California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will integrate critically needed COVID-19 pandemic economic recovery strategies and actions to help build resiliency from future economic disruptions, which will help diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $128,000, matched by $32,000 in local investment, to the Great Basin Institute, Reno/Washoe County (Project: Ely/White Pine County), Nevada, to support the Great Basin Institute with creating the Toiyabe Trails Institute in response to the significant economic, educational, and workforce impacts resulting from the COVID19 pandemic. The project will assess the feasibility and develop the implementation plan for the Institute and a trail building training program that prepares students for private sector jobs and careers in trail building planning, design, and management, outdoor recreation infrastructure construction, and other trail and outdoor recreation-oriented career paths. Once completed, the project will help increase the regional workforce, attract new businesses, and advance economic resilience throughout the region.
      • $76,000, matched by $19,000 in local investment, to the Bel-O-Mar Regional Council, Wheeling/Ohio County, West Virginia, to support the Bel-O-Mar Regional Council with conducting a feasibility study of remote workers and employers required to help prioritize development efforts to create jobs and private investment in Wheeling, West Virginia. The study will provide a plan to create jobs for West Virginians in remote work fields, especially in the technology sectors related to advanced manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, law, logistics, creative industries, marketing communications, and other areas of entrepreneurship. Once implemented, the project will create and retain high paying jobs, attract private investment, and increase economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
    • $153,000 in one Partnership Planning project, with no local match, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced eight investments from August 9-13, 2021, totaling $13,829,639, which is matched by $4,031,189 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $11,674,740 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that will help create 2,796 jobs, save 793 jobs, and leverage $659,100,000 in private investments; (2) $79,599 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; and (3) $2,075,300 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 48 jobs and leverage $29,700,000 in private investment.
    • $11,674,740 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $3,117,489 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5,146,898, matched by $700,000 in local investment, to the City of Hoonah, Hoonah/Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon County, Alaska, to support the City of Hoonah with upgrading the Hoonah Marine Industrial Center’s (HMIC) Cargo Dock, a multi-use marine transportation space servicing freight and goods distribution for the Cruise Ship Industry, fuel delivery, commercial fishing, and other commercial operations within the community. Improvements at the HMIC Cargo Dock will include installation of a 130-ft long sheet pile bulkhead cargo dock, three steel pipe pile breasting dolphins, an 80-ft long elevated catwalk and upgrading an existing concrete dock face by installation of sea cushion fenders. The project also includes the upgrade of an existing gravel loading ramp that is only accessible during high tides and by front loading barge and landing craft vessels, which substantially limits the vessels currently capable of distributing freight and goods to the community. Once completed, the project will improve the HMIC cargo dock’s accessibility and functionality, which will help to strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 4 jobs, save 264 jobs, and leverage $66,100,000 in private investment.
      • $2,588,800, matched by $647,200 in local investment, to the Town of Shelburn, Shelburn/Sullivan County, Indiana, to support the Town of Shelburn with the construction of a new water main transmission line and related infrastructure to connect the City’s existing water tower with the Sullivan County Community Hospital Business Park. The new infrastructure will address fire suppression requirements in the Park and enhance the Town’s ability to attract and retain businesses that rely on adequate water infrastructure and fire suppression capacity. Healthcare service providers in the Park are critical partners in the Town’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and will be critical in the Town’s resilience to future economic shocks. Once completed, the project will increase economic growth and diversification and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 408 jobs.
      • $2,000,153, matched by $1,285,453 in local investment, to the City of Huron, Huron/Erie County, Ohio, to support the City of Huron with the reconstruction and enhancement of Sawmill Parkway in Erie County, Ohio, a designated Opportunity Zone. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and the larger region experienced devastating job losses and the loss of revenue from tourism-based economic activity. Once completed, the project will attract new employers and diversify the economy, which will help the region with recovery efforts from the pandemic and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 321 jobs, save 41 jobs, and leverage $403,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,212,588, matched by $303,147 in local investment, to Bernalillo County, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico, to fund the installation of approximately 40,000-50,000 feet of fiber optic and conduit to support the broadband needs for the west side of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The installation will occur predominately along Central Avenue from Altrisco Boulevard to Coors Avenue in Bernalillo County to help build infrastructure to attract businesses to the area and provide significant support for local communities. Once completed, the project will support more resilient industrial and warehousing jobs to help restart the local economy after the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate losses in the event of other economic disruptions, which will help the region overcome the lack of adequate, reliable broadband service to help diversify and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 2,400 jobs and leverage $190,000,000 in private investment.
      • $484,349, matched by $121,201 in local investment, to the Northwest Florida State College, Niceville/Okaloosa County, Florida, to fund the purchase of upgraded equipment to be used for training health and public safety professionals to better diagnose and treat conditions caused by COVID-19 and future pandemics in Niceville, Florida. The project will expand its health professionals and emergency response training and education programs to help meet the growing healthcare industry demands for highly skilled and qualified health care professionals who are trained on industry standard equipment. The expansion will ensure graduates have up-to-date equipment required for current training needs and to prepare students for the workforce, which will assist the region in becoming more resilient and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and provide access to higher-wage jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 61 jobs and save 45 jobs.
      • $241,952, matched by $60,488 in local investment, to the Vermont State Colleges, Montpelier/Washington County (Project: Lyndonville/Caledonia County), Vermont, to fund the renovation and re-purposing of several different spaces including office, storage, and a computer lab area at the Lyndonville campus to establish an interactive teaching facility for a collaborative Health Sciences program. The new Clinical Nursing educational facility will provide a hands-on learning experience through the creation of a Skill Lab, Simulation Lab, a Control Room and supplies area. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support the health care industry, bolster job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 10 jobs and save 35 jobs.
    • $79,599 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $20,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $79,599 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to the Muskegon Area First, Muskegon/Muskegon County, Michigan, to support Muskegon Area First, a local economic development organization, with creating two Industrial Parks Master Plans on behalf of the City of Muskegon Heights, Michigan. The plans will focus on the creation of the Industrial Park East and Industrial Park West to assist the City in its recovery from the loss of nearly 200 jobs because of the recent local coal-fired power plant closure. Once completed, the project will allow Muskegon Area First to more effectively market available parcels for future industrial and economic development, which will create and retain jobs, advance economic resiliency, and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
    • $2,075,300 in one Public Works project, matched by $893,700 in local investment, as follows:
      • $2,075,300, matched by $893,700 in local investment, to the City of Sikeston/Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities, Sikeston/Scott County (Project: Sikeston/New Madrid County), Missouri, to support the City of Sikeston and the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities with developing the South Industrial Park to address the local and regional need for industry growth and job creation in the area. The new infrastructure will help existing businesses and allow for business expansion within the area, which will support job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 48 jobs and leverage $29,700,000 in private investment.
  • EDA announced six investments from August 2-6, 2021, totaling $11,613,300, which is matched by $2,780,755 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $10,900,000 in five Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus that will help create 253 jobs, save 1,351 jobs, and leverage $27,100,000 in private investments; and (2) $713,300 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 23 jobs, save 201 jobs, and leverage $3,100,000 in private investments.
    • $10,900,000 in five Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $2,492,895 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,500,000, matched by $892,895 in local investment, to the Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches/Nacogdoches County, Texas, to support the Stephen F. Austin State University with making building renovations on three existing facilities totaling approximately 14,000 square feet on 15 acres of prime real estate in Nacogdoches, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The facilities will house the Center for Applied Research and Rural Innovation, which will offer business services, student engagement, conference and training space, an information technology hub, and a manufacturing and learning center. Once completed, the culture of innovation created by the Center will increase the region’s capacity to recover from downturns and economic distress resulting from a natural disaster, such as the coronavirus pandemic, which will help advance long term economic vitality and sustainability, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 90 jobs and leverage $13,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,400,000, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, Augusta/Kennebec County, Maine, to support the implementation of a comprehensive, statewide tourism marketing/promotion program designed to restore tourism visitation to Maine, assist the state and its hospitality businesses in recovering from the significant economic injuries and impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and return the state to its position as a premier four-season tourist destination. Once implemented, the program will identify strategies that will build towards sustained growth, create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 1,225 jobs.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Seize the Future Development Foundation dba Invest Aurora, Aurora/Kane County, Illinois, to support Invest Aurora with establishing a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Aurora, Illinois, to help expand and modernize existing locally owned enterprises. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to capital to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 120 jobs, and leverage $3,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Town of Taos, Taos/Taos County, New Mexico, to support the Town of Taos with the construction of new infrastructure to provide commercial water and wastewater service to the Taos Regional Airport and the adjacent Business Industrial Park in Taos, New Mexico. Once completed, the project will help attract commercial jobs to the region, which is highly dependent on the tourism industry and has been highly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The project will allow the region to diversify away from tourism, which will help advance long term economic vitality and sustainability to strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create eight jobs, save six jobs, and leverage $11,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, with no local match, to the Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, De Queen/Sevier County, Arkansas, to support the purchase of a Medical Mobile Unit to create a Healthcare Simulation Lab and Telemedicine Space at each of University of Arkansas Cossatot’s four campus locations. The project will help increase healthcare access and testing for rural community members and industries, as well as provide a safe learning environment for medical education students to receive clinical training. Once completed, the project will offer much needed rural healthcare access by providing urgent healthcare as well as physical and occupational therapies, which will increase the region’s capacity to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, advance long-term economic vitality and sustainability, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 105 jobs and leverage $100,000 in private investment.
    • $713,300 in one Public Works project, matched by $287,860 in local investment, as follows:
      • $713,300, matched by $287,860 in local investment, to the City of Caldwell, Caldwell/Burleson County, Texas, to support the City of Caldwell with making infrastructure improvements to aid in the expansion efforts of the Caldwell Industrial Park. The improvements include roadway, water and sewer infrastructure to support the growth of manufacturing in the Brazos Valley Region of Texas. The improvements will immediately help existing businesses and allow for business expansion within the area, which will support job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 23 jobs, save 201 jobs, and leverage $3,100,000 in private investment.
  • EDA announced 10 investments from July 26-30, 2021, totaling $13,502,685, which is matched by $4,218,881 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $4,719,000 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes two projects for $4,400,000 that will help create 360 jobs and leverage $180,000,000 in private investments; (2) $8,050,660 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 96 jobs, save 551 jobs, and leverage $800,000 in private investment; (3) $243,025 in two Technical Assistance University Center projects to make the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community; and (4) $490,000 in three Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $4,719,000 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $1,180,000 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,000,000, matched by $1,000,000 in local investment, to the Volusia County/City of Daytona Beach, DeLand/Volusia County, Florida, to support Volusia County with preparing a 56-acre site directly adjacent to the County-owned Daytona Beach International Airport for the development of Project COVID, a pharmaceutical research, manufacturing, logistics and multi-modal distribution facility that will provide research and manufacturing of COVID-19 and aerospace related medicines in Volusia County, Florida. The development will directly address both the national coronavirus crisis and contribute to the airport’s recovery and resiliency from the economic devastation wrought by the pandemic. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 360 jobs and leverage $150,000,000 in private investment.
      • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Valley Shenango Economic Development Corporation, Sharon/Mercer County, Pennsylvania, to support the development of a feasibility study to determine the reuse of a former production facility of approximately 450,000 square feet for a substantial aquaponics/hydroponics operation in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, a designated Opportunity Zone. The study will include an investigation of power capabilities, water capacity, fire safety, security, energy infrastructure, heating and cooling systems, water circulation and purification systems, production systems, and other mission critical capabilities for the building and facility. The facility would create a new industry in the region and provide skilled jobs with upward mobility for the local workforce to help address a range of needs including responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and assisting with the long-term success of businesses in this area, which will support recovery and resiliency to diversify the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will leverage $30,000,000 in private investment.
      • $319,000, matched by $80,000 in local investment, to the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry/The Institute, Wilkes-Barre/Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, to support the development of Project PIVOT, to allow for the discovery of job shifts and trends, identification of appropriate educational tracks, and the delivery of educational courses, training, and certification through LinkedIn Learning. The goal is to identify current and post COVID business needs and provide online industry led training to get displaced workers back to work in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $8,050,660 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $2,305,856 in local investments, as follows:
      • $7,590,192 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $1,897,548 in local investment, to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Palmer/Matanuska County, Alaska, to fund infrastructure improvements designed to increase the operating efficiency of the Port of MacKenzie in Matanuska Susitna County, Alaska. The project includes installing 64 steel pile sleeves on the existing deep draft dock to increase its useful life, and a roll-on roll-off cargo dock to increase the Port’s offering and efficiency to serve as a back up to the Port. Once completed, the project will increase resiliency by strengthening the Port, which will mitigate the effects of future disasters and offer needed transportation alternatives to the marine industry, create and retain jobs, generate private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 16 jobs, save 551 jobs, and leverage $800,000 in private investment.
      • $460,468, matched by $408,308 in local investment, to the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation, Estes Park/Larimer County, Colorado, to support the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation with scaling their Business Accelerator Services of Estes (B.A.S.E.) program, which involves working with businesses to create a stronger and more lasting e-commerce and e-profile footprints to continue diversifying their revenue streams. The core function of the curriculum is to help build and support businesses not focused within the tourism sector, with a special focus on Professional Services and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, and Products and Craft Goods through Business Model Mapping, Purpose in Business, Market Research, and Advertising Strategies, as well as Long- and Short-Term Strategic Planning. The economic impact will prepare businesses to remain resilient through any disaster, which will enhance future economic sustainability, strengthen the regional economy and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 80 jobs.
    • $243,025 in two Technical Assistance University Center projects, matched by $243,025 in local investments, to support a five-year University Center program, which is a competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community.
    • $490,000 in three Partnership Planning projects, matched by $490,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 19 investments from July 19-23, 2021, totaling $17,554,399, which is matched by $11,593,690 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $11,521,974 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes four projects for $10,145,974 that will help create 1,417 jobs, save 320 jobs, and leverage $540,000,000 in private investments; (2) $660,454 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes one project for $120,000 that will help create 20 jobs, save 75 jobs, and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment; (3) $4,057,000 in two Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 278 jobs, save 120 jobs, and leverage $50,700,000 in private investments; (4) $433,971 in three Technical Assistance University Center projects to make the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community; and (5) $881,000 in five Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $11,521,974 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $9,063,014 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,945,774, matched by $7,418,661 in local investment, to the City of Kenosha, Kenosha/Kenosha County, Wisconsin, to support the Kenosha Innovative Neighborhood Infrastructure Construction Project, which includes making road and sewer infrastructure improvements in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will also provide a workforce training center to help meet the regional demand for a new generation of manufacturing talent. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, advance the manufacturing industry, bolster job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,000 jobs and leverage $500,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,400,000, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to the Ann Arbor Spark/City of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County, Michigan, to support Ann Arbor Spark and the City of Ann Arbor with constructing 20 miles of underground fiber optic cable, to attract and retain high-tech businesses in the growing mobility sector in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan. Once completed, the project will advance the fiber network connectivity throughout the region, create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and increase economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 67 jobs and leverage $35,600,000 in private investment.
      • $1,800,000, matched by $450,000 in local investment, to the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, Inc., Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to support the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, Inc. with establishing a $2.5 million Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to capital to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 300 jobs, save 300 jobs, and leverage $3,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,056,000, matched by $264,000 in local investment, to the City of Fall River, Fall River/Bristol County, Massachusetts, to support the City of Fall River with developing the Phase I engineering design and permitting requirements for sewer line infrastructure upgrades to directly support economic development opportunities in Fall River, Massachusetts, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will support the remaining future build-out of the Fall River Industrial Park, Commerce Park and the South Coast Life Science and Technology Park to help advance manufacturing, life sciences and technology in the area. Once completed, the project will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the Rio Arriba County, Espanola/Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, to support Rio Arriba County with renovating a former charter school to create a pipefitting workforce training facility and a community center in Espanola, New Mexico. The new facility and center will assist local workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing opportunities for well-paying, quality jobs. In addition, the County will coordinate with the Pipe Fitters Union to provide workers with workforce development training in resilient fields. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 20 jobs, and leverage $1,400,000 in private investment.
      • $320,200, matched by $80,353 in local investment, to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Anchorage/Anchorage County, Alaska, to support the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation with the preparation of a cluster-based economic analysis, institution of cluster workgroups, and publication of a strategy and action plan document to mitigate the adverse impacts of economic disruptions in Anchorage, Alaska. Once implemented, the plan will help spur economic development and diversification to help the area recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will increase resiliency throughout the region.
    • $660,454 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $487,455 in local investments, as follows:
      • $290,454, matched by $290,455 in local investment, to the University of Montana, Missoula/Missoula County, Montana, to fund the Montana Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Strategy Project to bring much needed capital investment and job creation to the state of Montana by targeting FDI opportunities in the area. The project will help enhance community assets, support growth in US exports tied to FDI, and help ease COVID-19 related economic distress by attracting capital that will further diversify and strengthen Montana’s economy. In addition, the project will help create a new economic path for the State, which will enhance future economic sustainability, strengthen the regional economy and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $250,000, matched by $167,000 in local investment, to the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, El Paso/El Paso County, Texas, to support the El Paso Chamber of Commerce with expanding the Business Solutions Center (BSC) technical support services to assist businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in El Paso, Texas. The project will help assist small businesses through initiatives centered in business advocacy, consulting services, business training, business sustainability, and contract opportunity assistance. All assistance will be available in both English and Spanish to address the needs and demographics of the Borderplex business community. Once completed, the project will allow businesses to quickly respond to future disruptions, like those caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, and encourage local businesses to stay and expand in their current location, which will help create and retain jobs and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $120,000, matched by $30,000 in local investment, to the Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc., Medford/Jackson County, Oregon, to support the Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) with hiring a Business Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Liaison to respond to business needs in Jackson County, Oregon, a designated Opportunity Zone. The Liaison’s job responsibilities would include, but not be limited to business outreach visits, needs assessment within the business community, communication with impacted jurisdictions, and coordination with multiple other partners and agencies responding to the wildfire disaster in Southern Oregon. Once completed, the project will help strengthen and diversify the regional economy, which will increase resilience in the face of future disasters. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 20 jobs, save 75 jobs, and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment.
    • $4,057,000 in two Public Works projects, matched by $1,014,250 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,414,500, matched by $853,625 in local investment, to the City of Hornell Industrial Development Agency/City of Hornell, Hornell/Steuben County, New York, to support the City of Hornell Industrial Development Agency and the City of Hornell with constructing infrastructure improvements at the Shawmut Industrial Park to facilitate the construction of a new automobile manufacturing facility in Steuben County, New York. Located in a designated Opportunity Zone, the project work includes: 2,800 linear feet of Shawmut Park Drive will be milled and deteriorated pavement restored to support new traffic to NYS Route 36; traffic control signals and overhead utility lines will be relocated and overhanging trees removed along Thacher Street Road to accommodate vehicles carrying car body shells; construction of two parking areas; relocation of the water main and sanitary sewer infrastructures; and upgrade of a sewer pump station. Once completed, the project will advance the region’s manufacturing industry, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 258 jobs and leverage $47,200,000 in private investment.
      • $642,500, matched by $160,625 in local development, to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Brunswick/Cumberland County, Maine, to support the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority with installing HVAC equipment at the TechPlace manufacturing center to provide a year-round controlled climate cooling system that is essential to high technology product development and manufacturing operations in Cumberland County, Maine. The project will serve the center’s offices and 30,000 square feet of manufacturing space and include the installation of lighting controls to maximize energy efficiency. Once completed, the project will meet the regional needs of the growing manufacturing and high technology industry, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 20 jobs, save 120 jobs, and leverage $3,500,000 in private investment.
    • $433,971 in three Technical Assistance University Center projects, matched by $433,971 in local investments, to support a five-year University Center program, which is a competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community.
    • $881,000 in five Partnership Planning projects, matched by $595,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced six investments from July 12-16, 2021, totaling $8,677,000, which is matched by $12,134,073 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $5,145,000 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes two projects for $4,500,000 that will help create 414 jobs and leverage $90,000,000 in private investments; (2) $3,240,000 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create eight jobs; (3) $100,000 in one Technical Assistance University Center project to make the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community; and (4) $192,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $5,145,000 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $10,327,073 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,000,000, matched by $9,152,073 in local investment, to the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Pawnee/Pawnee County, Oklahoma, to support the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma with constructing a healthcare facility for inpatient and outpatient adult and geriatric and behavioral health treatment in Pawnee, Oklahoma on the Pawnee Indian Reservation. The project will help provide services for patients displaced because of the COVID-19 pandemic and serve the increased number of mental health issues due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Once completed, the project will serve over 15,000 residents for a five-county area and create high paying jobs, which will strengthen and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 64 jobs.
      • $1,500,000, matched by $1,010,000 in local investment, to the City of Dyersville, Dyersville/Dubuque County, Iowa, to support the City of Dyersville with addressing the local and regional need for tourism and industrial development opportunities by installing a new water and wastewater infrastructure and expanding existing systems in Dubuque County, Iowa. The project will extend water and wastewater services to the Field of Dreams, All-Star Ballpark Heaven, and to a new industrial park in the area. Once completed, the project will assist with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, attract tourism, create jobs, spur private investment, and increase economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 350 jobs and leverage $90,000,000 in private investment.
      • $645,000, matched by $165,000 in local investment, to the Southern Oklahoma Development Association, Durant/Bryan County, Oklahoma, to support the Southern Oklahoma Development Association (SODA) with constructing a Conference and Emergency Operations Center in Bryan County, Oklahoma. The new facility will allow the SODA to expand its service communities in economic development planning and disaster preparedness and will serve as a centralized command and control room where public safety, emergency response, and support agencies can plan, prepare and respond to a wide variety of crisis events. Once completed, the project will provide local governments with tools, limited resources, and access to technology to respond and recover from novel disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the disasters that occurred in 2019, which will help strengthen the regional economy, increase resiliency, and boost economic development and throughout the region.
    • $3,240,000 in one Public Works project, matched by $1,515,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $3,240,000, matched by $1,515,000 in local investment, to the Elk Valley Rancheria, Crescent City/Del Norte County, California, to fund the construction of a gas station and convenience store on the Elk Valley Rancheria reservation land, known as the “Martin Ranch” in Crescent City, California, a designated Opportunity Zone. Once completed, the project will improve the regions socioeconomic status, increase employment opportunities for Tribal members, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create eight jobs.
    • $100,000 in one Technical Assistance University Center project, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to support a five-year University Center program, which is a competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community.
    • $192,000 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $192,000 in local investment, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 25 investments from July 5-9, 2021, totaling $20,749,864, which is matched by $10,033,860 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $8,108,487 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes three projects for $7,700,000 that will help create 2,927 jobs, save 218 jobs, and leverage $9,500,000 in private investments; (2) $3,828,493 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 1,944 jobs, save 372 jobs, and leverage $265,250,000 in private investments; (3) $7,139,580 in five Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure, which includes four projects for $5,001,280 that will help create 632 jobs, save 70 jobs, and leverage $125,400,000 in private investments; (4) $350,804 in three Technical Assistance University Center projects to make the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community; and (5) $1,322,500 in seven Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $8,108,487 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $2,093,189 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,000,000, matched by $1,000,000 in local investment, to the Texas Research and Technology Foundation, San Antonio/Bexar County, Texas, to support the Texas Research and Technology Foundation with constructing six private laboratories to aid in the development of drugs, biologics, diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, and medical devices essential to the development of lifesaving technologies for COVID-19, and future threats to human health and well-being in Bexar County, Texas. Located within a designated Opportunity Zone, the laboratories will be leased to private organizations and will offer fully functional lab space, including permits, waste handling, and all reasonably common lab equipment required for bioresearch. Once completed, the project will help the region create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 173 jobs, save 173 jobs, and leverage $8,200,000 in private investment.
      • $2,400,000, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to Temple College, Temple/Bell County, Texas, to support Temple College with constructing a two-story addition to the rear of the existing Health Science Center to expand its offerings in the healthcare professions in Bell County, Texas. Located nearby a designated Opportunity Zone, the project will create space for an enlarged simulation laboratory suite for nursing and other allied health courses programs. The allied health program will offer courses in respiratory therapists, registered nurses, dental hygienists, diagnostic medical sonographers, radiologic technologist, emergency Medical Technicians, pharmacy technicians, surgical technicians, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, medical records and health information technicians, health technologists and technicians and medical assistants. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and promote long-term recovery from future natural disasters, which will help advance economic resiliency, support workforce development, attract private investment, and bolster job creation. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 172 jobs, save 45 jobs, and leverage $1,300,000 in private investment.
      • $1,300,000, matched by $325,000 in local investment, to the Victoria County Junior College District, Victoria/Victoria, Texas, to support the Victoria County Junior College District with renovating the Allied Health Building to create an interdisciplinary medical simulation lab in Victoria County, Texas, located nearby a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will provide a shared instructional space and interdisciplinary laboratory for cross-training opportunities for students in healthcare programs to increase skillsets for employability and COVID-19 response. In addition, the project will allow for healthcare programs to work in a collaborative environment to gain a better understanding of patient care from first response, hospital care, discharge, and in-home care. Once completed, the project will provide labs that replicate the emergency room, intensive care unit, and inpatient hospital rooms to assist students in workforce training that promotes skilled workers, which will strengthen the regional economy and bolster job creation. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 2,582 jobs.
      • $604,405, matched by $604,405 in local investment, to the Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute, Denver/Denver County, Colorado, to support the Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute with providing technical assistance, planning, and coaching for Colorado small- and medium-sized businesses. The Institute will scale up its Global Trade Activator program to reach dozens of Colorado importers and exporters looking to expand their international business. Through the expanded program, Colorado businesses will develop trade plans, receive professional mentorship and coaching, and have training opportunities, including curriculum and resources that will be accessible remotely through an online platform. Once completed, the project will increase international sales, bolster job creation and retention, spur private investment, support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and advance resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,302 jobs, save 357 jobs, and leverage $225,000,000 in private investment.
      • $225,000, matched by $25,000 in local investment, to the City of Yreka/Siskiyou County Economic Development County, Yreka/Siskiyou County, California, to support the City of Yreka with conducting a market analysis of potential properties within the City’s sphere of influence that would be suitable for industry clusters, manufacturing facilities, new and expanded businesses, infrastructure improvements, and incubation programs that could significantly benefit from the area’s Opportunity Zones. The study will analyze the existing assets, needs, and market conditions of the local economy to prioritize investments that contribute to economic prosperity. A comparative analysis of the sites will additionally determine whether the Opportunity Zones incentive is significant enough to make sites located within the Opportunity Zones more feasible than several located adjacent to the Opportunity Zones. Once completed, this project will help Yreka rebuild from the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which will support recovery and resiliency to diversify the local economy.
      • $100,097, matched by $122,341 in local investment, to the Indiana Economic Development Association Foundation, Indianapolis/Marion County, Indiana, to support the Indiana Economic Development Association Foundation's pilot initiative to develop a statewide Rural Economic Development Model (REDM). By considering four Indiana regions, which include 32 counties and several regional Economic Development Districts, the project will provide relevant analysis for many of Indiana’s rural areas. The strategic planning process will offer rural leaders and stakeholders’ valuable insights into rural assets and industry clusters as well as the impact of infrastructure and logistics resources and energy-related capacity. As part of the strategy process, the Foundation will also analyze workforce development needs, policies that impact critical sectors, and the best ways to attract and retain rural businesses. Once implemented, the study will build on existing regional economic development strategies and help state and local leaders understand how best to maximize the potential of Indiana’s rural regions and make Indiana's regions more economically-resilient in the face of future disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic, which will help increase economic growth and diversification, bolster job creation, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $83,390, matched by $20,848 in local investment, to the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission, Albion/Edwards County, Illinois, to support the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission in its effort to coordinate the region’s recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by hiring an Economic Recovery Coordinator. The Coordinator will help build on Greater Wabash’s existing economic development planning efforts to ensure that the recovery coordination process includes input from all relevant stakeholders. In addition, the Coordinator will assimilate input from these stakeholders to further help the region chart a course to increase economic diversity and resilience by becoming better equip with recovering from job losses and business closures because of the COVID-19 crisis.
    • $3,828,493 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $2,965,881 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,073,938, matched by $2,073,938 in local investment, to Wichita State University, /Sedgwick County, Kentucky, to fund the purchase and installation of key equipment needed to support the establishment of a Flight Test Research Center (FTRC) and a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Facility for the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. The FTRC and the MRO facility will provide regional commercial and defense manufacturers, suppliers, and aviation-supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs with access to a non-profit, public university-based flight testing and aviation research center. In addition, the center will advance new technologies increasing resiliency by enabling the regional aviation industry cluster to more efficiently and effectively pivot operations to address current and future changes in the aviation industry, such as the ongoing economic impacts to aviation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 475 jobs.
      • $864,550, matched by $216,138 in local investment, to the TexAmericas Center, New Boston/Bowie County, Texas, to support the TexAmericas Center with the design and construction of new rail facilities and reconstruction of existing rail facilities in Bowie County, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The rail improvements will support the growth of industrial and commercial businesses within TexAmericas Center, which is an acreage mixed use economic development site. Once completed, the project will assist the local economy by modernizing the current rail system and promoting long term economic recovery from the economic shocks of the global pandemic, support the manufacturing industry, create and retain jobs, increase private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 157 jobs, save 5 jobs, and leverage $250,000 in private investment.
      • $604,405, matched by $604,405 in local investment to the Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute, Denver/Denver County, Colorado, to support the Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute with providing technical assistance, planning, and coaching for Colorado small- and medium-sized businesses. The Institute will scale up its Global Trade Activator program to reach dozens of Colorado importers and exporters looking to expand their international business. Through the expanded program, Colorado businesses will develop trade plans, receive professional mentorship and coaching, and have training opportunities, including curriculum and resources that will be accessible remotely through an online platform. Once completed, the project will increase international sales, bolster job creation and retention, spur private investment, support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and advance resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,302 jobs, save 357 jobs, and leverage $225,000,000 in private investment.
      • $285,600 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $71,400 in local investment, to the Town of Johnsburg, North Creek/Warren County, North Creek/Warren County, New York, to support the Town of Johnsburg with designing and constructing stormwater management improvements to reduce the likelihood of road washouts from severe storm events along Ski Bowl Road, which serves as an entrance to tourist destinations Gore Mountain and Ski Bowl Park, and the Town's Solid Waste Transfer Station. The project work includes reconstruction of stormwater channels, replacement and installation of culverts, installation of porous pavers in parking areas, and installation of gutters and drywells at a pavilion. Once completed, the project will increase resiliency, mitigate the effects of future disasters, create and retain jobs, generate private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 10 jobs, save 10 jobs and leverage $40,000,000 in private investment.
    • $7,139,580 in five Public Works projects, matched by $3,835,180 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,138,300, with no local match, to the Osage Nation, Pawhuska/Osage County, Oklahoma, to support the Osage Nation with fully developing one of only three nation-wide non-military owned Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) research and development parks (also known as drone ports) in Osage County, Oklahoma, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will include renovations and improvements to Building A and an adjacent hangar at the existing airpark to support Skyway 36. Once completed, the project will support a newly emerging UAS/Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market and provide commercial technology developers an environment conducive to innovation and economic growth, which will strengthen and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $1,900,600, matched by $1,900,600 in local investment, to the City of Grand Rapids/Itasca Economic Development Corporation/City of Cohasset/County of Itasca, Grand Rapids/Itasca County, Minnesota, to support the City of Grand Rapids with expanding its Grand Rapids and Cohasset Industrial Park, to prepare for new developable industrial acreage in Itasca County, Minnesota. The project will provide public water and sanitary sewer utilities to a 216-acre manufacturing site to allow for new developable space for the attraction of new businesses and the expansion of existing businesses. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by enhancing business growth and diversification, which will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 189 jobs, save 8 jobs, and leverage $36,300,000 in private investment.
      • $1,400,680, matched by $1,164,580 in local investment, to the Village of Grantsburg, Grantsburg/Burnett County, Wisconsin, to support the Village of Grantsburg with expanding its North Industrial Park in Burnett County, Wisconsin. The project will provide 26 acres of developable space where new and existing businesses can expand and locate. In addition, the project will assist with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2017 and 2019 floods, which critically impacted the region’s tourism industry. Once completed, the project will help to diversify the local economy, reduce dependence on tourism-related activities, retain and create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 383 jobs, save 43 jobs, and leverage $83,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,300,000, matched by $370,000 in local investment, to the New Orleans Business Alliance/University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation, New Orleans/Orleans County, Louisiana, to support the New Orleans Business Alliance with making renovations at the Information Technology Center located on the University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park in New Orleans, Louisiana. The project components include construction of an approximately 3,500 square foot chemistry wet lab and an approximately 3,500 square foot biology wet lab, which would include lab casework, acid resistant countertops, fume hoods, lab gas, and associated mechanical and electrical components, as well as construction of an approximately 1,000 square foot clean room, and appurtenances. Once completed, the project will provide housing dedicated to private biotech companies that require a combination of wet labs, administrative offices, and meeting spaces, which will help bolster job creation and spur private investment throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 39 jobs, save 19 jobs, and leverage $5,100,000 in private investment.
      • $400,000, matched by $400,000 in local investment, to the Fab Lab Tulsa, Inc, Tulsa/Tulsa County, Oklahoma, to funds the purchase of digital fabrication machinery and systems (Equipment) at the newly constructed Fab Lab Tulsa facility in the Kendall Whittier Federal Opportunity Zone located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The project components include 30 sets of machinery systems and components ranging from fiber cutters/engravers to milling machines. Once completed, the project will help close the skills gap that students and workers must have to remain competitive and employable in the area, which will improve the regions socioeconomic status, increase employment opportunities, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 21 jobs and leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
    • $350,804 in three Technical Assistance University Center projects, matched by $351,276 in local investments, to support a five-year University Center program, which is a competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community.
    • $1,322,500 in seven Partnership Planning projects, matched by $788,334 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 15 investments from June 28-July 2, 2021, totaling $13,681,710 , which is matched by $10,085,819 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $5,828,280 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes three projects for $4,933,320 that will help create 4,239 jobs, save 5,797 jobs, and leverage $436,000,000 in private investments; (2) $820,550 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; (3) $6,244,880 in three Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 760 job, save 363 jobs, and leverage $63,200,000 in private investments; (4) $118,000 in one Technical Assistance University Center project to make the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community; and (6) $670,000 in six Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $5,828,280 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $3,659,513 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,183,320, matched by $552,519 in local investment, to the Regents of the University of California, Davis/Yolo County, California, to support the Regents of the University of California with establishing the Verde Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship (VINE) at the University of California-Davis. The VINE is a new commercialization center that will support the scaling of high-growth startup companies to strengthen and grow the food and farming economies of California, particularly in the state’s rural and urban designated Opportunity Zones. The project will address existing food and agriculture industry challenges to support food system resiliency and recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will advance the manufacturing industry through the commercialization of new innovative technologies for the regions food system, which will create higher paying jobs, support entrepreneurialism, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 3,047 jobs, save 3,047 jobs, and leverage $436,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,750,000, matched by $2,637,842 in local investment, to the CHI Health St. Francis/Grand Island Public Schools, Grand Island/Hall County, Nebraska, to fund renovation of the CHI St. Francis Hospital’s medical center to support the expansion of healthcare vocational training programs in Grand Island, Nebraska. The project will provide entry into a variety of occupational pathways ensuring a pipeline for health care workers in a rural area of central Nebraska to meet the local demand. Once completed, the project will help diversify the regional economy and support workforce development in the healthcare industry, which will bolster job creation and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 42 jobs.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $332,192 in local investment, to the City of Oakland/Spanish Speaking Unity Council/Black Cultural Zone, Oakland/Alameda County, California, to provide technical assistance to small businesses along International Boulevard, a five-mile commercial corridor that incorporates thirty designated Opportunity Zones between West and East Oakland and has been continuously devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Partnering with community stakeholders, the City of Oakland, Spanish Speaking Unity Council, and the Black Cultural Zone will focus on cultural-driven 1-on-1 business technical assistance in critical areas of business planning, finance, marketing, technology, and management. Once completed, the project will help stimulate economic growth by attracting new businesses and jobs to the area, which will lead to improved conditions and economic vitality for Oakland and surrounding areas and help the region recover from the economic effects of COVID-19. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 1,150 jobs and save 2,750 jobs.
      • $894,960, matched by $136,960 in local investment, to the Ho-Chuck Nation, Black River Falls/Jackson County, Wisconsin, to support the Ho-Chunk Nation with developing its new Economic Diversification Strategy to help spur efforts to engage in new economic sectors such as value-added agriculture, renewable energy, IT, healthcare, education, tourism, manufacturing, and retail services in Jackson County, Wisconsin. Located in a designated Opportunity Zone, the project will help guide the Nation’s assessment of current resources and capacity to enter new markets and provide new economic opportunities to tribal-owned businesses and members. Once implemented, the project will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, increase economic growth and diversification, bolster job creation, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $820,550 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, with no local match, as follows:
      • $820,550, with no local match, to the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Dulce/Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, to provide technical assistance and development of an organization to help the Jicarilla Apache Nation derive economic benefits from their oil and gas resources. In addition to aiding the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the project will create a template for other Tribes to increase energy profitability and develop a Tribal energy consortium. The project and organization created will include a workforce training component and lead to direct jobs for the Tribe, which will help spur private investment and advance resiliency throughout the region.
    • $6,244,880 in three Public Works projects, matched by $5,853,306 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,760,580, matched by $690,146 in local investment, to the Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning, Inc., Know/Starke County, Indiana, to support the Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning Inc. (SCILL) with constructing a new 12,000 square foot workforce training center to house the Welding and AREM programs and administration offices of the SCILL in Starke County, Indiana. The project will provide a central location with state-of-the-art equipment and resources to expand critical workforce training programs in precision welding, automation, robotics, and equipment maintenance. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen economic growth throughout the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 640 jobs and leverage $24,100,000 in private investment.
      • $2,200,000, matched by $3,878,860 in local investment, to the City of West Plains, West Plains/Howell County, Missouri, to support the City of West Plains with addressing the local and regional need for safe and resilient critical infrastructure to support local industries by replacing an at-grade railroad crossing with a bridge that will span a flood-prone creek and the rail lines in West Plains, Missouri, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will improve transportation safety around the rail crossings as well as mitigate negative impacts of flooding that regularly occur in the area. Once completed, the project will add regional connectivity, reduce the cost of business, and facilitate industrial growth by creating jobs and attracting private investment, which will help to make West Plains a competitive location in the region to boost economic development. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs and leverage $31,400,000 in private investment.
      • $1,284,300, matched by $1,284,300 in local investment, to the Town of Avilla, Avilla/Noble County, Indiana, to support the Town of Avilla with expanding its industrial park in Noble County, Indiana. The 81-acre industrial park expansion will provide the Town with a critical asset to maintain its competitiveness as a regional hub for transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL) operations. Once completed, the project will help with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, attract TDL businesses, support the growth of existing businesses, retain and create jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 70 jobs, save 363 jobs, and leverage $7,700,000 in private investment.
    • $118,000 in one Technical Assistance University Center project, matched by $118,000 in local investment, to support a five-year University Center (UC) program, which is a competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community.
    • $670,000 in six Partnership Planning projects, matched by $455,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 65 investments from June 21-25, 2021, totaling $19,054,229, which is matched by $22,045,052.71 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $9,039,096 in seven Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that will help create 1,138 jobs, save 837 jobs, and leverage $293,300,000 in private investments; (2) $3,787,500 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes two projects for $3,587,500 that will help create 297 jobs, save 24 jobs, and leverage $88,000,000 in private investment; (3) $1,292,113 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 225 jobs and leverage $110,000,000 in private investments; (4) $50,000 in one Local Technical Assistance project to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; (5) $2,544,500 in 21 Technical Assistance University Center projects to make the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community; and (6) $2,341,020 in 32 Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $9,039,096 in seven Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $8,622,687 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,900,000, matched by $6,600,000 in local investment, to the Raleigh County Public Service District, Sophia/Raleigh County, West Virginia, to support the Raleigh County Public Service District with constructing a new Water Treatment Plant to serve 233 industrial and commercial customers in Raleigh, West Virginia. The project will allow for business expansion and the development of over 105 acres of property. Once completed, the project will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, benefit a nearby Opportunity Zone, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy in an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 22 jobs, save 397 jobs, and leverage $4,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,300,000, matched by $575,000 in local investment, to the Paris-Bourbon County EDA/Bourbon County/City of Paris, Paris/Bourbon County, Kentucky, to fund construction of a connector road in the Paris-Bourbon County Industrial Park to facilitate the expansion of several industries in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Once completed, the project will improve truck access to the Paris-Bourbon County Industrial Park, which will help facilitate the growth and expansion of businesses, expand manufacturing, increase economic diversification, grow jobs, attract private investment, and advance resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 296 jobs, save 147 jobs, and leverage $213,800,000 in private investment.
      • $1,903,179, matched by $475,795 in local investment, to the Youngstown Edison Incubator Corporation, Youngstown/Mahoning County, Ohio, to support the Youngstown Edison Incubator Corporation (YBI) with renovating its 65,000 square foot building and enhancing the organization’s capacity to spur entrepreneurship and innovation in the Youngstown region of Ohio. Located in a designated Opportunity Zone, the project will provide additional space for incubation activities and services, which will complement the current YBI building and build upon ongoing partnerships with America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Once completed, the project will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, diversify the regional economy, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen resiliency in the face of future economic shocks. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 23 jobs, save 43 jobs, and leverage $4,500,000 in private investment.
      • $588,000, matched by $150,135 in local investment, to the Maryland Department of Commerce/Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Inc., Baltimore/Baltimore City, Maryland, to support the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership with overcoming the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a program to build the supply chain industry in Maryland. The project will revive and expand the Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance program to support the current needs of the broader manufacturing community by building activities for manufacturers who are adversely impacted by COVID-19 via a loss of, or the threat of loss of, contracts, revenue, suppliers, or employee layoffs. Once completed, the project will generate new revenue growth opportunities and protect existing operations for affected businesses, which will bolster job creation and retention, spur investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 300 jobs, save 250 jobs, and leverage $65,000,000 in private investment.
      • $577,917, matched by $577,917 in local investment, to the Alamance Community College, Graham/Alamance County, North Carolina, to support the Alamance Community College with purchasing equipment needed for the college's new Biotechnology Center of Excellence in Alamance County, North Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. The new center will include training for critically needed workers in health care, medical testing in the bio agriculture industries, and provide skilled workforce necessary for the region’s growing biotechnology cluster. Once completed, the project will create jobs, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 75 jobs and leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
      • $500,000, matched by $163,840 in local investment, to the Technology Entrepreneur Center, Inc./Curators of the University of Missouri on behalf of the University of Missouri Saint Louis Regional Convention and Visitors Commission, Saint Louis/Saint Louis County, Missouri, to support the Technology Entrepreneur Center ("T-REX"), the University of Missouri System (UM), the St. Louis Convention and Visitor's Commission (STLCVC), and other partners, with establishing a Midwest hub for geospatial technology in St. Louis, Missouri. The project will create a state-of-the-art XRS Lab to innovate remote work and learning experiences and develop new Extended Reality (XR) technologies. In addition, the project will focus on two community-based projects: (1) Increase quality and engagement in remote leaning and connect University of Missouri students to industry mentors and potential employers while expanding T-REX efforts to support geospatial startups. (2) Discover and test new XR opportunities and innovative solutions for the STLCVC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic's devastating disruptions to the conference, meeting, and events business sector in St. Louis. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 422 jobs and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
      • $320,000, matched by $80,000 in local investment, to the Arizona Commerce Authority, Phoenix/Maricopa County, Arizona, to support the development of a strategic plan for future broadband communications network infrastructure and service implementation in Phoenix, Arizona, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project activities will include evaluation of the expansion and monetization of the state’s broadband implementation strategy, development of an action plan for middle-mile broadband expansion to include economic forecasts, compilation of an inventory of last mile broadband connectivity options, and identification of industry partners to work with municipal and tribal governments to link last mile connection points to middle-mile infrastructure. Once implemented, the project will create and retain jobs, improve business retention, enable business expansion, and increase business attraction opportunities, which will help advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $3,787,500 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $7,253,038 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,000,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $6,567,550 in local investment, to the City of Branson, Branson/Taney County, Missouri, to support the City of Branson with addressing the need to strengthen the area's tourism, retail, and hospitality industries by constructing a flood resilient wastewater treatment infrastructure to protect the primary wastewater treatment plant in Taney County, Missouri. The project will prevent business disruption and loss of jobs by mitigating the likelihood of system failure for the area's wastewater treatment in the event of future flooding. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 24 jobs.
      • $587,500, matched by $587,500 in local investment, to the City of Lewisburg, Lewisburg/Marshall County, Tennessee, to support the City of Lewisburg with the construction of sewer system improvements to provide additional sanitary sewer capacity for a new automotive-related industry locating in the Lewisburg Industrial Park in Tennessee. The project will include the renovation of the Johnson Controls Sewage Pumping Station, construction of a new 8-inch force main, and replacement of the downstream gravity sewer lines, which receive flow from this area. In addition, the project will support the future expansion of existing companies and the recruitment of new industries in the Park. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 297 jobs, and leverage $88,000,000 in private investment.
      • $200,000, matched by $97,988 in local investment, to the George E. Brown United States Foundation for Science/University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Applicant: Washington, DC; Project: McAllen/Hidalgo County, Texas, to support the George E. Brown United States Mexico Foundation for Science, McAllen Economic Development Corporation, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with creating a consortium that will develop a multi-phase reshoring manufacturing project geared towards spurring economic development within the South Texas Border Region. The consortium will complete asset mapping of the region to identify existing regional suppliers and develop strategies to fill identified supply chain gaps. Once completed, the project will support companies interested in reshoring manufacturing back to North America, which will help promote private capital investment, spur economic resiliency, and create job opportunities throughout the region.
    • $1,292,113 in one Public Works project, matched by $1,292,113 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,292,113, matched by $1,292,113 in local investment, to the City of Worcester, Worcester/Worcester County, Massachusetts, to supports the City of Worcester with constructing approximately 1,140 linear feet of publicly owned access road and utilities to the Rectory Biotechnology Park in Worcester, Massachusetts. The project will support the Southern Worcester County Region and serve the biotechnology, life sciences and research and development industries. Once completed, the project will create jobs, increase private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 225 jobs and leverage $110,000,000 in private investment.
    • $50,000 in one Local Technical Assistance projects, matched by $50,033 in local investments, as follows:
      • $50,000, matched by $50,033 in local investment, to the ProMedica Health Systems, Inc., Toledo/Lucas County, Ohio, to fund the ProMedica Social Innovations District Feasibility Study, to focus on four main areas: 1) Minority and women-owned businesses; 2) research and new business creation for non-traditional healthcare solutions focusing on social determinants of health and healthy aging; 3) technology innovation; and 4) medical devices and clinical innovations. Once completed, the analysis will help provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy.
    • $2,544,500 in 21 Technical Assistance University Center projects, matched by $2,486,161.71 in local investments, to support a five-year University Center (UC) program, which is a competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development practitioner community.
    • $2,341,020 in 32 Partnership Planning projects, matched by $1,998,478 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 11 investments from June 14-18, 2021, totaling $22,565,082, which is matched by $11,732,814 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $15,757,342 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes two projects for $5,750,000 that will help create 153 jobs, save 29 jobs, and leverage $82,600,000 in private investments; (2) $1,069,261 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; (3) $4,688,479 in two Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 1,084 jobs and leverage $15,500,000 in private investments; and (4) $1,050,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process in 15 Area Development Districts in Kentucky.
    • $15,757,342 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $3,341,335 in local investments, as follows:
      • $6,769,022, matched by $1,692,255 in local investment, to Dorchester County, Saint George/Dorchester County, South Carolina, to fund construction of roadway improvements to assist the Ridgeville Industrial Campus with increased traffic volume capacity by providing a direct connection to Interstate 26 in Dorchester County, South Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. The widening of Highway 27 will allow the County to have a more desirable product for industries looking to locate in the area by providing a more accessible entry to the Industrial Park from Interstate 26, and improving connectivity with the Camp Hall Commerce Park, the home of a major car manufacturing plant. Once completed, the project will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $777,000 in local investment, to the City of Port Arthur, Port Arthur/Jefferson County, Texas, to fund the design and construction of a data cabling and fiber optic infrastructure, new electrical service infrastructure and appurtenances in the City of Port Arthur, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will provide critical communication infrastructure that will have an economic impact to the City’s lagging downtown business district and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, which will lead to strong growth for local industry partners. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 41 jobs, save 29 jobs, and leverage $76,400,000 in private investment.
      • $2,750,000, matched by $687,500 in local investment, to the McNeese State University Foundation/McNeese State University, Lake Charles/Calcasieu County, Louisiana, to support the McNeese State University Foundation and McNeese State University with creating a Center of Excellence to support the local and national Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in Calcasieu County, Louisiana. The Center will become the hub of resiliency for the LNG industry by becoming the clearing house for best practices to prepare for and respond to economic downturns experienced by COVID-19 and other natural disasters like the most recent Hurricanes of Laura and Delta. Once completed, the project will create higher paying jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 112 jobs and leverage $6,200,000 in local investment.
      • $2,500,000, with no local match, to Wiley College, Marshall/Harrison County, Tennessee, to support Wiley College with developing the Center of Excellence in Digital Education and Rural Workforce Development in the City of Marshall, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will support economic and workforce development needs for the East Texas Region and provide technical assistance and soft-skills training for aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and those who seek to develop start-up companies. In addition, the project will help bridge the digital divide between aspiring and experienced business owners and will support economic growth that has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will support entrepreneurism, bolster job creation, and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $418,320, matched by $104,580 in local investment, to the Michigan Strategic Fund, Lansing/Ingham County, Michigan, to support the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Strategic Fund in developing a statewide travel and tourism industry strategy that coordinates the vision and activities that will contribute to the recovery of Michigan's tourism economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan will include a data-driven analysis of economic activity related to Michigan's tourism industry and recommend effective responses to post-pandemic shifts in tourism patterns. Once implemented, the plan will be a resource for the state of Michigan as it develops new marketing plans to motive travelers to visit, which will help strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $320,000, matched by $80,000 in local investment, to the ECI Regional Planning District, Inc., Muncie/Delaware County, Indiana, to support the East Central Indiana Regional Planning District (ECI) launch its Recovery and Resiliency Project. The local economy was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in waves of layoffs and dislocated workers throughout the region. As a result, local leaders and ECI determined that dedicated economic recovery support is necessary for the region’s recovery from the pandemic. The recovery coordinator will conduct business retention efforts to ensure local businesses have the resources necessary to recover. The coordinator will also analyze workforce development priorities, facilitate Opportunity Zone awareness among the local business community, and cultivate a supportive entrepreneurship infrastructure throughout the region.
    • $1,069,261 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $267,316 in local investments, as follows:
      • $969,261 in Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities, matched by $242,316 in local investment, to the Southwestern Michigan Commission/Regents of the University of Michigan/Barren-Cass-Van Buren Workforce Development Board, Inc. (Kinexus), Benton Harbor/Berrien County, Michigan, to support the Southwestern Michigan Commission, and its regional partners with developing an Economic Recovery Strategy to prepare for and recover from the impending closure of the Palisades Nuclear Generating Station in Berrien County, Michigan. The project will bring together a broad swathe of regional leaders and stakeholders to undertake a strategic planning process that will chart a course for the region’s economic recovery and enhance the region’s resilience in the face of future economic shocks. Once completed, the plan will be a roadmap for economic recovery and diversification, which will help strengthen the regional economy.
      • $100,000, matched by $25,000 in local investment, to the City of Mission, Mission/Hidalgo County, Texas, to support the City of Mission with establishing the Mission Economic Resiliency, Innovation, and Training (MERIT) program that is geared towards assisting existing businesses with recovery from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and improve resiliency to face future similar crises. The MERIT program will provide technical support services that include a series of online and/or in-person seminars led by one or more qualified consultants, and coaching services that will assist businesses in implementing changes to aid their recovery and build resiliency for future crises/emergency situations. Once completed, the project will promote economic sustainability, expand job opportunities, and promote growth throughout the region.
    • $4,688,479 in two Public Works projects, matched by $7,861,663 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,000,000, matched by $6,173,183 in local investment, to the Merced Community College District, Merced/Merced County, California, to support the Merced Community College District with renovating a campus-owned building that houses the Career Technical Education programs, preparing students for employment in high-demand and high-wage industry sectors in Merced County California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will enable Merced College to work with industry partners to provide targeted skills training in a variety of sectors, including Accounting and Business Administration, Child Development, Computer Science/Drone Technology, Mechanical Drafting and Design, Food and Nutrition, and Social and Human Services. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,009 jobs and leverage $15,500,000 in private investment.
      • $1,688,479, matched by $1,688,480 in local investment, to the City of Fort Benton, Fort Benton/Chouteau County, Montana, to support the City of Fort Benton with promoting diversification of the region's agricultural industry through the extension of municipal water and wastewater services, streets, and stormwater facilities on a 105-acre designated industrial park in Montana. The project will include developing a "Hemp Campus" that brings farmers, processors, and manufacturers together in one location to create value-added products for a global market. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 75 jobs and leverage $12,000,000 in private investment.
    • $1,050,000 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $262,500 in local investment, to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region served by the Kentucky Department for Local Government, which comprises all 15 of the Kentucky Area Development Districts. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 15 investments from June 7-11, 2021, totaling $17,443,474, which is matched by $10,486,987 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $10,262,382 in eight Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes five projects totaling $8,402,382 that will help create 580 jobs, save 944 jobs, and leverage $666,600,000 in private investments; (2) $4,490,297 in five Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 360 jobs, save 132 jobs, and leverage $22,000,000 in private investments; and (3) $2,690,795 in two Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 1,143 jobs and leverage $187,800,000 in private investments.
    • $10,262,382 in eight Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $3,723,414 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,007,542, matched by $1,001,886 in local investment, to the City of Du Quoin, Du Quoin/Perry County, Illinois, to support the City of Du Quoin with constructing a new 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank to supplement the existing system and enhance water pressure and fire suppression capacity to the City’s industrial park in Perry County, Illinois. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by enhancing business growth and diversification in the area, which will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 121 jobs, save 57 jobs, and leverage $9,200,000 in private investment.
      • $1,800,000, matched by $450,000 in local investment, to the Nebraska Tourism Commission, Lincoln/Lancaster Counter, Nebraska, to support the Nebraska Tourism Commission’s efforts to foster recovery and resiliency in the tourism industry by addressing impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nebraska Tourism Commission will hire a tourism recovery coordinator to manage project elements that include a destination marketing assistance program, expansion of the Nebraska Passport Program, and a tourism marketing campaign. Once completed, the project will restore visitor spending and retain critical tourism and hospitality jobs, which will spur economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 810 jobs.
      • $1,600,000, matched by $1,391,628 in local investment, to the Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge/East Baton rouge County, Louisiana, to support the Water Institute of the Gulf with developing the Lower Mississippi River SmartPort and Resilience Center in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The project will facilitate, display, and manage dynamic Port Resilience Dashboards allowing ports to rigorously assess, prioritize, and monitor its status. In addition, the SmartPort will use big data and advanced analytics to improve business continuity and preparedness as well as aid in the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and future natural disasters. Once completed, the project will help the region create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 31 jobs, save 64 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,600,000, matched by $400,000 in local investment, to the Coordinating and Development Corporation/Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments, Bossier City/Bossier County, Louisiana, to fund the construction of a new building in Bossier City, Bossier Parish, Louisiana to serve as the Northwest Louisiana one-stop resource center, providing multi-agency coordination through the services offered by the Coordinating and Development Corporation and the Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments. The project is within a designated Opportunity Zone and will include a dedicated meeting space specially for resiliency and business continuity. Once completed, the project will help with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $754,840, matched by $249,900 in local investment, to the Wayne State University Research and Technology Park, Wayne/Detroit County, Michigan, to support the Wayne State University Research and Technology Park with strengthening the region’s healthcare and manufacturing industries by adding capacity to the University’s MedHealth initiative in Wayne County, Michigan. The project will help with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by improving web-based innovation tools and collaboration platforms that will help innovators in the digital health and medical device manufacturing sectors. In addition, the project will assist healthcare innovators with commercializing their technology and safely connecting with potential partners to further their product development. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 28 jobs, save 13 jobs, and leverage $5,400,000 in private investment.
      • $240,000, matched by $60,000 in local investment, to the Durham Technical College/Durham Technical Community College Foundation, Inc., Durham/Durham County, North Carolina, to support the Durham Technical Community College with purchasing equipment that will be used to increase training capacity for residents of Durham County who are pursuing careers in the life sciences industry. Once completed, this project will help biopharmaceutical companies located in Research Triangle Park, the nation’s largest research park, become more resilient and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing access to higher-wage jobs and spurring private investment throughout the region, which will benefit a nearby Opportunity Zone. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 400 jobs and leverage $650,000,000 in private investment.
      • $140,000, matched by $140,000 in local investment, to Jefferson County/State Oregon, Madras/Jefferson County, Oregon, to support the development of a robust broadband feasibility plan to assess the gaps, inventory, obstacles, and potential for increasing rural broadband in Jefferson County, Oregon. The project will help boost access and broadband speed by engaging with a consultant to conduct a plan and assessment to help increase business innovation, boost productivity, and create more jobs. Once implemented, the plan will help establish the analytical foundation for critical broadband infrastructure development in the area and help guide local leaders and stakeholders as they make the region more resilient to future economic shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • $120,000, matched by $30,000 in local investment, to Idaho County, Grangeville/Idaho County, Idaho, to support a rural broadband feasibility study to explore solutions to economic and community impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of Idaho. The study will lead to the construction of a fiber link to create the first north-to-south intrastate broadband link to provide connection throughout Idaho. The intrastate accessibility will increase speed, redundancy, and access statewide. Once implemented, the project will create and retain jobs, improve business retention, enable business expansion, and increase business attraction opportunities, which will help advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $4,490,297 in five Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $2,256,528 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,413,091 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $603,272 in local investment, to the Port Authority of Guam, Santa Rita/Guam County (Project: Piti/Guam County), Guam, to fund the installation of a fuel pipeline system connecting Guam Port Authority's F1 and Golf Piers, ensuring uninterrupted delivery of fuel in the event of a future disaster in Guam, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will help with recovery efforts from Typhoon Wutip and is essential to ensure bulk fuel, jet fuel and LP gas distribution remains possible even if one of the piers is impacted by a disaster. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 15 jobs and save 32 jobs.
      • $639,789 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $639,789 in local investment, to the Erwin Utilities Authority, Erwin/Unicoi County, Tennessee, to support the Erwin Utilities Authority with upgrading an existing wastewater treatment facility to allow increased production for a manufacturing firm in Unicoi County, Tennessee, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will serve as a catalyst for additional economic development projects in the future and will support the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership’s ability to market the region to existing and potential new manufacturers. Once completed, the project will create and retain high paying jobs, attract private investment, and increase economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 75 jobs, save 40 jobs, and leverage $7,000,000 in private investment.
      • $610,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $390,000 in local investment, to the City of Earlington, Earlington/Hopkins County, Kentucky, to support the City of Earlington with constructing a water and sewer infrastructure to help diversify the regional economy in Hopkins County, Kentucky. The project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to recover from an existing economic downturn by extending the sewer collection system near the intersection of Sandcut Road and Flat Creek Road. Once completed, the project will support and promote economic growth, bolster job creation, and strengthen the regional economy in an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 20 jobs.
      • $482,417, matched by $278,467 in local investment, to the Walton County Economic Development Alliance/City of DeFuniak Springs/Walton County Board of Commissioners, DeFunaik Springs/Walton County, Florida, to support roadway, potable water, sewer and stormwater improvements to activate five lots totaling 47-acres for industrial development at Walton County Economic Development Alliance’s newly acquired 251-acre commerce park, Northwest Florida Commerce Park at Woodlawn, located in Walton County. The infrastructure improvements will also support a housing manufacturing business producing manufactured homes. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 250 jobs, save 9 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
      • $345,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $345,000 in local investment, to the City of Colstrip, Colstrip/Rosebud County, Montana, to support the City of Colstrip with replacing outdated and deficient Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems Controls in Rosebud County, Montana. The upgrades will assist the city in correcting its infrastructure needs by providing a means to become more economically resilient from the impacts of coal related closures. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, advance economic resiliency, and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 51 jobs and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment.
    • $2,690,795 in two Public Works projects, matched by $4,507,045 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,000,000, matched by $3,816,250 in local investment, to Hall County, Gainesville/Hall County, Georgia, to fund the construction of a road infrastructure to serve a new heavy equipment research and development facility and the Georgia Ports Authority inland port in Hall County, Georgia. The project will support manufacturing and supply chain efficiencies by improving transport of goods and reducing travel time, distance, and exporting costs. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen resiliency within the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 675 jobs and leverage $185,000,000 in private investment.
      • $690,795, matched by $690,795 in local investment, to the City of Menomonie, Menomonie/Dunn County, Wisconsin, to support the City of Menomonie with expanding its University of Wisconsin-Stout Technology Park by extending utility infrastructure and expanding Schneider Avenue from Lookout Road to U.S. Highway 12/29 in Dunn County, Wisconsin, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will create an additional 74 city-owned acres for development and business attraction within the Technology Park. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 468 jobs and leverage $2,800,000 in private investment.
  • EDA announced 16 investments from June 1-4, 2021, totaling $42,781,568, which is matched by $9,698,663 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $20,821,568 in 12 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes nine projects totaling $18,281,733 that will help create 2,285 jobs, save 725 jobs, and leverage $445,040,500 in private investments; (2) $21,630,000 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 480 jobs and leverage $1,200,000 in private investments; and (3) $330,000 in two Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $20,821,568 in 12 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $9,580,663 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5,000,000, matched by $1,097,561 in local investment, to El Paso County, El Paso/El Paso County, Texas, to support El Paso County with constructing five 100 x 100 hangars that will serve as the anchor for the development of a broader aviation technology business park to accommodate additional aviation-related businesses in Fabens, Texas. The project will grow the region’s aviation, aerospace and defense sectors and allow regional institutions such as UTEP, El Paso Community College, New Mexico State University and Western Tech to develop a pipeline of skilled workers, which will support business growth, create higher-wage jobs, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs and save 100 jobs.
      • $4,000,000, with no local match, to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant/Bryan County, Oklahoma, to support the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma with beginning the initial development phase of the Emerging Aviation Technology Center in Bryan County, Oklahoma. The project will build an Operations Building to be the hub and primary facility for conducting research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) of emerging technologies in aviation and other autonomous systems at the Center. Once completed, the project will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, retain and create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 10 jobs and save 3 jobs.
      • $3,084,520, matched by $771,130 in local investment, to the Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Indianapolis/Marion County (Project: Sellersburg/Clark County), Indiana, to support renovations to Ivy Tech Sellersburg’s Pfau Hall, which will enhance the College’s healthcare-related workforce training programs. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for trained workers increased among the region’s healthcare providers. To meet the demand, the College requires additional equipment and upgraded facilities. The improvements to Pfau Hall include renovations to laboratories, classrooms and training equipment. Once completed, the project will help boost the healthcare workforce sector in the area, save jobs, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 55 jobs and leverage $3,400,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $6,366,600 in local investment, to the Town of Prosper, Prosper/Denton County, Texas, to support the Town of Prosper with constructing a new Lower Pressure Plane Pump Station on an existing publicly owned property in Denton County, Texas. The project will provide water for numerous new businesses, including two new hospitals, by constructing a pump station, which will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, advance economic resiliency, and provide for critical children’s health care needs in response to the pandemic. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 500 jobs.
      • $1,459,835, with no local match, to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Keshena/Menominee County, Wisconsin, to support the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin (MITW) in its effort to establish economic recovery strategies that will strengthen, diversify, and promote resiliency to the regional economy in Menomonee County, Wisconsin. The three-year project includes hiring an Economic Recovery Coordinator and Specialist to assist the Menominee Reservation and create an implementation plan. Once completed, the project will help the Tribe recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing a concrete action plan that will advance economic residency throughout the region.
      • $1,056,728, matched by $264,182 in local investment, to Utah State University, Logan/Cache County, Utah, to support Utah State University with providing training on best practices and core skills to effectively develop remote work environments and leading hybrid-remote and fully distributed employees in Logan, Utah. The project will provide a pathway to recovery for those in greatest economic distress from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will create jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 468 jobs and leverage $40,500 in private investment.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the Illinois Council of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, Bloomington/McLean County, Illinois, to support the Illinois Council of Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Tourism, with establishing the Recovery Awareness Campaign for Illinois Small Businesses. The project will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by highlighting small businesses located in areas throughout Illinois to drive tourism to those locations and businesses. Once completed, the project will support business continuity and attraction, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $813,000, matched by $257,000 in local investment, to the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Lansing/Ingham County, Michigan, to support the Lansing Economic Area Partnership’s development of a regional MedTech Strategy and its implementation in Ingham County, Michigan. The strategy will capitalize on the region’s existing healthcare assets by analyzing the healthcare supply chain and MedTech cluster to develop a strategy and action plan that will utilize MedTech to further diversify the regional economy. In addition, the strategy will market the region’s strengths to attract MedTech-oriented companies and help established and start-up companies interested in MedTech innovation and commercialization support. Once completed, the strategy will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, retain and create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 560 jobs, save 65 jobs, and leverage $425,000,000 in private investment.
      • $658,560, matched by $164,640 in local investment, to Lenawee Economic Development Corporation/Economic Development Partnership of Hillsdale County, Adrian/Lenawee County, Michigan, to support the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation and its partners with developing an enhanced online and in-person business assistance network to mitigate damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Lenawee County, Michigan. The project will customize business recovery engagements to assist local business owners with recovery efforts from the pandemic and contribute to the region’s economic diversity. Once completed, the project will offer targeted business planning and operations assistance, create and retain jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 70 jobs and save 445 jobs.
      • $372,500, matched by $93,125 in local investment, to the Southland Development Authority, Chicago/Cook County (Project: Oak Forest/Cook County), Illinois, to support the Southland Development Authority in its implementation of the Southland Equitable Recovery Stimulus Program as a response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The technical assistance program will provide businesses with immediate pandemic recovery assistance such as access to working capital, reopening services to ensure safe and efficient operations in light of the pandemic, and long-term recovery and growth planning and assistance. The completion of the project will assist local business enterprises and small communities recover from and better prepare for future adverse economic impacts, which will strengthen economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 420 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $4,200,000 in private investment.
      • $296,425, matched by $296,425 in local investment, to the City of Mahnomen, Mahnomen/ Mahnomen County, Minnesota, to support the City of Mahnomen’s effort to build its resilience against future flood disasters after devastating floods hit the area. The project will provide uninterrupted water and wastewater service to the most critical business area in town by installing backup generators and necessary improvements to the building that will house the new equipment. Once completed, the project will increase the City’s economic dynamism by preventing future disruption of power service, which will strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 2 jobs, save 12 jobs, and leverage $12,400,000 in private investment.
      • $80,000, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to the Central Sierra Economic Development District, Sonora/Tuolumne County, California, to support the Central Sierra Economic Development District with developing and implementing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to allow the region to develop more sustainable, less cyclical base industries that can fuel economic vibrancy and make the region less dependent on tourism alone. The CEDS will help the area build regional capacity that contributes to individual, firm, and community success during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Once implemented, the CEDS will provide the region with a roadmap to achieve long-term prosperity and growth, which will help diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $21,630,000 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $118,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $21,160,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, with no local match, to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan/Saipan County, Mariana Islands, to fund the construction of the Oleai Sports Complex and Cultural Events Center Facilities on Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will yield direct and indirect economic benefits by supporting the successful hosting of a major inter-island sports event, which will provide ongoing funding opportunities for the maintenance and growth of the sports and tourism industry. Once completed, the project will help with recovery efforts from the Super Typhoon Yutu, create higher paying job opportunities, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 480 jobs and leverage $1,200,000 in private investment.
      • $470,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $118,000 in local investment, to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole/Barnstable County, Massachusetts, to develop a waterfront oceanographic research infrastructure resiliency plan that will help keep the world-renowned research, exploration, and education institution operational in the event of future storms.
    • $330,000 in two Partnership Planning projects, with no local match, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 22 investments from May 24-28, 2021, totaling $42,846,199, which is matched by $13,930,068 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $22,376,051 in 12 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes nine projects for $20,376,051 that will help create 6,728 jobs, save 5,559 jobs, and leverage $245,550,000 in private investments; (2) $20,317,648 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes three projects for $18,494,210 that will help create 32,813 jobs, save four jobs, and leverage $87,800,000 in private investments; and (3) $152,500 in four Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $22,376,051 in 12 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $8,515,654 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,895,200, matched by $973,800 in local investment, to the City of Marinette, Marinette/Marinette County, Wisconsin, to support the City of Marinette with reconstructing a central street system near the City's shipyard and developing additional nearby city-owned industrial property for new and expanding businesses in Marinette County, Wisconsin. The project will establish a cutting-edge approach to meet the expected surge in the region’s workforce and freight traffic by building a temporary infrastructure and testing support systems to ensure smooth operations at the shipyard. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 420 jobs, save 1,760 jobs, and leverage $24,000,000 in private investment.
      • $3,033,418, matched by $3,033,418 in local investment, to John Wood Community College, Quincy/Adams County, Illinois, to support John Wood Community College with constructing a Workforce Development Center on its campus in Quincy, Illinois. The project will establish new Automation and Robotics and Automotive Diesel Technology training programs, create a new Truck Driver Training area, and expand other existing training programs. Once completed, the project will provide relevant skills in the most in-demand fields to the area's workforce, which will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVD-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 918 jobs, save 432 jobs, and leverage $124,600,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $750,000 in local investment, to On the Road Lending, Irving/Dallas County, Texas, to support On the Road Lending with the renovation of an automotive technology workforce training facility in Dallas County, Texas, to provide training opportunities to ensure that local workers are retrained with new skills to be competitive in the regional economy. These training programs focus on a field with great demand and high earning potential, involving multiple tracks of apprenticeship, helping people in the region to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and build resiliency for future crises. Once completed, the project will create a pipeline of skilled workers to benefit from growing industries needs of local employers, which will provide access to higher-wage jobs and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 275 jobs.
      • $2,778,395, matched by $775,791 in local investment, to mHUB, Chicago/Cook County, Illinois, to fund the enhancement of online and virtual service-delivery capacity for three Chicagoland's leading technology and manufacturing incubators, mHUB, Matter, and 1871 Laboratories. The partnership between the three organizations is a direct response to tech commercialization and related startup needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to an increased need for online and virtual small business assistance. Once completed, the project will help advance the manufacturing industry in the area, create and save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 3,962 jobs, save 2,764 jobs, and leverage $21,300,000 in private investment.
      • $2,500,000, matched by $638,420 in local investment, to the Philander Smith College, Little Rock/Pulaski County, Arkansas, to support the Philander Smith College with renovating the M.L. Harris Fine Arts Building to develop the “HBCU Center of Excellence in Digital Education and Rural Workforce Development” in Pulaski County, Arkansas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will be a part of Phase I of the facility, which includes 11,000 SF comprising the 500-seat auditorium. In addition, the project will allow for alternative learning platforms, train much needed medical staff in light of COVID-19 and retrain workers displaced due to the pandemic. Once completed, the project will support workforce development and technical assistance for aspiring entrepreneurs, which will assist the region with meeting the 21st century workforce needs, promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 65 jobs and leverage $400,000 in private investment.
      • $1,800,000, matched by $1,000,000 in local investment, to the City of McAllen, McAllen/ Hidalgo County, Texas, to support the City of McAllen with expanding the Quinta Mazatlán to develop the Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) in Hidalgo County, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. CUE will establish an educational center/teaching site offering multiple certification programs that focus on entrepreneurship, small business recovery and resilience, and workforce development. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, foster regional economic vitality and growth, bolster job creation, spur private investment, advance economic resiliency, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 700 jobs and leverage $35,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $300,000 in local investment, to the City of Cleveland, Cleveland/Bolivar County, Mississippi, to support the City of Cleveland with constructing water infrastructure to support the Baxter Healthcare's expansion in Bolivar County, Mississippi, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will install a water well to support the Baxter Healthcare’s production of critical medical supplies, which will help the region with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will support one of the largest employers within the Mississippi Delta, create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 40 jobs and leverage $15,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,209,038, matched by $304,225 in local investment, to Ohio University, Athens/Athens County, Ohio, to support the Ohio University Innovation Center with moving research to market and diversifying the regional economy in Athens County, Ohio. The project will provide technical assistance, lab space, and equipment to add capacity to the Center and strengthen its ability to positively impact the regional economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and during future downturns. Once completed, the project will retain and create higher paying jobs, support the science and health industries, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 330 jobs, save 450 jobs, and leverage $25,000,000 in private investment.
      • $960,000, matched by $240,000 in local investment, to the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County, the Maryland Department of Commerce, and the Department of Information and Technology, Oakland/Garrett County, Maryland, to support the Garrett County Board of Commissioners' Regional Last Mile Business Development Initiative by leveraging existing assets to close key gaps in the County’s longstanding broadband expansion effort, specifically in the southern part of Garrett County, Maryland. The project will consist of the design and installation of approximately fifteen miles of gigabit broadband fiber along Route 219, which will connect to several key sites, farms, and other rural business locations to allow for business grade broadband services. Once completed, the project will provide a robust and reliable broadband connectivity infrastructure, bolster job creation, attract private investment, increase economic resiliency, and assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 18 jobs, save 153 jobs, and leverage $250,000 in private investment.
      • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to TruFund Financial Services, Inc., Birmingham/Jefferson County, Alabama, to support TruFund Financial Services, Inc. with providing critical technical assistance and business advisory services to small businesses in Jefferson County, Alabama. The project will enhance recovery lending to address the unique resiliency and recovery challenges faced by small businesses and non-profits in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will support business continuity and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to TruFund Financial Services, Inc., New York, New York (Project: Atlanta/Fulton County, Georgia), to support TruFund Financial Services, Inc. with addressing the need for vital training and resources to help provide small businesses with the access to relief funds and technical assistance in the Atlanta Metro area. The project will help businesses recover from future disasters and major economic interruption such as the COVID-19 pandemic through access to training and affordable capital. Once completed, the project will support business continuity and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $500,000, matched by $125,000 in local investment, to New North, Inc., Green Bay/Brown County, Wyoming, to support New North, Inc. with conducting a Broadband Access Study and Expansion Plan for 18 counties in the northeast region of Wisconsin. The study will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and will consist of regional broadband data analysis, mapping, and cost modelling for each county. Once completed, the study will develop a process to identify broadband access gaps, which will help the region with attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, spurring private investment, and advancing economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $20,317,648 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $5,371,914 in local investments, as follows:
      • $12,800,000 in 2018 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $3,200,000 in local investment, to the Local Redevelopment Authority for Roosevelt Roads/BLUEtide Puerto Rico, Inc., San Juan/San Juan County, Puerto Rico, to fund construction of a five-story building on the former Coast Guard Pier, Naval Station Roosevelt Roads to house the Marine Business, Research and Innovation Research Center (MBRIC) in San Juan County, Puerto Rico. The MBRIC will serve as the central hub to access specialized equipment and provide technical assistance to multiple partners to support ocean dependent and ag-business in the development of new products and service for exporting. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria and promote the commercialization and research of MAR/Sea Drugs, Open Water Aquaculture, Ocean Conservancy and predictive modeling and development, which will boost job creation in the area, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create $29,353 jobs and leverage $81,000,000 in private investment.
      • $3,825,000 in Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities, matched by $1,275,000 in local investment, to the Town of Plymouth, Plymouth/Plymouth County, Massachusetts, to support the Town of Plymouth with making critical water infrastructure improvements to an area hit hard by the closure of a nuclear power plant. The improved water capacity will allow for business continuity, which will help sustain the region following the closure and decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. Once completed, the project will create new job opportunities, attract private investment, and further economic diversification of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 3,450 jobs and leverage $5,800,000 in private investment.
      • $1,869,210 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $467,303 in local investment, to the Pike County Fiscal Court, Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky, to support the Pike County Fiscal Court with the construction of water and sewer infrastructure improvements at the Wolf Pit Industrial Park in Pike County, Kentucky. The project will benefit a nearby Opportunity Zone and serve a local manufacturing business, which is an Appalachian-based manufacturer for several industry sectors, including biomedical. In addition, the project will strive to employ out of work miners through various programs and trainings to help strengthen the regional healthcare industry. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, advance economic resiliency, and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 10 jobs, save 4 jobs, and leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,389,438 in Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities, matched by $349,611 in local investment, to the E4 Carolinas, Inc., Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, to support a comprehensive research and planning project to prepare and position the Southeast for advanced nuclear technology leadership. The object will position and promote the industry and its communities as a national and global leader in advanced nuclear power generation and plant life extension technologies, making the Southeast a primary economic beneficiary of these technologies’ commercialization. Once completed, the project will help lay the groundwork for future economic development and diversification, which will enhance job creation and retention, spur private investment, and advance resiliency throughout the region.
      • $320,000, matched by $80,000 in local investment, to the St. Tammany Parish Development District, Mandeville/St. Tammany County, Louisiana, to fund the Northshore Regional Resiliency Collaborative Initiative to provide technical assistance programming, facilitate business continuity workshops, implement a Northshore regional workforce development and talent retention strategy, as well as create business retention and formation opportunities in Southeast Louisiana. Once completed, the project will benefit designated Opportunity Zones located within the project area, help promote private capital investment, spur economic resiliency, and create job opportunities throughout the region.
      • $114,000, with no local match, to the Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of Acoma/Cibola County, New Mexico, to support the Pueblo of Acoma with the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. Once completed, the project will promote economic sustainability, expand job opportunities, and promote growth throughout the region.
    • $152,500 in four Partnership Planning projects, matched by $42,500 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 18 investments from May 17-21, 2021, totaling $22,787,653, which is matched by $37,734,396 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $16,853,355 in 12 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes four projects totaling $8,760,000 that will help create 945 jobs, save 365 jobs, and leverage $36,040,000 in private investments; (2) $5,864,298 in five Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 1,303 jobs, save 85 jobs, and leverage $713,000,000 in private investments; and (3) $70,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $16,853,355 in 12 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $32,901,097 in local investments, as follows:
      • 4,000,000, matched by $6,000,000 in local investment, to the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio/Bexar County, Texas, to support the Texas Biomedical Research Institute with expanding the Non-Human Primate Animal Facility (NHP-ALFA) to assist with the ongoing development of therapeutics and vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and other viruses/diseases in Bexar County, Texas. The project will consist of a 45,000 sq ft facility that will keep 800 rhesus macaques at full capacity and will include state-of-the-art, uniquely designed safe care housing for them. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 176 jobs, save 350 jobs, and leverage $4,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,847,035, with no local match, to the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Frankfort/Franklin County, Kentucky, to support the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet with establishing a marketing campaign designed to highlight each of the nine tourism regions in Kentucky, including nearby Opportunity Zones. The campaign will focus on safety and other measures the State is implementing to slow the spread of COVID-19 and make traveling safe. Once implemented, the project will support continued economic growth, job creation, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $2,700,000, matched by $813,068 in local investment, to the University of Hawaii, Honolulu/Honolulu County, Hawaii, to support the University of Hawaii with expanding its Innovation Impact Challenge (IIC) Initiative, to include an IIC Technology Development Program and an IIC Workforce Development Program. Once implemented, the new programs will focus on further developing and implementing (1) a leveraged and strategic commercialization and workforce development pipeline based on Hawaii innovations developed through targeted and deliberate multi-disciplinary collaborations; (2) programs to provide training for current high-quality jobs and future jobs created by a new diversified economy and (3) programs to support local small business, including the development of a pipeline to the global market for locally developed products. The project will help businesses respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing opportunities to re-skill, up-skill and cross-skill Hawaii's workforce, and supporting the creation of new small businesses throughout the state.
      • $2,500,000, matched by $1,500,000 in local investment, to the Healthcare Authority of Winfield and the City of Winfield, Winfield/Marion County, Alabama, to support the Healthcare Authority of Winfield with renovating the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department at the Northwest Medical Center in Marion County, Alabama. This project will provide much needed safety measures and increased protection of both hospital staff and the public from infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Once completed, the project will support job creation, attract private investment, and increase economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create nine jobs and leverage $1,990,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $23,958,261 in local investment, to the City of Pharr, Pharr/Hidalgo County, Texas, to support the City of Pharr with building the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, School of Nursing in Hidalgo County, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The infrastructure improvements will consist of construction of a state-of-the-art facility giving the students a competitive edge to be recruited by every local hospital in the region. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support the health care industry, bolster job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 750 jobs and leverage $30,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Berea/Madison County, Kentucky, to support the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development with establishing the Beyond COVID-19: Recovery and Resilience for Eastern Kentucky’s Small Businesses and Nonprofits initiative to provide business support in 54 counties in Eastern Kentucky. The project will provide access to coaching and technical assistance, promote access to capital, assist in navigating government and private sources of assistance, train emerging and existing entrepreneurs, and assist with energy audits that will help businesses reduce costs, improve necessary cash flow and increase profits. In addition, the project will enable the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development to leverage its strong business support services and lending capacity to advance and expand on early adaptations made in response to COVID-19, which will help bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $478,000, matched by $119,563 in local investment, to the Columbiana County Port Authority, Lisbon/Columbiana County, Ohio, to support the Columbiana County Port Authority with launching its Economic Recovery Specialist Program. The region’s economy was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in waves of layoffs and dislocated workers throughout Columbiana County. As a result, local leaders and the Authority determined that dedicated economic recovery support staff are necessary for the region’s recovery from the pandemic. The recovery coordinators will conduct business retention efforts to ensure local businesses have the resources necessary to recover and will analyze workforce development priorities, facilitate Opportunity Zone awareness among the local business community, and cultivate a supportive entrepreneurship infrastructure throughout the County.
      • $450,000, with no local match, to the Birmingham Business Alliance Foundation, the Shelby County Commission, and the Jefferson County Commission, Birmingham/Jefferson County, Alabama, to support the development of a region-wide healthcare market intelligence study, strategy, and implementation plan in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Birmingham, Alabama. The study will identify key assets in the healthcare cluster as well as areas of strength, weakness, redundancy, and absence within the existing supply chain network. It will seek to identify opportunities for existing businesses to grow capacity to meet supply chain needs, and to identify opportunities for economic developers and communities to attract or grow businesses to meet supply chain needs in pursuit of greater efficiency and independence. Once completed, the plan will help spur economic development and diversification in the city for years to come and provide industry leaders, investors, and other partners with market research and recommendations to help the city recover from the pandemic and increase resiliency for future disruptions.
      • $300,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the County of Cheshire and the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Keene/Cheshire County, New Hampshire, to supports the creation of a professional brand, along with professionally developed marketing messages, to promote the Monadnock region to people and businesses outside of the region to facilitate economic growth. The Monadnock Region COVID-19 Recovery Campaign goal is to facilitate COVID-19 pandemic recovery and resilience by improving long-term economic prospects. Once implemented, the project will support continued economic growth, job creation, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $260,000, matched by $65,000 in local investment, to the Montana Cooperative Development Center, Great Falls/Cascade County, Montana, to support the Montana Cooperative Development Center with addressing the need for economic recovery and resiliency from the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on innovative cooperative tools and capacity development across the state of Montana. The project will provide pathways to broadband adoption, templates, and research to support business cooperatives involving employees and/or multiple owners, and a feasibility study and pilot programs to increase the use of investment cooperatives in Montana opportunity zones. In addition, the project will serve as a model for expanding the resource network to all regions of the state, which will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support entrepreneurism, spur jobs creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 10 jobs, save 15 jobs, and leverage $50,000 in private investment.
      • $187,500, matched by $62,500 in local investment, to the City of Vacaville, Vacaville/Solano County, California, to support the City of Vacaville with hiring a consultant to prepare a master plan for the development of a citywide broadband network. The project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing the critical fiber network infrastructure to allow for long-lasting economic resiliency. The City has been hit hard by COVID-19 shelter-in-place requirements as the major employers in the community are in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality sectors. The project will help attract and expand manufacturing and bio-pharma businesses, which will diversify the local economy to combat unemployment in the face of future disasters and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $130,820, matched by $32,705 in local investment, to the Marin Economic Forum, San Rafael/Marin County, California, to support the creation of an economic recovery and resiliency strategy to allow Marin County to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business sector and residential employment and develop an “economic vision” that can diversify the economy in the future. Once implemented, the strategy will support job retention through retraining and reskilling residents to perform new tasks demanded in a post-coronavirus workplace, business retention by helping employers with the ability to adapt and retain revenues and employees, especially in the middle and high-skill occupations, and new job creation and investment by diversifying the economy from majority of locally-serving businesses to new economy companies to locate in the county.
    • $5,864,298 in five Public Works projects, matched by $4,833,299 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,000,000, matched by $2,214,000 in local investment, to the Greer Commission of Public Works, Greer/Greenville County, South Carolina, to support the Greer Commission of Public Works with constructing a new pump station to provide a more reliable sewer service system in Greenville County, South Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will support the expansion of a local manufacturing business and accommodate the future growth that will help strengthen the region’s automotive sector. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 600 jobs and leverage $600,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,474,298, matched by $1,474,299 in local investment to the City of Waynesboro, Waynesboro/Burke County, Georgia, to support the City of Waynesboro with constructing a water well and water treatment facility that will serve a new diary processing and packaging plant at the Waynesboro-Burke County Industrial Park, located in a designated Opportunity Zone in Georgia. Once completed, the project will advance the region’s manufacturing industry, create jobs, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs and leverage $60,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,140,000, matched by $360,000 in local investment, to the Town of Centerville, Centerville/Hickman County, Tennessee, to support the Town of Centerville with the rehabilitation of a sewer system in the Defeated Creek Drainage Basin. This project will help to develop new jobs and economic opportunities for the community and the region, and it will also support the future expansion of existing companies and the recruitment of new industries throughout Centerville, Tennessee. Once completed, the project will create jobs, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 250 jobs, save 85 jobs, and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment.
      • $630,000, matched by $630,000 in local investment, to the Town of Jonesborough and Washington County, Jonesborough/Washington County, Tennessee, to fund the construction of water and wastewater improvements to accommodate the development of a new manufacturing industry at the Washington County Industrial Park in Tennessee. In addition, the project will provide capacity for future industrial development currently being marketed in the Town of Jonesborough. Once completed, the project will allow for expansion and growth of the regional manufacturing industry and enhance workforce development opportunities, which will bolster job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 179 jobs and leverage $37,000,000 in private investment.
      • $620,000, matched by $155,000 in local investment, to the City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz/Santa Cruz County, California, to support the construction of a new two-story retail and restaurant building to be located on the Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz, California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will support the expansion of local retailers, restaurants, recreation operators, and research and conservation institutions, which will help bolster job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 75 jobs and leverage $6,000,000 in private investment.
    • $70,000 in one Partnership Planning project, with no local match, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 15 investments from May 10-14, 2021, totaling $17,748,431, which is matched by $4,721,492 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $13,625,547 in 11 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes seven projects for $12,844,653 that will help create 924 jobs, save 960 jobs, and leverage $139,506,000 in private investments; (2) $3,912,884 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes two projects for $3,838,634 that will help create 500 jobs and leverage $41,000,000 in private investment; and (3) $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $13,625,547 in 11 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $3,477,584 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,000,000, matched by $1,000,000 in local investment, to the Rural Development Fund, Casper/Natrona County, Wyoming, to support the Rural Development Fund with establishing a Revolving Loan Fund to support gap financing business lending to enable businesses within the State of Wyoming to recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and aid in resilience against future economic disruptions. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs, save 50 jobs, and leverage $60,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,600,000, with no local match, to the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, Hudson/Columbia County, New York, to support the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation with establishing a $2,088,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to provide gap financing to farm and food businesses in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties in New York, including nearby Opportunity Zones. In addition, the RLF will provide $512,000 for technical assistance to operate the fund and assist clients. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 67 jobs, save 220 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Lumpkin County Water and Sewerage Authority, Dahlonega/Lumpkin County, Georgia, to support the Lumpkin County Water and Sewerage Authority with constructing water and sewer improvements to serve a new medical center and support other industry in Lumpkin County, Georgia. The project will allow the County to diversify its economic sectors thereby creating a more resilient and stable economy prepared for future pandemics and natural disasters. Once completed, the project will have a long-term economic impact and benefit two companies, which will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 147 jobs and leverage $72,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,533,053, matched by $939,613 in local investment, to Spoon River College, Canton/Fulton County, Illinois, to support Spoon River College with purchasing equipment and reconstructing their Vocational and Technical Education Center to both modernize their existing workforce training equipment and facilities to expand their capacity to deliver vocational training post-COVID and to retrain displaced workers in the service region. Once completed, this project will help close gaps in the talent pipeline for the region's important manufacturing and logistics clusters and help ensure a strong recovery from the pandemic as well as economic resiliency in the future. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 275 jobs, save 125 jobs, and leverage $500,000 in private investment.
      • $1,500,000, with no local match, to the National Capital Investment Fund, Inc., Charles/Jefferson County, West Virginia, to support the establishment of a revolving loan fund capital for the Natural Capital Investment Fund’s West Virginia COVID-19 Emergency Response Loan Fund. The Fund will offer new flexible and affordable working capital loans that fills the gaps of Economic Injury Disaster Loans/Paycheck Protection Program and will help small businesses in West Virginia. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs, save 500 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,100,000, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to the County of Alleghany, Covington/Covington County (Project: Covington/Alleghany County), Virginia, to support Alleghany County with completing Phase 5 of the Jackson River Scenic Trail consisting of 1.6 miles of trail and a 1.33 acre trailhead starting at the current end of the existing 14.4 mile developed rail trail in Alleghany County and going into Bath County, Virginia. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support the tourism industry, create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 35 jobs and leverage $6,000 in private investment.
      • $350,894, with no local match, to Launch Alaska, Anchorage/Anchorage County, Alaska, to support Launch Alaska with conducting a feasibility study to determine if an Aerospace Innovation Center on the west side of Merrill Field Airport will attract private sector investment in new businesses to create high-skill, high-wage jobs in exporting value-added aviation products and services to take advantage of Anchorage’s strategic location as a global air-trade hub. Once completed, this project will help Anchorage rebuild from the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which will support recovery and resiliency to diversify the local economy.
      • $202,000, matched by $350,571 in local investment, to the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Moline/Rock Island County, Illinois, to support development of a regional COVID-19 Recovery Strategy. The Quad Cities' economy was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with job losses in nearly every industry in the region. Throughout the crisis, the Chamber attempted to provide businesses with immediate recovery assistance, and with knowledge gained from a research report on the region’s industry clusters, the Chamber is now focused on pivoting to growth opportunities in industries where the region remains strong. This project will provide key insights into regional assets and opportunities and chart a course for regional growth with goals and an action plan for success. In addition, coordinators will create partnerships across industry sectors and among regional business leaders and stakeholders, to enhance the region’s already strong talent attraction and retention program and create next generation leaders for the region’s economy.
      • $160,000, matched by $40,000 in local investment, to the Madison Region Economic Partnership, Madison/Dane County, Wisconsin, to support the Madison Region Economic Partnership and Capital Area Regional Planning Commission with developing the region's Pandemic Recovery Sector Strategy. The project will identify potential sites for key industry sectors including advanced manufacturing, information and communications technology, biosciences, and healthcare. Once implemented, the strategy will ensure the region recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with a clear vision for economic growth based on growing clusters and an action plan that builds the region’s resiliency.
      • $111,600, matched by $30,400 in local investment, to the City of Tracy, Tracy/Lyon County, Minnesota, to support the City of Tracy’s efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic via a two-year business retention and expansion program that will help local and regional businesses adapt to future economic realities. The program will provide free technical assistance to allow businesses to expand and improve their online presence, with the goal of making up sales income lost due to the pandemic. Once implemented, the program will help educate local businesses about new opportunities, initiate workforce development and retention efforts in the City, and, among other activities, develop a new business retention and expansion website to promote the City’s strengths, which will advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 65 jobs.
      • $68,000, matched by $17,000 in local investment, to the Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse/La Crosse County (Project: Genoa/Vernon County), Wyoming, to support the Dairyland Power Cooperative's effort to develop a strategic re-use and redevelopment plan for a 140-acre site within Genoa, Wisconsin. Dairyland recently closed a coal power plant and formerly closed a nuclear power plant also located on the site, which displaced a significant set of workers and the City's overall economic health. The study will help identify potential redevelopment opportunities for the site and help the City focus their site marketing on industries with high growth potential and those that would fit the character of the region’s existing industrial base post the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • $3,912,884 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $1,033,908 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,000,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Ashland Hospital Corporation/Boyd County Fiscal Court, Ashland/Boyd County, Kentucky, to support the purchase of equipment and appurtenances to increase King's Daughters Medical Center's healthcare capacity in Ashland, Kentucky. The closure of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and the loss of 1,000 jobs negatively impacted the area while occurring at the time COVID-19 swept the country and the health system was forced to suspend all non-emergent procedures, impacting revenues and expansion efforts. The project will help the Center meet the healthcare needs of Eastern Kentucky's population and strengthen the region's healthcare sector, enhancing resilience to future pandemics. Once completed, the project will create jobs, advance economic resiliency, and attract private investment to an area that has also been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 250 jobs and leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,838,634 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $459,658 in local investment, to the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii (NELHA), Kailua-Kona/Hawaii County (Project: Kealakekua/Hawaii County), Hawaii, to support the NELHA with building on the success of the pilot HATCH aquaculture accelerator program and developing a medium to long-term program to incubate additional aquaculture startups as well as host ideation and company building workshops in Hawaii County, Hawaii. The project will assist with recovery efforts from the Puna East Rift Zone lava eruption, which destroyed four acres of NELHA property and the subsequent effect of the COVID 19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will drive economic diversification, provide growth and jobs in the aquaculture sector, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 250 jobs and leverage $40,000,000 in private investment.
      • $74,250, matched by $74,250 in local investment, to the City of Odessa, Odessa/Lafayette County, Missouri, to support the City of Odessa with conducting a hydrogeological study to locate a new flooding-resistant well field to replace the current wellfield, which sits 13 miles north of the City on the banks of the Missouri River. The 2019 major flooding disasters demonstrated significant weaknesses in the City's water supply system and its current well placement. Once completed, the study will help the City make well-informed decisions to proceed with completing much needed improvements to its water supply system, which will allow the community to be more resilient in the face of public health emergencies and future major flooding events. This increased resiliency will mitigate potential interruptions to business continuity from the impacts of natural hazards in the community, thereby making the City better able to attract new businesses and more likely to retain existing employers in the wake of future disasters.
    • $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $210,000 in local investment, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced nine investments from May 3-7, 2021, totaling $11,663,276, which is matched by $1,747,456 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $11,013,276 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that will help create 554 jobs, save 1,848 jobs, and leverage $45,650,000 in private investments; (2) $400,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; (3) $70,000 in one Local Technical Assistance project to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; and (4) $180,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $11,013,276 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $1,577,456 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5,000,000, with no local match, to TruFund Financial Services, Inc., New York/New York County, New York, to support TruFund Financial Services with establishing a $4,400,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to be deployed over a three-year period to support the recovery and resilience of small businesses located in the five boroughs of New York City impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. $600,000 would be used to administer the fund and provide technical assistance to clients. The RLF will support small business needs including working capital, investment in infrastructure, debt refinance and contract financing. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 125 jobs and save 250 jobs.
      • $3,054,726, matched by $763,682 in local investment, to the City of Holdrege/Phelps County Development Corporation, Holdrege/Phelps County, Nebraska, to fund infrastructure improvements to support the development of a manufacturing facility within 34 acers of the 134-acre Iron Horse Industrial Park in the City of Holdrege, Nebraska. The project will provide water, sewer, and street improvements to facilitate the construction of this new manufacturing facility, which will produce patented personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical workers such as gloves and masks. Once completed, the project will allow businesses to quickly respond to future disruptions, like those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and encourage local businesses to stay and expand in their current location, which will help create and retain jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 73 jobs and leverage $40,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,013,534, matched by $253,384 in local investment, to the Adirondack North Country Association, Saranac Lake/Franklin County, New York, to fund the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA)’s Center for Pandemic Response project, to provide technical assistance services to help small businesses across New York’s Adirondack North Country region. This project encompasses eleven counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington, including 19 Opportunity Zones. ANCA will utilize existing networks of partners specializing in business development services to develop individually tailored COVID-19 Resilience Plans, which will help to strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 210 jobs, save 1,425 jobs, and leverage $250,000 in private investment.
      • $1,095,000, matched by $273,750 in local investment, to the Center for Applied Research and Technology, Bluefield/Mercer County, West Virginia, to support the Center for Applied Research and Technology with providing high-tech industrial supportive services to assist businesses and entrepreneurs in a six-county region to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. This project will foster new businesses, diversify product lines of existing business, streamline manufacturing processes, and create and retain jobs throughout Bluefield, West Virginia, an area that has been severely impacted by years of declines in extractive industries such as coal and timber which were once robust. Once completed, this project will help advance long term economic vitality and sustainability, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 48 jobs, save 48 jobs, and leverage $2,200,000 in private investment.
      • $525,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the Lowcountry Regional Water System, Hampton/Hampton County, South Carolina, to fund wastewater system improvements to support the expansion of a biomedical research company located in Hampton County, South Carolina. The critical infrastructure is needed for business expansion and job creation and to support the community in responding to the economic injury resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The County has received nationally declared disaster status for three out of the last 5 years due to Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, as well as COVID 19 and the most recent tornadic activity in South Carolina has taken an economic toll on local industries, especially those that require more than domestic water/wastewater to run their operations. Once completed, the project will provide permanent resources to provide adequate and sustained sewer service support, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 125 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
      • $325,016, matched by $36,640 in local investment, to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill/Orange County, North Carolina, to support the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in its initiative to provide direct technical assistance to help anchor institutions review their procurement practices, identify local sourcing opportunities, and connect anchor institutions with local businesses. The project will help the region examine how the purchasing of anchor institution can be leveraged to facilitate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, a network of anchor institutions from across North Carolina and communities adversely impacted by COVID-19 across the nation will be convened to share lessons learned, and will receive full access to all webinars, virtual workshops and reports so that other anchor institutions can also benefit from this work and support economic recovery from COVID-19 throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 48 jobs and leverage $1,200,000 in local investment.
    • $400,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $100,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission, Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee, to support the Marine Multi-Modal Freight Terminal Planning Report that will study the suitability of a 1,000-acre intermodal container terminal, and other multiple water-fronted facilities, along the south edge of McKellar Lake in Memphis, Tennessee. The Marine Terminal will improve local economic conditions by creating direct and indirect jobs as well as adding an alternative method of transportation for foreign trade and capacity for international import at the Memphis Port. The project will help create resiliency against future disasters, which will strengthen the regional economy and attract private investment.
    • $70,000 in one Local Technical assistance project, matched by $70,000 in local investment, to the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria, Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, California, to support the development of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria in Santa Rosa. Once implemented, the strategy will lead to the capitalization of new opportunities and creation of jobs throughout the region.
    • $180,000 in one Partnership Planning project, with no local match, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 19 investments from April 26-30, 2021, totaling $37,594,987, which is matched by $16,516,211 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $27,862,450 in 12 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes eight projects totaling $23,967,247 that will help create 4,465 jobs, save 11,352 jobs, and leverage $1,337,450,000 in private investments; (2) $3,668,112 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 105 jobs, save 147 jobs, and leverage $17,410,000 in private investments; (3) $5,994,425 in three Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 602 jobs and leverage $684,000,000 in private investments; and (4) $70,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $27,862,450 in 12 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $7,044,183 in local investments, as follows:
      • $8,350,057, matched by $2,087,514 in local investment, to the City of Tracy, Tracy/San Joaquin County, California, to support the City of Tracy with replacing and expanding the International Parkway Bridge over the Delta Mendota Canal in San Joaquin County. The project will relieve a chokepoint and enhance supply chain movement for the industrial park’s essential industries. Once completed, the project will enhance the efficiency of Freight movement of existing companies, which will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 2,145 jobs, save 6,734 jobs, and leverage $459,000,000 million in private investment.
      • $3,756,800, matched by $939,200 in local investment, to the City of Salina, Salina/Saline County, Kansas, to support the City of Salina with addressing the local and regional need for high-skill and high-wage jobs by improving and expanding utilities and improving storm water drainage near Centennial Ditch in Saline County, Kansas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will consist of the rerouting of existing and installation of new utility infrastructure, which will support the construction of a new food manufacturing facility. In addition, the project will improve streets including Arnold Avenue and Centennial Drive to allow for a safe higher flow of traffic. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 225 jobs, save 1,200 jobs, and leverage $600,000,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $815,653 in local investment, to the Port of Port Arthur Navigation District, Port Arthur/, Texas, to support construction of a new general-purpose cargo handling, staging, and transport area at the Port of Port Arthur Berth 5. The project addresses sensitive supply chain movement of materials such as healthcare use materials and human relief, military and energy cargo supplies. Movement of these products have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and this project will directly address the recovery and resiliency of the supply chain, which will help the port remain globally competitive and enhance the capability for U.S. exports. Once completed, the project will spur job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 220 jobs, save 55 jobs, and leverage $44,000,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $750,000 in local investment, to the Business Council of Alabama/Opportunity Alabama, Inc./Main Street Alabama, Montgomery/Montgomery County, Alabama, to support the creation and implementation of a long-term economic recovery strategy for businesses, nonprofits, and communities throughout the state of Alabama. The strategy will make Alabama one of the first states in the nation to provide a pathway to recovery for those in greatest economic distress from the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on low-income and rural locations, and minority-owned businesses. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from COVID-19, create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $2,580,600, matched by $1,720,400 in local investment, to the Wood County Port Authority, Rossford/Wood County, Ohio, to support the Wood County Port Authority’s infrastructure capacity enhancement project to increase regional business attraction, retention, and expansion in Wood County, Ohio. The project will increase the capacity of connector roads, which will help trucks and other users efficiently reach critical express routes, and pave the way for enhanced logistics activity, an important local industry cluster and critical asset that increases home delivery services. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,003 jobs, save 64 jobs, and leverage $205,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,400,000, with no local match, to the BOC Capital Corporation, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, to support the establishment of a $2,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support minority communities and enable disadvantaged entrepreneurs in Kings, New York, Queens, Bronx, and Westchester Counties, NY and Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, NJ. The project targets organizations with 50 or fewer employees that have secured construction-related procurement and other procurement contracts with State or City agencies and anchor institutions. $400,000 would be used to provide technical assistance to applicants and to administer the fund. Once implemented, the project will enable disadvantaged entrepreneurs to tap into construction and professional service public procurement opportunities in New York City, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 800 jobs, save 2,000 jobs, and leverage $18,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,775,470, with no local match, to the City of Angoon, Hoonah-Angoon County, Alaska, to support the City of Angoon with developing a sustainable cultural tourism infrastructure by constructing a visitor's center and public restrooms in Hoonah Angoon County, Alaska, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will strengthen the Hoonah-Angoon Census area's leading industry cluster in hospitality and tourism, which will provide more job opportunities for the young adults in the area and create an additional end market for local artisans. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, preserve the unique cultural heritage in the City of Angoon, create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 22 jobs and leverage $450,000 in local investment.
      • $1,687,680, matched by $421,920 in local investment, to the Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Gadsden/City of Gadsden, Gadsden/Etowah County, Alabama, to support the Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Gadsden with upgrading the Airport Road sanitary sewer system to address pump station overflow issues in Etowah County, Alabama. The improvements will help secure an operational platform for businesses in the area and allow for a more resilient local economy through additional industrial recruitment, which will help save local jobs, increase resiliency and assist the region with recovery efforts resulting from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grantees estimate that this investment will help save 974 jobs.
      • $555,003, matched by $141,536 in local investment, to the Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green/Wood County, Ohio, to support the Bowling Green State University with developing a new Northwest Ohio Workforce Development Strategy and Recovery Plan, to guide the region’s alignment, prioritization, and development of workforce programs in response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategy process will build upon the region’s recent collaboration among a diverse coalition of workforce and economic development officials. Once implemented, the project will help regional leaders maximize the value of coordinated workforce development systems and ensure workers are prepared to benefit from opportunities throughout the region’s economy.
      • $416,640, matched by $104,160 in local investment, to the Oregon Business Development Department, Salem/Maron County, Oregon, to support the Oregon Business Development Department with establishing a multi-faceted approach to address the critical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon. Business Oregon, the state’s business and economic development department, will oversee an 18-month planning and technical assistance program including a COVID-19 recovery plan, and manufacturing assistance. Once implemented, the plan will support community partnerships, help Oregon businesses create and retain jobs, help attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 325 jobs, and leverage $11,000,000 in private investment.
      • $255,200, matched by $63,800 in local investment, to Lincoln County, Newport/Lincoln County, Oregon, to support a rural broadband feasibility study of a 4-county region in western Oregon. The project will entail hiring a Broadband Action Team made up of public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders to coordinate conduct broadband studies, setting in motion more equitable broadband access for the region. The project will also assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a roadmap that will lay the groundwork on a process to streamline Internet Service Provider infrastructure. Once implemented, the project will create and retain jobs, improve business retention, enable business expansion, and increase business attraction opportunities, which will help advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $85,000, with no local match, to the Guam Economic Development Authority, Tamuning/Guam County, Guam, to support the Guam Economic Development Authority with updating the existing Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to help Guam establish and maintain a robust economic ecosystem. The CEDS will help the area build regional capacity that contributes to individual, firm, and community success during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Once implemented, the CEDS will provide the region with a roadmap to achieve long-term prosperity and growth, which will help diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $3,668,112 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $1,292,028 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,664,112 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $666,028 in local investment, to the City of Hancock, Hancock/Houghton County, Michigan, to support the City of Hancock with developing a Business and Technology Park designed for technology driven light manufacturing facilities on approximately 40 acres of vacant land owned by the City in Houghton County, Michigan. The project will cultivate industrial and technology-based businesses by providing development-ready space for new and existing companies to expand. In addition, the project will help the area drain stormwater more effectively, making it more resilient to future flooding events. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the 2018 flood, attract new technology firms, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 61 jobs, save 147 jobs, and leverage $17,000,000 in private investment.
      • $900,000, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, Inc./Town of Bladenboro, Elizabethtown/Bladen County, North Carolina, to support the Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, Inc. and the Town of Bladenboro with constructing a Small Business Center to help replace businesses that were permanently displaced due to the impacts of Hurricanes Matthew and Florence in the Town of Bladenboro, North Carolina. The project will consist of the construction of two facilities; one facility will house a restaurant, bakery, barber shop, and beauty shoppe and the other will house a healthcare related facility. The development of the small business development center, New Town Square, will be the key driver in stimulating economic resilience and long-term recovery throughout the region. Once completed, the project will benefit a nearby Opportunity Zone, bolster job creation, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 44 jobs and leverage $410,000 in private investment.
      • $104,000, matched by $26,000 in local investment, to the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation, Yuma/Yuma County, Arizona, to support the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation with contracting services for a market analysis and labor force assessment to develop plans for creating a multiversity campus either virtually or physically to train the local labor force and provide employers with skilled labor in Yuma, Arizona. In addition, the project will analyze regional priorities and critical factors for success, examine the border economy between Mexico and the U.S., and collaborate with regional leaders and stakeholders, to guide the region towards creating opportunities for high-wage jobs and increasing access to higher education for local Yuma residents.
    • $5,994,425 in three Public Works projects, matched by $8,110,000 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,000,000, matched by $6,110,000 in local investment, to the City of Carrollton, Carrollton/Carroll County, Kentucky, to support the construction of a gas line along the U.S. 42 corridor in Carrollton and Gallatin County, Kentucky, to accommodate for current and future economic growth. The gas line expansion will help provide local companies with the stable supply of natural gas needed to operate during natural disasters. In addition, the project will directly impact the growth and viability of both current and future manufacturing businesses throughout the region. Once completed, the project will attract private investment, bolster job creation, stimulate economic resilience and long-term recovery, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 202 jobs and leverage $601,000,000 in private investments.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the City of Atmore, Atmore/Escambia County, Alabama, to fund rail infrastructure improvements at the existing CSX mainline to serve a new peanut processing plant facility that will be locating in the City of Atmore, Alabama. The project will support the Port of Mobile and the Alabama State Docks by facilitating the movement of more than 2,500 containers of processed peanuts through the port for export annually, which supports the advancement of the manufacturing industry within the region. Once completed, the project will create jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 150 jobs and leverage $80,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,994,425, matched by $1,500,000 in local investment, to the City of Eufaula Water Works and Sewer Board/City of Eufaula, Eufaula/Barbour County, Alabama, to fund infrastructure improvements needed to provide sanitary sewer service for a new facility in Eufaula, Alabama. The project will benefit Medical Industrial of Americas (MI Americas), a PPE manufacturing company, in meeting the PPE shortage that exists worldwide. The site has a private rail spur for bulk freight and will allow MI Americas to ship to major ports, which will lay the groundwork for economic re-vitalization in the region. Once completed, the improvements will lead to the creation of jobs and support business development throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 250 jobs and leverage $3,000,000 in private investment.
    • $70,000 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $70,000 in local investment, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 12 investments from April 19-23, 2021, totaling $10,310,000, which is matched by $2,825,000 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $9,400,000 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that will help create 1,169 jobs, save 4,338 jobs, and leverage $79,500,000 in private investments; (2) $70,000 in two Local Technical Assistance projects to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; and (3) $840,000 in four Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $9,400,000 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $1,975,000 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,500,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the Grant County Gila Regional Medical Center, Silver City/Grant Count, New Mexico, to fund building renovations and HVAC improvements to the Grant County Gila Regional Medical Center in Grant County, New Mexico. The project will include replacing roofs A, F, and H, which includes a small storage and the replacement of 12 HVAC systems. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 344 jobs and leverage $62,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, Brownsville/Cameron County, Texas, to capitalize a $2,250,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Cameron County, Texas. The project will also provide $250,000 to defray the cost of administering the RLF. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region served by this EDA investment. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,000 jobs and save 2,500 jobs.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to PeopleFund, Austin/Travis County, Texas, to capitalize a $2,250,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Atascosa, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Comal, Dimmitt, Frio, Guadalupe, Hardin, Hays, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kendall, Kinney, Llano, La Salle, Maverick, Medina, McMullen, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Uvalde, Val Verde, Williamson, Wilson, and Zavala Counties in Texas. This RLF will also provide $250,000 to defray the cost of administering the RLF. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs and save 200 jobs.
      • $1,500,000, matched by $375,000 in local investment, to the Monahans Economic Development Corporation, Monahans/Ward County, Texas, to support the Monahans Economic Development Corporation with providing a fiber-based communications network to replace the existing infrastructure currently serving Monahans in Ward County, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will provide high-speed internet services via fiber to areas of industrial and commercial development in the City of Monahans in the Texas Permian Basin. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by enhancing access to broadband services, which will help retain jobs, support business creation and expansion, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 1,200 jobs.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the LiftFund Inc., San Antonio/Bexar County, Texas (Applicant: Dona Ana County, New Mexico), to capitalize a $1,125,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Doña Ana, Sierra and Socorro Counties in New Mexico. The RLF will also provide $125,000 to defray the cost of administering the RLF. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 61 jobs, save 74 jobs, and leverage $17,500,000 in private investment.
      • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the City of Tacoma, Tacoma/Pierce County, Washington, to support the City of Tacoma with offering culturally relevant (e.g., Spanish language) technical assistance, including financial and digital literacy and credit repair, to help underrepresented or disadvantaged businesses prepare to access capital and expand their markets in Pierce County, Washington. As the city helps its local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic's ongoing devastation, this investment gives the small businesses a vehicle and pathway toward business recovery and resilience, which will help these businesses create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 8 jobs and save 20 jobs.
    • $70,000 in two Local Technical Assistance projects, matched by $80,000 in local investments, as follows:
      • $45,000, matched by $30,000 in local investment, to the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corporation, Colorado Springs/El Paso County, Colorado, to support the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation with examining the opportunities and constraints associated with construction of a rail spur and the economic development of an industrial rail park near Fort Carson, Colorado. The project will address the local and regional need for a rail spur and industrial rail park in the community by preparing an integrated report analyzing the existing workforce and training programs, the local infrastructure capability, and the capacity for dual service and freight rail. The economic impact will demonstrate the relationship between nearby distressed economic areas and the opportunity to benefit from the development of new jobs based on public and private investment in rail infrastructure. Once completed, the project will help bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.
      • $25,000, matched by $50,000 in local investment, to the Town of Erie, Erie/Boulder County, Colorado, to support the Town of Erie with examining the growth and feasibility of a maker space in Erie, Colorado by conducting a study to create a site survey, market and risk assessment, operational model and recommendations, and regional impact and benefits of the potential facility. The development of a maker space will cultivate an entrepreneurial pipeline, creating primary, high-paying jobs within the town and region. Once completed, the study will help bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.
    • $840,000 in four Partnership Planning projects, matched by $770,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 15 investments from April 12-16, 2021, totaling $18,042,301, which is matched by $7,933,429 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $16,469,793 in 12 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes nine projects for $15,147,793 that will help create 4,840 jobs, save 4,160,000 jobs, and leverage $1,030,850,000 in private investments; (2) $228,508 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; and (3) $1,350,000 in two Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 345 jobs, save 345 jobs, and leverage $106,600,000 in private investments.
    • $16,469,793 in 12 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $5,880,963 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,500,000, matched by $2,583,594 in local investment, to the Texas State Technical College-Waco, Waco/McLennan County, Texas, to support the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Waco with renovating an existing building to house their Instrumentation, Electrical Power & Controls, Biomedical Equipment and Robotics workforce training programs in McLennan County, Texas. The project will allow the TSTC the ability to train students in person, while observing social distancing guidance, and providing new technology that will allow for distance learning as needed. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a pipeline of skilled workers to benefit the growing industries needs of local employers, which will provide access to higher-wage jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 70 jobs.
      • $3,282,798, matched by $1,036,683 in local investment, to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell/Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to support the University of Massachusetts- Lowell with establishing the MERT 2.0 project to address Recovery & Resilience by strengthening the domestic supply chain in Massachusetts and the Northeast region for manufacturing personal protective equipment, medical devices such as ventilators, and medical test kits. The MERT 2.0 project will assist companies that pivoted to respond to COVID-19 with establishing longer-term product lines. In addition, the MERT 2.0 project will support Workforce Development & Manufacturing through development of training and curriculum related to this supply chain. This includes hands-on training in areas such as manufacturing of medical grade textile products (e.g., gowns and masks), additive manufacturing and medical plastics manufacturing of test swabs and ventilator parts, materials, and product testing, regulatory, and product design. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 400 jobs, save 400 jobs, and leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $750,000 in local investment, to the City of Martinsville, Martinsville/Henry County, Virginia, to fund the replacement of approximately 5,700 LF of deteriorated sewer with 36" corrugated metal pipe with a bituminous liner between Jones Creek and an abandoned Norfolk Southern rail junction with appurtenances in Martinsville City, Virginia. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create the ability for new locations or expansions within six Opportunity Zones, create and retain jobs, attract private investments, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 400 jobs, save 3,500 jobs, and leverage $25,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,200,000, matched by $300,000 in local investment, to the City of Wilson, Wilson/Wilson County, North Carolina, to support the City of Wilson with extending Greenlight's gigabit fiber network further into Wilson County by deploying it into, throughout, and around the downtowns of four southern Wilson County towns--Black Creek, Lucama, Saratoga and Stantonsburg, and connect one large Agribusiness operation located outside Saratoga. This project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing the critical fiber network infrastructure to allow for long-lasting economic resiliency. Once completed, the project will assist small businesses with increasing sales, which will create higher paying jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 39 jobs.
      • $979,837, matched by $72,494 in local investment, to the College of Micronesia, Ponape/Federated States of Micronesia (Project: Pohnpei/Federated States of Micronesia), to support the College of Micronesia-FSM with increasing the region’s agricultural production by establishing an entrepreneurship development program in Pohnpei, Micronesia. The project will include the construction of four hydroponic greenhouses, conduct dozens of educational workshops, and provide start-up support through consultation and counseling. Once completed, the project will enhance export ability, educate farmers, and foster partnerships to attain food security, which will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, increase employment opportunities, retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 33 jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
      • $960,000, matched by $240,000 in local investment, to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Richmond, Virginia, to support the Virginia Economic Development Partnership with hiring a team of consultants with deep strategy and operations expertise to collaborate with local and regional economic development organizations, and other state leaders in developing a plan that will catalyze growth and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Richmond City, Virginia. Consultants will identify industries and subindustries that are exports-focused and have high job multipliers to maximize positive economic ripple effects and develop resilient local economies across Virginia. In addition, the consultants will provide a list of specific companies that are the top candidates to invest in the state from aboard. Once established, the project will benefit a nearby Opportunity Zone, support state and regional economic developers’ efforts to identify opportunities to expand critical operations for businesses, attract businesses that seek to update their supply chains, catalyze on fast-growing industry clusters, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 3,750 jobs and leverage $1,000,000,000 ($1 billion) in private investment.
      • $880,640, matched by $220,160 in local investment, to the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning, Montrose/Montrose County, Colorado, to support the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning with addressing the local and regional need for cost-competitive, high-speed, and reliable broadband internet access in Montrose County, Colorado. The project will include the purchase of Indefeasible Right of Use agreements and network equipment for fiber-optic transport, Ethernet switching, and other related equipment to connect Grand Junction, Colorado, to regen points in Rifle, Colorado, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Garfield County to connect to Internet supply point of presence in Denver. In addition, the project will grow the regional fiber network established by the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Economic Development District, reduce supply chain and transport cost, increase network redundancy and resiliency, and increase economic competitiveness within the region post the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $2,500,000 in private investment.
      • $824,000, matched by $230,945 in local investment, to the National World War II Museum, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, to support the National World War II Museum, Inc., with constructing campus improvements for the development of "Expressions of America", a cinematic nighttime sound and light experience in Orleans County, Louisiana. The project will allow for on-site lighting structures, grading and drainage improvements, installation of project video, and audio systems "surface pavers and installation, and associated appurtenances. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 63 jobs, save 7 jobs, and leverage $350,000 in private investment.
      • $750,000, matched by $228,863 in local investment, to the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, Austin/Travis County, Texas, to support the Texas Association of Business with addressing the state’s economic development needs by conducting a business-focused look at tools and strategies that can position the state and its regions for growth. The project will benefit nearby Opportunity Zones and will seek to mitigate the challenges facing Texas businesses and highlight the opportunities for growth in strategic sectors. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and will focus on reshoring, building and rebuilding supply chains, and leveraging business intelligence from across the state, which will advance economic resiliency, create jobs, and directly support small and mid-sized businesses.
      • $520,518, matched by $97,235 in local investment, to the Chugach Regional Resources Commission, Anchorage/Anchorage County, Alaska, to support the Chugach Regional Resources Commission with developing a commercial kelp farming industry in Prince William Sound by creating kelp seed hatchery capacity, conducting baseline kelp growing research at seven farm test sites, training project partners, and providing processors products for market development in Valdez Cordova County, Alaska. The project will establish a fully integrated kelp industry that benefits the communities of Chenega, Tatitlek, Whittier, Valdez, and Cordova. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 85 jobs and save 128 jobs.
      • $452,000, matched by $120,989 in local investment, to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Madison/Dane County, Wisconsin, to support the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) launch its Rebuilding Economic Vibrancy After a Major Pandemic In Wisconsin (REVAMP In Wisconsin) initiative. The initiative will be led by a team of dedicated recovery coordinators, who will coordinate targeted economic development activities throughout the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic-related dislocations. Concurrently, the coordinators will help lead a strategic planning process that will result in the state's Ethnically-Diverse Business Community COVID-19 Response Assessment and Report. The report will help state and local leaders understand the disparate impacts of COVID-19 within the ethnically-diverse business community, and develop targeted responses to ensure the state’s economy is inclusive and resilient in the face of future economic shocks. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region
      • $120,000, with no local match, to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, Gay Head/Dukes County, Massachusetts, to support the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah in their efforts to diversify their regional economy beyond tourism in the wake of COVID-19. Through data collection and assessment, development of alternatives, and a cost benefit analysis, the Tribe will prepare a feasibility study report to aid in determining necessary upgrades and expansion work for the existing wastewater treatment plant and to produce a timeline for implementing the recommended economic development strategy. Once completed, the project will help the region diversify the existing economy, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency in an area severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • $222,508 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance Project, matched by $55,627 in local investment, as follows:
      • $222,508 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $55,627 in local investment, to the City of Blue Lake, Blue Lake/Humboldt County, California, to fund an economic and preliminary engineering analysis for the development of an RV park and campground and other recreation focused amenities in Blue Lake, California. The City has experienced major downturns in resource-based economies, specifically in the timber and fishing industries and the project will help to re-purpose a 20-acre parcel of land to create an economic climate that is resilient, which will attract private investment, create jobs and support secondary business development throughout the region.
    • $1,350,000 in two Public Works projects, matched by $1,996,839 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,000,000, matched by $1,646,839 in local investment, to the County of Monona, Onawa/Monona County, Iowa, to support the County of Monona with addressing the local and regional need for increased local access to a barge port terminal by providing resilient critical infrastructure leading up to the terminal in Monona County, Iowa. The project will allow farmers and agri-businesses to have better access to goods transportation and markets, provide necessary infrastructure for future businesses who can locate near the port facility, and support local and job creation opportunities. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 30 jobs and leverage $11,500,000 in private investment.
      • $350,000, matched by $350,000 in local investment, to the Town of Stoughton, Stoughton/Norfolk County, Massachusetts, to support the installation of a centralized municipal pump station that will provide critical infrastructure to a commercial and industrial corridor in Stoughton, Massachusetts. The region is currently without sewer infrastructure and operate with septic systems. The installation of the sewer pump station will allow for building revitalization and expansions that will provide increased opportunity for the region's workforce and support the creation of new jobs, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 315 jobs, save 345 jobs, and leverage $95,100,000 in private investment.
  • EDA announced 94 investments from April 5-9, 2021, totaling $97,678,131.85, which is matched by $44,399,369.41 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $42,697,509 in 26 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes 16 projects for $32,374,841 that will help create 1,928 jobs, save 3,598 jobs, and leverage $175,360,000 in private investments; (2) $9,912,497 in five Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 500 jobs, save 1,241 jobs, and leverage $538,600,000 in private investments; (3) $14,550,057 in 10 Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure, which includes eight projects for $11,550,057 that will help create 1,754 jobs, save 155 jobs, and leverage $261,350,000 in private investments; (4) $28,978,068.85 in 45 SPRINT Challenge grants to address the economic, health, and safety risks caused by the coronavirus pandemic through entrepreneurship and innovation; and (5) $1,540,000 in eight Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $42,697,509 in 26 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by 10,494,573 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5,918,000, matched by $1,479,500 in local investment, to Jackson County/Blackman Charter Township and LDFA, Jackson/Jackson County, Michigan, to support Jackson County and the Blackman Charter Township with constructing a new 145-acre Jackson Technology Park North and upgrading a nearby County Farm/Springport Corridor in Jackson County, Mississippi, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthen its medical equipment cluster and dense advanced manufacturing, which will provide more developable acreage for new and expanding tech and manufacturing businesses. Once completed, the project will help bolster job creation and retention, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 40 jobs, save 136 jobs, and leverage $4,000,000 in private investment.
      • $5,276,499, matched by $1,319,125 in local investment, to the Herman J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Atlanta/Fulton County, Georgia, to support the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with expanding and improving its small business incubator, accelerator and resource center to provide solutions for real time issues that small business owners are facing in Fulton County, Georgia, a designated Opportunity Zone. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by diversifying the regional economy, which will lead to sustainable economic growth, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $4,450,677, matched by $1,617,338 in local investment, to Forsyth County, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, North Carolina, to support Forsyth County with providing crucial repairs to facilities at Smith Reynolds Airport in Forsyth County, North Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will facilitate repairs to assist with recovery efforts from Tropical Storm Michael, which caused damage to the hanger, and the adverse economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed the project will support the aviation industry and augment economic recovery, which will bolster job creation, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $2,500,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $1,000,000 in local investment, to Oakland County, Waterford/Oakland County, Michigan, to support Oakland County with establishing the new Oakland County and Great Lakes Women’s Business Council revolving loan fund (RLF) in Oakland County, Michigan. The RLF will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing an immediate, flexible, and accessible source of financing for small businesses and entrepreneurs located in Oakland County. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to working capital, which will help bolster job creation and retention, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 125 jobs, save 225 jobs, and leverage $9,200,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to the Community Ventures Corporation, Lexington/Fayette County, Kentucky, to support the Community Ventures Corporation with establishing a revolving loan fund to provide affordable, fixed-rate financing to help businesses in the Bluegrass region stabilize and recover from the business closures, limited re-openings, and overall economic shock caused by the COVID pandemic in Fayette County, Kentucky. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to working capital, which will help bolster job creation and retention, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $2,500,000, matched by $625,000 in local investment, to the Wyoming Office of Tourism, Cheyenne/Laramie County, Wyoming, to support the Wyoming Office of Tourism’s That’s WY Recovery project, which will leverage Wyoming state funds to spur statewide economic recovery and resilience from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in Laramie County, Wyoming, nearby a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will address the statewide need to diversify the Wyoming economy and to retain critical tourism, hospitality, and manufacturing jobs through a tourism marketing campaign. Once completed, the project will support the state’s response to and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by supporting resilient economic growth and diversification from extractive industries, which will help retain jobs and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 875 jobs.
      • $2,296,000, matched by $724,675 in local investment, to the City of Lake City/Columbia County, Lake City/Columbia County, Florida, to support Lake City with retrofitting Hangar 1 (H1) and Hangar 2 (H2) at the Lake City Gateway Airport in Columbia County, Florida, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will help the City absorb, recover from, and adapt to the COVID-19 and similar disasters by constructing critical infrastructure and developing economic diversity. Once completed, the project will support the aviation industry by helping create and retain jobs, attract private investments, and advancing economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 300 jobs, save 512 jobs, and leverage $1,200,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Berwyn Development Corporation, Berwyn/Cook County, Illinois, to support the new Berwyn Development Corporation with establishing a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to help respond to the serious need for access to capital in the City of Berwyn in light of high unemployment and slow sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Cook County, Illinois. The Fund will evaluate small business proposals for working capital and plant and equipment financing. Once implemented, the RLF will provide an immediate, flexible, and accessible source of financing for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 250 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $35,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, Biloxi/Harrison County, Mississippi, to support the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau with implementing the Coastal Mississippi’s Re-entry Marketing Plan, a travel and tourism-related marketing campaign in Mississippi. The project will provide the necessary financial resources for the Coastal Mississippi region to engage and recruit visitors to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In addition, the project will assist the region with recover efforts from the detrimental impacts its tourism industry has suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic. Once implemented, the plan will identify strategies that will build towards sustained growth, create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $1,942,916, matched by $485,729 in local investment, to the Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corporation/Davie County, Yadkinville/Yadkin County, (Project: Yadkinville/Davie County), North Carolina, to support the Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corporation and Davie County with the installation of fiber-optic cable and associated splices to provide network connectivity across Davie County, North Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will provide infrastructure to support business development and recovery in Davie County and help businesses and their workers have better access to the global marketplace through high-speed internet connections. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $1,800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation, Billings/Yellowstone County, Montana, to support the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation with establishing a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the eastern Montana region of Yellowstone County. Big Sky Economic Development Corporation will provide financing options and gap financing to small businesses impacted by the pandemic and support the development of new entrepreneurial business opportunities arising from, or related to, recovery or future resiliency. Once implemented, RLF will provide much-needed capital in the region for businesses to not only continue operations but also retain and create jobs, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 40 jobs, save 14 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,650,000, with no local match, to the Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana, Havre/Hill County, Montana, to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the northern Montana region of Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, Liberty, and Phillips Counties. Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana will provide financing options and gap financing to small businesses impacted by the pandemic and support the development of new entrepreneurial business opportunities arising from, or related to, recovery or future resiliency. The RLF will provide much-needed capital in the region for businesses to not only continue operations but also retain and create jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 70 jobs, and leverage $3,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the San Jacinto Community College District/City of Houston, Pasadena/Harris County, Texas, to support the San Jacinto Community College District and Houston Airport System with renovating the EDGE Center to provide aerospace technician training in Harris County, Texas. The center will be used to train students in a variety of technologies so that they can serve as technicians for private aerospace companies. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by growing the aerospace community in the Houston region, building manufacturing capacity for the Spaceport, the space station, and space exploration needs, which will help create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 216 jobs.
      • $800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, Orange Beach/Baldwin County, Alabama, to support the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau with establishing a strategic, multi-faceted marketing campaign designed to attract visitors back to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign will reassure prospective vacationers that the area is open for business and provide information regarding the current health and safety conditions. Once implemented, the project will support continued economic growth, job creation, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $749,810, with no local match, to the University Corporation at Monterey Bay, Seaside/Monterey County, California, to support the University Corporation at Monterey Bay with establishing the 2020 Re-Start & Recovery initiative to bolster services of the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) that helps businesses affected by COVID pandemic in counties of Monterey and San Benito, California. The project will reduce economic distress of Monterey and Benito counties business ecosystem, provide highly effective technical assistance in the form of collaborative programs, and support regional startup business. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 35 jobs, save 200 jobs, and leverage $3,000,000 in private investment.
      • $624,316, matched by $156,079 in local investment, to the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to support MAGNET with providing the Cleveland region with resources and technical assistance to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, nearby a designated Opportunity Zone. MAGNET will provide technical assistance to help businesses restart operations with proper systems in place to manage employee exposure to the virus and utilize Industry 4.0 technologies to provide advanced manufacturing capacity to businesses otherwise unable to access it. In addition, MAGNET will conduct research into growth opportunities for manufacturers based on their product lines and other indicators, regional workforce training capacity and gaps, and cybersecurity needs for sensitive products and industries such as defense, food, and healthcare. Once implemented, MAGNET will develop recommendations and technical assistance for companies interested in reshoring operations and suppliers, which will bolster job creation, retain jobs, attract private investment advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs, save 500 jobs, and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment.
      • $600,000, matched by $150,000 in local investment, to the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, Honolulu/Honolulu County, Hawaii, to support the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) with providing immersive training to food manufacturing companies through participation in a Hawaii Digital Strategy working group in Honolulu County, Hawaii. The project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing technical assistance to target small businesses that can contribute to gross domestic product (GDP) growth. In addition, the project will also provide mentorship and insights from volunteer executives from HTDC's network of business partners through the EDA funded Entrepreneurs' Sandbox facility in Kakaako. Once completed, the project will decrease business closures, restore consumer spending, and accelerate recovery for the Hawaii manufactures, which will bolster job creation, attract private investments, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs, save 500 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
      • $571,355, matched by $155,699 in local investment, to the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center/BRITE, Warren/Trumbull County, Ohio, to support the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center/BRITE with expanding its Entrepreneur-in-Residence program to provide one-on-one mentoring to local entrepreneurs in Trumbull County, Ohio, a designated Opportunity Zone. BRITE will also undertake a strategic planning process, which will include asset-mapping and evaluation of feedback from entrepreneurs regarding the most important energy accelerator services. In addition, new prototyping equipment will support re-shoring efforts and supply-chain development. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 200 jobs, save 150 jobs, and leverage $100,000,000 in private investment.
      • $500,000, with no local match, to the County of Tuolumne, Sonora/Tuolumne County, California, to fund the Broadband Roadmap Project, which will provide a guiding document on the development of broadband in the Central Sierra region by addressing current business access, policies to help guide counties on a day to day basis, and opportunities to reduce barriers for current internet service providers to build infrastructure in Tuolumne County, California. The project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID 19 pandemic by providing a roadmap that will lay the groundwork on a process to streamline Internet Service Provider infrastructure. Once implemented, the project will create and retain jobs by improving business retention, enabling business expansion, and increasing business attraction opportunities, which will help advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $393,184, matched by $98,296 in local investment, to Iowa City, Iowa City/Johnson County, Iowa, to fund the EdTech Collaborative project that addresses the need to increase industry diversification within the state of Iowa and increase economic resilience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa City Area Development Group, Inc will spearhead the project to foster education technology (EdTech) entrepreneurship and facilitate product piloting and product adoption in the sector, which has significant potential for growth with the increased need for remote learning products. The project will help support economic recovery across the state Iowa, with a specific focus on Iowa City and Johnson County. The project will impact the region by nurturing an important economic cluster for the state as well as supporting high-quality job and startup growth in the EdTech industry. The grantee estimates that tis investment will help create 463 jobs and leverage $50,000 in private investment.
      • $380,000, matched by $95,000 in local investment to the Great Lakes Bay Region Quality of Life Council, Saginaw/Saginaw County, Michigan, to support the Great Lakes Bay Region Quality of Life Council and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau develop a comprehensive recovery and sustainability-focused travel-sector business action plan. The project will help mitigate the impact of a recent natural disaster, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, on the region’s critical tourism economy. The recovery plan, recovery marketing strategy, tourism master plan, and tourism experience development plan will all be developed with input from local stakeholders, industry leaders, and the public. The coordinated and strategic planning process will ensure the region is ready to make thoughtful investments in the tourism industry to ensure that the industry reaches its potential to grow the regional economy and is resilient in the face of future shocks, whether weather- or health-related.
      • $375,000, matched by $93,750 in local investment, to the Wind River Development Fund, Fort Washakie/Fremont County, Wyoming, to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund within the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, to address the current COVID-19 pandemic by providing capital financing for new, existing, and expanding businesses in the area. Once implemented, the project will support entrepreneurs and small business owners as they overcome barriers to successfully launch or expand a business, which will increase investment, employment, and economic diversity throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 25 jobs and leverage $410,000 in private investment.
      • $374,752, matched by $94,382 in local investment, to the University of Maine, Orono/Penobscot County, Maine, to support the University of Maine with developing hypochlorous acid, an environmentally safe, all-purpose disinfectant alternative to bleach, to meet the current demand related to COVID-19 relief while also preventing future panic and economic stress because of disinfectant shortages and unstable supply in Orono, Maine. The current demand requires a sustainable supply of safe, non-toxic disinfectants for reopening schools and businesses of all types in the area and the project will help lay the groundwork for local industry to produce reliable equipment to manufacture on-demand hypochlorous acid, which will promote economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $276,000, matched by $69,000 in local investment, to the Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Woodstock/Windsor County, Vermont, to fund the Creative Sector program to assist the Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) in favorably positioning organizations within the East Central Vermont Economic Development District’s creative economy sectors recover from pandemic related business losses by providing opportunities for marketing creativity, investing in creative enterprises and leveraging cross sector partnerships to amplify economic development. The program elements are designed to work together to generate increased economic opportunity among the area’s most vulnerable residents and business owners and to support businesses that need help navigating a dramatically changed environment in the wake of COVID-19, which will help to strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $144,000, matched by $36,000 in local investment, to the City of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin Rapids/Wood County, Wisconsin, to assist the City of Wisconsin Rapids in recovering from multiple economic disasters including the recent closure of a large paper mill. As an immediate response to layoffs from the mill’s closure and reduced economic activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local leaders saw the need for a new strategy to recover and become more resilient in the face of future disasters. The project will include a market assessment, community participation in goal-setting, redevelopment strategies for the neighborhood where the mill was located, and an action plan to implement recommendations made in the strategy. Once implemented, the strategy will ensure coordination of resources necessary to strengthen the city’s economy to withstand future economic disruptions.
      • $105,000, matched by $45,000 in local investment, to the City of Baraboo, Baraboo/Sauk County, Wisconsin, to support the City of Baraboo with establishing a new Economic Development and Strategic Plan to include conducting data analysis, promoting community and stakeholder engagement, providing economic development recommendations and strategies, creating the South Boulevard Special Area Strategy, and examining economic risk analysis and resilience strategies in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Once completed, the plan will help spur economic development and diversification in the city for years to come and provide industry leaders, investors, and other partners with market research and recommendations to help the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and increase resiliency for future disruptions.
    • $9.912,497 in five Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects, matched by $8,570,248 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,500,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $2,862,849 in local investment, to the Southern Boone County R-I School District/City of Ashland, Ashland/Boone County, Missouri, to support the Southern Boone County R-I School District, in partnership with the City of Ashland and Ranken Technical College, with addressing the local and regional need for a well-trained and qualified labor force serving Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, and Moniteau counties by constructing a workforce development training center in Ashland, Missouri. The project will result in more than 140 job-ready individuals graduating from the program per year, local jobs being created in Southern Boone County, and opportunities for an incumbent labor force to increase or update their skills. Once completed, the project will spur job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 163 jobs and leverage $9,000,00 in private investment.
      • $2,500,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $975,000 in local investment, to the Pea Ridge Public Service District, Barboursville/Cabell County, West Virginia, to support the Pea Ridge Public Service District with providing public sanitary sewer service to eight businesses that currently rely on malfunctioning private package treatment plants in Cabell County, West Virginia. Once completed, the project will help promote new business creations, generate and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 11 jobs, save 851 jobs, and leverage $14,600,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $3,819,500 in local investment, to the City of Johnson City, Johnson City/Washington County, Tennessee, to support Johnson City with upgrading the water infrastructure to the Sinking Creek Pump Station in Washington County, Tennessee. The upgrades will assist the city in correcting its infrastructure needs by providing a means to become more economically resilient from the impacts of coal related closures along with natural disasters such as tornados, severe weather, flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, advance economic resiliency, and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 216 jobs, save 265 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
      • $532,497, matched by $532,899 in local investment, to the Catalyst Corporation, Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to support the Catalyst Connection with establishing a virtual Maker-to-Manufacturer (M2M) Commercialization Center, which will integrate and expand entrepreneurial services and resources in the advanced metals and materials fields in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The project will expand an asset map, provide education and training, promote M2M design, build a robust online presence, and provide tracking and evaluation. Once completed, the project will provide long-term economic growth, support business development, and create new jobs throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs, save 125 jobs, and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment.
      • $380,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $380,000 in local investment, to the County of Custer, Miles City/Custer County, Montana, to fund the reconstruction of a critical bridge to a planned wind turbine farm development in Custer County, Montana. Due to recent coal plant closures and subsequent diminished production at a nearby coal mine that served the plant, the new bridge will be a critical component in enabling heavy freight and construction traffic to the wind farm being developed. Once completed, the project will create jobs, advance economic resiliency, and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 10 jobs and leverage $500,000,000 in private investment.
    • $14,550,057 in 10 Public Works projects, matched by $15,815,477 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,700,000, matched by $675,000 in local investment, to the Town of Plymouth, Plymouth/Grafton County, New Hampshire, to fund improvements to the Town of Plymouth’s downtown commercial district by upgrading the stormwater management system in Grafton County, New Hampshire, designated Opportunity Zone. The project will install approximately 4,000 linear feet of 12- to 30-inch stormwater pipelines and 75 stormwater structures, followed by the reconstruction of approximately 12,000 square yards of excavated roadway and 2,500 square yards of sidewalk, and the installation of new street lighting and other appropriate appurtenances. Once completed, the project will help prevent future flooding, ensure physical and economic resiliency by protecting public and private property and making it accessible through major weather events, prevent existing businesses from relocating to other communities and enable further economic development in the area, which will strengthen the regional economy.
      • $2,240,000, matched by $560,000 in local investment, to the City of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge/East Baton Rouge County, Louisiana, to support the City of Baton Rouge with providing infrastructure capacity improvements and associated appurtenances for Pump Station-299, which supports economic advances within the Baton Rouge Medical Corridor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The project will assist the region with recovery efforts from Hurricane Laura and the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding the Baton Rouge Medical Corridor to meet the demand for qualified and accessible healthcare facilities. In addition, the project will benefit activity in a nearby Opportunity Zone and provide critical sewer capacity to help meet the current needs of region's largest healthcare providers and employers. Once completed, the project will build the foundation for future growth, which will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 574 jobs and leverage $21,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $2,125,000 in local investment to the City of Thomasville, Thomasville/Thomas County, Georgia, to support the City of Thomasville with providing needed improvements to the city’s only wastewater treatment plant, which will support new business creation and help retain existing businesses in Thomas County, Georgia, a designated Opportunity Zone. The improvements will ensure that the City of Thomasville will have the capability to provide efficient service to businesses and residents and the ability to maintain future growth in the community. Once completed, the project will give confidence for the community marketers and developers to continue to drive visitors and industry to the community and recover from the impacts of natural disasters, which will spur private investment and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 260 jobs and leverage $28,800,000 in private investment.
      • $1,500,000, matched by $3,844,695 in local investment, to the City of Ames, Ames/Story County, Iowa, to fund infrastructure upgrades to include extending sanitary sewer and water mains to serve approximately 1,300 acres of new industrial development within Ames, Iowa. The new infrastructure will support the construction of the Prairie View Industrial Center to help address the local and regional need for high skill, high quality jobs and support the region’s resilience, manufacturing activities, and foreign direct investment. Once completed, the economic impact of this Industrial Center will result in the expansion of local industry and the attraction of future companies and jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 15 jobs and leverage $30,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,300,000, matched by $315,000 in local investment, to the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Ranchos De Taos/Taos County, New Mexico, to support the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps with helping hard-to-employ young people gain valuable skills and achieve long-term employment by aiding in the construction of a workforce training center in Taos County, New Mexico. The training that will be provided is unique to the workforce needs of the region being served and is in-line with the environmental, ecological, and cultural needs of the region. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, attract private investments, and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $1,156,015, matched by $1,156,015 in local investment, to the City of Biddeford, Biddeford/York County, Maine, to support the economic revitalization of Biddeford’s downtown mill district by providing access to the city’s new 650-space parking garage and connecting it to the mill buildings which are slated for redevelopment. Specifically, the project will reconstruct approximately 900 linear feet of Pearl Street, from its intersection with Lincoln Street to the Saco River and Biddeford Riverwalk, and will include traffic calming bump outs, parallel parking space, pedestrian-friendly sidewalk, storm drainage, underground conduit for electric, telecommunications and internet lines, and upgrading of approximately 465 linear feet of sewer lines. Once completed, the project will promote economic growth and development, spur private investment, and create jobs throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 645 jobs and leverage $170,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $4,485,725 in local investment, to the City of Sioux City, Sioux Falls/Woodbury County, Iowa, to support the City of Sioux with the construction of an aviation school hangar at Sioux Gateway Airport in Woodbury County, Iowa, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will create jobs in new highly-skilled sectors, diversify the regional labor pool through creation of non-food production-related jobs, and promote the long-term growth of the community through the attraction of a diversified workforce from outside of the labor shed. Once completed, the project will directly address much of the economic distress the region faces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2019 floods, and other factors, which will help attract private investment and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 30 jobs and leverage $720,000 in private investment.
      • $941,250, matched by $941,250 in local investment, to the City of Antigo, Antigo/Langlade County, Wisconsin, to support the City of Antigo with constructing additional roadway access, watermain access, and street lighting for the Saratoga Industrial Park, to accommodate existing and future tenants in Langlade County, Wisconsin, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will provide additional expansion opportunities to existing businesses, and it will add 24 acres of newly developable land in the Park. Once completed, the project will enhance attractiveness to new businesses, create jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 21 jobs, save 155 jobs, and leverage $5,750,000 in private investment.
      • $633,146, matched by $633,146 in local investment, to the City of Columbia Falls, Columbia Falls/Flathead County, Montana, to support the City of Columbia Falls with leveraging public and private sector resources to meet critical infrastructure needs by reconstructing an existing local street to accommodate increased motorized and non-motorized traffic resulting from ongoing and anticipated commercial and industrial development in the area and expanding utility services to the burgeoning commercial hub in Flathead County, Montana. The business park development includes the expansion of an innovative manufacturing firm and a medical campus, addressing the local and regional need for healthcare services that are in high demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will support the expansion of water and sewer infrastructure and improvement of roads to a growing business park, which will provide access to high-paying jobs, attract private investments, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 70 jobs and leverage $5,800,000 in private investment.
      • $1,079,646, matched by $1,079,646 in local investment, to the City of Grand Forks/Grand Forks Growth Fund-A Jobs Development Authority, Grand Forks/Grand Forks County, South Dakota, to support the City of Grand Forks and the Grand Forks Growth Fund, A Jobs Development Authority, with addressing the local and regional need for tech-sector industry and workforce development by converting an historic downtown building into a tech accelerator in Grand Forks County, North Dakota, a designated Opportunity Zone. It is the City’s intention to use this building as the epicenter of a future tech corridor in Grand Forks. Once completed, the project will result in job creation by local tech-accelerator partners, support the acceleration of tech startups, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 139 jobs.
    • $28,978,068.85 in 45 SPRINT projects, matched by $8,534,071.41 in local investments, as follows:
      • $750,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the SecondMuse Foundation, Lake Oswego/Clackamas County, Oregon, to fund the Prototyping a Shared Infrastructure for the Community Fund Operators and Entrepreneur Support Organizations of the Inclusive Capital Collective program, to prototype a distributed, digital infrastructure for mobilizing financial capital, technical assistance and knowledge resources for community funds and entrepreneur support organizations that are operating at and between city, county and state levels--working in partnership with Philadelphia, Cook County (IL), and the State of Colorado. The program provides a shared platform and community for fund operators, facilitating their access to philanthropic and other sources of capital for the entrepreneurs they serve; leveraging pooled resources such as a credit enhancement facility and shared communications and marketing capacity; and creating operational efficiencies to enhance their service delivery.
      • $750,000, matched by $424,456 in local investment, to the University of Massachusetts, Lowell/Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to fund the Innovative Medical Products - Action, Commercialization, Technology (IMPACT) program, to assist early-stage companies with recovering from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to assist them with preparedness going forward by developing health security and biomedical technologies that provide rapid feedback to both caregivers and patients in order to effect timely changes in patient self-care, symptom detection, diagnosis, and treatment delivery.
      • $750,000, matched by $238,847 in local investment, to the University of Missouri System, Kansas City/Jackson County, Missouri to fund the Comeback KC Ventures: SPRINTing to COVID Solutions in the Kansas City Region program, to unite the Kansas City region's community-based public health, digital equity and education efforts with the regional technology entrepreneurial ecosystem to support the development of early-stage technology-driven interventions that can respond to these needs.
      • $750,000, matched by $233,420 in local investment, to the Washington State University, Pullman/Whitman County, Washington, to fund the FIRE & RAIN Network program, to assist early-stage life science business incubators with developing a Flexible Infrastructure for Resilient Entrepreneurship (FIRE), consisting of support programs to spur regional economic development in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Specifically, the program will Launch Executive Advisors and Review Team Honorarium (EARTH), a modified executive-in-residence (EIR) program that matches startups with EARTH-supported executive advisors for 10 months to provide business insights and expedite go-to-market actions; create Internship Consultants for Entrepreneurs (ICE), consisting of teams that provide wrap-around services in marketing, bookkeeping and business research to accelerate startup growth and create high-quality workers; create a Rural Angel Investment Network (RAIN), which will establish a directory of funding opportunities, assess regional funding gaps, and train local investment groups to develop funding for early-stage businesses to bridge the funding gap prior to SBIR/STTR funding; and initiate the Workforce Innovation Network Development (WIND) program, targeting pharmaceutical manufacturing education and certification in urban and rural communities
      • $750,000, matched by $220,000 in local investment, to the Northern Arizona Technology and Business Incubator, Inc., Flagstaff/Coconino County, Arizona, to fund the Rural Rebound and Resiliency: Creating and Demonstrating the Power of Virtual Economic Development Strategic Planning Tools program, to establish a team of professionals with experience in economic development, strategic planning, software design and systems thinking. The team includes Building Communities, Inc., 2b design and development, Inc., the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and Serving Communities, LLC. Together, this team will develop and test virtual economic development strategic planning tools and theories to create a new online approach that will utilize innovation and technology to overcome the disconnecting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • $750,000, matched by $205,717 in local investment, to the University of Delaware, Newark/New Castle County, Delaware, to fund the University of Delaware Proof of Concept program, to continue the formation and launch of over half the DeepTech startups currently active within Delaware’s innovation ecosystem by offering augmented trainings, enriched mentorship, and access to new funding opportunities (i.e., POC Seed Fund and Angel network).
      • $750,000, matched by $201,150 in local investment, to the University of Texas at Austin, Austin/Travis County, Texas, to fund the Texas Global Health Security Consortium (TEXGHS) program, to establish a consortium that will work with innovators and entrepreneurs to develop technologies that complement the large global effort to connect public and private resources to innovators and entrepreneurs, provide education and support to entrepreneurial teams, coordinate a regional ecosystem focused on pandemic resiliency, and bring together investors aligned with TEXGHS activities.
      • $750,000, matched by $190,000 in local investment, to the Aglaunch Initiative, Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee, to fund the Resilient AgriFood Innovation Network (RAIN) program, to focus on scaling technology-based pandemic response in the agri-food supply chain by building and launching: (1) Farmer’s Toolbox; (2) Farm Robot Challenge; and (3) Resilient Crops=Healthy Food. The Memphis region’s agri-food sector has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, exposing serious vulnerabilities in the current farm-to-consumer supply chain. RAIN’s strategic initiatives will re-imagine and re-invigorate key segments of the agri-food supply chain by: (1) connecting a diverse group of urban and rural farmers to each other and to a portfolio of unique value-creation tools leveraging farm data, startup engagement, market transparency, and investment network; (2) proving and scaling robotic solutions to lower labor-related barriers to specialty crop introduction using AgLaunch farm-centric accelerator model; and (3) instigating a focused process of crop identification, field trials, and scaling a diverse regional cropping system with vertically integrated local processing and direct-to-consumer models focused on health food.
      • $750,000, matched by $188,147 in local investment, to the Northern Kentucky University, Newport/Campbell County, Kentucky, to fund the NKY Collaborative for Economic Engagement: Connecting Entrepreneurs to Knowledge, Data, Talent, and Capital program, to support the Northern Kentucky Collaborative for Economic Engagement (NKY Collaborative), a one-stop shared-services central innovation hub for businesses and entrepreneurs designed to increase regional economic resilience and accelerate long-term economic recovery. The NKY Collaborative will leverage regional agencies and programs as well as Northern Kentucky University's (NKU) expertise in data analytics, health, tech, logistics, and entrepreneurial innovation to provide the tools that entrepreneurs need to thrive: access to knowledge, access to data, access to talent, and access to capital.
      • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to the University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles/Los Angeles County, California, to fund the Los Angeles Response To COVID (LA-R2C) Accelerator For Health Security program, to facilitate a scalable framework for COVID-19 resilience and support domain specific expertise for entrepreneurs. Specifically, LA-R2C will assemble a Rapid Response Technology Review Panel, deploy a web-based Innovation Partnering Network, and create a Virtual LaunchPad for Entrepreneurial Programming that addresses diversity in workforce development. LA-R2C will amplify existing infrastructure for regional connectivity in the biosciences through interactions with frontline community organizations and health systems, such as UCLA Health, as well as with mission-driven investors that accelerate early-stage technologies and industry manufacturers that support the production of critical resources.
      • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to XLR8X, Honolulu, Hawaii, to fund the XLR8 Resilience: Investing in a Thriving and Economically Prosperous Hawaii program, to support 125 companies to pivot, operate, and scale in a post-COVID19 world by expanding the successful virtual investment readiness and business scaling pilot program – preX. In response to the devastating impact and economic injury faced by many residents and businesses in Hawaii resulting from coronavirus, preX was launched in April 2020 to transform impacted businesses into agile, resilient organizations reequipped with the business knowledge, technical assistance, professional networks, and support community to handle the pandemic disruption and thrive successfully in a post-COVID-19 world.
      • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, El Paso/El Paso County, Texas, to fund the Product and Supplier Development Lab program, to create a Product and Supplier Development Lab (PSDL) that will support innovators and companies working to address the shortage of PPE and other medical supplies, diagnostics, and devices, thereby creating impact with the growth of new companies, living wage jobs, and technology-based industry development. The program will 1) bolster supply chain development and manufacturing expertise for the production of critical items through assisting medical device suppliers and manufacturers to complete and meet necessary regulatory standards for the industry, 2) support innovation and the development of new medical device production through design thinking, product development, and prototyping assistance, and 3) address public health concerns by increasing manufacturing capacity for PPE and medical devices, diagnostics, and ancillary supplies.
      • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to the New Mexico Trade Alliance, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico, to fund the Q-Station: Supporting Recovery and Resilience via Aerospace, Science, and Tech Entrepreneurship program, to support entrepreneurs in responding to the pandemic, especially by increasing government connectivity across the innovation cluster of aerospace technology to support commercialization and entrepreneurship. The project will have an economic impact throughout New Mexico’s mid-region—promoting resilience and recovery by supporting entrepreneurs, improving government connectivity, strengthening security and supply chain innovations, and improving startups’ access to capital.
      • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to the Launch New York, Inc., Buffalo/Erie County, New York, to fund the Rebound and Innovate: Full-Scale Virtual Office and Investor Network Platforms program, to solve challenges to accessing entrepreneurship support and capital caused by the coronavirus pandemic through a full transition to virtual mentorship and novel financing programs for technology-based startup companies, driving economic recovery and ensuring long term resilience in responding to similar threats.
      • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to the Research Foundation of the City University of New York, New York, to fund the Innovation-based Economic Recovery program, to spark the revitalization of the NYC region in the post COVID-19 pandemic. The project delivers economic development to Upper Manhattan by delivering state of the art entrepreneurship training and workforce transformation to promote technology-enabled entrepreneurialism.
      • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to the Greater New Orleans Development Foundation, New Orleans/New Orleans County, Louisiana, to fund the GNOpivot 2.0 program, to transition from making personal protective equipment to "post-pandemic products and technologies." GNOpivot2.0 will work directly with regional companies to leverage existing assets and create new innovations and business lines via collaboration with university researchers, corporate labs, startups, and investors. GNOpivot 2.0 will address specific post-pandemic market opportunities, driving collaborative innovation and providing the framework to quickly scale.
      • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to the University of Louisville, Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky, to fund the Pandemic-Related Product Acceleration & Responsive Entrepreneurship (PRePARE) program, to strengthen connections between UofL and community partners, accelerate the development of technologies that mitigate pandemic-related economic, health, and safety risks, and catalyze the creation of new businesses or growth of existing businesses. The collaborations between PRePARE staff, university researchers with relevant scientific or technical expertise, and community partners with real-world business insights are expected to have lasting positive impacts on regional economic growth and community wellbeing, which includes new products, high-tech startups and jobs, and a more equitable and resilient economy.
      • $750,000, matched by $190,055 in local investment, to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill/Durham County, North Carolina, to fund the Creating an Entrepreneurial Hub in the Research Triangle Area program, to create a vibrant, resilient entrepreneurial ecosystem that allows advances in high-tech R&D and commercialization in COVID-stressed and post-pandemic times.
      • $749,856, matched by $192,067 in local investment, to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland/Cumberland County, Maine, to fund the Gulf of Maine Blue Innovation Recovery program, to act as a platform for growth and resilience for blue-tech startups and small seafood businesses that are facing significant challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the medium to long-term, the project will focus on building a resilient regional economy through the use of a blue innovation corridor with hubs of excellence in Boston and Portland. By supporting innovation in the seafood sector, an historically significant piece of New England's economy and culture, the Blue Innovation Recovery project will stimulate job creation and capital attraction as the seafood industry innovates and adapts to volatile markets.
      • $749,764.26, matched by $207,322.76 in local investment, to the Parallax Advanced Research Corporation, Beavercreek/Green County, Ohio, to fund the Launch Dayton Digital Toolkit program, to accelerate the development of 500 entrepreneurs in a COVID and post-COVID environment by providing digital educational resources that directly align with the requirements of regional programs, resources, and customers to create businesses with strong foundations to provide economic resilience in the face of future economic shocks. The Digital Toolkit will help scale the region's support and make resources accessible to entrepreneurs when they need it most.
      • $749,472, matched by $355,729 in local investment, to the Port of Ridgefield, Ridgefield/Clark County, Washington, to fund the IT3 SPRINT - Innovation & Technology Based Recovery for Entrepreneurs program, to assist entrepreneurs with innovation and the use of advanced technology to drive competitive advantage in their business, recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and build greater resiliency. IT3 SPRINT allows entrepreneurs to explore potential markets, products, services, business models and partnerships.
      • $748,943, matched by $265,944 in local investment, to the Houston Community College, Inc., Houston/Harris County, Texas, to fund the HCC Crisis to Opportunity (C2O) Consortium program, to establish a Consortium that will provide short-term strategies for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and long-term planning for community resilience through regional development. The program will develop a connected regional network of partners across the maker, manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems that will identify the critical issues and problems to collaboratively create solutions that respond to the current crisis through innovative and entrepreneurial approaches, which will establish long term recovery and resilience for the region.
      • $748,833, matched by $193,095 in local investment, to the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, Albany/Linn County, Oregon, to fund the Rapid Recovery in Oregon: Building Resilient Regional Innovation Economies by Accelerating Delivery of Pandemic-Inspired Resources to Impacted Entrepreneurs and Activating Local Capital program, to serve as a recovery and resiliency hub for startups and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon’s Lane, Linn, Benton, and Grant Counties.
      • $746,060, matched by $193,170 in local investment, to the Health Tech Alley, Inc., Columbia/Howard County, Maryland, to fund the Catalyzing Health Information Technology for Economic Opportunity and Growth in Underserved Communities program, to bring health information technology (IT) entrepreneurs and community-based healthcare organizations together to advance emerging IT capability. Health Tech Alley will focus on communities hardest hit by COVID-19 pandemic and upskill the health IT workforce by: a) tapping into local networks of entrepreneurs and startups focused on primary care and digital health solutions, (b) creating alliances with healthcare organizations operating in underserved areas, and (c) partnering with local government agencies to address community healthcare challenges.
      • $744,290, matched by $195,000 in local investment, to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, Seattle/King County, Washington, to fund the Congregate: An Accelerator to Re-Open the Tourism and Performing Arts Industries program, to focus on scaling solutions that help safely re-open tourism, performing arts, travel, and hospitality (TPATH). The program will: (1) be a catalyst for innovation in biotechnology, health security, and supply-chain solutions, (2) increase regional, national, and government connectivity across innovation clusters to support entrepreneurship, and (3) scale models to address the new congregation environments post-pandemic.
      • $744,230, matched by $186,058 in local investment, to the University City Science Center, Philadelphia/Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, to fund the OnRamp to Opportunity: Accelerating Post-Pandemic Entrepreneurial Growth and Development in Greater Philadelphia program, to provide customized management and technical assistance and focusing on research and technology transfer, digital innovation, and entrepreneurship in support of underrepresented founders with innovative products or services enabled by technology. The program will serve entrepreneurs and founders, helping them develop their businesses through weekly curricula, timely connections, and a supportive community.
      • $743,012, matched by $241,600 in local investment, to the NextCorps, Inc., Rochester/Monroe County, New York, to fund the Software Startup Accelerator for Non-Technical Founders program, to build a repeatable model for developing high-growth software startups in the Rochester region, which will increase the resilience of the region to economic disruptions caused by events like the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • $726,389, matched by $276,000 in local investment, to Purdue University, West Lafayette/Tippecanoe County, New York, to fund the Project TRAVERSE: agTech Robotics, Automation and the Virtually Employed Resiliently Scaling Enterprises program, to develop and research technologies that offer resilient, remote work opportunities during pandemics and allow vital industries to recover quickly. The project will involve the utilization of advanced manufacturing technology, robotics, and cyber-physical systems (CPS) to develop and pilot test Agriculture Technology (agTech) solutions, like remote planting and harvesting of an array of crops. Once implemented, the project will allow the United States to recover from decades of trade imbalance for produce; provide resilient harvests of healthy nutrient rich produce to the public during pandemics or other global supply chain disruptions and offer remote and safe employment to a nimble workforce skilled and remote management of Horticulture crops.
      • $724,674, matched by $188,474 in local investment, to the 401 Tech Bridge, Kingston/Washington County, Rhode Island, to fund the Strengthening the RI Blue Tech Innovation program, to accelerate the technology of start-ups and existing companies in the Blue Tech sector, leveraging local strengths to help the state of Rhode Island recover from the economic injury sustained during the coronavirus pandemic by supporting the development of new companies, and creating new business opportunities. Once implemented, the program will help companies advance the readiness level of their technology through sponsored R&D, navigate the government R&D pathways, and find additional commercial or dual-use markets for their solutions.
      • $717,500, matched by $183,500 in local investment, to Champion Impact Capital, Irving/Dallas County, Texas, to fund the Commercializing Scalable Technologies through Creative Capitalization program, to develop an investment platform with a matchmaking tool that will provide suggested innovative financing structures based on inputs from both entrepreneurs and investors to bring to market technology that can build resilience and recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Central Texas.
      • $703,378, matched by $175,844 in local investment, to the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, Inc., Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to fund the Resilient NEO program, to improve the recovery and resilience of the Northeast Ohio economic ecosystem. Resilient NEO will enhance the overall innovation capacity of seven target counties in Northeast Ohio, covering dozens of Opportunity Zones and HubZone to build the region's resilience by facilitating more connections between industries, thereby promoting innovation, and advancing "smart" manufacturing, creating the conditions to produce these new innovations at scale. Resilient NEO has four strategies: identify more promising startups that meet post pandemic market demands; enhance the support services provided to startups and manufacturers for innovation commercialization; drive more manufacturing-focused investment; and promote cross-sector collaboration between six industries critical to resilience (healthcare, manufacturing, academia, government, investors, and economic development).
      • $682,880, matched by $202,747 in local investment, to the Massachusetts Technology Park, Westborough/Worcester County, Massachusetts, to fund the Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge program, to accelerate the rate at which COVID-related digital health innovations are validated, to accelerate the rate at which these innovations get to market, to increase awareness of the Massachusetts Digital Health Sandbox Network resources, and to strengthen the Massachusetts digital health ecosystem through partnerships across the state, bringing innovators from one region to partner with Sandboxes in other regions.
      • $645,156, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the Meharry Medical College, Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, to fund the ResilienSEED: A Minority Business Incubator Rapidly Addressing Workforce Diversity, Economic Inequity and Recovery program, to provide minorities of diverse backgrounds and experiences the opportunity to present business ideas (focusing on STEM, biotech, and healthcare) and connect them with critical and often difficult-to-access investment capital, and support needed to make their business successful. The program represents a significant opportunity to leverage data as the foundation for future economic development initiatives.
      • $563,302.51, matched by $140,825.63 in local investment, to the Lean Rocket Lab, Jackson/Jackson County, Michigan, to fund the Manu-Tech (Manufacturing Technology) Virtual Incubator COVID Response Unit program, to rapidly respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and build economic resilience by supporting manufacturing-oriented small companies and startups with COVID response products and technologies, helping local manufacturers recover by connecting them to new business from these product developers, and introducing Industry 4.0 technologies that will build operational resilience to prepare for future economic shocks.
      • $545,600, matched by $136,400 in local investment, to the Wayne State University Research and Technology Park in the City of Detroit, Detroit/Wayne County, Michigan, to fund the Detroit Response Labs: Leveraging Regional Connectivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Respond to COVID-19 program, to promote economic recovery and resilience by deploying two approaches: 1) a holistic strategy that increases regional connectivity in metro-Detroit layered with 2) an innovative entrepreneurship support model.
      • $543,560, matched by $135,890 in local investment, to the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Wausau/Marathon County, Wisconsin, to fund the CREATE Your Community program, to develop and scale innovative entrepreneurship support models to address the virtual and remote work environment of the COVID-19 pandemic; increase regional, national, and governmental connectivity across innovation clusters to support commercialization and entrepreneurship; develop new and unique investment capital models to address the financial needs for entrepreneurs; and scale innovative biotechnology, health security, and supply chain technologies to market.
      • $500,000, matched by $125,000 in local investment, to the Regents of the University of Colorado, Boulder/Boulder County, Colorado, to fund the Pandemic Hyper-Accelerator for Science and Technology program, to fuel innovation and drive economic recovery and growth by bringing together leading technologists, entrepreneurs, and startup resources along the Colorado Front Range to commercialize COVID-19 solutions. Scientists and engineers at the University of Colorado (CU) are developing COVID-19 solutions including vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, environmental sensors, air decontaminants, supply chain innovations, and contact tracing. These technologies require entrepreneurial support and acceleration to rapidly be brought to market and meet the urgent needs related to the pandemic.
      • $474,020, matched by $139,716 in local investment, to the Saint Louis Development Corporation, Saint Louis/Saint Louis County, Missouri, to fund the TechSTL Consortium Creating a Prosperous Region through Innovation & Entrepreneurship program, to address the economic injury to the St. Louis region caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and establish entrepreneurship as a primary regional economic driver by bolstering the ecosystem of services, support, and training needed to launch new software tech businesses and to grow the entrepreneurial mindsets needed in 21st-century jobs.
      • $402,924, matched by $102,504 in local investment, to the Nola Business Alliance, New Orleans/New Orleans County, Louisiana, to fund the Resilient Corridors Initiative: An Approach to an Entrepreneurial COVID-19 Resilient New Orleans program, to address the economic downturn brought on by the loss of jobs and businesses in its hospitality and service-related industries, focusing on scaling established businesses in the emerging industries of technology, bio-innovation, and food production. Using a place-based approach—in order to leverage current resiliency factors of New Orleans East, Treme and Algiers (e.g. physical assets and current industry clustering), these communities will be the hubs of entrepreneurial efforts to transform the overall economy.
      • $397,535.60, matched by $99,383.90 in local investment, to the New Mexico Community Capital Management, LLC, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico, to fund the Stabilizing Native Enterprises with Digital Skills and Online Markets program, to leverage powerful partnerships with Google and the National Congress of American Indians to bring cloud-based technology training, access to new online markets, and other cutting edge-tools to Native-owned enterprises in central and northern New Mexico.
      • $316,346, matched by $105,000 in local investment, to Startup Tucson, Tucson/Pima County, Arizona, to fund the TechExcel: Equipping Tucson's Growth-Stage Companies with Technology-Enabled Skills and Resources program, to address Tucson's need for business stabilization and rapid job growth in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis by providing technical assistance for digital literacy, productization and regional connectivity. Startup Tucson will assist businesses in pivoting their existing business models with a three-pronged approach that includes developing and implementing: 1) technical-assistance and skills training within the areas of eCommerce and productization; 2) a digital Commercialization Mentor Network; and 3) a physical Media and Product Design Lab.
      • $252,201, matched by $63,050 in local investment, to the Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Inc., Worcester/Worcester County, Massachusetts, to fund the MBI Bolt: Building Bolt on Executive Teams to Help Life Science Companies Sprint to Market program, to pair gifted entrepreneurs with the seasoned executives who can help advance products to patients. Phase I is an Entrepreneur in Residence program to help early stage entrepreneurs chart a linear path to proof of concept. Phase II creates "bolt on" executive teams that will roll up their sleeves, tap their networks, and tactically support the company to fundable milestones on the way to market.
      • $238,712.48, matched by $59,678.12 in local investment, to the Chico Economic Planning Corporation, Chico/Butte County, California, to fund the BRIC Resilience and Recovery program, to develop the Far North region’s key innovation economies by providing support and economic development services to entrepreneurs, innovators, and small businesses, while improving economic resiliency to the coronavirus pandemic and other acute economic pressures in Butte County, California.
      • $212,828, matched by $53,281 in local investment, to the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, to fund the Innovation and Commercialization for an Agile and Resilient Ecosystem (I+CARE) program, to provide training, mentorship, workshop product design, prototyping and fabrication of low cost devices for disability and aging markets for entrepreneurs negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those in Opportunity Zones.
      • $100,000, matched by $25,000 in local investment, to the City of Charleston, Charleston/Charleston County, South Carolina, to support the expansion of the City of Charleston’s Business Development Lab to support minority and women-owned businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will allow the city’s Business and Neighborhood Services Division (BNS), resource partners, and contracted subject-matter experts to provide free technical assistance and advice to 500 minority and women-owned businesses. The Business Development Lab will offer 22 workshops, 6 virtual / live events, and consultation sessions customized to the needs of the business, which will assist with diversifying the local economy, bolstering job creation, attracting private investment, and promoting economic growth and resiliency throughout the region
    • $1,540,000 in eight Partnership Planning projects, matched by $985,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 24 investments from March 29-April 2, 2021, totaling $3,530,000, which is matched by $2,506,667 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $730,000 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic; and (2) $2,800,000 in 22 Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $730,000 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $182,500 in local investments, as follows:
      • $480,000, matched by $120,000 in local investment, to the Solano Economic Development Corporation, Fairfield/Solano County, California, to fund the Moving Solano Forward III project, a two-phased approach to responding to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the near term and building economic resilience in the long-term in Solano County, CA. In Phase 1, the short-term triage phase, Tasks One through Three focus on analyzing risk, impacts, and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable industries with high rates of pandemic-induced job loss, such as leisure and hospitality; retail trade, transportation, and utilities; professional and business services; education and health services; and other services such as manufacturing and governmental jobs. In Phase 2, the long-term resiliency phase, Tasks Four through Six will evaluate specific opportunity sites, develop business attraction and diversification strategies, identify diversification strategies, update the industry cluster analysis, and develop a comprehensive resiliency plan tied to economic development, job growth, housing growth, and transportation needs countywide. Once implemented, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support entrepreneurism, spur jobs creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $250,000, matched by $62,500 in local investment, to Metro and the Portland Public School District, Portland/Multnomah County, Oregon, to fund a feasibility study to determine the economic options for re-developing an existing school administration building in the Albina Neighborhood located in Multnomah, Oregon, a designated Opportunity Zone. The study will help foster economic development and create long-term, high-wage jobs, which will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and help diversify the local economy.
    • $2,800,000 in 22 Partnership Planning projects, matched by $2,324,167 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced five investments from March 22-26, 2021, totaling $1,135,000, which is matched by $503,200 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $995,000 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes one project for $470,000 that will help create 7,577 jobs and leverage $1,900,000,000 in private investment; and (2) $140,000 in two Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $995,000 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $363,200 in local investments, as follows:
      • $470,000, matched by $120,000 in local investment, to the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership, Saint Paul/Ramsey County, Minnesota, to support the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership with developing its Regional Supply Chain Resiliency and Diversity Strategy to assess the region’s supply chain and its competitiveness and diversity in two key regional clusters, medical device manufacturing and food and agriculture production. In addition, the project will develop a web-based platform to encourage awareness of diverse suppliers among the region’s manufacturers as well as a supplier diversity toolkit to inform manufacturers about supplier diversity and its value to their businesses. Once implemented, the strategy will help the area become more resilient to future economic shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which will build stronger and more versatile localized supply chains and increase employment, income, and wealth throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 7,577 jobs and leverage $1,900,000,000 in private investment.
      • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Gatlin Tourism Development Authority, Gatlinburg/Sevier County, Tennessee, to support the Gatlinburg Tourism Development Authority, the City of Gatlinburg, and Sevier County with rebounding from the negative economic impacts stemming from COVID-19 on the tourism industry by developing a marketing campaign to reach potential visitors in a post-COVID-19 environment. Once completed, the project will help to ensure the recovery of visitation and visitor spending to provide economic support for the state's tourism and recreation sectors, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $125,000, matched by $143,200 in local investment, to the County of Summit, Akron/Summit County, Ohio, to support Summit County, and the municipally-owned broadband utility, FairlawnGig, with developing a strategy for additional and enhanced broadband service for Akron, Ohio, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project includes an assessment of existing fiber assets, evaluation of market conditions and demand, identification of potential industry partners, investigation of interjurisdictional and other relevant legal issues, options for a phased construction approach, and geographical analysis and recommended fiber routes. Once implemented, the strategy will establish the analytical foundation for critical broadband infrastructure development in the area and help guide local leaders and stakeholders as they make the region more resilient to future economic shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • $140,000 in two Partnership Planning projects, matched by $140,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 22 investments from March 15-19, 2021, totaling $19,677,228, which is matched by $5,071,969 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $18,454,228 in 17 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes 10 projects for $11,182,218 that will help create 664 jobs, save 631 jobs, and leverage $190,225,000 in private investments; (2) $600,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 35 jobs and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment; (3) $50,000 in one Local Technical Assistance project to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; and (4) $573,000 in three Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $18,454,228 in 17 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $4,489,469 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,000,000, matched by $1,000,000 in local investment, to Southern Tech, Ardmore/Carter County, Oklahoma, to support Southern Tech with building an Aerospace Airframe and Powerplant Certification Training Facility to provide training for workforce dislocated because of the COVID-19 pandemic in a growing sector in Ardmore, Oklahoma, a designated Opportunity Zone. The building will include: one large central shop space where aircrafts can be worked on, two classrooms each with an office, a shared storage space between the classrooms, four lab spaces with shared storage, restrooms, and janitor/electrical/mechanical closets with an airlock vestibule. Once completed, the project will aid in recovery efforts from the pandemic and build economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 160 jobs, save 180 jobs, and leverage $800,000 in private investment.
      • $2,800,000, matched by $700,000 in local investment, to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, to fund the development of a media plan targeting markets identified through research and past performance as primary places of origin for visitors to Tennessee. The plan will leverage existing and new creative marketing materials in the form of video for broadcast television and digital advertising as well as other tactics designed to reach four core audience segments with high propensity to travel to Tennessee. Once implemented, the project will help offset the economic impacts to Tennessee's tourism sector resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, help spur economic development and diversification in the area, and increase resiliency for future disruptions.
      • $2,282,262, matched by $570,566 in local investment, to the Alaska Travel Industry Association, Anchorage/Anchorage, Alaska, to support the development and execution of a statewide destination marketing plan for Alaska to help save the tourism industry, which has been devastated by the COVID-19 economic downturn. The project will help promote Alaska tourism through the creation of education programs targeted to the region’s businesses, organizations, and communities to aid in the reopening of the state’s tourism economy, which will help to advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $1,990,220, matched by $497,555 in local investment, to the City of Lake City, Lake City/Florence County, South Carolina, to fund the construction of water and wastewater upgrades to support a new hospital in Lake City, South Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. The new hospital will have the capacity to offer more types of services and treatments, as well as provide more preventative care and health care education. Once completed, the project will provide permanent resources and continued access to health care services to support economic resiliency, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 60 jobs.
      • $1,500,000, matched by $78,948 in local investment, to the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission, Ashland/Boone County, Missouri, to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the central Missouri region including Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, and Moniteau Counties. Through the new RLF, Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission will provide financing options and gap financing to small businesses impacted by the pandemic and support the development of new entrepreneurial business opportunities arising from, or related to, recovery or future resiliency. The RLF will provide much-needed capital in the region for businesses to not only continue operations but also retain and create jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 25 jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $5,800,000 in private investment.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $492,000 in local investment, to the City of Pleasanton, Pleasanton/Atascosa County, Texas, to support the City of Pleasanton with the renovation and repurpose of a former elementary school into a business center that will support economic development growth for small businesses in downtown Pleasanton, Texas, an Opportunity Zone. The renovated facility will provide space for retailers, a business incubator, government resource offices, and will also serve as a space for emergency response for national emergencies. Once completed, the project will create jobs, attract private investment, and help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 125 jobs, save 200 jobs, and leverage $150,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to AltCap, Kansas City/Jackson County, Missouri, to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the Kansas City region including Jackson, Cass, Clay, and Platte Counties in Missouri and Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas. Alt-Cap will provide financing options and gap financing to small businesses impacted by the pandemic and support the development of new entrepreneurial business opportunities arising from, or related to, recovery or future resiliency. The RLF will provide much-needed capital in the region for businesses to not only continue operations but also retain and create jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $1,900,000 in private investment.
      • $800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, South Boston/Halifax County, Virginia, to support the engineering and design of a new 206-mile route of middle-mile, open access fiber infrastructure spanning 14 counties in South Boston, Virginia. The project will enable expansion of existing 1,900-mile, open access fiber optic infrastructure network. This expansion will alleviate the lack of reliable broadband access plaguing rural Virginia while strengthening the Commonwealth’s overall economic competitiveness. The project will help provide fiber connections to healthcare facilities, medical research centers, and existing businesses, including 28 industrial and technology parks along the route, representing 4,582 acres available for commercial development. Once completed, the project will make the region more resilient to future economic shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • $625,000, with no local match, to the City of Tiptonville, Tiptonville/Lake County, Tennessee, to fund sewer system improvements to support a new pipe manufacturing facility in Tiptonville, Tennessee, a designated Opportunity Zone. The improvements will include construction of two sewage lift stations, force mains, and a grinder pump to support the establishment of a pipe and tubing manufacturer at the Lake County Industrial Site and Port of Cates Landing. Once completed, the project will provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs and leverage $18,000,000 in private investment.
      • $415,261, matched by $103,907 in local investment, to the Board of Regents-University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln/Lancaster County, Nebraska, to fund the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Initiative to create and test the feasibility of a statewide entrepreneurship coaching and resource networking model in three economic sub-state regions impacted by COVID-19 that emphasize entrepreneurship in their 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy plans. The project will directly assist over 143 existing or new business ventures over two years by leveraging the state’s new SourceLink resource referral platform and direct business coaching to increase program responsiveness. The project will develop and serve as a model for expanding the resource network to all regions of the state, which will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support entrepreneurism, spur jobs creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 22 jobs, and leverage $7,500,000 in private investment.
      • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus/Franklin County, Ohio, to support the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission with updating a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to include economic recovery planning because of economic dislocations due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Columbus, Ohio. The project will provide the resources needed to focus on both short-term and long-term strategies for a more resilient and sustainable region as well as enable the region to have a strategic approach based on regional visioning, goals, measurable objectives and prioritized action. Once implemented, the CEDS will assist the region with recovery efforts from the pandemic and help build resiliency from future economic disruptions.
      • $390,000, with no local match, to the Government of Guam, Hagatna, Guam (Project: Agana Heights, Guam), to fund the development of a comprehensive Tourism Recovery Plan to revitalize and build resilience for Guam’s economy, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will help identify new revenue sources with recommendations for upgrades or the creation of new tourist attractions and tourist experiences, which will create new jobs for the region. Once implemented, the plan will provide new ecotourism and cultural tourism experiences, which will help make Guam become more resilient in the face of future economic shocks and health-related disasters, spur private investment and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $378,640, matched by $350,000 in local investment, to the Technology Council of Maryland, Inc., Frederick/Frederick County, Maryland, to support the Maryland Technology Council Business Continuity Task Force with helping local companies maximize their resilience, plan for an optimal recovery, execute a recovery plan and reimagine their future post the COVID-19 pandemic in Frederick County, Maryland, a designated Opportunity Zone. The members of the Task Force and all activities will be guided by the policies and principals of the Maryland Technology Council Venture Mentoring Services (MTC VMS) program, which focuses on the many challenges local companies are facing in the area and provides insight on how to capitalize on economic opportunities. Once implemented, the project will help to strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $260,000, with no local match, to the Haines Economic Development Corporation, Haines/Haines County, Alaska, to support the Haines Economic Development Corporation with establishing a Pivot Program to help businesses move their operations online, find new customers and enhance their digital marketing skill set throughout the Alaskan Haines Borough, a designated Opportunity Zone. The new program will help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 by helping local businesses become globally competitive even without a tourism base, which will promote job retention and mitigate job loss and business closures. Once implemented, the program will help businesses in the area adapt and develop strategies to mitigate and respond to the impacts of coronavirus on the tourism industry, create jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 35 jobs, save 129 jobs, and leverage $1,200,000 in private investment.
      • $241,108, matched by $68,302 in local investment, to Current Innovation, Chicago/Cook County, Illinois to support Current Innovation and its partner, the Water Council, in their effort to spur the Chicago and Milwaukee freshwater-based industry clusters with a new strategic plan for the industry’s immediate response to COVID-19 as well as its long-term growth. The planning process will align and involve a variety of regional stakeholders, who will research and create a strategic action plan to maximize the value of the freshwater economy to the region, especially as the pandemic has magnified the need for investment in related infrastructure. The strategy will include industry engagement with private-sector employers providing input to institutions and governments in the region and all stakeholders working collaboratively to ensure the region has what it needs to support this vital industry. Once implemented, the new market-based strategic plan for the water clusters in the states will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $202,300, matched by $35,700 in local investment, to the City of Edgewood, Edgewood/Delaware County, Iowa, to fund improvements to the Edgewood waste treatment facility in Delaware County, Iowa. The critical infrastructure is needed for business expansion and job creation and to support the community in responding to the economic injury resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The investment will aid in the expansion of operations at a local meat processing plant and the improvements to the treatment facility supports the generation of new jobs and will help attract other additional business opportunities. Once completed, the project will provide permanent resources and continued access to health care services to support economic resiliency, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 22 jobs, save 50 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
      • $169,437, matched by $42,491 in local investment, to the Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky, Inc., Hindman/Knott County, Kentucky, to support the Troublesome Creek Instrument Company, a social enterprise of the Appalachian Artisan Center, with establishing a nationwide branding campaign in Hindman, Kentucky. The project will support economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic by helping to bring visitors back to the Kentucky region, which is vital to the recovery of local businesses. Once implemented, the project will support the company in developing a YouTube Channel, podcasts and instructional branding videos, which will attract private investment and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 37 jobs and leverage $25,000 in private investment.
    • $600,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $150,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $600,000, matched by $150,000 in local investment, to the Lee-Russell Council of Governments, Opelika/Lee County, Alabama, to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program to provide financial assistance to new and existing small to medium sized businesses in Lee and Russell Counties, Alabama. The RLF will provide a source of financing for businesses expanding into multiple locations, with a special emphasis on businesses that increase jobs and create resilience in the area. Once implemented, the project will bolster job creation, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 35 jobs and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment.
    • $50,000 in one Local Technical Assistance project, matched by $12,500 in local investment, as follows:
      • $50,000, matched by $12,500 in local investment, to the City of Banning, Banning/Riverside County, California, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the City of Banning to guide economic development and job creation initiatives for the City. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $573,000 in three Partnership Planning projects, matched by $420,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 18 investments from March 7-12, 2021, totaling $20,669,538, which is matched by $14,693,008 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $14,773,953 in 13 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes 10 projects for $11,883,889 that will help create 13,574 jobs, save 13,672 jobs, and leverage $60,500,000 in private investments; (2) $348,825 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes one project for $99,050 that will help create 150 jobs, save 80 jobs and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment; and (3) $5,546,760 in two Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 568 jobs, save 800 jobs, and leverage $85,750,000 in private investments.
    • $14,773,953 in 13 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $4,047,065 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,220,000, matched by $1,055,000 in local investment, to the City of North Richland Hills, North Richland Hills/Tarrant County, Texas, to support the City of North Richland Hills with the reconstruction of Iron Horse Boulevard, a major collector road that provides access to industrial employers in Tarrant County, Texas. The project will help retain essential employers including a major manufacturer of medical and PPE equipment, an aerospace manufacturer, and a food processing facility. Once completed, the project will allow businesses to quickly respond to future disruptions, like those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and encourage local businesses to stay and expand in their current location, which will help create and retain jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs and save 832 jobs.
      • $2,331,907, matched by $869,723 in local investment, to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs/Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Community Builders, Denver/Denver County, Colorado, to support the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and Community Builders, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), with developing and implementing a strategic, coordinated approach to support innovation and successful recovery outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic in rural Colorado regions and communities. The project will expand the State’s current capacity for rural resiliency, economic development planning and business support coordination, allowing for faster implementation and more impactful outcomes. Once implemented, the plan will support community partnerships and be data-driven and actionable, helping Colorado rural businesses and economies create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 100 jobs and leverage $50,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,255,000, matched by $567,918 in local investment, to Operation Hope, Inc., Atlanta/Fulton County, Georgia, to supports Operation Hope, Inc. with providing technical assistance and financial guidance to small, nascent, minority and women-owned businesses to respond to and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the eight-state southeastern region of the nation, including nearby Opportunity Zones. The project will execute recovery and resilience actions by assisting entrepreneurs and business owners with preparedness planning using the HOPE Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), designed to prevent and prepare for financial emergencies and economic shocks. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support entrepreneurism, spur jobs creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $1,996,160, matched by $499,040 in local investment, to the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center Trust, Fairbanks/Fairbanks North Star County, Alaska, to support the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center Trust with purchasing heavy-duty equipment to train Alaskans in operation and maintenance to better support the growing workforce demand brought to Alaska through the LNG Pipeline Project, Boeing Missile Silos, Donlin Gold Project; the Yukon-Kuskokwim Freight Corridor, Energy Corridor Project; and infrastructure projects conducting in the Bethel and Northwest Arctic Borough in Alaska. The project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing apprenticeships in the oil and gas, mining, and major construction industries to help promote a pipeline of skilled workers. Once completed, the project will increase high-paying job opportunities, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 12,300 jobs, save 5,000 jobs, and leverage $10,500,000 in private investment.
      • $1,250,000, matched by $336,199 in local investment, to the City of Fairview, Fairview/Major County, Oklahoma, to support the City of Fairview with the construction of the Outpatient Therapy Sports Performance Rehabilitation Center building and associated parking lot and signage at the Fairview Regional Medical Center (FRMC) in Major County, Oklahoma. The project will help the FRMC with providing continuation of rehab services including physical therapy, cardiac rehab, and speech therapy in the wake of increased health care demand and enhanced safety protocols. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 20 jobs.
      • $662,922, matched by $165,730 in local investment, to the City of Salem, Salem/Essex County, Massachusetts, to support the City of Salem with implementing a recovery strategy designed to advance sustained long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring downtown Salem remains a nationally and globally competitive tourism destination in Essex County, Massachusetts. The project contains four components, which includes a visitor marketing campaign, alternative events programming, tourism industry based technical assistance to help local small businesses, and an economic diversification strategy for Salem to identify promising industries for diversification based on economic trends in the region. Once implemented, the project will impact two Opportunity Zones, create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 374 jobs.
      • $500,000, matched by $160,000 in local investment, to One Redmond, Redmond/King County, Washington, to support One Redmond with establishing the Small Business Recovery and Resiliency Center (BRRC) to provide full-time technical assistance programs to small businesses owners as they pivot to survive the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in King County, Washington. The BRRC will provide tailored technical assistance to assist businesses in reopening safely and successfully; a virtual portal to showcase small business success stories while providing updated information on the latest developments; and program coordination and collaboration with State and local partners. Once completed, the project will empower local businesses and foster entrepreneurship, create and retain jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 500 jobs and save 1,500 jobs.
      • $452,900, matched by $113,225 in local investment, to the City of Sycamore, Sycamore/Turner County, Georgia, to fund improvements to Sycamore City's wastewater treatment facility, increasing its capacity and making it more resilient against future disaster events. The improvements will mitigate the potential for future economic injury by allowing the City to provide adequate and sustained sewer service, which will support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic impacts. Once completed, the project will save jobs, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 60 jobs.
      • $300,000, matched by $75,000 in local investment, to the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Las Vegas/Clark County, Nevada, to fund the COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Investment Project to provide one-on-one outreach and education, marketing, webinars, and critical COVID recovery programming through a broad partnership network in Clark County, Nevada, a designated Opportunity Zone. The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance will organize and lead this network to provide targeted business outreach along with recovery and rehiring assistance to employers negatively impacted by COVID-19, which will help to strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 6,000 jobs.
      • $280,000, matched by $70,000 in local investment, to the W.E. Upjohn Unemployment Trustee Corporation/South Central Michigan Planning Council, Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo County, Michigan, to support the W.E. Upjohn and the South Central Michigan Planning Council with economic recovery efforts related to the impacts of COVID-19 in the Branch, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Calhoun County region. The project will enhance the region’s resilience to future economic shocks by helping regional leaders better understand targeted opportunities for investment in infrastructure, job training, education, and the strength of local economic linkages. Once implemented, the strategy will provide key insights into the region’s workforce development needs, which will increase job opportunities, attract private investment, and strengthen the local economy.
      • $275,064, matched by $68,766 in local investment, to the Eureka Chamber of Commerce, Eureka/Humboldt County, California, to fund the e-Commerce Assistance to Small Area Businesses project, to support local business with becoming more resilient by establishing or expanding their e-commerce and online marketing capabilities through hands-on technical assistance in Humboldt County, California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will respond to the region’s economic injury as a result of the coronavirus pandemic by improving businesses’ e-commerce sites coupled with providing more sophisticated online marketing strategies. Once implemented, the project will help to strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $170,000, matched by $42,500 in local investment, to the Siskiyou County Economic Development Council, Yreka/Siskiyou County, California, to support the development of an economic recovery and resilience plan for professional economic development capacity, technical assistance, and planning for the communities in Siskiyou County, California. The project will identify and analyze economic vulnerabilities in areas of the economy that were hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic economic downturn; strategize mechanisms between local government and the business community to allow the efficient allocation of resources such as capital assistance; and provide local leaders with the ability to make informed, data-driven decisions on problems with pronounced uncertainties. Once implemented, the plan will help spur economic development and diversification to help the area recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and increase resiliency for future disruptions. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 80 jobs and save 280 jobs.
      • $80,000, matched by $23,964 in local investment, to the City of Lancaster, Lancaster/Fairfield County, Ohio, to support the City of Lancaster and Fairfield County in their assessment of the impact of implementing the Ewing Street Connector project, connecting US-22 and US-33. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed serious gaps in the city’s transportation infrastructure, and increased traffic near the Fairfield Medical Center negatively impacting traffic conditions and imposing costs on local businesses. Once completed, the study will help make the city more resilient in the face of future economic shocks and health-related disasters, which will save jobs, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $348,825 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $92,450 in local investments, as follows:
      • $199,775 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funds, with no local match, to the Guam Economic Development Authority, Tamuning, Guam (Project: Barrigada, Guam), to support the Guam Economic Development Authority with conducting the Guam Aquaculture Industry Feasibility Study, to determine the agriculture and aquaculture industry's viability as a secondary economic driver for fostering economic growth in the Territory of Guam, an area hit hard by Typhoon Mangkhut. The study aims to increase efforts towards food security and economic independence for the island by developing aquaculture-related infrastructure, promoting agri-tourism, encouraging prospective farmers and tertiary businesses, and establishing an export product that reduces the dependence on seafood imports to supply local food institutions. Once completed, the project will provide long-term economic growth, support business development, and create new jobs throughout the region.
      • $99,050, matched by $42,450 in local investment, to Nodaway County Economic Development, Inc., Maryville/Nodaway County, Missouri, to support Nodaway County Economic Development, Inc. with hiring a Workforce Recruitment/Recovery Specialist to coordinate local workforce efforts and collaborate with industry and service providers in Nodaway County, Missouri, a designated Opportunity Zone. The specialist will help the area address gaps in labor force participation and increase the supply of skilled workers to meet the growing demand within the regions manufacturing industry. The region historically has a tight labor supply that hampers growth and creates a comparative disadvantage. The project will help diversify the workforce and address the growing need of skilled tradesmen in the region, which will spur economic development. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 150 jobs, save 80 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
      • $50,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $50,000 in local investment, to the Tucker County Development Authority, Davis/Tucker County, West Virginia, to support the Tucker County Development Authority with conducting a feasibility study to address long term considerations of reducing inflow and infiltration (I & I) with Davis’ and Thomas’ systems, upgrading one or both wastewater treatment plants, and/or constructing a centralized regional wastewater treatment plant in Tucker County, West Virginia. Once completed, the project will create new job opportunities and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
    • $5,546,760 in two Public Works projects, matched by $10,553,493 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,000,000, matched by $8,000,000 in local investment, to the Atlantic City Improvement Authority, Atlantic City/Atlantic County (Project: Egg Harbor Township/Atlantic County), New Jersey, to support the Atlantic County Improvement Authority with constructing a two-story, 40,000-square foot office building, to house at least three aviation technology companies in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, a designated Opportunity Zone. The building will be constructed as a multi-tenant facility with tenant spaces of 5,000 to 20,000 SF of office space that will include research and development areas. Once completed, the project will strengthen the Aviation Technology cluster in southern New Jersey and diversify the economy from relying on traditional clusters of tourism and gaming, which will attract private investment, create jobs, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 165 jobs and leverage $2,250,000 in private investment.
      • $2,546,740, matched by $2,553,493 in local investment, to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Danville/Danville City County, Virginia, to support the purchase of capital equipment to be used for the Industry 4.0 Integration and Training Initiative and Innovation Lab, housed at the new Center for Manufacturing Advancement located on the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s (IALR) campus in Danville, Virginia. The project will help build a work-ready pipeline of highly skilled workers who will be able to retool and integrate Industry 4.0 strategies into factories to automate systems and operations to include digital factories monitored and controlled remotely. Once completed, the project will attract private investment and provide opportunities for in-demand, high paying jobs in advance manufacturing, which will ensure a more resilient manufacturing base, attract new industries, increase global competitiveness, and promote economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 403 jobs, save 800 jobs, and leverage $83,500,000 in private investment.
  • EDA announced 11 investments from March 1-5, 2021, totaling $13,731,883, which is matched by $4,334,433 in local investments. These Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency projects will help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes eight projects for $11,719,196 that will help create 1,509 jobs, save 1,935 jobs, and leverage $22,200,000 in private investments.
    • $13,731,833 in 11 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $4,334,433 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,000,000, matched by $1,220,000 in local investment, to the Union County Fiscal Court, Morganfield/Union County, Kentucky, to fund the Job Corps Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement Project, to rehabilitate sewer infrastructure to support local industries and enhance recovery and resiliency following the coronavirus pandemic in Union County, Kentucky. The scope of work consists of rehabilitating approximately 67,000 LF of 8-inch clay pipe using cured-in place pipe trenchless rehabilitation methods. The project also includes replacing 18,000 LF of 8-inch sewer and replacing all 310 brick manholes in the Job Corp collection system, which were installed in the 1940s. Once completed, the project will provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 904 jobs.
      • $2,500,000, with no local match, to the Town of Oneida, Oneida/Scott County, Tennessee, to support improvements to the Town of Oneida’s existing water treatment plant. The improvements will enhance resiliency from impacts of COVID-19 and assure potable water availability during the frequent drought conditions that occur during summer months. Stabilizing water availability will secure continuous operation of existing business and industry, as well as allow for future planned growth that is so desperately needed in Scott County, Tennessee. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 158 jobs and leverage $2,900,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $1,630,000 in local investment, to the Ashville Convention and Visitors Bureau/Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, to support the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau with developing a plan to address the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry in Nashville, Tennessee. The project includes developing a comprehensive marketing campaign to bring visitors back to the Nashville region, which is vital to the recovery of local businesses. The campaign will start by honoring the reality of tourism in a reopening status, including limited offerings, limited methods of travel, travelers’ sentiments on distance willing to travel and heavily addressing safety concerns. Once implemented, the project will help establish a strategic and phased marketing approach to support tourism and hospitality businesses, create and save jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 637 jobs and save 81 jobs.
      • $1,500,000, matched by $300,000 in local investment, to the Natural Capital Investment Fund, Inc., Charles/Jefferson County, West Virginia, to fund staff salaries, technical assistance, consulting services and directly related operational expenses to assist Natural Capital Investment Fund, Inc. with COVID-19 recovery efforts. The project will help mitigate losses in earned income and cover the cost of additional capacity needed due to the COVID-19 crisis to help the region focus on state-wide recovery efforts. The completion of the project will help prevent the severity of future adverse economic impacts of a pandemic upon businesses and communities that possess fewer resources throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs, save 500 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,183,941, matched by $295,986 in local investment, to the Northwest Kansas Technical College, Goodland/Sherman County, Kansas, to fund the expansion of the Northwest Kansas Technical College’s (NWKTC) training facility. The project is critical to supporting the response, recovery, and future resiliency of communities throughout rural Kansas and the 17-county service area in northwestern Kansas that NWKTC serves. The project will increase the number of diesel and automotive technicians trained and hired in distressed communities. The ability to expand NWKTC’s programs in these fields will create many additional opportunities for high-wage, high-skill positions in response to a regional need for more professionals in a variety of sectors and industries, including logistics, trucking and agriculture. Once completed, the project will aid in recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and build economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 299 jobs.
      • $1,023,840, matched by $255,960 in local investment, to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville/Knox County, Tennessee, to fund the Tennessee Manufacturing Resiliency Initiative, a statewide effort to enhance the resiliency capacity of manufacturers and communities to mitigate the potential for disaster and pandemic related losses and to bounce back from disruptions to the economic base. The project will deliver a new and comprehensive Business Continuity Planning program to strengthen manufacturing firms and supply chains to resist disruptions and recover operational capability after disruptions occur. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support entrepreneurism, spur jobs creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship, Wichita/Sedgwick County, Kansas, to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to provide access to financing options to address economic resiliency effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in rural Kansas. Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. will address the current pandemic by providing capital financing to the surrounding communities of: Clay, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Lyon, Marshall, Miami, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, and Wabaunsee Counties in Kansas. The RLF will provide the community with a local source of capital for new, existing, and expanding businesses which will promote the growth and development by increasing investment, employment, and economic diversity. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 30 jobs, save 40 jobs, and leverage $5,800,000 in private investment.
      • $595,654, matched by $150,212 in local investment, to Colorado State University, Fort Collins/Larimer County, Colorado (Applicant: Grant Junction/Mesa County, Colorado), to fund the Planning and Technical Support to Diversify Colorado Economic Opportunities project, to provide technical assistance to three Colorado regions to aid economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Colorado State University (CSU) will provide roadmaps for communities to diversify their economies into sectors with strong potential for growth; help communities use market intelligence to refine their economic and community action plans; and provide a set of entrepreneurs to help local enterprises to start up or grow their networks. In addition, CSU will partner with Delta County to establish a supply and distribution program for preserved produce in their region. Once implemented, the project will address the regional need for more and enhanced job and entrepreneurship opportunities, bolster existing economic linkages across regions and increase resilience and economic recovery from COVID-19 for a variety of rural business enterprises.
      • $552,733, matched by $157,938 in local investment, to the Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc., Branson/Taney County, Missouri, to support the development of a Main Street economic recovery technical assistance and training program in support of businesses and communities throughout the state of Missouri. Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc. is addressing the local and regional need to create and sustain jobs and foster new businesses and business transitions in both rural and urban Missouri communities that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will provide communities with services including direct entrepreneur support, online sales training, business ecosystem building, and micro-business development to support economic recovery and resilience. Once completed, the project will assist small business enterprises and small communities recover from and operate effectively in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which will help prevent the severity of future adverse economic impacts of a pandemic upon businesses and communities that possess fewer resources throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 160 jobs, save 400 jobs, and leverage $8,000,000 in private investment.
      • $393,193, matched by $78,639 in local investment, to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, Seattle/King County, Washington (Applicant: Auburn/King County, Washington), to support the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Foundation’s creation of a Comprehensive Regional Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to strengthen its capacity to address the complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic impact on Central Puget Sound Region's economy and health industry. The project will enhance the region's capacity to address the severe challenges of COVID-19 impact and develop a roadmap or action plan toward Pandemic Resilience for the entire region. Once implemented, the plan will assist with recovery efforts from the coronavirus, save and create jobs, and strengthen economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $182,522, matched by $45,698 in local investment, to ABOR for and on behalf of Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff/Coconino County, Arizona, to support the development and implementation of a Diversification Strategy to concentrate on four areas: Green House Development Plan, Food Cooperative Initiative, Farm-to-School Program and Food Security/Supply Chain study. The coronavirus pandemic showed there was a supply chain breakdown and food/supplies were limited within the Tribal Community in Flagstaff, Arizona, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project is designed to help increase underserved White Mountain Apache communities’ access to healthy, affordable, and locally sourced food. In addition, the project will provide technical assistance to support food enterprise development, business strategy, and supply chain components of the food system to get more healthy food into the Tribal communities with limited access, focusing on local and regional sourcing. Once implemented, the project will create jobs, provide economic incentives to Apache farmers and ranchers, preserve Apache traditions and cultural lifeways and increase long-term economic sustainability, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 25 jobs, save 10 jobs, and leverage $500,000 in private investment.
  • EDA announced 22 investments from February 22-26, 2021, totaling $19,591,330.80, which is matched by $9,825,149 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $13,094,078 in 18 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes nine projects for $11,118,475 that will help create 2,527 jobs, save 8,295 jobs, and leverage $134,710,000 in private investments; (2) $6,416,508 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes two projects totaling $6,378,000 that will help create 156 jobs, save 50 jobs, and leverage $22,000,000 in private investments; and (3) $80,744.80 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $13,094,078 in 18 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $7,929,508 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,100,000, matched by $778,900 in local investment, to the Lafayette City Parish Consolidated Government, Lafayette/Lafayette County, Louisiana, to fund construction and installation of new fiber optic lines both aerially and in new 2-inch cable conduits, network hubs, handholes for cable access, connection to existing hubs, and appurtenances along seven target areas within the Acadiana Region. The new infrastructure will serve the municipal government complex and business park in Scott, the new Iberia Parish Emergency Operations Center, the Acadiana Regional Airport, a behavioral health clinic in New Iberia, and four industrial parks. Once completed, the project will help the region overcome the lack of adequate, reliable broadband service in Acadiana’s Rural Communities, which will address the region’s ability to respond to the current COVID-19 disaster as well as help the region’s ability to respond to future pandemics. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 22 jobs and leverage $26,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,600,000, matched by $650,000 in local investment, to the Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, Chanute/Neosho County, Kansas, to support the construction of the Southeast Kansas Impact Center for Wellness, Education, and Business. The Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center (NMRMC) is developing the Impact Center, a 10,000 square feet multi-use business, workforce and healthcare facility to provide workforce training and respond to the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic in Chanute, Kansas. The Impact Center will provide 4,800 square feet of telehealth, seminar and conference space featuring computer technology and two dedicated rooms for telehealth specialty clinics, helping to meet the hospital’s rapidly growing telehealth provider needs including those related to COVID-19. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 256 jobs and leverage $45,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,500,000, matched by $4,840,139 in local investment, to the North Dakota State College of Science Foundation, Wahpeton, North Dakota (Applicant: Fargo/Cass County, North Dakota), to support the North Dakota State College of Science Foundation with the construction of a Career Workforce Academy to provide a central location where high school students, traditional college students, and adult learners can learn skills and gain the credentials necessary for careers across several occupational clusters including agriculture, manufacturing/engineering, health care/allied sciences, architecture/construction, information technology, and workforce and business training in Cass County, North Dakota. This project will help the region diversify and increase the resiliency of the regional workforce in response to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic by providing the necessary additional space for the college to expand training for students seeking jobs in industries that will have high demand and through supporting remote work through enhanced IT services, pivoting manufacturing operations to maintain stability and increase automation in the health and biosciences industries. Once completed, the project will advance economic resiliency, create new job opportunities, and attract private investment. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 109 jobs.
      • $1,171,579, matched by $390,526 in local investment, to the City of San Jose/SFMade/San Jose Downtown Association, San Jose/Santa Clara County, California, to fund the San Jose Small Business and Manufacturing Recovery Initiative to focus on providing technical assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in San Jose, California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will help support the city's manufacturing sector, which will build a stronger small-business climate overall by focusing on businesses’ long-term resiliency in addition to helping to address immediate needs. The program elements are designed to work together to generate increased economic opportunity among the city’s most vulnerable residents and business owners and to support businesses that need help navigating a dramatically changed environment in the wake of COVID-19, which will help to strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 1,764 jobs and save 7,483 jobs.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $260,000 in local investment, to the Union Growth and Development Foundation, Inc., Farmerville/Union County, Louisiana, to support the Union Growth and Development Foundation, Inc. with designing and renovating seven buildings for use as the Delta Incubator, an advanced manufacturing business incubator to be located in Farmerville, Louisiana, an area hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support entrepreneurism, spur jobs creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 95 jobs and leverage $18,300,000 in private investment.
      • $842,522, matched by $204,624 in local investment, to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Pittsfield/Berkshire County, Massachusetts, to support the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission with the development and implementation of the Economic Recovery and Resiliency Plan and technical assistance to assist the region in improving its economy to pre-pandemic levels. The plan will help strengthen regional collaboration and provide new protocols for coordination of business support during emergency situations. Once implemented, the plan will incorporate long-term measures that bolster the region’s ability to avoid and withstand future economic disruptions, thereby stimulating the economy and advancing economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance, Laramie/Albany County, Wyoming, to fund a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support small business and overall economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Albany County, Wyoming. Through the RLF, the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance will increase partnerships with local financial institutions and increase access to financing for small businesses, with a focus on businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector. The RLF will provide much-needed capital in the region for businesses to continue operations and retain and create jobs while advancing longer term recovery, resiliency, and economic diversification. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 15 jobs and leverage $1,500,000 in private investment.
      • $500,000, matched by $184,771 in local investment, to the Eugene Chamber of Commerce/Onward Eugene/University of Oregon, Eugene/Lane County, Oregon, to support the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Onward Eugene, and the University of Oregon with expanding programs for the innovation district in Eugene, Oregon, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will grow and expand the business accelerator and mentor network through the Onward Eugene accelerator program and leverage the mentor experience from the University of Oregon, which will help foster entrepreneurship and build new businesses in Eugene. Once implemented, the new programs will help businesses respond to COVID by helping train the unemployed workforce and find jobs that have transferrable skills. These activities will be supported by University of Oregon mentors and experts as well as community partners to help people create a business that grows into the community and creates high-wage jobs. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 256 jobs and leverage $910,000 in private investment.
      • $300,000, matched by $60,000 in local investment, to Vivian’s Door, Inc., Mobile/Mobile County, Alabama, to support the development of an Initiative that will help advance the interests and needs of underserved businesses in Mobile County, Alabama, an area hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through an incubator and accelerator model, this project will provide opportunities to enhance the overall entrepreneur experience by helping build an extensive network of low-income businesses, consumers, anchor institutions, large corporate partners, and municipal agencies—all working towards a systemic change in community support. Once implemented, the project will provide the region with a roadmap to achieve long-term prosperity and growth by building resiliency to withstand economic disruptions, which will help diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $288,603, matched by $72,397 in local investment, to the City of Burlington, Burlington/Alamance County, North Carolina, to fund sewer infrastructure upgrades to service the City of Burlington’s industrial district and a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will provide resources to support a textile company expanding in the region, which will help create employment opportunities that support economic recovery, and provide the necessary infrastructure to allow the company to expand and make personal protective equipment, thereby supporting a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 10 jobs, save 12 jobs, and leverage $2,500,000 in private investment.
      • $200,000, matched by $89,800 in local investment, to Greater Spokane Incorporated, Spokane/Spokane County, Washington, to support the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Spokane Valley and establishment of a dashboard and resiliency and response tools to keep the whole community united around a common set of strategies. The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shocks through the region's economy that require a strategy for not only recovering from the current adversity, but also building resiliency within the communities to withstand future economic stress. Once implemented, the CEDS will provide the region with a roadmap to achieve long-term prosperity and growth, which will help diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $164,348, matched by $41,087 in local investment, to the Tahoe Prosperity Center, Incline Village/Washoe County, Nevada (Project: Reno/Washoe County, Nevada), to support the preparation of a regional economic recovery and resiliency action plan that outlines implementation steps to diversify the regional economy in Washoe County, Nevada. The project work activities will include performance of an economic impact analysis of pre-coronavirus pandemic economic indicators and identification of specific initiatives and actions to foster economic growth in non-tourism industries. Once implemented, the plan will lead to diversification of the regional economy, which will provide more employment opportunities for the region's workforce.
      • $158,293, matched by $39,574 in local investment, to the Stanislaus Business Alliance, Modesto/Stanislaus County, California, to fund the Save Stanislaus COVID Intervention Program, to help county businesses harmed by the COVID-19 economic downturn stay in business and save jobs in Stanislaus County, California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The scope of work includes developing a strategy of business needs, based upon interviews with local businesses, then using that information to provide targeted assistance to businesses in the area. Once implemented, the program will provide the region with a roadmap to achieve long-term prosperity and growth by building resiliency to withstand economic disruptions, which will help diversify and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 800 jobs and leverage $40,500,000 in private investment.
      • $123,935, matched by $30,984 in local investment, to the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, Nashua/Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, to support the Nashua Regional Planning Commission with developing a comprehensive economic development recovery plan for the 13-community greater Nashua region. The project will help address the impacts of COVID-19 on the region’s economy including job losses, business closures, and the disparate impact of recent economic dislocations on traditionally disadvantaged and underserved businesses. Key components of the plan would include developing strategies to leverage Nashua’s two Opportunity Zones, increasing support for entrepreneurship programs, and targeting revitalization strategies for key restaurant and retail corridors, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy.
      • $92,578, matched by $23,500 in local investment, to the Land of Sky Regional Council/ Southwestern Commission, Asheville/Buncombe County, North Carolina, to support the Land of Sky Regional Council with conducting a supply chain asset inventory and gap analysis for the outdoor gear and medical technology industries in Asheville, North Carolina. The analysis will help identify opportunities for job growth and the work will be shared with local and regional policymakers, workforce development directors, and business leaders to inform future decisions and to help the region better understand and capitalize on opportunities for reshoring and cultivating these industries to foster job creation. Once implemented, the plan will strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.
      • $92,220, matched by $23,206 in local investment, to the City of Pikeville, Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky, to support the City of Pikeville with creating a strategic plan to identify the need for a medical research and development, and advanced pharmaceuticals manufacturing industry cluster. The project will assist Eastern Kentucky in economic recovery by providing much needed jobs to recover from the coal industry downturn, while also helping the region prepare for future pandemics and global disasters. Once completed, the plan will help spur economic development and diversification in the city for years to come and provide industry leaders, investors, and other partners with market research and recommendations to help the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and increase resiliency for future disruptions.
      • $80,000, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to the Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, Inc., Darlington/Darlington County, South Carolina, to support the development of a feasibility study to determine the market demand for refrigerated storage and related sectors with specific attention to the newly operating Inland Port Dillon in Darlington, South Carolina. The results of the study will enable Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, Inc. to adequately plan for the size, location, and number of facilities needed to meet current and future demands of the region. Once completed, this project supports recovery and resiliency by improving the reliability and safety of the food service supply chain, which will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and help diversify the local economy.
      • $80,000, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to the Lee-Russell Council of Governments, Opelika/Lee County, Alabama, to support the Lee-Russell Council of Governments with developing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to include economic recovery planning as a result of economic dislocations due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Opelika, Alabama. The project will provide the resources needed to focus on both short-term and long-term strategies for a more resilient and sustainable region as well as enable the region to have a strategic approach based on regional visioning, goals, measurable objectives and prioritized action. Once implemented, the CEDS will assist the region with recovery efforts from the pandemic and help build resiliency from future economic disruptions.
    • $6,416,508 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $1,879,492 in local investments, as follows:
      • $6,000,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funds, matched by $1,708,000 in local investment, to the Town of Darrington, Darrington/Snohomish County, Washington, to support the Town of Darrington with site work, infrastructure, utilities, and land purchase for development of the Darrington Wood Innovation Center. The Center will provide a hub for the next generation of high-technology wood product companies, with the potential to revitalize the wood products after the industry suffered as a result of the Oso mudslide in Darrington, Washington, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 156 jobs and leverage $22,000,000 in private investment.
      • $378,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $94,500 in local investment, to the Centre, Water Works and Sewer Board, Centre/Cherokee County, Alabama, to fund construction of a new sewer lift station and the demolition and removal of the existing station to allow for a normal flow rate in Cherokee County, Alabama. The upgrades to the system will enhance capacity significantly and increase the ability of the lift station to move 750 gallons of water/minute to 1,100, resulting in a necessary and important resilience measure inside an opportunity zone, which will bolster economic growth and save jobs throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 50 jobs.
      • $38,508, matched by $76,992 in local investment, to Essex County, Tappahannock/Essex County, Virginia, to support the preliminary engineering and design of the undeveloped lots within the LaGrange Industrial Park, located in an Opportunity Zone in Essex County, Virginia. The project will support Essex County efforts to have marketable land ready for development for businesses with the potential to bring better jobs to the area. Additionally, the project will quantify the cost for companies to develop these parcels for business locations, including the options for extending water and sewer service into the park, extension of utilities, extension of the roadway within the park, stormwater management costs and costs to make the parcels pad ready. Once completed, the project will promote job creation, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $80,744.80 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $16,149 in local investment, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 28 investments from February 15-19, 2021, totaling $63,336,189, which is matched by $25,852,247 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $52,801,925 in 26 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes 21 projects for $50,501,137 that will help create 6,377 jobs, save 5,974 jobs, and leverage $516,150,000 in private investments; (2) $10,324,264 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 410 jobs, save 385 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment; and (3) $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $52,801,925 in 26 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $25,642,247 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,511,548, matched by $1,127,887 in local investment, to the Perry County Port Authority, Tell City/Perry County, Indiana, to fund the Perry County Port Authority’s Bridge and Rail Added Capacity Enhancement (BRACE) Project to make railway infrastructure improvements needed to support the growth of manufacturing and other businesses in three local industrial parks. The project includes replacing two timber trestle bridges and rail approaches on the Hoosier Southern Railroad located at Milepost 8.1, over the Anderson River, and at Milepost 11.7, over the East Fork of Crooked Creek in Tell City, Indiana. Once completed, the two new bridges will provide additional reliability, reduced maintenance costs, and upgraded capacity to handle heavier freight, which will provide the region with another resource to strengthen its logistics cluster and diversify into other related clusters to become more resilient in response to disasters like the flooding that occurred in 2018 and 2019 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 25 jobs, save 19 jobs, and leverage $1,500,000 in private investment.
      • $4,300,000, matched by $619,000 in local investment, to Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Port Arthur/Jefferson County, Texas, to support Lamar State College-Port Arthur with creating a new Commercial Driving Academy - Examination Center. The new center will include larger covered testing areas, a new classroom facility, and an examiner's center. Once completed, the project will support industrial expansion and investment in the area, which will help create sustainable jobs and boost workforce development throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,800 jobs and leverage $71,000,000 in private investment.
      • $3,770,000, matched by $943,182 in local investment, to Milam County, Cameron/Milam County, Texas, to support Milam County with revitalizing the vacant hospital complex in downtown Cameron, Texas, for commercial use and as an additional COVID-19 testing and medical care site. Once completed, the project will help increase the area’s economic resiliency, increase business diversification, and provide additional resources to Cameron to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 55 jobs, save 39 jobs, and leverage $4,600,000 in private investment.
      • $3,388,250, matched by $847,063 in local investment, to the City of Cohasset, Cohasset/Itasca County, Minnesota, to support the City of Cohasset with building a 25,000-square-foot facility to house manufacturing tenants and a business incubator in Itasca County, Minnesota, an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The project includes installation of on-site utilities, parking, sidewalks, and stormwater retention pond and all related appurtenances. The impacts of the COVID-19 crisis have substantially affected small businesses in the region leading to possible losses of infrastructure and capacity. New and existing businesses will require support along with the tools and resources to restart and redevelop. The incubator and shared manufacturing space will provide a way for entrepreneurs to thrive in the region and create jobs to help diversify the industrial base and become more resilient in the face of future economic shocks. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 86 jobs, save 6 jobs, and leverage $900,000 in private investment.
      • $3,500,000, matched by $875,000 in local investment, to the City of Eagle Pass, Eagle Pass/Maverick County, Texas, to support small business growth by renovating a downtown, city-owned building for use as a small business incubator and retail center in Eagle Pass, Texas. The facility will support and attract a variety of industries, including retail, technology, real estate, and innovative energy solutions. Once completed, the project will create jobs, attract private investment, and help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 35 jobs and leverage $200,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $1,000,000 in local investment, to the Town of Fairview, Fairview/Collin County, Texas, to fund construction of a new four-lane divided roadway that will create a primary access to Medical Center Drive in support of a hospital expansion and a mixed-use private development in Fairview, Texas. The project will aid Fairview’s long-term recovery by diversifying the regional economy and provide new employment opportunities for dislocated workers, which will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 300 jobs and leverage $117,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,867,824, matched by $716,957 in local investment, to the Village of Dickeyville, Dickeyville/Grant County, Wisconsin, to fund the construction of the Village of Dickeyville’s new industrial park to provide new industrial space to support its growing agricultural and machine equipment manufacturing sectors in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. The project will assist local leaders and stakeholders in creating new opportunities to expand their available industrial land offerings to enable future job growth in the area. Once completed, the project will create and save jobs, as well as spur private investment throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 70 jobs, save 26 jobs, and leverage $17,400,000 in private investment.
      • $2,750,000, matched by $687,500 in local investment, to the NDC Economic Development Lending, Inc., New York, New York (Project: Santa Cruz/Santa Cruz, California), to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: County of Santa Cruz, California, nearby a designated Opportunity Zone. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, further the long-term economic adjustment objectives, create and retain jobs, and attract private investments, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 18 jobs, save 138 jobs, and leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,500,000, matched by $6,876,478 in local investment, to the City of Kilgore/Kilgore College/CHRISTUS Health, Kilgore/Gregg County, Texas, to fund construction of two additional floors of new space on the northwest side of the Roy H. Laird Memorial Hospital for use as a health sciences education center in Kilgore, Texas. The Roy H. Laird Regional Medical Health Sciences Education Center will train workers for jobs in nursing and health sciences fields in a state-of-the-art facility. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 840 jobs and leverage $9,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,500,000, matched by $625,000 in local investment, to the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, West Sacramento/Yolo County, California (Project: San Andreas/Calaveras County, California), to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Counties of Amador, Alpine, Calaveras, El Dorado, Inyo, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter, Tuolumne, and Yuba. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, further the long-term economic adjustment objectives, create and retain jobs, and attract private investments, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 80 jobs, save 50 jobs, and leverage $8,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,400,000, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to the Alpena Community College, Alpena/Alpena County, Michigan, to support the Alpena Community College Manufacturing Skills Center Initiative to help create new training opportunities for the region’s workforce, which has experienced significant job losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Repurposing currently unoccupied lab space at the College will expand and modernize the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center and Welding Skills Center to allow for safe training conditions. The project will create new training opportunities for Northeast Michigan’s workforce and help boost job creation, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 274 jobs and leverage $15,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,400,000, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Toledo/Lucas County, Ohio, to capitalize the new Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority EDA revolving loan fund, which will provide a critical source of capital for businesses located in the Toledo region. As the COVID-19 pandemic impacted businesses’ access to capital, many employers were required to reduce their workforce, causing job losses across region. This EDA-funded revolving loan fund will provide additional resources to Toledo region businesses struggling to retain their employees, continue operations, and succeed long-term. The grantee estimates that tis investment will help create 50 jobs, save 20 jobs, and leverage $250,000 in private investment.
      • $2,300,000, matched by $575,000 in local investment, to the City of Pflugerville, Pflugerville/Travis County, Texas, to support the City of Pflugerville with making critical roadway infrastructure improvements along the Pecan Street-Dessau Road Corridors to support business growth, including at the One Thirty Business Park in Pflugerville, Texas. The improvements will allow for additional travel lanes, turn lanes, as well as new sidewalks, traffic signals, and trail connections to connect the existing trails under the FM 1825 and FM 685 bridges. Once completed, the project will provide a catalyst for recovery and broaden the community’s resiliency efforts, which will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,000 jobs and leverage $250,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $5,449,103 in local investment, to the City of Lawton, Lawton/Comanche County, Oklahoma, to fund roadway improvements to Lee Boulevard to improve access to the Lawton Industrial Park, Great Plains Technology Institute, and Southwest Medical Center in Lawton, Oklahoma. The improvements will help support the flow of goods and products in and out of the Park, provide support to the Great Plains Technology Institute, which provides critical workforce training, and allow better access to healthcare being administered at the Southwest Medical Center. Once completed, the project will support the retention of jobs in the region impacted by disasters, both natural and economic. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 3,070 jobs.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $2,061,034 in local investment, to the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center. Des Moines/Polk County, Iowa, to support the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center with purchasing equipment to be housed in the state-of-the-art telehealth training center that is currently being designed with assistance from Avera Health. The equipment will be used to help train students and Des Moines area healthcare providers in telehealth technologies critical to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 678 jobs.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the City of Thibodaux, Thibodaux/Lafourche County, Louisiana, to support the City of Thibodaux with upgrading the wastewater system, which will continue to support the many businesses located in the city allowing them to focus their energy on recovery and sustainability. The project will help the city continue to provide a modern wastewater treatment system that is safe for both the area residents and surrounding environment. The system supports myriad residential properties and a host of government, education, business, and industrial operations. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 60 jobs and save 225 jobs.
      • $1,230,031, matched by $307,508 in local investment, to the Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City/Jackson County, Missouri, to support the Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation and the University of Missouri-Kansas City with establishing the Kansas City Regional Economic Recovery program to provide technical assistance to disadvantaged small businesses and strengthen workforce development programs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The project will deliver small business assistance services and training with a specific focus on business owners of color and women-owned businesses, as well as career counseling and placement opportunities for workers in the region. Once implemented, the program will help addresses the region’s need to create and retain high-quality jobs while fostering a more resilient small business ecosystem to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 60 jobs and save 100 jobs.
      • $1,200,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District, Bozeman/Gallatin County, Montana, to provide a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in southwestern Montana's Gallatin and Park Counties. Through the RLF, Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District will build upon its regional planning efforts and pandemic response by providing capital financing to impacted businesses. The RLF will provide the region with a local source of capital for new, existing, and expanding businesses, which will promote growth and recovery from the pandemic by retaining key clusters and increasing investment, employment, and economic resilience. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 40 jobs, save 125 jobs, and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment.
      • $975,000, matched by $25,000 in local investment, to the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments, Springfield/Greene County, Missouri, to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to provide access to financing options to address economic resiliency effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in rural Missouri. The Southwest Missouri Council of Governments is addressing the impacts of the current pandemic by providing capital financing to the surrounding communities of: Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, Webster, Barton, Jasper, McDonald, and Newton Counties in Missouri. The RLF will provide the community with a local source of capital for new, existing, and expanding businesses, which will promote the growth and development by increasing investment, employment, and economic diversity throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 19 jobs and leverage $1,900,000 in private investment.
      • $782,788, matched by $195,697 in local investment, to the California Academy for Economic Development, Sacramento/Sacramento County, California, to fund the expansion of the Outsmart Disaster Campaign, a statewide education and training campaign designed by the California Academy for Economic Development to communicate risks, provide resources, and call to action businesses, economic developers, and organizations across the state so they become more prepared to reduce damages and speed up business recovery from the COVID-19 economic downturn. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $700,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the Louisiana Department of Transportation/Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts, Baton rouge/East Baton Rouge County, Louisiana, to support the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts, in collaboration with the Governor’s Broadband for Everyone in Louisiana (BEL) Commission, with establishing a Louisiana Broadband Strategy. Through this collaboration, partners at the state and regional Planning and Development District level will incorporate regional priorities and recommendations to sustain the efforts of the BEL Commission. These efforts include creating coverage and asset maps at the regional level to facilitate implementation, capturing accurate snapshots of regional and state broadband capacity and needs, and identifying solutions and supports through technical assistance. Once implemented, the strategy is expected to create a more resilient Louisiana through adopting a systemic approach that promotes access to equitable opportunities and resources across the state.
      • $678,000, matched by $296,768 in local investment, to the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ontario/San Bernardino County, California, to fund the development of the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau (GOCVB) Back-to-Business Marketing Plan targeted to meeting and event planners. GOCVB Travel and Tourism industries have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic and the impacts to the area have been devastating. The plan will help stimulate meeting and convention bookings within the local region, thereby contributing to the revitalization of the regional economy. Once implemented, the plan will also help to create awareness of the Greater Ontario region as an affordable and safe location for future meetings and conventions with event locations, hotels and restaurants adhering to new health safety standards as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • $608,484, matched by $154,070 in local investment, to the Curators of the University of Missouri, Columbia/Boone County, Missouri, to support the Curators of the University of Missouri with establishing the Consortium to Enhance Innovation, Resilience, and Agility in Missouri’s Manufacturers, which will provide individual business consultation, educational sessions and technology assessment and adoption services in the following areas: business model and enterprise management, technology innovation, process and project management, market research and opportunities, workforce assessment and training, as well as agility, resilience and business continuity training, education, and assistance for manufacturers in the state. Once implemented, the Consortium will facilitate activities that allow companies to leverage resources, collectively invest in workforce training and seek complementary opportunities for product and technology development while learning from one another through regional interactions. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 761 jobs, save 1,082 jobs, and leverage $6,300,000 in private investment.
      • $300,000, matched by $75,000 in local investment, to the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, San Francisco/San Francisco County, California, to support the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, with providing COVID-19 Pandemic recovery and resiliency technical assistance services to support over 400 minority and women-owned businesses in Contra Costa County, California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will provide the following services: business consulting, industry-specific business and technology training, access to markets, and networking events. Once implemented, the project will help to strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 400 jobs, save 800 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
      • $100,000, matched by $25,000 in local investment, to the Sun Corridor, Inc., Tucson/Pima County, Arizona, to support Sun Corridor Inc. (SCI) with establishing the Recovery & Resilience Plan, a comprehensive, long-range strategic plan defining where resources need to be focused to improve the short- and long-term competitiveness post COVID-19 in Tucson, Arizona. SCI will lead the process with a board including leaders from both the public and private sector, to complete a market analysis within 9 months and develop recommendations and a multi-phased implementation plan. The multi-phased implementation plan will guide public and private organizational decisions related to workforce and infrastructure investments that will address the impacts of COVID-19, which will which help diversify the local economy and promote economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $40,000, matched by $10,000 in local investment, to the Wood County Development Authority, Parkersburg/Wood County, West Virginia, to support the Wood County Development Authority with addressing the economic and social impact of COVID-19 by conducting a feasibility study for a small business incubator and coworking space. The study will inform stakeholders on the viability of developing a small business incubator/coworking space in downtown Parkersburg, West Virginia, a designated Opportunity Zone. Once completed, the project will help the region create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency in an area severely impacted by the downturn in the oil and gas industries.
    • $10,324,264 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, as follows:
      • $10,324,264 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funds, with no local match, to the Northern Marianas Technical Institute, Saipan/Saipan County, Northern Mariana Islands, to fund the construction of a building for use as a workforce career training facility on Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. The new facility will allow the region to continue and expand the training of skilled workers to meet the current and future need to provide staffing for local employers. These improvements will serve to support the capacity of employers to make higher skill employment opportunities and higher personal incomes available to the region’s workforce. Once completed, the project will provide the region with the capacity to economically recover in the aftermath of a major disaster, which will create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 410 jobs, save 385 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
    • $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $210,000 in local investment, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 34 investments from February 8-12, 2021, totaling $75,447,132, which is matched by $24,583,884 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $24,756,657 in 21 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes 16 projects for $17,717,497 that will help create 4,275 jobs, save 1,171 jobs, and leverage $200,000,000 in private investments; (2) $42,825,475 in 10 Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes four projects for $25,378,417 that will help create 660 jobs, save 323 jobs, and leverage $27,200,000 in private investments; and (3) $7,865,000 in three Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 167 jobs, save 48 jobs, and leverage $76,750,000 in private investments.
    • $24,756,657 in 21 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $6,138,509 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,780,000, matched by $695,000 in local investment, to the Louisiana State Parks and Recreation Commission, Baton Rouge/East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to support the Louisiana State Parks and Recreation Commission with the construction of permanent sewer connections to approximately 567 existing campsites located within nine State Parks' RV Campgrounds in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The new lines hosting grey and black water will run in the existing utility right-of-way to tie into the existing RV dump station or potentially into the City Sewer, depending on the Park. The additions will allow the Office of State Parks to offer a better experience for visitors, increasing tourism traffic and both state and local tax revenue, thereby stimulating the economy and advancing economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $2,750,000, matched by $687,500 in local investment, to TruFund Financial Services, Inc., New York/New York County, New York (Project: Addison/Dallas County Texas), to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Cottle, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Foard, Grayson, Hardeman, Hood, Hunt, Jack, Kaufman, Montague, Parker, Palo Pinto, Rockwall, Tarrant, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise and Young counties. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 56 jobs and save 84 jobs.
      • $2,477,727, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the Regional Convention and Visitors Commission/Saint Louis Development Corporation, Saint Louis/Saint Louis County, Missouri, to support the Regional Convention and Visitors Commission and the Saint Louis Development Corporation’s efforts to foster regional tourism recovery and resiliency by addressing impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in Saint Louis City, Missouri, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will leverage funds from regional private partners and develop an integrated marketing campaign for the region, promoting St. Louis as a safe tourism destination. In addition, the project will provide supplies, equipment, and cleaning for the America’s Center Convention Complex, allowing events to resume in a safe way. Once completed, the project will support tourism and hospitality businesses, create and save jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 637 jobs and save 81 jobs.
      • $1,800,000, matched by $455,099 in local investment, to the City of Giddings, Giddings/ Lee County, Texas, to support the City of Giddings and Giddings Economic Development Corporation with installing utility services and fiber optics on Burleson Street and along Highway 290 to advance economic development in Lee County, Texas. The project will help increase water capacity for businesses along the US 290 corridor and increase internet speeds for businesses and residents in the area. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 1,586 jobs, save 425 jobs, and leverage $27,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,760,000, matched by $440,000 in local investment, to the Southwest Intermediary Finance Team, Inc., Weatherford/Blaine County, Oklahoma, to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Beaver, Beckham, Canadian, Carter, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garvin, Grady, Harper, Logan, Marshall, Pontotoc, Roger Mills, Stephens, Texas, Washita, Woods, and Woodward counties.
      • $1,530,795, matched by $270,140 in local investment, to the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency/Nebraska Enterprise Fund, Omaha/Douglas County, Nebraska, to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to provide gap financing to private sector businesses in Mills and Pottawattamie Counties in Iowa and Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties in Nebraska. The financing will help the region respond to the significant challenges that have been experienced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the closure of many businesses and venues, and the decline of tax revenues for local governments in the MAPA region. Once implemented, the project will provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, create and retain jobs, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 40 jobs and save 79 jobs.
      • $1,400,000, matched by $414,900 in local investment, to the Town of Little Elm, Little Elm/Denton County, Texas, to fund infrastructure improvements to the Lobo Lane Technically park supporting the expansion of businesses directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The businesses include a manufacturer of syringes with “low dead space” that will directly support the COVID-19 vaccine roll out in Little Elm, Texas. Once completed, the improvements will help stimulate economic growth by attracting new businesses and jobs to the park area, which will lead to improved conditions and economic vitality for Little Elm and surrounding areas and help the region recover from the economic effects of COVID-19. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 300 jobs and leverage $50,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,250,000, matched by $617,384 in local investment, to San Juan County, Aztec/San Juan County, New Mexico, to support the purchase and installation of emergency generators and IT network upgrades for the San Juan Regional Medical Center in San Juan County, New Mexico. The project will enable the Center to expand telehealth services and to set up a field hospital in case of emergency, to provide immediate operational improvement to the County's COVID-19 response and expand long-term telehealth services in the region. Once completed, the project will help stimulate economic growth for San Juan and help the region recover from the economic effects of COVID-19.
      • $1,200,000, matched by $465,958 in local investment, to the City of Shamrock, Shamrock/Wheeler County, Texas, to support the City of Shamrock with developing infrastructure to support the construction of an industrial business park in Wheeler County, Texas. The project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and will aim to reduce its dependency on oil and gas, expand manufacturing capacity, and diversify the regional economy. Once completed, the project will include a green technology thermal decomposition plant that will generate employment opportunities and attract private investments, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 67 jobs and leverage $55,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,100,000, matched by $275,000 in local investment, to the South Plains Association of Governments, Lubbock/Lubbock County, Texas (Project: Wayside/Armstrong County. Texas), to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, and Wheeler counties. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 25 jobs and save 100 jobs.
      • $1,100,000, matched by $275,000 in local investment, to the South Plains Association of Governments, Lubbock/Lubbock County, Texas (Project: Andrews/Andrews County, Texas) to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Andrews, Borden, Crane, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward and Winkler counties. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 25 jobs and save 100 jobs.
      • $990,000, with no local match, to the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, Gallup/McKinley County, New Mexico, to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Cibola, McKinley, and San Juan Counties, New Mexico. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs and save 100 jobs.
      • $900,000, matched by $225,000 in local investment, to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock/Pulaski County, Arkansas, to support the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas System with identifying workforce populations most impacted by the coronavirus and aligning skills training opportunities for retraining and reemployment to support individual and business community recovery in Little Rock, Arkansas. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $880,000, matched by $220,000 in local investments, to TruFund Financial Services, Inc., New Orleans/Orleans County, Louisiana, to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Baton Rouge MSA (Capital City Region) and the following parishes: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Livingston, Point Coupee, Iberville, St. Helena and Ascension. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 75 jobs and save 125 jobs.
      • $860,000, matched by $215,000 in local investment, to the City of Sequin, Sequin/Guadalupe County, Texas, to fund the design, engineering, permitting and construction costs to develop a new roadway in Seguin, Texas. The roadway will provide access to the southern area of the Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) commercial park for existing and future commercial park businesses. Once completed, the new infrastructure will help stimulate economic growth by attracting new businesses and jobs to the business park area, which will lead to improved conditions and economic vitality for Seguin and surrounding areas and help the region recover from the economic effects of COVID-19. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 145 jobs and leverage $59,000,000 in private investment.
      • $550,000, matched by $137,500 in local investment, to TruFund Financial Services, Inc., New Orleans/Orleans County, Louisiana, to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caldwell, Catahoula, Caddo, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Tensas, Union, West Carroll, Webster, Winn and Vernon counties. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs and save 75 jobs.
      • $450,000, matched by $208,566 in local investment, to the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, Norman/Cleveland County, Oklahoma, to fund the University of Oklahoma’s Aerospace Workforce Development and Venture Support (AWDVS) project to provide skills training to unemployed workers for a career in Aerospace and by supporting new Aerospace startup ventures—directly accelerating economic recovery and improving resilience in Central Oklahoma. The project will help establish and expand on industry relationships by offering advanced fabrication support, through undergraduate and graduate students, to local Aerospace-related startups and small businesses. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs and leverage $8,000,000 in private investment.
      • $349,160, matched by $129,200 in local investment, to the Southwest Region Planning Commission, Keene/Cheshire County, New Hampshire, to support the Southwest Region Planning Commission with developing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan, which will help to guide the future development and investments throughout the New Hampshire region. In addition, the Planning Commission will perform Coronavirus Recovery Planning to address economic impacts of the pandemic and resiliency and will also provide economic recovery technical assistance to local economic development stakeholders to implement economic recovery initiatives aligned with CEDS goals and objectives.
      • $237,750, matched by $59,438 in local investment, to Illinois College, Jacksonville/Morgan County, Illinois, to support Illinois College with establishing a new nursing degree program, which will provide a critical source of trained nursing professionals, who are in high-demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With Passavant Area Hospital as a key partner, students will gain hands-on experience during their training, and the hospital’s commitment to employ students will ensure that they have a clear path to employment in their chosen field. The project will also provide training equipment for students in the nursing and nursing-related training programs as well as students at nearby Lincoln Land Community College, to serve as a resource for the community as it attempts to fill regional gaps in nurse and nursing assistant positions. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,111 jobs.
      • $215,000, matched by $53,750 in local investment, to the City of Coweta, Coweta/Wagoner County, Oklahoma, to fund construction of improvements to the existing wastewater system for the City of Coweta and the Coweta Public Work Authority. The system will serve the existing and proposed facilities operated by the Indian Capital Technology Center (ICTC) providing job training, including training for practical nurse and certified nurse aids. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
      • $176,225, matched by $44,074 in local investment, to Wind River Development Fund, Fort Washakie/Freemont County, Wyoming, to the Wind River Development Fund with establishing the Wind River Economic Recovery and Small Business Development Initiative, which will provide business coaching to new and existing businesses on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The project will strengthen the local business skills base in the area while fostering economic recovery and resilience from the COVID-19 pandemic. Once implemented, the project will also help address the need to support job creation and retention by strengthening the Reservation’s economic foundation and business base, which will build the financial capabilities of aspiring entrepreneurs, improve local entrepreneurs’ business skills, and prepare entrepreneurs and small businesses to become loan-ready and access capital. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 8 jobs and save 2 jobs.
    • $42,825,475 in 10 Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $7,218,456 in local investments, as follows:
      • $13,190,280 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funds, with no local match, to the Northern Marianas College, Saipan/Saipan County, Northern Marianas Islands, to fund the construction of a facility for use as a research, extension, and development center at Northern Marianas College on Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will replace and augment existing college facilities, 87 percent of which were either destroyed or suffered major damage from Super Typhoon Yutu. The new facility will house instructional space for the college’s nursing program, a new simulation lab for the NMC Business Department, and other resources to develop the commonwealth’s capacity to develop industries that contribute to economic growth. Once completed, the project will increase employment opportunities, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 272 jobs and leverage $13,500,000 in private investment.
      • $8,550,039 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $1,729,510 in local investment, to the University of Guam, Mangilao/Guam County, Guam, to support the University of Guam with construction of two educational and research buildings at the Scientific Education and Research Facilities in Mangilao, Guam, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the Typhoon Mangkhut disaster. The new lab will increase the ability of the University’s Water and Environmental Research Institute to monitor the health of Guam’s aquifer which provides fresh water for commercial and residential use throughout the island. The second building will provide instructional space for the University’s School of Nursing and facilitate training of more nurses to address a shortage of healthcare workers throughout the region. Once completed, the project will promote resiliency and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 243 jobs.
      • $6,094,971 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $1,523,743 in local investment, to the City of Conway, Conway/Harry County, South Carolina, to support the City of Conway with making wastewater system improvements to help eliminate overflow during future flood events and to allow for development in Conway, South Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project includes the construction of a new lift station to be located behind the Gator Coastal Shopping Center on Church Street in Conway and construction of a new force main to assist the region with recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence. Once completed, the project will allow major employers to remain in the area during future flooding events, promote resiliency, and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $3,467,905 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $866,977 in local investment, to Georgetown County, Georgetown/Georgetown County, South Carolina, to fund stormwater system improvements for the East Andrews area in Georgetown, South Carolina, a partially designated Opportunity Zone. The project will provide improved stormwater system operation and reliability, which will help decrease the impact of severe flooding in the future. Once completed, the project will help the region to diversify its economy, making it more resilient to various environmental or financial shocks and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $3,365,409 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $841,353 in local investment, to the City of Georgetown/Georgetown County, Georgetown/Georgetown County, South Carolina, to fund stormwater system improvements for the City of Georgetown’s Historic District in South Carolina. Hurricane Florence and other weather events have had significant impacts on the city’s aging stormwater infrastructure system and exacerbated the vulnerabilities that already existed within the system. These vulnerabilities manifested themselves in clogs and backups in the infrastructure throughout the City, which resulted in flooded streets and businesses. Once completed, the improvements will help prevent disruptions in the utility stormwater and wastewater systems, which will decrease the likelihood of severe flooding during future storms, promote resiliency, and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $3,130,098 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $1,000,000 in local investment, to the City of Lumberton, Lumberton/Robeson County, North Carolina, to fund the construction of a permanent floodgate system to prevent flooding of area businesses in Lumberton, North Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project involves installing abutments coming from the I-95 bridge with two floodgates, one on the railroad line and one on VFW Road, that is parallel to the railroad line. This would also include signalization of the railroad line both up and down stream of the floodgate. The project also includes roadway and utility relocations. Once completed, the improvements will help protect critical public infrastructure and major industries located inside the protected area, which will decrease the likelihood of severe flooding during future storms, promote resiliency, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 90 jobs, save 323 jobs, and leverage $4,200,000 in private investment.
      • $2,494,758 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $623,689 in local investment, to the Santee Electric Cooperative, Inc./Florence County, Kingstree/ Williamsburg County, South Carolina (Project: Florence/Florence County, South Carolina), to fund roadway and electrical system improvements by constructing a substation to serve a distribution center in Florence, South Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. The major flooding from Hurricane Florence damaged infrastructure in the area, which led to a loss of water and sewer service, as well as road outages. Each time these interruptions occurred, industries experienced work stoppages and a decrease in productivity. Once completed, the project will improve the region's ability to attract and retain employers by improving the reliability and availability of critical infrastructure such as electrical service and large truck accessibility for industrial areas, which will help the region to diversify its economy, making it more resilient to various environmental or financial shocks.
      • $1,324,736 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funds, matched by $331,184 in local investment, to the City of Dillon, Dillon/Dillon County, South Carolina, to fund wastewater system improvements to meet the critical need for updates to two exposed 20” force mains currently located on an abandoned bridge deck parallel to Highway 9 in Dillon County, South Carolina, a designated Opportunity Zone. Significant flood waters from Hurricane Florence washed over the force mains weakening its support, which caused disruptions in employment and industry operations in the area. The project will relocate the exposed force mains to a safer, unexposed location under the riverbed, strengthening the overall system. Once completed, the improvements will make the wastewater system more resilient and decrease the likelihood of service interruptions as well as environmental contamination during future storms. Additionally, by making the system more resilient to weather events, the city and county will be able to continue to attract new industries to the area.
      • $699,279 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $175,000 in local investment, to Francis Marion University, Florence/Florence County, South Carolina, to support Francis Marion University with making improvements to the drainage/stormwater management infrastructure on the main campus in Florence, South Carolina. The strengthening of the stormwater drainage system will allow for the university to serve its workforce and academic development mission, and its obligation to its employees and the community, allowing the university to be more resilient during and after flood events. Once completed, the project will create jobs, mitigate the effects of natural disasters, and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $508,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $127,000 in local investment, to the Town of Centerville, Centerville/Hickman County, Tennessee, to fund water system improvements to mitigate vulnerability to future storm events which disrupt and endanger both regional and local employment in Centerville, Tennessee. The project will help support future expansion of existing companies and the recruitment of new industries into the area, as well as address multiple needs in the region from the perspectives of health and safety. Once completed, the project will help improve the reliability and availability of critical infrastructure, which will promote resiliency and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 55 jobs and leverage $9,500,000 in private investment.
    • $7,865,000 in three Public Works projects, matched by $11,226,919 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5.000,000, matched by $9,802,061 in local investment, to the City of Reno, Reno/Washoe County, Nevada, to fund the Reno Stead Water Reclamation Facility (RSWRF) Effluent Treatment, Storage and Reuse project to help expand the region's ability to process effluent and provide quality water for reuse by commercial users, new and old in Reno, Nevada. The project will expand the existing capacity from 2 to 4 million gallons per day and support an additional 10 million square feet of industrial construction in the adjacent industrial park, which will attract private investment, create jobs throughout the region, and provide long-term sustainable economic growth. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 167 jobs, save 48 jobs, and leverage $76,750,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $559,858 in local investment, to the City of DeKalb, DeKalb/Bowie County, Texas, to support the City of DeKalb with the design and construction of water and sewer improvements serving the city including the Dekalb Industrial Foundation 36-acre site. These utility improvements will provide wastewater service to existing businesses as well as emerging business opportunities in Bowie County, Texas, a designated Opportunity Zone. Once completed, the reconstruction of US 82 will make more traffic and development opportunities in the city, which will attract future companies to the area, spur private investment, create jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 8 jobs, save 43 jobs, and leverage $450,000 in private investment.
      • $865,000, matched by $865,000 in local investment, to the Lubbock Reese Redevelopment Authority, Lubbock/Lubbock County, Texas, to support the Lubbock Reese Redevelopment Authority with providing critical security and airport runway enhancements to facilitate job creation at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas. The improvements will help expand research and development of new technologies at the 2,467-acre business park. The enhanced security will allow businesses in the park to meet the needs of their corporate clients and ensure that the region remains competitive in researching new technologies. Once completed, the project will result in job creation and business expansion, which will strengthen the regional economy and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 15 jobs, save 5 jobs, and leverage $20,000,000 in private investment.
  • EDA announced 17 investments from February 1-5, 2021, totaling $29,657,155, which is matched by $9,553,600 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $14,994,221 in 11 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes five projects for $14,230,635 that will help create 2,261 jobs, save 534 jobs, and leverage $47,877,986 in private investments; (2) $14,032,934 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 1,517 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $54,320,000 in private investments; and (3) $630,000 in three Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $14,994,221 in 11 Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $3,917,346 in local investments, as follows:
      • $6,930,635, with no local match, to the Nevada System of Higher Education/City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas/Clark County, Nevada, to support the Nevada System of Higher Education and the City of Las Vegas with constructing the Westside Education and Training Center to function as a workforce education and training facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will include the construction of a 10,000 square foot building complete with an advanced manufacturing laboratory, welding laboratory, healthcare laboratory, classrooms, multi-purpose room, computer laboratory, and offices. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, lead to higher pay employment opportunities, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 300 jobs.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $3,021,500 in local investment, to the Victoria County Navigation District, Victoria/Victoria County, Texas, to support the Victoria County Navigation District (Port of Victoria) which encompasses all of Victoria County, Texas, with constructing a new 1.9-mile rail loop and a 2,000-foot ladder track (spur) that will connect to existing rail infrastructure. The project will help the region’s railroad, manufacturing, ware housing and terminal operations recover from the economic effects of COVID-19 by providing additional capacity for rail car storage and handling as they are critical to the supply chain. In addition, the expansion will allow for long-term competitiveness amid natural disasters and economic shocks, support the advancement of the manufacturing industry within the region, spur economic growth in a designated Opportunity Zone and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 83 jobs, save 300 jobs, and leverage $45,900,000 in private investment.
      • $2,400,000, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to the University of Wyoming, Laramie/Albany County, Wyoming, to support the University of Wyoming with establishing IMPACT 307, an incubator program to serve the entire state of Wyoming through a hybrid virtual/personal startup launch and entrepreneurial support structure. The project will expand business incubation and launch support services by providing them in digital as well as physical environments to respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which will help diversify the base of employers within the state. Once completed, the project will advance economic resiliency, create new job opportunities, and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 368 jobs and leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,500,000, with no local match, to the Delaware Division of Small Business, Dover/Kent County, Delaware, to support the Delaware Division of Small Business with establishing a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to provide access to capital for small businesses that suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19 pandemic across the entire State of Delaware. The RLF will provide access to capital through loans with flexible, below market terms that will include waiving the application fees, allowing a minimum of 12 months of forbearance and giving preference to small businesses that are located in Qualified Opportunity Zones, Certified HUBZones and Delaware's Downtown Development Districts, which were identified as distressed areas even before COVID-19 pandemic occurred. Once completed, the project will provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, further the long-term economic adjustment objectives, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,500 jobs and save 500 jobs.
      • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Lake County Community Development Corporation, Ronan/Lake County, Montana, to fund a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the Western Montana region including the Flathead Indian Reservation and Lake, Mineral and Sanders Counties. Through the new RLF, Lake County Community Development Corporation will provide financing options and gap financing to small businesses impacted by the pandemic and support the development of new entrepreneurial business opportunities arising from, or related to, recovery or future resiliency. The RLF will provide much-needed capital in the region for businesses to not only continue operations but also retain and create jobs. The RLF will help diversify the region's economy, which already was impacted by previous natural disasters and the decline in the timber industry before the pandemic. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 10 jobs, save 34 jobs, and leverage $977,986 in private investment.
      • $317,655, matched by $83,000 in local investment, to the East Central Intergovernmental Association/Northeast Iowa Community College, Dubuque/Dubuque County, Iowa, to support the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) and Northeast Iowa Community College with establishing the Business Resiliency and Recovery project to help northeast Iowa businesses prepare for, respond to, and recover from coronavirus pandemic impacts through technical assistance and capacity training opportunities. The project will equip and staff a business helpline and triage system, offer one-to-one business counseling, research best practices for and develop capacity trainings, and provide business consulting services for long-term growth and to fuel the region’s jobs and resilience.
      • $162,580, matched by $40,645 in local investment, to the California Association for Local Development, Sacramento/Sacramento County, California, to fund the creation of an Economic Development Resiliency and Recovery Playbook—a comprehensive, strategic tool communities can use to prepare for disasters that impact their economy. The project will target areas with Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies to provide case studies and a model for recovery and resiliency. Once completed, the playbook will be printed and distributed to every jurisdiction in California to enable these communities to plan and protect against future disasters and economic shocks and downturns, which will support the retention of jobs in the region impacted by disasters, both natural and economic.
      • $96,000, matched by $24,000 in local investment, to Snohomish County, Everett/ Snohomish County, Washington, to fund the development of a strategic workforce action plan for Snohomish County that supports long-term, resilient, and broad-based economic growth; provides educational, training and career pathways to residents and workers; and develops and establishes an agile workforce development system that can respond to short-term and adapt to long-term change in Everett, Washington, a designated Opportunity Zone. Once implemented, the strategy will allow the County to make informed investments that will create and save jobs, as well as spur private investment throughout the region.
      • $80,000, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to Dillion County, Dillion/Dillion County, South Carolina, to support Dillon County with conducting the Inland Port Dillon Traffic Study to help address current and future roadway and rail needs in the immediate 6-mile radius of Inland Port Dillon in South Carolina. Once completed, the study will help identify new construction, capacity or maintenance improvements that will need to be made over the next 20 years to maintain maximum access to the port and surrounding industrial, commercial and residential parcels, which will help attract a diverse range of businesses to the region, diversifying the workforce and overall economy.
      • $70,550, matched by $19,000 in local investment, to the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, Gaylord/Otsego County, Michigan, to support the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments’ Alcona County Broadband Connectivity Plan and Rollout Strategy. As a rural and remote area, Alcona County’s broadband infrastructure is limited, which impacts the County’s competitiveness and ability to attract and retain businesses and jobs, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once implemented, the strategy will establish the analytical foundation for critical broadband infrastructure development in the County and help guide local leaders and stakeholders as they make the region more resilient to future economic shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • $36,801, matched by $9,201 in local investment, to the Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, Inc., Richmond/Wayne County, Indiana, to support the Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission in its effort to develop a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that can assist the region in responding to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The region’s existing economic development strategy was developed as part of USDA Rural Development’s Stronger Economies Together (SET) program, and it will form the basis for the new regional CEDS. The EDA-funded CEDS will upgrade the region’s economic development strategy and initiate a new strategic planning process where regional leaders and stakeholders, together with EIRPC, will chart a course for a resilient and dynamic future for the region’s economy.
    • $14,032,934 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $5,126,254 in local investments, as follows:
      • $11,177,918 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funds, with no local match, to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan/Saipan County, Northern Mariana Islands, to fund the rehabilitation of roadway infrastructure within a commercial district on Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will help with recovery efforts from Super Typhoon Yutu and address the transportation and logistical needs of the business community. Once completed, the project will provide higher skill employment opportunities to boost workforce development in the area, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 893 jobs and leverage $1,320,000 in private investment.
      • $1,750,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $4,850,000 in local investment, to the Raleigh County Memorial Airport, Beaver/Raleigh County, West Virginia, to support the Raleigh County Memorial Airport with expanding the West Side section of the Airport Industrial Park by 105 acres in Raleigh County, West Virginia, nearby a designated Opportunity Zone. The development of the 105 acreage allows for the creation of 16 new seven-acre sites that will have direct access to the airport’s runways, which is key to attracting new, innovative businesses, especially in the aerospace industry. Once completed, the project will help create new job opportunities and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 624 jobs and leverage $48,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,105,016 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $276,254 in local investment, to the Miami Conservancy District, Dayton/Montgomery County, Ohio, to support the Miami Conservancy District with providing critical upgrades to the Greater Old North Dayton levee to help mitigate the effects of future flooding and natural disaster events in Montgomery County, Ohio, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project improvements include re-armoring the levee with concrete and utilizing the levee as a new alternative transportation route for the region’s commuters. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes by ensuring business continuity in the Greater Old North Dayton area, which will help bolster job creation and retention, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
    • $630,000 in three Partnership Planning projects, matched by $510,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 14 investments from January 25-29, 2021, totaling $3,369,548, which is matched by $1,253,602 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $1,479,548 in five Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes two projects for $847,500 that will help create 406 jobs and save 320 jobs; and (2) $1,890,000 in nine Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $1,479,548 in five Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $311,102 in local investments, as follows:
      • $450,000, matched by $112,500 in local investment, to the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth/Tarrant County, Texas, to support the University of North Texas Health Science Center with expanding its Sparkyard initiative, a web-based platform used to connect industrialist, by offering free online resources that will help local entrepreneurs and small business owners grow and launch their companies in Tarrant County, Texas. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support entrepreneurism, spur jobs creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $447,500, matched by $52,500 in local investment, to the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Port Hadlock/Jefferson County, Washington, to support the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding with addressing a critical shortage of marine technicians by developing an accredited hands-on training program to teach marine systems: electrical, corrosion, plumbing, diesel and outboard engines, heating and cooling, hydraulics and steering and propulsion in Jefferson County, Washington, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will fill the need for experienced maritime technicians in the area by providing the necessary equipment needed to train workers. Once completed, the project will help create higher-paying jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 336 jobs and save 300 jobs.
      • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Small Business Guarantee and Finance Corporation, Ponape/Federated States of Micronesia, to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund to lend to borrowers in the State of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, further the long-term economic adjustment objective, create and retain jobs, and attract private investments, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 70 jobs and save 20 jobs.
      • $110,048, matched by $28,102 in local investment, to the Lake County Partnership for Economic Development, Lincolnshire/Lake County, Illinois, to support the Lake County Partnership for Economic Development with updating Lake County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) in Lincolnshire, Illinois, a designated Opportunity Zone. The CEDS strategy process will include input from key stakeholders and will result in a new economic development vision for the area, with special attention on the impact of public health on the economy, workforce development, and resilience to economic shocks. Once implemented, the CEDS will help local leaders and stakeholders understand their current economic circumstances and provide a roadmap to help maximize the value of the strong presence of medical device manufacturers. In addition, the CEDS will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $72,000, matched by $18,000 in local investment, to the Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green/Wood County, Ohio, to support the Bowling Green State University with developing the U.S. 30 Corridor Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Ashland, Crawford, Richland, and Wyandot counties in north central Ohio. The project will create an overarching plan to facilitate job creation and diversification of the local economy. Once implemented, the CEDS will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and help build resiliency from future economic disruptions.
    • $1,890,000 in nine Partnership Planning projects, matched by $942,500 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 27 investments from January 18-22, 2021, totaling $38,584,521, which is matched by $20,560,198 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $11,613,011 in eight Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes seven projects for $10,113,011 that will help create 1,143 jobs, save 1,184 jobs, and leverage $20,200,000 in private investments; (2) $2,000,000 in seven STEM Talent Challenge projects to create and implement STEM apprenticeship models to help communities with planning, development and program implementation activities that will complement their regions’ innovation economy; (3) $15,669,233 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes five projects for $13,418,070 that will help create 455 jobs, save 3,092 jobs, and leverage $180,000,000 in private investments; and (4) $9,302,277 in six Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure, which includes five projects for $7,602,277 that will help create 373 jobs, save 1,742 jobs, and leverage $56,175,000 in private investments.
    • $11,613,011 in eight Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $2,906,787 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,700,000, matched by $675,000 in local investment, to the California Coastal Rural Development Corporation, Salinas/Monterey County, California, to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: counties of Fresno & San Luis Obispo, CA, nearby a designated Opportunity Zone. In addition, the project will provide funding to defray the cost of administering the RLF. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, further the long-term economic adjustment objective, create and retain jobs, and attract private investments, which will strengthen and advance the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 30 jobs, save 200 jobs, and leverage $2,500,000 in private investment.
      • $2,396,801, matched by$599,200 in local investment, to the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Denver/Denver County, Colorado, to fund the Restart and Reimagine the Colorado Tourism Industry project, leveraging state funds to catalyze statewide tourism resilience and recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The Colorado Tourism Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will help address the local and regional need for a resilient statewide tourism industry by developing a statewide tourism recovery plan and providing tourism-related businesses and tourism destinations with technical assistance. The project will help tourism dependent communities restart their economies, help to recover lost tourism revenue, and provide a clear and safe path forward to restore tourism in Colorado, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 684 jobs.
      • $1,500,000, matched by $375,022 in local investment, to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles/Los Angeles County, California, to fund the implementation of a technical assistance program to support small business enterprises and small communities in Los Angeles, California, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project work will involve Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties, which are located in the southern part of California. The completion of the project will assist small business enterprises and small communities recover from and operate effectively in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which will help prevent the severity of future adverse economic impacts of a pandemic upon businesses and communities that possess fewer resources throughout the region.
      • $1,167,630, matched by $291,908 in local investment, to the Uintah Basin Technical College, Roosevelt/Duchesne County, Utah, to support the purchase of equipment for the Uintah Basic Technical College automotive technician training and Commercial Driver’s License programs. The project will support the response, recovery, and future resiliency of communities throughout rural Utah and the Uintah Basin in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Once implemented, the project will help increase the number of truck drivers, diesel technicians, and automotive technicians trained and hired in the area, which will create many additional opportunities for high wage, high-skill positions in response to a regional industry need for more professionals in these areas. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 733 jobs.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the State of Hawaii, Honolulu/Honolulu County, Hawaii, to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the State of Hawaii. The EDA investment will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region served by this EDA investment. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs, save 300 jobs, and leverage $2,500,000 in private investment.
      • $1,000,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Salt Lake City/Salt Lake County, Utah, to support the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (UT GOED) – Office of Tourism’s efforts to foster recovery and resiliency in the tourism industry by addressing impacts associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. UT GOED’s Destination Recovery Program will prepare destinations for recovery and mitigation, encourage visitor spending, and train businesses in industry-best practices for a post-pandemic world. The program will specifically increase recovery and resiliency efforts and workforce development across 20 destination throughout the state of Utah, which will help communities adapt and develop strategies to mitigate and respond to the impacts of coronavirus on the tourism industry, create jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 256 jobs.
      • $956,858, matched by $239,215 in local investment, to the Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie/Chippewa County, Michigan, to support the expansion of training and research services offered by the Lake Superior State University’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education in Chippewa County, Michigan, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will assist in the purchase of critical testing and research equipment to support the region's freshwater economy sectors including aquaculture, environmental contract and research services, water quality technology, natural resources conservation, and tourism. Once completed, the project will assist the region in recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support and grow the Blue Economy sector, create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 20 jobs and leverage $14,200,000 in private investment.
      • $891,722, matched by $226,442 in local investment, to the University of Nebraska, Omaha/Douglas County, Nebraska, to support the development of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s UNeTech Deploy program to support COVID-19 response, recovery and resilience and address the local and regional need for increased medical technology design and production in Omaha, Nebraska, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will support commercialization of technology, workforce development, as well as a localized and flexible medical supply chain to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which will help create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 4 jobs and leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
    • $2,000,000 in seven STEM Talent Challenge projects, matched by $2,298,971 in local investments, as follows:
      • $300,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc., Kihei/Maui County, Hawaii, to fund the STEMworks Challenges & Solutions program, to build on the empirical knowledge that emerging STEM talent can use STEM tools and skills, along with innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset to develop real solutions for challenges faced by companies across Hawaii.
      • $300,000, matched by $302,936 in local investment, to the Howard Community College, Columbia/Howard County, Maryland, to fund the Cyber Workforce IT Apprenticeship program, to respond to new audiences of employers and trainees, including underrepresented and underemployed populations, as well as high school students in Howard County, Maryland. The program will provide entrepreneurial consulting free-of-charge to small-to-medium sized IT businesses that have been impacted by the transition to telework caused by COVID-19. These businesses will agree to employ at least one person from one of the work-learn models and provide customized training packages leading to various cybersecurity and cloud computing certifications to apprentices, interns, and incumbent workers. The program will also help form sustainable partnerships that will result in approximately 100 participants in work-and-learn programs over the grant's two-year course and the models will further enhance the synergy between community colleges and industry in the Mid-Atlantic region.
      • $300,000, matched by $301,066 in local investment, to the Regents of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County, Michigan, to fund the Advanced Manufacturing Cybersecurity Work-and-Learn Program (AMCP), to prepare the workforce of the future to not only have solid foundational training in cybersecurity but AMCP will also develop their understanding of the manufacturing environment to be able to most effectively serve this critical sector. Through a work-and-learn structure, this future workforce will learn through structured online curriculum and hands-on learning labs. They will apply their learning as they assist manufacturers directly through a manufacturing internship or by developing their own cybersecurity business to serve manufacturers and employ a larger workforce from this same talent pipeline. Cybersecurity is the foundation to ensure manufacturers across Southeast Michigan are prepared to integrate newly innovative technologies and develop their advanced manufacturing capabilities to continue to grow employment in the region. Developing a cybersecurity workforce that knows the criticalities of the manufacturing sector will not only secure its most critical employers but will also prepare it to compete on a global scale, improving workforce retention.
      • $299,643, matched by $299,643 in local investment, to the Expanding Frontiers Corporation, Brownsville/Cameron County, Texas, to fund the NewSpace Entrepreneur in Residence Apprenticeship Program, to bridge a current gap in the ecosystem that will lead to more commercial space companies in Brownsville, Texas and more local talent earning high-paying jobs. The program will help train and mentor entrepreneurs, engaging the community, and organizing a best-in-class network to advise, direct, and fund commercial space startups built on proven models of success. Once implemented, the program will have tremendous and lasting impact on the economic health of South Texas.
      • $295,643, matched by $295,644 in local investment, to Ohio University, Athens/Athens County, Ohio, to fund the Industry 4.0 Virtual Factory program, to accelerate workforce training using digital manufacturing tools (Emulation-based AR/VR ready training) where machine interconnectivity can be leveraged by using automation, machine learning, and real-time data acquisition to create a virtual factory for an apprenticeship training model. Industry 4.0 concepts can be taught without the expense of a physical factory, which provides an expandable virtual enterprise that can be used to accelerate workforce development training for the Ohio region by creating an apprenticeship program that leverages industry-recognized credentials.
      • $258,535, matched by $353,503 in local investment, to the Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island Tribal Government, Saint Paul Island, Alaska, to fund the Aeronautics Workforce Development (AWD) program, to focus on the development of a new, world-leading class of automated commercial (CLASS V) aircraft, the Rhaegal. The project includes testing and operation of the aircraft in St. Paul Island, creating an immediate need for STEM field employees in a high paying, high demand emerging STEM industry through the establishment of the St. Paul Experimental Test Range (SPxTR) and through the FAA certification process for this aircraft, which brings the necessary capacity in training and combines it with mentoring from industry professionals for students to assure that members of the community can seek and fill the jobs created within their community through this project. Once completed, the project will help accelerate training and competency to allow for the people of St. Paul, and for Alaska, to have a primary role and benefit from the development of a new STEM focused industry with benefits for Alaska’s economy as well as for the nation.
      • $246,179, matched by $246,179 in local investment, to the University City Science Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to fund the Building an Understanding of Lab Basics (BULB) program, to recruit and train under- and unemployed Philadelphians for biotech careers in the city and surrounding region. BULB will include "soft" and "hard" skills virtual training focused on the basics of biotech laboratories and manufacturing environments, plus on-the-job training at partner employers. The program will be free and open to individuals with a GED or high school diploma, as well as individuals with some college and experience in the workforce. Participants will learn skills desired by employers, build professional connections with companies, and gain access to family-sustaining career opportunities. Once implemented, the program will also provide a critical bridge into the biotech sector; help to close a projected workforce gap; and create new opportunities for individuals underrepresented in the STEM workforce.
    • $15,669,233 in six Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $10,576,863 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5,975,582 in 2018 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $5,975,583 in local investment, to the City of San Diego, San Diego/San Diego County, California, to support the City of San Diego with constructing stormwater infrastructure improvements to ameliorate flooding and sedimentation that negatively impact industry and businesses downstream in San Diego County, California. The project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the 2017 Severe Winter Storms and includes final design, resource agency permitting, easement acquisition, and construction of a 5 storm drain outfalls around Maple Canyon and restoration of the canyon floor below. Once completed, the project will retain jobs in the area affected by localized flooding and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 2,000 jobs.
      • $2,560,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $640,000 in local investment, to the City of Loudon, Loudon/Loudon County, Tennessee, to support the City of Loudon with making infrastructure improvements to allow for expansion of new and existing industries in Loudon County, Tennessee, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will assist with recovery efforts from the 2019 Severe Storms by constructing a 24-inch diameter ductile iron water main to provide addition service to the Blair Bend Industrial Park and surrounding areas. The water main addition will be approximately 4,800 linear feet (LF) and will include 1,050 LF of pipe to be installed in the Tennessee River near River Mile 592. Once completed, the project will create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs, save 1,010 jobs, and leverage $130,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,407,488 in 2018 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $601,872 in local investment, to the City of Cascade Locks, Cascade Locks/Hood River, Oregon, to support the City of Cascade Locks with making power supply infrastructure improvements needed to support business growth in Hood River County, Oregon, a designated Opportunity Zone. Once completed, the project will help the city become more resilient in the face of future natural disasters by undergrounding circuits, hardening a transmission line, and purchasing a new substation, which will support job creation and retention, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 66 jobs, save 82 jobs, and leverage $22,200,000 in private investment.
      • $2,251,163 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, with no local match, to the County of Hawaii, Hilo/Hawaii County, Hawaii, to support the County of Hawaii with developing the Puna Wastewater Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and the hiring of a part-time Program Manager for the Department of Environmental Management in Hilo County, Hawaii. The project will assist with recovery efforts from the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquake by helping the county effectively plan to upgrade to a more centralized collection and treatment system to meet the needs of the growing district and accommodate resettlement patterns of businesses and residents. Once implemented, the plan will provide information to allow the county to make informed planning choices for the future, which will guide the construction of necessary infrastructure to start attracting businesses to the area and advancing economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $1,500,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $1,599,595 in local investment, to the City of Jefferson, Jefferson/Cole County, Missouri, to support the City of Jefferson with addressing the local and regional need for economic development opportunities in the aftermath of the 2019 floods and tornadoes by redeveloping the historic Missouri State Penitentiary site in Cole County, Missouri, a designated Opportunity Zone. Once completed, the project will create an investment site for new businesses, spur job creation, attract private investment and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 67 jobs and leverage $27,800,000 in private investment.
      • $975,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $1,759,813 in local investment, to the Marshall University Research Corporation, Huntington/Cabell County, West Virginia, to support the Marshall University Research Corporation with launching a new AMT Training Program at the Robert. C. Byrd Institute of Marshall University to assist with supplying needed jobs to the aerospace industry in Cabell County, West Virginia, nearby a designated Opportunity Zone. Once established, the project will help create new job opportunities and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 122 jobs.
    • $9,302,277 in six Public Works projects, matched by $4,777,577 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,369,240, matched by $842,310 in local investment, to the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Kincheloe/Chippewa County, Michigan, to support the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) with developing a new 20,000 square foot multi-tenant flexible manufacturing space and expand the existing CCEDC-owned railroad spur that will serve the facility and surrounding industrial area in Kincheloe, Michigan. A recent market assessment and logistics study of the region concluded that a lack of industrial-support infrastructure limited existing industrial employers’ ability to expand. The project will address the region’s needs and provide additional space and infrastructure for new and existing businesses to grow, which will create additional jobs, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 2 jobs, save 14 jobs, and leverage $25,000 in private investment.
      • $1,700,000, matched by $438,731 in local investment, to Aransas County, Rockport/Aransas County, Texas, to support Aransas County and Del Mar College with renovating two buildings on Del Mar College’s campus to develop a workforce development and entrepreneurship center in Aransas County, Texas, nearby an Opportunity Zone. The project will provide upskilling and re-skilling training for essential jobs in the region with intended goals of enhancing employment opportunities and fostering creation and retention of quality jobs. Once completed, the project will enhance workforce development, spur private investment and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $1,471,400, matched by $630,600 in local investment, to the Cornell Agricultural and Food Technology Park, Geneva/Ontario County, New York, to support the Cornell Agricultural & Food Technology Park with constructing a 20,000 square foot, pre-engineered steel building that will have the capacity to accommodate up to three tenants in Ontario County, New York, nearby a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will include the construction of manufacturing and ancillary spaces, including loading and logistics areas, office space, and parking. Once completed, the project will help create manufacturing jobs in the food processing industry, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 10 jobs and leverage $150,000 in private investment.
      • $1,175,000, matched by $1,699,299 in local investment, to the City of West Wendover, West Wendover/Elko County, Nevada, to support the City of West Wendover with revitalizing its downtown area by repairing the roadways to help existing businesses and allow for business expansion in Elko County, Nevada, a designated Opportunity Zone. In addition, the project will open up 60 acres of land for infrastructure development in the downtown area to help prepare the community for diverse economic opportunities, which will lessen the city's financial dependency on the gaming industry, support job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 206 jobs and leverage $51,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,026,637, matched by $1,026,637 in local investment, to the City of Canton, Canton/Fulton County, Illinois, to support the City of Canton with upgrading a critical water treatment plant to assist with recovery efforts from the 2019 Flood and the closure of Canton’s Duck Creek Coal Power Plant in Fulton County, Illinois. The project will install backup generators and provide the region’s businesses and residents with a reliable source of safe drinking water even in the aftermath of disaster events. In addition, the plant will serve the city’s Opportunity Zone, where reliable water capacity will also help catalyze development. Once completed, the project will also assist the region in recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 130 jobs and save 1,444 jobs.
      • $560,000, matched by $140,000 in local investment, to the City of Cameron, Cameron/Milam County, Texas, to support the City of Cameron with revitalizing its downtown area by repairing the roadways to add “curb appeal” and increase accessibility to the Cameron Industrial Park in Milam County, Texas, nearby a designated Opportunity Zone. The roadway improvements will immediately help existing businesses and allow for business expansion within the area, which will support job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 25 jobs, save 284 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
  • EDA announced 14 investments from January 11-15, 2021, totaling $2,804,552, which is matched by $1,413,639 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $74,552 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic; and (2) $2,730,000 in 13 Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $74,552 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project, matched by $18,639 in local investment, as follows:
      • $74,552, matched by $18,639 in local investment, to the Region Nine Development Corporation, Mankato/Blue Earth County, Minnesota, to support the Region Nine Development Commission with establishing a disaster and economic recovery plan to use as a tool to support the close relationship between the manufacturing segment of the economy and the rural and urban communities in Region Nine and throughout South Central Minnesota. Manufacturing, which accounts for more than 22 percent of jobs across the region, was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and through data analytics and broad stakeholder engagement, the project will provide a foundation and recommendations for the region. Once completed, the project will help local manufactures respond to the current crisis and become more resilient when future natural or economic shocks occur, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $2,730,000 in 13 Partnership Planning projects, matched by $1,395,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 32 investments from December 21, 2020 to January 8, 2021, totaling $26,628,480, which is matched by $13,961,960 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $8,344,050 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes one project for $2,964,120 that will help create 125 jobs and leverage $20,000,000 in private investment; (2) $10,926,430 in seven Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes three projects for $4,662,424 that will help create 225 jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $20,250,000 in private investments; (3) $3,500,000 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 4,250 jobs and leverage $547,000,000 in private investment; and (4) $3,858,000 in 20 Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $8,344,050 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects, matched by $5,834,763 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5,000,000, matched by $5,000,000 in local investment, to the Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation, Inc., Tallahassee/Leon County, Florida, to support the Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation, Inc. with developing and executing a collaborative statewide tourism recovery marketing campaign to respond to the extreme economic injury caused to the Florida tourism industry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that effected the State of Florida. The recovery campaign will include participation from many regional and local destination marketing organizations representing a wide variety of areas within the state. Once implemented, the marketing campaign will help to ensure the recovery of the tourism industry, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $2,964,120, matched by $741,030 in local investment, to BioSTL, Saint Louis/Saint Louis County, Missouri, to fund the development of the Center for National Pandemic Resiliency in Biosciences, a laboratory for generating and testing pandemic response and resiliency innovations and modeling how such innovation can improve health and economic outcomes across the United States. The Center will build capacity for future pandemic response and recovery while creating new economic opportunity, diversifying the economy, advancing health and economic equity, and building health and economic resiliency in the Saint Louis region and across the nation. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 125 jobs and leverage $20,000,000 in private investment.
      • $345,000, matched by $85,000 in local investment, to Enterprise Florida, Inc., Orlando/Orange County, Florida, to support Enterprise Florida, Inc. with hosting a one-time “Virtual Trade Show” to support Florida businesses’ efforts with enhancing export trade opportunities and allowing Florida regions to attract foreign direct investment within the State of Florida. The “Virtual Trade Show” will showcase Florida businesses to help expand export sales and generate additional sales with key manufacturing and service sector companies. The event will help the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic, strengthen the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $34,930, matched by $8,733 in local investment, to the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission, Monon/White County, Indiana, to support the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission with implementing the Agricultural Resilience and Recovery strategy to help the multi-county Kankakee-Iroquois Region better understand how to prepare for and mitigate future economic shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic to the region’s critical agricultural economy. Once implemented, the strategy will display how best to align and coordinate industry and firm-specific goals within the broader ag sector and provide key insights into the region’s workforce development needs, which will strengthen the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $10,926,430 in seven Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $2,816,722 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,806,761 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $951,691 in local investment, to the University of South Alabama, Mobile/Mobile County, Alabama, to support the University of South Alabama with installing a new emergency generator system to power the University Hospital in times of a catastrophic power outage or natural disaster in Mobile County, Alabama. The project will assist the region with recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael by providing electrical energy for the entire hospital for an extended period of time, allowing the hospital to continue to provide medical services in the event of long-term power disruptions created by natural disasters or power company interruptions. Once completed, the project will help mitigate the effects of future disastrous events, promote economic resiliency, and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $2,680,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $670,000 in local investment, to the Buffalo Erie County Industrial Development Corporation, Erie County, and the Erie County Water Authority, Buffalo/Erie County, New York, to support the Buffalo Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation with constructing water and sewer systems, to facilitate the development of 160 acres of land at the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, New York, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project work includes the replacement of 4000 LF of sanitary sewer, installation of 1000 LF of new 18" sewer, and approximately 3,000 feet of 15" sewers. In addition, the rehabilitation of a section of existing 18" private sewer needed under NYS Route 5 and the disposal of existing sewers that would no longer be used. Once completed, the project will help support job retention, create new opportunities and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 100 jobs and leverage $18,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,200,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $550,000 in local investment, to the Ohio University, the Buckeye Hills Regional Planning Council, and the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association, Athens/Athens County, Ohio, to support an 18-county partnership led by the Buckeye Hills Regional Council, the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association, and the Ohio University with providing technical assistance to communities affected by the decline in the coal industry in Athens County, Ohio. The project will help regional leaders devise strategies to accelerate the economy’s transition to new industries and develop prospectuses to help utilize the region’s Opportunity Zones. Once completed, the project will catalyze a process of strategic recovery and ongoing economic resilience within the critical part of Appalachian Ohio.
      • $1,585,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $400,000 in local investment, to the Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg/Crawford County, Kansas, to support Pittsburg State University with addressing the local and regional need for economic diversification in the aftermath of the 2019 floods by supporting polymer, plastic research, and education through the Kansas Polymer Research Center in Crawford County, Kansas, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will expand the technology-based manufacturing operations throughout the region and serve as a catalyst for the establishment of the National Institute for Materials Advancement, which will lead to higher paying job opportunities and strengthening economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $397,424, matched by $172,898 in local investment, to the U.S. Ignite, Inc., Washington, District of Columbia, to support U.S. Ignite, Inc. with addressing the local and regional need for startup support and workforce development opportunities by providing technical assistance to startups and local businesses in Salt Lake City, Utah. Once completed, this project will help support the creation of jobs, promote growth for startups and encourage the integration of smart city assets into local economic development initiatives in an Opportunity Zone, which will help advance long term economic vitality and sustainability, bolster job creation, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 75 jobs and leverage $250,000 in private investment.
      • $145,245, matched by $44,183 in local investment, to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage/Anchorage County, Alaska, to support the Alaska Native Heritage Center with developing a 5-Year Statewide Cultural Tourism Plan, an interactive cultural tourism map, and a feasibility study and business plan model. The purpose of the cultural tourism plan is to bring together the public and private sectors to diversify and strengthen the state-wide economy by enhancing Alaska's cultural destination brand and increasing the annual economic contribution from tourism. The Alaska Native Heritage Center's website will display developed Indigenous cultural tourism activities and services on an interactive map inviting guests to engage in Alaska's cultural tourism. The feasibility study and business plan are a tool to assist entrepreneurial development in cultural tourism that will provide sustainable income for Native Alaskans while decreasing the unemployment rate and stabilizing the economy.
      • $112,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $28,000 in local investment, to Valley County, Cascade/Valley County, Idaho, to fund the design and engineering of the Abstein Road Bridge Replacement project. The Abstein Road Bridge, located in rural eastern Valley County, Idaho, provides access over the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, which originates below Murphy Peak east of Stibnite, Idaho. The project will help the County improve necessary infrastructure to address the resiliency of the roadway and bridge as a result of severe flooding and landslides, which will lead to long-term economic growth and an increase in sustainable job opportunities throughout the region.
    • $3,500,000 in one Public Works project, matched by $3,545,475 in local investment, as follows:
      • $3,500,000, matched by $3,545,475 in local investment, to the Carneys Point Township Sewerage Authority, Carneys Point (Township)/Salem County, New Jersey, to support the Carney Point Township Sewerage Authority with installing approximately 5.75 miles of sanitary sewer lines and one sewage pump station to facilitate the construction of fulfillment and logistic centers in Salem County, New Jersey, a designated Opportunity Zone. The project will construct two fulfillment and logistic centers by extending a new force main from the existing wastewater treatment plant to the existing Game Creek Pump Station and extending a second force main from the Game Creek Pump Station to the existing Kelly Farm. Once completed, the project will create job opportunities, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 4,250 jobs and leverage $547,000,000 in private investment.
    • $3,858,000 in 20 Partnership Planning projects, matched by $1,765,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
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