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2017

  • November 24-December 1, 2017

    • $3,081,580 in four Public Works projects as follows:
      • $827,580 to the Town of Black Mountain, Buncombe County, and the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County, Black Mountain, North Carolina, to support the development of water infrastructure in the Black Mountain Commerce Park to enable the expansion of a fast-growing life sciences manufacturing firm. The expanded facility will allow the manufacturer to meet its operational needs, create jobs, and also help to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy and support private capital investment. The grantees estimate that this investment will create 551 jobs, save 57 jobs, and leverage $25.4 million in private investment.
      • $800,000 to the City of Roswell, New Mexico, to support the renovation of an airport hangar facility located in Roswell that serves the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul sector. The renovated facility will enable numerous businesses to expand operations, which will strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 30 jobs.
      • $789,000 to the East Central Idaho Planning and Development Association, Rexburg, Idaho, to provide additional funds to continue the renovation of a two-story building to serve as the Teton County Professional Technical Education and Business Center in Driggs, Idaho. The new building will allow training for local residents, new and existing companies to obtain skilled labor and resources in manufacturing and other industries needed to be successful in growing small businesses, which will provide sustainable and long-term economic growth in the area.
      • $665,000 to the Simpson County Water District, Franklin, Kentucky, to fund water system improvements to serve a new industry locating in the industrial area in the northern part of the City of Franklin. The improvements will upgrade and create new water lines and other infrastructures to create jobs, enhance the marketability of the area and its assets by enabling existing manufacturing businesses to expand while attracting new Foreign Direct Investment to the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 343 jobs and leverage $193 million in private investment.
    • $550,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project as follows:
      • $550,000 to the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Dulce/Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, to fund a feasibility study to assist the Jicarilla Apache Nation, located in San Juan and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. The study will develop a strategy to re-acquire oil and gas assets, create a business plan to support the formation of a Tribally-owned company that will offer technical assistance to other Tribes with similar assets, and establish regulations to improve outcomes for working with other energy companies, as well as internal tribal procedures. Once completed, this study will provide a roadmap for the Tribe to own and manage their energy assets, which will strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.
  • October 27-November 2

    • $3,223,822 in two Public Works projects as follows:
      • $2,212,859 to the City of Davenport, Iowa, to fund the construction of a new track and rail infrastructure to serve new companies in the Davenport Industrial Park in Scott County. These interchange tracks will allow staging of railcars for transport in and out of the new facilities by way of unit trains. The investment will grow the existing rail switching contractor which will provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 506 jobs and leverage $78.55 million in private investment.
      • $1,010,963 to the City of Keokuk, Iowa, to fund the repair and improvement of the former Roquette office building in Keokuk, to be operated by businesses seeking to invest in clustering opportunities for start-ups. The improvements will create a rich and collaborative work environment, which will result in businesses improving their product, sourcing products to other startups and attracting new startups to their research and development throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 70 jobs, save 5 jobs, and leverage $3 million in private investment.
    • $130,000 in two Partnership Planning projects 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.
  • October 12-19, 2017

    • $164,835 thousand in two Technical Assistance projects as follows:
      • $100,000 to The Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology, Allentown, Pennsylvania to fund a feasibility study of the proposed Science Center and Aquarium envisioned for Downtown Easton, Pennsylvania. The study will focus on accessing the potential of the project, define market areas, perform market research, and develop a business plan. Completion of the project will help the area develop a more diverse community, create jobs and strengthen the local economy.
      • $64,835 to the City of Franklin, New Hampshire, to fund the completion of design and engineering activities, final permitting, and development of a financing strategy for construction of a water park in the Winnipesaukee River in downtown Franklin, New Hampshire. The project will focus on developing a more diverse community, create jobs and strengthen the local economy.
    • $140,000 thousand in two Partnership Planning projects as follows:
      • $70,000 to Wasatch Front Regional Council/Wasatch Front Economic Development District, Salt Lake City, Utah, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) in the region served the Wasatch Front Regional Council/Wasatch Front Economic Development District, which comprises the counties of Davis, Morgan, Tooele, Salt Lake, and Weber. 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 to Brattleboro Development Credit Corp., Brattleboro, Vermont, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the two rural counties of Bennington and Windham in Southern Vermont. 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.
  • October 5-12, 2017

    • $13,131,250 in six Public Works projects as follows:
      • $3.81 million to the City of Shelby, North Carolina, to fund the construction of water infrastructure to serve the Washburn Switch Business Park in Cleveland County, North Carolina. This investment will support the expansion of a paper manufacturing company, help the region’s efforts to diversify its economy, attract highly skilled workers and recruit manufacturing jobs more aligned with the advanced automation and technology to the area. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 180 jobs and leverage $330 million in private investment.
      • $2,511,393 to the Village of Leipsic and the Village of Gilboa, Ohio, to fund the construction of a new raw water intake structure, pump station and transmission main line for the Village of Leipsic’s water treatment plant in Putnam County, Ohio. This investment will support the development and growth of the region’s existing industry cluster to allow the Village to attract new industries to build on the area’s competitive strengths that will lead to private investment and job creation for the local economy. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 80 jobs, save 357 jobs, and leverage $400 million in private investment.
      • $2.5 million to the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, Millville, New Jersey, to assist in the construction of a new Food Industry Commercialization Center that provides needed flexible spaces for new food production companies to leverage technical assistance resources. The new multi-tenant facility will offer spaces for industrial food processing, shipping and administrative use. Completion of the project will provide regional capacity to grow and retain the food production cluster, foster job creation and leverage private investment. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 190 jobs and leverage $1.5 million in private investment.
      • $1,609,857 to the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri, to support the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation by renovating an industrial building in Kansas City, Missouri, to serve as an anchor and catalyst for creating a new small business incubator. The improvements will include a commercial kitchen, co-working space, conference rooms, and business assistance services that will provide hi-tech manufacturing industry training, which will lead to entrepreneurship opportunities for the community. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 90 jobs.
      • $1.4 million to the City of Hillsboro, Texas, to fund the construction of a water line and infrastructure to address water pressure and volume deficiencies that impact the North Industrial Park in Hillsboro. The improvements will help the industrial park expand significantly, attract new businesses to the park and allow existing business to grow, which will strengthen the local economy, support private capital investment and create jobs throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 240 jobs, save 265 jobs, and leverage $1 million in private investment.
      • $1.3 million to the Southwest Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority and the Clark County Industrial Council, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to fund the construction of a public transload facility with cross dock in Clark County. The Southwest Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority was established in May 2010 to develop a regional approach of developing intermodal facilities to attract and retain industrial businesses. The project has grown and expanded since its initial inception and requires the construction of additional infrastructure to attract and increase private investment, support innovation and create jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 250 jobs and leverage $1.3 billion in private investment. $80 million in private investment.
    • $30,378,392 in 35 Economic Adjustment Assistance projects under the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities Initiative as follows:
      • $3 million to the Rochester Dam Regional Water Commission, Bowling Green, Kentucky, to fund the renovation of the Rochester Dam located on Green River in Kentucky. This investment will help to provide critical infrastructure repairs and installation of new components to the existing dam structure including signage and railings for public safety. Completion of the project will assist with job creation, retention of commercial business establishments and support future economic development in the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 1,370 jobs and leverage $54 million in private investment.
      • $2.5 million to the Randolph County Development Authority, Elkins, West Virginia, to fund the expansion of an existing manufacturing plant in Randolph County, West Virginia. The plant is one of the county’s largest employers and requires additional space to accommodate its growing manufacturing needs. Completion of the project will support the development and growth of the innovation cluster, create and retain jobs and promote initiatives that expand the competitiveness of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 111 jobs, save 60 jobs, and leverage $8.2 million in private investment.
      • $2,425,869 million to the Pikeville Medical Center, Inc., Pikeville, Kentucky, to fund the purchase of medical equipment to support the Heart Institute as part of the renovation of the existing Pikeville Medical Center hospital facilities. The project will assist multiple communities severely impacted by the declining use of coal through job creation, capital investment and re-employment opportunities. This renovation will also provide heart related healthcare that has been lacking in the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 250 jobs and leverage $9.767 million in private investment.
      • $2,037,600 to the Perry County Port Authority, Tell City, Indiana, to fund the expansion of freight rail and public river port facilities in Perry and Spencer counties in southern Indiana, to improve capacity and efficiency to better serve the regions industries. The improvements will enhance the metals/transportation industrial cluster of the region, which will provide economic diversification, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 26 jobs, save 1,033 jobs, and leverage $49.2 million in private investment.
      • $2 million to the Youngstown State University and the County of Mahoning, Ohio, to fund the renovation and construction of the high bay advanced manufacturing training space for the proposed Youngstown State University Excellence Training Center in Youngstown. The project will create a space for advance manufacturing training, instructional as well as general use. The Center will train displaced and disadvantage workers on the most modern advanced manufacturing equipment available and support the need of highly skilled workers to local businesses. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 54 jobs, save 93 jobs, and leverage $14.49 million in private investment.
      • $1.7 million to UMWA Career Centers, Inc., Prosperity, Pennsylvania, to fund the renovation of the UMWA Career Centers training facility to support cybersecurity and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training, and construction of a CDL training facility with outdoor training infrastructure and mobile classroom/office facilities in Greene County. The investment will support growing and emerging educational clusters, which will enhance workforce development to provide economic stability and strengthen the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 105 jobs.
      • $1.5 million to Rogers County, Claremore, Oklahoma, to fund water and sewer infrastructure improvements to accommodate a significant business prospect planning to locate a manufacturing facility in an industrial park in the town of Inola, Oklahoma. This investment will help the region diversify its economy, attract businesses to the area, boost new commercial and industrial development and create jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 250 jobs and leverage $360 million in private investments.
      • $1,478,100 to the Flatwoods Canoe Run Public Service District, Sutton, West Virginia, to support the replacement and extension of a water line and related infrastructure in Braxton County, West Virginia devastated by the downturn in the coal industry. The completion of this project will provide adequate water supply to local businesses in the area especially during an emergency, help retain jobs, attract new businesses to the area and promote initiatives that expand the competitiveness of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 164 jobs and leverage $50,000 in private investment.
      • $1,392,480 to the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and the Mingo County Public Service District, Williamson, West Virginia, to fund construction of a waterline to provide water services to the new Twisted Gun Gap development and the Hatfield-McCoy trail system in Mingo County. Once completed, the project will serve as a catalyst for enhancing the region’s tourism cluster and for attracting new commercial and industrial development and job creation to the area. This investment will provide economic stability, diversification and strengthen the local economy. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 155 jobs, save 5 jobs, and leverage $7.5 million in private investment.
      • $1,116,675 to the Eatonton-Putnam Water and Sewer Authority, Eatonton, Georgia, to fund the construction of sewer improvements at the Westside Wastewater Treatment Facility to serve the Eatonton-Putnam County South Industrial Park, which will support the expansion of a manufactured housing business and future development in the park. This investment will bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs in the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 60 jobs.
      • $1 million to Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, to support four regional universities designed to provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in the Lake Erie and Northwest Pennsylvania region. This project will also enhance Feed the Hunger Foundation’s ability to provide technical assistance to borrowers. The investment will help provide resources to connect displaced workers with services and equipment that can be used to further their innovation and entrepreneurial ideas into newly created businesses and jobs.
      • $839,966 to Hopkins County, Madisonville, Kentucky, to fund the renovation of the MadCity Makers existing entrepreneurial ecosystem to serve as a business incubator/ makerspace facility in Hopkins County. Renovations of the space will include infrastructure as well as structural and technological improvements to facilitate the Makerspace. The investment will bring together the public and private sectors to create and economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investments and create jobs.
      • $800,000 to FutureINDesign, Woods Cross, Utah, to support the start-up and operating costs for the Innovation and Opportunity Center in Price, Utah. FutureINDesign will oversee the operation of the facility offering technology, manufacturing and professional development skills training to meet Utah’s growing digital and advanced technology workforce needs. In addition, the Center will acquire workstations, computers, hardware, and advanced manufacturing equipment to provide office suites and working spaces to new employers, private and public partners, and clients. The investment will spur a competitive labor market in the area, which will provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs and leverage $160,000 in private investment.
      • $787,500 to the Pike County Progress Partners, Inc., Petersburg, Indiana, to fund the construction of an Entrepreneurship and Technology Center in Pike County, including a regional maker space, co-working space and electrical certification and training facility designed to meet the advanced manufacturing needs of the area. This investment will bring together the public and private sectors to diversify the local economy and create and retain jobs throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 2 jobs, save 26 jobs, and leverage $650,000 in private investment.
      • $768,024 to the KBJ Economic Development Joint Powers Board, Buffalo, Wyoming, to support the renovation of an existing building to create a new operational space for a custom computer programming services business that is expanding operations to Johnson County, Wyoming. Renovations include creating new office and classroom spaces, bringing the building up to code, addressing access requirements and improving public safety. This investment will foster economic development, diversify the local economy, and create jobs in the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 75 jobs and leverage $350,000 in private investment.
      • $767,442 to Pierpont Community and Technical College, Fairmont, West Virginia, to fund the purchase of training equipment and provide staffing to support the expansion of the Aviation Program, at the Robert C. Byrd Aerospace Center, operated by the Pierpont Community and Technical College in Marion County. Completion of the project will increase staff and upgrade the equipment to current industry standards to double the graduating classes from the college and provide highly-skilled workers to the recently announced Bombardier expansion project. This investment will provide economic diversification, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 150 jobs and leverage $8 million in private investment.
      • $760,025 to the Telluride Foundation, Telluride, Colorado, to fund the purchase of fiber strands in order to complete infrastructure required to deliver broadband services to communities in San Miguel County. This investment will support a rural region of the state to become more diversified and resilient, improve accessibility and competitiveness of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 7 jobs and leverage $355,000 in private investment.
      • $750,000 to the Center for Applied Research and Technology, Bluefield, West Virginia, to fund technical assistance to the new Bluefield Commercialization Station in Mercer County. This investment will provide high-tech industrial technical services and an incubator that will foster new business creation in the region. In addition, the funds will help to expand the production line of existing businesses, diversify the local economy, and create and retain jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 36 jobs, save 36 jobs, and leverage $250,000 in private investment.
      • $747,123 to West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, to fund the development of the West Virginia University LaunchLab Network to facilitate small business development and foster economic growth in Morgantown. The LaunchLab will provide students, local residents and small business owners with the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and products that are not available in the traditional curriculum. The grantee estimates that this investment will leverage $750,000 in private investment.
      • $680,000 to the Technical College of the Rockies, Delta, Colorado, to provide entrepreneurial support to help launch new value-added food manufacturing, agriculture related businesses and other industries in Montrose County. This investment will foster economic development, diversify the local economy, and enhance the existing agriculture, education, and energy micro-clusters in the region through job driven skill development. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 44 jobs and leverage $700,000 in private investment.
      • $550,000 to the Town of Somerset, Massachusetts, to fund the development of an integrated Water Resource Management Plan and the establishment of a Wastewater District in Somerset. This investment will facilitate critical planning support to allow infrastructure upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment facility following the closure of a coal-fired generation plant. Completion of the project will provide economic development opportunities that will diversify the region’s economy and strengthen existing and emerging industries.
      • $510,000 to the Catalyst Connection, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to support the construction of a Maker-to-Commercialization Center, which will integrate and expand entrepreneurial services and resources in the Southwest Pennsylvania region. The center will ensure that commercial support to the region is well integrated with workforce development and job creation. This investment will bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy by addressing the needs of the coal-impacted communities. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 800 jobs and leverage $10 million in private investment.
      • $400,000 to the West Virginia Coalition for Technology Based Economic Development, South Charleston, West Virginia, to support new programs to assist with the development of high-tech positions in the West Virginia region. The Tech Assist program will provide next-stage development guidance to a network of entrepreneurs and new businesses in the area. This investment will provide needed economic stability, development of high-tech positions and companies through a coordinated approach of services by the existing incubator/accelerator system, and the development of a larger regional private investment consortium that will ensure business and job sustainability into the future. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 22 jobs, save 50 jobs, and leverage $1 million in private investment.
      • $397,665 to the Southern Research Institute, Birmingham, Alabama, to fund the renovation of the Southern Research Institute’s Cancer Cause and Prevention Facility in Jefferson County. This investment will allow the cancer facility to upgrade the buildings infrastructure to comply with industry code and improve environmental and energy efficiency. Completion of the project will expand and strengthen the medical and bio-tech cluster in the region, help diversify the local economy and create jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 17 jobs.
      • $300,000 to the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, Weirton, West Virginia, to fund the creation of a Weirton Area Reuse Plan for repurposing, redeveloping, upgrading infrastructure, and attracting new investment to a former steel facility and underutilized industrial land in Hancock County. This reuse plan will provide strategic recommendations for pursuing manufacturing, infrastructure improvements and community revitalization initiatives to support the transformation of Weirton and the Northern Panhandle region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 500 jobs and leverage $50 million in private investments.
      • $227,927 to Hopkins County, Madisonville, Kentucky, to fund the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in West-Central Kentucky that is able to create spin off and other companies off traditional blue collar employment to new sectors. This will help the economy mitigate the loss of coal jobs.
      • $154,016 to the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona, to fund the creation of a commercial plan to mitigate the closure of a coal-fired power plant in Page, Arizona, which is located on the Navajo Reservation. The project will allow the community to have enough information to make strategic decisions to help diversity their economy.
      • $137,000 to the Hopi Tribe, Kykotsmovi Village, Arizona, to fund the preparation of an economic analytical study to assess opportunities in industries not dependent upon coal mining. The completion of the project will develop information that will be used to diversify the economy and create employment opportunities for the region’s workforce.
      • $128,805 to the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation, Flagstaff, Arizona, to fund the development of a business incubator program to mitigate the adverse effects of the pending closure of a coal mine in Coconino County. The project will include preparation of a feasibility study and financial projections, development of an operations and maintenance plan, and creation of investment policy statements. Completion of the program will foster a more diverse economy and create employment opportunities for the region’s workforce.
      • $104,265 to Navajo County, Holbrook, Arizona, to fund the preparation of an economic assessment and recovery strategy for a region impacted by the closure of a coal mine in Navajo County, Arizona. The project will include the assessment of the potential adverse impacts to changes in the regional energy industry, recommendation of priorities and next steps to develop a more resilient and diverse economy, implementation of a marketing plan, development of a funding plan, and identification of occupations and career paths in industries other than coal.
      • $100,000 to the Industrial Park at TransAlta, Centralia, Washington, to support the analysis of land holdings to assess their compatibility with available economic opportunities and the interests of business firms that are candidates for location to the region in Centralia. Project work activities include preparation of a strategic plan, feasibility study, and marketing plan. Once completed, the project will help the region diversify its economy, attract businesses to the area, boost new commercial and industrial development and create jobs.
      • $99,999 to Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, to support preparation of a plan to transition from energy production based on coal to renewable energy in Page, Arizona, which is located on the Navajo Reservation. Project work activities include outreach and education on the benefits of renewable energy improvements, development of a workforce training plan, and completion of a multi-attribute utility analysis. Once completed, this project will contribute to the diversification of the regional economy from dependence on coal, which will lead to job creation in sustainable industries.
      • $77,700 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to fund the development of a strategy to leverage Pennsylvania’s significant natural gas assets through direct engagement with stakeholders in the region. This investment will help to expand Pennsylvania's petrochemical and plastics industries by utilizing six regional public-private partnerships based upon the Next Generation Sector Partnerships model. The strategy will identify opportunities to strengthen and grow the plastic industry, broaden the supply chain, and identify areas to engage in product development and distribution.
      • $70,211 to Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, to fund the Social Return on Investment Methodology Development and Feasibility Study for Rural Appalachia. The study will identify ways to arrange components into an integrated toolkit and develop a standardized approach to measuring social return on investment. Once completed, the study will enhance capacity to help build a vibrant local economy that is built on regional assets and market-driven approaches to local social challenges, which will lead to economic resiliency and prosperity throughout the Appalachian region.
      • $70,000 to the Southeastern Montana Development Corporation, Colstrip, Montana, to fund the Colstrip Economic Diversification Strategy through collaboration with local stakeholders, to organize public workshops and events, develop key marketing components, and identify funding opportunities for projects and initiatives in Rosebud County. The investment will leverage existing industry expertise to drive development around coal, energy, and renewable technology, which will help retain jobs, attract new businesses to the area and promote initiatives that expand the competitiveness of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 40 jobs and leverage $250,000 in private investment.
    • $3,891,896 million in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects as follows:
      • $1,740,772 to Sampson Community College, Clinton, North Carolina, to fund the construction of an occupational training facility to train and enhance welding and metal fabrication skills in Sampson County. This investment will help strengthen the regional economy impacted by natural disasters, support disaster recovery of local businesses, provide economic diversification in advance manufacturing, including metal products to the nuclear power sector, create jobs, and contribute to a higher skilled workforce. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 24 jobs, and leverage $8.8 million in private investments.
      • $1,136,124 to the Develop Springfield Corporation, Springfield, Massachusetts, to fund the renovation of an existing building to construct a business accelerator facility in Springfield, Massachusetts. The project will consist of co-working space, individual offices with shared services in a collaborative space that supports entrepreneurial development opportunities. This investment will help the city address the region’s economic goals of fostering an environment where established, new, and growing businesses thrive. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 30 jobs and leverage $284,000 in private investment.
      • $1.015 million to the Feed the Hunger Foundation, Honolulu, Hawaii, to fund a second Revolving Loan Fund that will continue to provide loans to new and expanding small businesses to increase income, jobs, and wealth in distressed communities in the Hawaiian counties of Honolulu and Maui while expanding access to locally sourced, healthy food. This project will also enhance Feed the Hunger Foundation’s ability to provide technical assistance to borrowers. The investment will have immediate and long term impact on the state of Hawaii’s fragile food ecosystem, which will lead to expanding the agricultural job market and contributing to the development of a growing, self-sufficient food system. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 90 jobs, save 30 jobs, and leverage $4 million in private investment.
  • September 29-October 5, 2017

    • Public Works Investment:
      • $3 million to Delaware Innovation Space, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, to fund the renovation of an existing building to create a science incubator and multi-tenant collaboration space. The new and improved facility will provide a cost-effective space for start-ups, research laboratories and meeting rooms. When completed, the new facility will create an affordable business incubator which will help create jobs and improve the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 657 jobs and leverage $80 million in private investment.
  • September 22-28, 2017

    • $10,195,350 in six Public Works projects as follows:
      • $3 million to the City of North Las Vegas, Nevada, to support the construction of a sewer system to provide services to an industrial area in North Las Vegas. The completion of the project will lead to improved utility services to local business enterprises. This investment will help the city provide access to upgraded infrastructure that will contribute to increased capacity and help create new jobs for the region’s workforce. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 367 jobs and leverage $35.2 million in private investment.
      • $3 million to the Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario, Oregon, to fund the renovation of a workforce training facility in Ontario. The expanded facility will allow for an increased pipeline of trained workers within the local economy which will increase the area’s ability to supply workers to firms that require higher skills sets, thus leading to higher paying employment opportunities. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 38 jobs and leverage $1.2 million in private investment.
      • $2,216,435 to the City of Rockford, Illinois, to fund the construction of critical infrastructure to support the redevelopment of the former 22-acre Barber Coleman Factory Campus. This redevelopment will open up industrial and commercial development in the area as well as the addition of a new Rock Valley Technical Training Institute which will train in a variety of fields that support the region’s economy.
      • $820,000 to the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, to fund the construction of a cultural innovation district along Claiborne Street in New Orleans. Leveraging New Orleans’ already world renown cultural scene, the Claiborne Innovation District will help the city’s underserved communities with new economic development opportunities that can be cultivated through arts related entrepreneurship and small business development. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 75 jobs, save 50 jobs, and leverage $10 million in private investment.
      • $687,956 to the Pilot Point Tribal Council, Pilot Point, Alaska, to fund the design of the Pilot Point Tribal Seafood Processing Facility for future construction in the Lake and Peninsula boroughs of Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay produces over half of the wild sockeye salmon in the world. This investment will address the region’s lack of shore-based fish processing plants which will provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 420 jobs and leverage $40 million in private investment.
      • $470,959 to the City of Elk Point and the Elk Point Development Corporation, Elk Point, South Dakota, to fund the construction of new infrastructure that includes a concrete street, drainage, water, and sewer installation to allow for the expansion of a local manufacturer into a new business park in Union County, South Dakota. This investment will promote job growth and business expansion to support the region’s efforts to diversify its economy. The grantees estimate that this investment will create 18 jobs and leverage $880,000 in private investment.
    • $9,697,240 million in 13 Economic Adjustment Assistance projects as follows:
      • $2,364,930 to the City of Prattville, Alabama, to fund the construction of infrastructure to develop the South Industrial Park in Autauga County. This investment will help to enhance logistics for established businesses in the area and the location of a new housing related manufacturing facility. Completion of the project will support economic diversification and recovery from natural disasters, improve supply and distribution lines and provide opportunity for a future rail spur in the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 224 jobs, save 92 jobs, and leverage $219.85 million in private investment.
      • $1,967,976 to the City of Peoria, Illinois, to fund the construction of a one-mile industrial area to provide modernized infrastructure, access, and safety improvements to the Pioneer Industrial Park in Peoria. Once completed, the project will serve existing and new businesses and promote industrial retention and growth in the region, which will reduce the unemployment rate and provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 59 jobs, save 303 jobs, and leverage $6 million in private investment.
      • $1.5 million to the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, Alaska, to fund the creation of a vessel repair and marine supply store facility. This new facility will help expand the commercial fishing fleet to other types of aquatic species allowing for more exports and industry expansion. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 73 jobs, save 135 jobs, and leverage $22.65 million.
      • $1,253,230 to the Lawrence Technological University and the City of Southfield, Michigan, to support the Lawrence Technical University and its strategic partners with construction of the Lawrence Tech Business and Technology Accelerator. The Accelerator will integrate the University’s technical resources into the regions manufacturing base to support the growth of second stage businesses in southeast Michigan. The investment will promote job growth and business expansion in manufacturing, including advanced and sustainable manufacturing, and manufacturing supply chains which will diversify the region’s economy. The grantees estimate that this investment will create 33 jobs, save 20 jobs, and leverage $4.4 million in private investment.
      • $778,352 to the Ohio Aerospace Institute and the Milwaukee Development Corporation, Brook Park, Ohio, to fund a feasibility study to identify and assess current economic development assets within the Cleveland and Milwaukee areas, to forge new and stronger connections between technological commercialization, entrepreneurial business development, and manufacturing networks. Completion of the project will support the growth of high-technology clusters and creation of high-wage jobs in non-traditional manufacturing sectors, which will provide economic stability, diversification and strengthen the local economy.
      • $350,000 to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, Weslaco, Texas, to fund the development of the Explore Rio Grande Valley marketing program and mobile application. The project will develop strategies to diversify tourist products and create national and international branding to enhance the tourism industry in both the county and the state of Texas. The investment will help the area create strategies to strengthen the region’s agriculture and aquaculture assets and promote economic and human capital development. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 25 jobs.
      • $318,873 to the Missouri Association of Councils of Government, Jefferson City, Missouri, to fund the hiring of a Disaster Recovery Specialist to serve as a Statewide Flood Recovery Specialist and provide funding for planning and implementation activities in the State of Missouri. This contractor will work closely with the State of Missouri Flood Recovery Coordinator, public and private agencies and the affected regional planning commissions to support their critical roles in the long-term disaster recovery process. This investment will help revitalize the private business sector by preparing and equipping the region with mitigation and reliance tools that will reduce the interruption of operations caused by future flooding events.
      • $300,000 to the International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC, to fund a post-disaster recovery program for the Hurricane IRMA Impacted Areas in both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. This investment will focus on quickly assessing economic recovery needs of the disaster impacted communities and matching, preparing, deploying and supporting experienced volunteers to affected communities. The program will help economic developers, individual communities and the regional government to locate and access necessary resources, as well as build capacity to maintain the momentum required for long-term disaster recovery.
      • $257,109 to the Willamette Partnership, Portland, Oregon, to provide technical assistance to help create an Innovation Lab for distressed communities in Multnomah County. This investment will allow the Infra-NEXT project to provide access to expertise in finance, planning, and coordination for their infrastructure projects. Completion of the project will create a pipeline for entry level and management jobs in the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 90 jobs and leverage $6 million in private investment.
      • $184,333 to the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Webster, Wisconsin, to support the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin with their effort to develop three market feasibility studies and a tribal economic diversification strategy to determine the best use of various underdeveloped tribal properties in northwestern Wisconsin. This investment will provide a plan for diversifying the local economy, attracting businesses to the area, boosting new commercial and industrial development and creating jobs throughout the region.
      • $175,000 to the International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC, to fund a post-disaster recovery program for the Hurricane Harvey Impacted Areas in both Texas and Louisiana. This investment will focus on quickly assessing economic recovery needs of the disaster impacted communities and matching, preparing, deploying and supporting experienced volunteers to affected communities. The program will help economic developers, individual communities and the regional government to locate and access necessary resources, as well as build capacity to maintain the momentum required for long-term disaster recovery.
      • $144,000 to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, Oregon, to support the development of a broadband fiber optics network near Pendleton to be located on the Umatilla Reservation. This investment will improve the information systems technology infrastructure to facilitate the formation and expansion of regional business enterprise, which will increase business capacity and create new, higher paying job opportunities for the region’s workforce.
      • $103,437 to the Lower Sioux Indian Community, Morton, Minnesota, to fund a feasibility study to build and establish the Lower Sioux Intergenerational Cultural Incubator. The incubator is designed to diversify the tribe’s economy by expanding culturally related businesses.
    • $499,465 in seven Local Technical Assistance projects as follows:
      • $140,333 to the Milwaukee Development Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to fund the development of impact and needs assessments to capitalize on a growing consumer electronics manufacturing sector, which includes planning for and coordination of efforts in response to expected substantial growth in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin region. Once completed, this study will help establish goals and priorities for the area to provide guidance on how to better diversify and strengthen the local economy, which will lead to new workforce opportunities and creation of jobs throughout the region.
      • $80,000 to the Utah Advanced Material Manufacturing Initiative, Kaysville, Utah, to fund the National Reach of Advanced Composites Manufacturing: A Prime Opportunity for US Manufacturing Leadership study that will identify, prioritize, and develop an executable strategy for the key technical and economic development issues necessary to expand employment in Utah’s advanced carbon composites (ACC) manufacturing industry and supply chain. Once completed, this study will bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $73,463 to Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, to support Michigan State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership with funding for the Mid-Michigan Particle Accelerator Cluster Study, which will focus on the following areas: Knowledge Supply Chain Network, National Innovative Practice, Accelerator Component Supply Chain, and Regional Assessment. Upon completion of the study, the project partners will implement the strategy to support and grow the emerging particle accelerator industry, which will help increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification.
      • $60,404 to the Region Nine Development Commission, Mankato, Minnesota, to support the Region Nine Development Commission with the development and implementation of the South Central Minnesota Agriculture Resilience Plan. The project will build on completed regional planning initiatives and work towards creating a cohesive strategy for resilient agriculturally based communities across the region, which will lead to the capitalization on new opportunities and creation of jobs to diversify and strengthen the local economy
      • $59,500 to the City of Gary, Indiana, to fund feasibility study and business plan for a national civil rights hall of fame facility and headquarters for the National Civil Rights Institute and Hall of Fame, Inc. in the City of Gary. Once completed, this study will bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $45,000 to the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Inc., La Crosse, Wisconsin, to fund the Coulee Region Business Center (CRBC) Expanded Capacity Feasibility Study to analyze future expansion and development alternatives for the CRBC. Once completed, the study will provide a plan for expanding the business incubator to capitalize on new opportunities in workforce development, which will lead to the creation of jobs and businesses throughout the region.
      • $40,765 to the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, Haverhill, Massachusetts, to fund the Lawrence Textile Innovation Center feasibility study in Lawrence. The study will investigate the appropriate industry related businesses with a focus on smart textiles to develop a sustainable innovation center that would generate jobs and provide support for the next generation of textile manufacturing.
    • $276,667 in two Technical Assistance-University Center projects listed below. EDA’s University Center program is a five-year, competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions to provide technical assistance and research and development tools to increase productivity, spur innovation, and promote entrepreneurship to help increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification.
      • $160,000 to Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
      • $116,667 to Delaware State University, Dover, DE
    • $358,000 in four Partnership Planning projects 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.
  • September 15-21, 2017

    • $14,147,152 in nine Public Works project as follows:
      • $3 million to Newton County and the Newton County Water and Sewer District, Morocco, Indiana, to fund the construction of water and wastewater infrastructure for a county-owned site to accommodate development of a new 20-acre industrial park supporting continued implementation of the Newton County Industrial Infrastructure Project. Once completed, the project will serve as a catalyst for enhancing the region’s top innovation cluster of agribusiness, food development and technology, and for attracting new commercial and industrial development and job creation to the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will create 107 jobs and leverage $265.8 million in private investment.
      • $2,149,300 to the City of Litchfield, Illinois, to support the expansion of infrastructure consisting of road, water, sewer and storm water to provide commercial and industrial land for businesses to continue industrial development in the City of Litchfield. The park expansion area will be zoned industrial and is targeted to attract light manufacturing, assembly, packaging and wholesale warehousing developments. This project will bring in new investment, jobs, and related economic activity for housing and other community amenities, which will diversify and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 600 jobs and leverage $39 million in private investment.
      • $2 million to the Oklahoma City Airport Trust, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to fund the expansion and improvement to hangars located at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. This investment will help improve two existing hangars to enable the capacity to provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul to larger aircraft. When completed, the project will support job retention, advance the aviation industry in the region and improve economic development. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 1,067 jobs.
      • $1,987,512 to St. Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine, to fund the construction of a barn, classroom and entrepreneurial space, biomass heating plant and related facilities to establish the Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation. When completed, the new center will help bolster the food production-to-consumption value chain in southern Maine, encourage and support food-business entrepreneurship and innovation, and restore farming and food-related manufacturing throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 88 jobs and leverage $2.5 million in private investment.
      • $1.6 million to the Waianae Community Re-Development Corporation, Waianae, Hawaii, to fund the construction of a new building to house agricultural produce processing and a farmer training facility in Waianae, Hawaii. Once completed, the project will develop infrastructure to improve economic capacity and assets that make it possible for entrepreneurs and small business enterprises to be more operationally efficient, which will result in new higher paying jobs and additional employment throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 200 jobs and leverage $200,000 in private investment.
      • $1.2 million to the Village of Questa, New Mexico, to support the expansion of a Business Park site located in the Village of Questa, Taos County, with improvements including the build out of roadways, drainage system, water and sanitary sewer, signage, parking, roadway lighting, and utilities connections. Once completed, the project will support current and prospective tenants in their efforts to expand operations resulting in increased private investment and job creation for the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will leverage $1.2 million in private investment.
      • $1.01 million to Innovate ABQ, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico, to fund the renovation of an existing building to establish the Innovate ABQ bioscience business incubator that will house labs with corresponding office space in Albuquerque. The improvements will create a rich and collaborative work environment that enables innovation to thrive, which will result in new higher paying jobs and additional employment throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 155 jobs, save 80 jobs, and leverage $2.5 million in private investment.
      • $700,000 to America’s Central Port District, Granite City, Illinois, to fund the construction of a new rail line and reconstruction of an internal street crossing to accommodate the new rail infrastructure at its intermodal industrial park in Granite City. The rail construction will enhance the link between area manufactures and the nation’s freight transportation network and boost the region’s readiness and competitiveness, which will bring in new investment, jobs, and related economic activity to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $500,340 to the Village of Osceola, Wisconsin, to fund the construction of a fabrication lab and workforce development facility in Village of Osceola. The facility will address the regions skill gaps and further support entrepreneurial community through prototype development, which will attract and retain skilled manufacturing workers and diversify and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 39 jobs, save 55 jobs, and leverage $975,000 in private investment.
    • $1.45 million in four Economic Adjustment assistance projects as follows:
      • $875,000 to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, to support market and industry research and analysis in support of the development of a regional Aerospace and Defense cluster with an emphasis on advanced manufacturing. Project work activities include examination of attracting business firms and activity to the March Joint Powers Authority locations, assessment of economic opportunities at general aviation airports, and completion of a market analysis of the unmanned aerial systems. The project will support higher skills, higher wages, and employment opportunities for the region’s workforce.
      • $250,000 to the First District Association of Local Governments, Watertown, South Dakota, to fund a Revolving Loan Fund that will add to the lending capacity of the First District Association of Local Governments to meet the needs of disaster recovery in the six counties of Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, and Roberts, South Dakota. The investment will provide economic diversification through the development of new and expanding businesses which will strengthen the local economy, support private capital investment and create jobs throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 30 jobs and leverage $500,000 in private investment.
      • $175,000 to the International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC, to support the coordination and development of a Volunteer Assistance Program for Hurricane Irma Disaster Impacted Communities. This investment will focus on quickly assessing economic recovery needs of the disaster impacted communities and matching, preparing, deploying and supporting experienced volunteers to affected communities. The program will help economic developers, individual communities and the regional government to locate and access necessary resources, as well as build capacity to maintain the momentum required for long-term disaster recovery.
      • $150,000 to the Government of Guam Economic Development Authority, to fund the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Guam. Guam serves as a major shipping and commercial hub for many of the smaller island nations in the Micronesia region of the Western Pacific. This investment will diversify Guam’s existing strategy plan to lay the foundation for economic vitalization, as well as help prepare for the planned increase of U.S. military personnel making it more resilient to natural disasters and economic downturns
    • $17,389,606 in 42 projects under the 2017 Regional Innovation Strategies’ (RIS) competition, which includes $13,215,306 in 27 projects under the i6 Challenge and $4,174,300 in 15 projects under the Seed Fund Support Grant. The RIS program is designed to spur innovative capacity-building activities in regions across the Nation. The i6 Challenge supports the creation of commercialization and entrepreneurship centers that encourage and reward innovative, groundbreaking ideas to accelerate technological innovation, new venture formation, job creation, and economic growth. The Seed Fund Support Grant program provides funding for technical assistance and operational costs that support the feasibility, planning, formation, launch, or scale of cluster-based seed funds that will invest their capital in innovation-based startups with a potential for high growth.
    • i6 Challenge
      • $500,000 to the Community Venture Foundation, Fayetteville, Arkansas, to fund the Community Venture Foundation which will the funds to build the public and private capacity to invent, improve, and bring to market new products and services through the expansion of an existing proof-of-concept center, located in Northwest Arkansas. The targeted region is located within the greater Ozarks Regional Innovation Cluster for retail, supply chain and food-related businesses. The anticipated impact of this initiative will be a broad-based culture of idea generation; an estimated 575 new ventures created, scaled, and sustained; 700+ high-wage jobs created; and increased global competitiveness through the commercialization of technologies and entrepreneurship.
      • $500,000 to UI Labs, Chicago, Illinois, to support the growth of UI Labs’ City Digital program by allowing the organization to increase the number of innovative, market-ready urban infrastructure solutions developed through its public-private consortium, designing proof-of-concepts with the potential to yield a regional Smart City cluster of new businesses, new jobs, and economic efficiencies. Since launching in March 2015, City Digital has delivered a portfolio of 12 smart city technology solutions, including two that have been successfully introduced into commercial markets. By closing an anticipated gap in operational support for targeted program growth, the i6 Challenge funding will 1) Accelerate the emerging Smart City technology cluster that City Digital is leading in the Chicago region; and 2) Accelerate commercialization program outcomes that can be used to attract additional investment.
      • $500,000 to the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, to fund the launch of UMD’s Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC). The Center will accelerate the commercialization of promising Immersive Media (IM) technologies, and fill the regional gap in the technology cluster by creating a network of influencers, executive champions, and support groups for IM startups. MAVRIC will also focus on increasing the number of STEAM students from both urban and rural underserved communities. By the end of the grant, it is expected that a minimum of 10 new companies will be started in the region. Two years after the end of the grant, 20 new companies will be started, and 50 new companies will be started five years after the end of the grant.
      • $500,000 to Cal Poly Corporation, San Luis Obispo, California, to fund the Coast Innovation Lab & Accelerator program, which will create a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem in the County of San Luis Obispo, a predominately rural area in central coast of California. By expanding entrepreneurial infrastructure and promoting commercialization of products and concurrent development of potential new companies, the region hopes to counter the impending effects of the closure of a nuclear power plant. The project will focus on increasing regional economic diversification, particularly in the industry clusters of Knowledge & Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing. By supporting entrepreneurs and the development of new technologies and products, the Cal Poly Corporation estimates that five years after the grant end, they will generate 648 new jobs with an average annual salary of over $57 thousand.
      • $500,000 to the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina, Wake Forest, North Carolina, to support support RIoT and its ecosystem partners and stakeholders in creating an accelerator program to drive innovation, commercialization and market execution of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP) will facilitate entrepreneurship end-to-end from academic research and education through to rapid commercial growth. RAP will provide access to the technology services industry vital to executing large commercial projects and seed investor capital necessary to launch new products and services to market.
      • $500,000 to the Washington State Department of Commerce, Olympia, Washington, to fund the Washington State Department of Commerce to establish a vision and comprehensive strategy for Washington’s maritime industry to accelerate innovation and support the modernization of the maritime industry. Washington State’s maritime sector is uniquely poised to become a global leader in innovation and sustainability, ensuring that the state thrives in the increasingly competitive national and international marketplace for maritime services. With EDA’s support, this project will accelerate technology innovation in Washington’s maritime sector by identifying gaps and opportunities which will be essential to continue growth in job creation, retention, recruitment, and expansion.
      • $500,000 to the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas, to support the University’s efforts to create an innovation-based small-business ecosystem for the Technology Research and Innovation Acceleration Park (tRIAc). The project will increase capacity at the eastern outskirt area of El Paso County which has experienced a loss in manufacturing jobs due to facility closures. tRIAc will focus on the development of an advanced, technology-based industrial economy in three strategic areas: aerospace and defense technologies, advanced manufacturing, and energy engineering. It is expected that small business capacity enhancement through the project will create at least 30 new engineering, technical, and administrative positions.
      • $500,000 to the Marshall University Research Corporation, Huntington, West Virginia, to create the RCBI AERO, an aerospace manufacturing proof of concept center in Cabell and Wayne Counties in West Virginia. This region has traditionally relied on the coal industry but with the decline in recent years, manufacturers found an opportunity to leverage existing resources and diversify their products and services for the aerospace manufacturing industry. The Center’s focus will be on preparing manufacturers to enter the aerospace industry which will produce long-lasting economic impacts in the area. RCBI estimates that five years’ post-grant, the program would have assisted approximately 120 entrepreneurs and businesses, created 90 new jobs, and leveraged $1.65 million in private investment.
      • $500,000 to Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, to promote entrepreneurship in Central New York (CNY) in innovations that monitor and control energy and environmental quality in built environments—homes, schools, offices, factories, and neighborhoods—and in related applications, such as food production, transport and preservation. This project will address and counter the negative impacts due to import competition and global trade, both drivers for losses of more than 22,000 jobs in the CNY manufacturing workforce. At the end of the three-year project period, Syracuse University expects to support the establishment of 10 new ventures and 15 new products commercialized by existing companies. Five years after the end of the project, the program expects to support 200 jobs created and retained in the region.
      • $500,000 to the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to fund the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, in partnership with the University City Science will launch the Global Startup Accelerator (“GSA”) to foster the global innovation ecosystem in Philadelphia. Startups in the Greater Philadelphia region face challenges in establishing strategies that will enable them to effectively scale into global markets. GSA will leverage the knowledge of successful entrepreneurs in the region to help early stage technology startups as they plan for future market expansions. Five years after the grant, the anticipated impacts include 240 direct new jobs, $6 million in foreign investments and $12 million in follow on investments.
      • $500,000 to the Regents of the University of California, Oakland, California, to fund the creation of the Verde Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship (the VINE), a California statewide network of interconnected incubators, innovation hubs, research centers and other places, to support innovators and entrepreneurs in agriculture, food, and natural resource technologies. The VINE will be a catalyst to accelerate the commercialization of technologies that create transformative advances in food, agriculture, and natural resources in California, across both rural and urban communities.
      • $499,972 to Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center, Inc., Portland, Oregon, to support the the Oregon BEST to replicate its already successful model for proof of concept projects in Washington and increase the chance of successful proof of concept projects through expanded accelerator curriculum and preparing companies for a greater chance of follow-on seed investment. Bringing a cleantech innovation to market faces significant barriers, not limited to the fact that these are highly regulated industries and have risk-averse customers. Oregon BEST’s project will alleviate these issues by giving technology innovators the resources and training necessary to successfully complete a proof of concept project that prepares them for investment and market adoption. Based on Oregon BEST’s successful track record, this expansion program is expected to have similar impactful results.
      • $499,920 to Greater Hamilton Center for Business and Technology, Cincinnati, Ohio, to allow allow the Hamilton Mill and University of Cincinnati to expand, execute, and market specific programs to enhance the ability of their incubator to support the regional economy, focused on startup manufacturing and smarter city initiatives throughout the Greater Hamilton Region in Southwestern Ohio. This region has been negatively affected by the decline in manufacturing jobs, and is working on applying its resident expertise in light manufacturing to emerging cleantech sectors. Their unique “City as a Lab” approach allows cleantech companies to use infrastructure located at the City of Hamilton utilities as a beta test to demonstrate market viability to funders and customers.
      • $499,914 to Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida, to establish the Innovative Product Development Center, a regional commercialization center, which will provide community-based innovators and inventors with an array of services and support ranging from proof-of-concept to commercialization within the Alachua and Bradford counties in Florida. The project will focus on developing industry clusters in the life sciences, software/web development and niche manufacturing.
      • $499,853 to the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, to support the USC Center for Applied Innovation and Advanced Analytics, a public-private partnership that works with regional government, academia, and business for developing in-demand skills, accelerating research innovations into markets, and driving regional economic development. The Center will develop technical expertise in analytics, cognitive computing (IBM Watson) and Internet of Things (IoT) in vertical markets that include predictive maintenance and supply chain, higher education, finance, insurance and health care.
      • $499,833 to the National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Hampton, Virginia, to support the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), together with the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, and Norfolk, to create 757 Accelerate, an accelerator program that will focus on the development of high growth, quality ventures that will attract capital, create jobs, and ultimately, diversify and grow the Hampton Roads economy in Southeastern Virginia. The need for this project stems from the Hampton Roads region and economy’s overdependence on military spending, and with the recent cutbacks in federal spending have had serious effects on the economy. The 757 Accelerate program will focus on accelerating companies in emerging technology clusters as well as a focus on recruiting veteran entrepreneurs.
      • $499,679 to the Regents of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, to fund the expansion of the Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) Hub at the University of Michigan by developing a scalable regional education and training program that encourages and enriches the Hub’s biomedical innovation ecosystem across the State of Michigan and the greater Midwest Region. This investment will enhance human health through biomedical innovation and build an ecosystem and culture that increases job growth and global competitiveness of Michigan and the greater regions. In three years, FEMI expects to support 45 life science technology projects, which will create 8 new companies and raise $12 million in follow-on funding.
      • $499,608 to the California Clean Energy Fund, San Francisco, California to fund the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) initiative, that in collaboration with four existing Regional Innovation Clusters, will work on generating new innovations, new businesses, jobs and economic enhancements in California’s Disadvantaged Area Community (DAC) regions. With EDA’s support, CalSEED will scale-up its capacity to inspire, engage and support start-ups from underrepresented communities economically disadvantaged, rural, women, and veteran entrepreneurs from throughout the region. Once complete, CalSEED expects to have supported the launch of 100 new cleantech products, raised $41 million in private investment for startups and created 275 direct jobs through CalSEED-related investments.
      • $498,216 to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, to fund the creation of the University of Alabama at Birmingham proof-of-concept incubator that will provide the facilities, training opportunities, guidance and funding access necessary for faculty, students and staff to launch and nurture start-up companies that will create jobs and enhance regional economic health.
      • $498,125 to the Pittsburgh Lifesciences Greenhouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to fund the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse which will implement a regional innovation strategy to grow and elevate the stature of the nascent health information technology cluster in Western Pennsylvania. The project will focus on job creation through company growth in the forms of both producers and users of advanced software, related data collection deployment.
      • $498,000 to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Pierre, South Dakota, to fund the creation of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a proof of concept program to efficiently evaluate and move bioscience innovations to market and develop the skilled workforce needed to commercially manufacture products currently in clinical trials, recently approved, and at earlier technology readiness levels. In addition, the project will bring together key partners to create the South Dakota Bioscience Commercialization Alliance, a public-private partnership involving the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, bioscience association and industry partners, South Dakota universities, health care organizations, and private equity investors to support the Center. These efforts will impact the region through next gen entrepreneurs, jobs created and retained, SBIR/STTR proposals submitted, and workforce training.
      • $492,357 to the Giving Back Fund, Inc., Los Angeles, California, to support the City Innovate Foundation (CIF), a nonprofit that works with local government, private industry and academia to help address critical challenges through open innovation, will implement and launch the “STIR for Cities” program. This program will build on the success of the San Francisco regional program and expand it to a national network of regions that accelerate the commercialization of cutting-edge innovations in technology services to the public sector and expands entrepreneurial and investment opportunities within regions. The national program will select cities and then connect those government agencies with talented entrepreneurs and startups from across the world to develop technology products that help make government more accountable, efficient and responsive.
      • $485,716 to Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, to establish the Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge (HECC) at Hofstra University which is a program that challenges entrepreneurs to develop new innovations to solve healthcare issues facing underserved communities in the New York City metropolitan area. HECC, a proof-of-concept/commercialization program, will foster high-growth entrepreneurship that will result in innovative new products and services; stimulate regional job growth; and increase quality, access and utilization to healthcare in underserved communities.
      • $483,323 to Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida, to fund the Research Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Hub (REACH) to establish, strengthen, and connect technology proof of concept and commercialization programs, facilities and networks within the Tallahassee region. The project will create new technology commercialization opportunities, provide entrepreneurship training and support, expand commercialization services and incubation facilities and create new opportunities in underserved rural and urban communities in the region.
      • $454,532 to the University of Maine System, Orono, Maine, to fund the creation of the Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center, based at the University of Maine. The Center will team up with industrial partners, trade organizations, construction firms, architects, and other stakeholders in the region to revitalize and diversify Maine’s forest-based economy by bringing innovative mass timber manufacturing to the State of Maine. The emergence of this new innovation based industry cluster will result in positive economic impacts to both local and regional economies, particularly in Maine’s rural communities.
      • $406,569 to the Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa, to fund a joint project among Iowa State University, the ISU Research Park, the ISU Startup Factory, Ag Startup Engine, and Agriculture Entrepreneurship Initiative, to address key gaps in the innovation ecosystem in the Central Iowa region. These gaps include a lack of accelerator programs aimed at supporting startups focusing on commercializing food technology innovations (broadly defined for this project as food production, food safety and new food products) that will address the current and looming global food security challenges, and the need to link companies in rural states to experienced advisers or mentors and investors.
      • $399,689 to Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, to create the Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center (NPDC) to establish a working prototype development center to support entrepreneurs and small manufacturers from concept generation to limited production runs. This new facility will allow manufacturers to create a working prototype which will result in quicker diversification of their product lines and markets. The result of this project should yield strong economic impact growth for the eastern part of the state.
    • Seed Fund Support Grant
      • $300,000 to the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, Portland, Oregon, to create the Willamette Valley Seed Fund (“WVSF”), which will be an equity-based, sustainable pool of capital to fund early-stage companies in Oregon’s underrepresented and unconnected South Willamette Valley and Mid-Coast Region. The WVSF will focus on the abundant number of technology startups in our region that spring from the hundreds of millions of dollars in research being done at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon in innovation clusters that include biotechnology, clean energy technology, computers and peripherals, electronics/instrumentation, chemistry, industrial/energy, Internet/web services, IT services, medical devices/equipment, mobile technology, pharmaceuticals, robotics, semiconductors, software, nanotechnology, unmanned aerial vehicles, and marine science.
      • $300,000 to the Biogenerator, St. Louis, Missouri, to fund the BioGenerator, through its St. Louis Regional Bioscience Cluster Seed Fund Expansion Project, to increase access to early stage capital for emerging companies in St. Louis’ bioscience cluster by scaling BioGenerator’s Seed Fund programs through a new investment strategy, an expanded investment thesis, education and technical assistance for startups, and outreach to investment and syndication partners. BioGenerator estimates that it will support 60 jobs supported and $110 million in additional investment attracted during the project and a total of 160 jobs and $411 million in additional investment after the project closes.
      • $300,000 to the Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Bitality, Ames, Iowa, to fund the Iowa Rural Equity Project (IREP) to create three new sources of equity capital targeted to support strategic rural ventures with potential to create jobs in multiple rural communities and rural areas. Focusing on agricultural and energy technologies, IREP will create three equity fund initiatives, including a Community Capital Network with a $4 million equity fund, a Rural Angel Investor Network with $20 million equity investment capacity, and a Charitable Equity Endowment of $6 million that authorizes up to $3 million in Program Related Investments for Strategic Rural Ventures. When fully deployed, the combined $30 million in capital capacity is expected to create or retain 300 direct jobs with average wages above rural county medians.
      • $300,000 to Jumpstart Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, to fund JumpStart to create a $30-$35M JS MedTech Fund focused on biomedical devices, diagnostics and healthcare IT startups in the Northeast Ohio region in an effort to fill an early-stage capital gap estimated to be as large as $392M in 2014. JumpStart anticipates making 20-25 seed stage investments ranging from $100K to $2M and estimates five-year impacts to include $125m in follow-on investment capital, 25 new business starts, and 210 direct jobs
      • $300,000 to Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, to fund BFTP and its partners to support a venture fund that will provide seed investments and management support to technology-focused entrepreneurs in a large region of Central PA. The 1855 Capital Fund (the Fund) will be a $10-20 million seed stage venture capital fund raised primarily from the Penn State Alumni Network. Domiciled on the campus of Penn State, the dual purpose of the Fund is to be an equity capital source for University-affiliated, high-growth potential companies emerging from the University ecosystem in largely rural Central Pennsylvania and other under-capitalized campus locations while providing a risk-adjusted return for its investors. Five years after the end of the grant performance period, BFTP expects to have made 15 company investments in companies that will have secured $65 million in follow-on financing, created 200 new jobs with a median annual salary of $72,000.
      • $300,000 to the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, Reno, Nevada, to jumpstart the Reno and Northern Nevada seed investment ecosystem. The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) will launch an annual seed fund and investor conference to gather the greater region’s prominent investors and companies and to create a new private investment vehicle, the Reno Angel Conference Seed Fund, that will be funded and allocated annually to provide at least $1 million in early-stage financing for the most promising local business startups emerging from the event each year. In five years, EDAWN expects to have supported the creation of 300 jobs, raised $4 million capital from 100 investors, and invested in 24 companies.
      • $300,000 to Invests Nebraska Corporation, Lincoln, Nebraska. Because of its robust agricultural diversity, economy and renowned research and innovation resources, Nebraska is well primed to be a hub for sustainable agriculture technology or more commonly called, AgTech. Invest Nebraska Corporation’s (INC’s) project will reach the state’s 93 counties, 89 of which have a population of less than 50,000 and will unlock regional capital to support a robust early-stage capital ecosystem that is currently lacking in the state.
      • $300,000 to the Port of Benton, Richland, Washington, to recruit and empower seed-stage investors, educate CEOs of early startups, foster cross-sector collaboration, market a Tri-Cities fund and, ultimately, grow the Tri-Cities Research District’s (TCRD’s) entrepreneurial ecosystem. The project will expand the pool of available investment capital and supportive educational resources for local startups in southeastern Washington State, while further capitalizing on the energy and technology-based research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Within eight years, the Port expects to have supported the creation of 75 companies and 546 jobs.
      • $300,000 to New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, to invest in companies representing established and emerging regional innovation clusters that build on the strengths and assets of New Mexico and NMSU, including bioscience, the energy-water-agriculture nexus, health technology, and digital media. AIF will operate and recruit final investors for an existing fund, found and launch a new fund, and strengthen regional innovation clusters.
      • $299,995 to the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., Mobile, Alabama, to fund the creation, launch and administration of a Innovation PortAL (IP) seed fund supporting entrepreneurs in the Gulf Coast region. While IP and supporting community programs have been successful in preparing entrepreneurial businesses for funding, a very significant gap of seed funding resources exists. There are currently very limited seed funding offerings targeted to entrepreneurs in the Gulf Coast region, which results in the region’s high-potential entrepreneurs either moving to markets outside of our region in search of capital or they are putting their entrepreneurial efforts on hold.
      • $299,178 to Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, to fund Louisiana Tech University in collaboration with its regional partners will lead the planning, organization, and scale of the Fund for Louisiana’s Future (FLF). FLF will be a professionally-managed, member-directed seed fund designed to both provide critical capital to early-stage companies in the I-20 Innovation Corridor in northern Louisiana that utilize innovative technology, have the ability to grow rapidly, create quality jobs in the region, and create significant value for investors. In its sixth year, LaTech estimates that FLF will have raised $12m in funding, made 48 investments, and recruited 300 new individual and 30 new institutional investors.
      • $279,202 to the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, Little Rock, Arkansas, to support the expansion of the Innovation Fund Investment Fund (Investment Fund), which is expanding in concert with Winrock’s Delta Innovation Fund and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub’s (Hub) Innovation Fund programs. In Arkansas’s strongest clusters—biomedical and health, nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing, and information technology and data analytics—it expects to assist 103 proof-of-concept companies, generate 155 jobs, attract five corporate investors that will invest $3.5 million, and invest up to $50,000 in seed capital in each of the 103 participating companies
      • $275,000 to the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Honolulu, Hawaii, to fund the Hawaii Commercialization Seed Fund project that will increase the capacity of Hawaii’s startups commercializing research to establish corporate partnerships, align with commercial opportunities and access the necessary early-stage investment funding to take an innovation to market. The project will support the launch and scale-up of an existing $1.7 million equity investment fund, established as a public-private partnership to support Hawaii startups commercializing research, to $20 million and will support the Fund’s launch efforts to educate corporates on the commercial potential of the research activities in the state, and recruit them to be commercialization partners for Hawaii startups.
      • $170,925 to Innovation Depot, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama, to create a fund at Innovation Depot to expand modern-day Birmingham’s burgeoning startup scene in the financial services, healthcare, and technology industries. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has spurred significant growth throughout the State, especially in the healthcare sector. Innovators now come to Birmingham to construct technologies to improve and advance existing healthcare solutions. This fund will enable entrepreneurs in these sectors to scale companies in the region.
      • $150,000 to the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Inc., Shawnee Mission, Kansas . In collaboration with Kansas City’s premier entrepreneurial, philanthropic, business and civic organizations, the Enterprise Center will administer and finance a $5 million equity pre-seed fund. While Kansas City has done an excellent job of growing entrepreneurs and supporting them with training and services, the gap in early-stage funding is a major hindrance for the entrepreneurial support network. The seed fund will advance our start-up support efforts and fill the gap in access to seed-stage capital, as there are virtually no options for entrepreneurs seeking between $50,000 and $350,000 of funding. By Q4 2019, ECJC expects the fund’s portfolio companies to have created 40 jobs and generated $2 million in revenue.
    • $568,000 in six Technical Assistance-University Center projects listed below. EDA’s University Center program is a five-year, competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions to provide technical assistance and research and development tools to increase productivity, spur innovation, and promote entrepreneurship to help increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification.
      • $150,000 to Bowling Green University/Ohio University-Athens, OH
      • $150,000 to the University of Wisconsin System, Madison, WI
      • $80,000 to the University of Wisconsin System, Menomonie, WI
      • $80,000 to the Regents of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
      • $54,000 to the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
      • $54,000 to the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
    • $397,402 in four Local Technical Assistance projects as follows:
      • $307,063 to the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc., Harrison, Arkansas, to the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District Strategic Economic Assessments for Marion, Newton, and Searcy counties in Arkansas. Once completed, this study will help establish goals and priorities for their communities to provide guidance on how to better diversify and strengthen the local economy, which will lead to new opportunities and creation of jobs throughout the region
      • $48,499 to the Gila County Industrial Development Authority, Globe, Arizona, to support the Gila County Industrial Development Authority with a Community Needs Assessment to identify the existing conditions and resources in Globe, Arizona. Once completed, the study will identify opportunities in workforce development, economic diversification, and tourism, which will lead to the creation
      • $21,840 to the Clearwater Economic Development Association, Inc., Lewiston, Idaho, to fund funds the 2017 North Central Idaho Tourism Hospitality Training Needs Assessment to create a plan for developing a training system for frontline staff directly employed in the tourism industry and in ancillary businesses that support the travel industry. Once completed, this study will bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $20,000 to the Port of Cascade Locks, Oregon, to support the Port of Cascade Locks with funds to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study to determine the best use for the 37-acre airport property in Cascade Locks. Once completed, this study will provide insight on methods to address the high demand for commercial, light industrial and housing in the area, which will diversify and boost economic development throughout the region.
    • $1,675,288 in 22 Partnership Planning projects 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.
  • September 1-7, 2017

    • $472,308 in two Economic Adjustment assistance projects as follows:
      • $322,308 to the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, to support four Tribal Nations—Catawba, Poarch Creek, Seminole and Miccosukee—with developing, adopting and implementing their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS). Establishing effective CEDS for the four Tribal Nations will lead to enhanced economic development for the tribal enterprises, more successful small businesses, and higher employment rates. Also, for the Cherokee and Choctaw Tribal Nations, technical assistance will be provided to identify and strengthen their existing CEDS to ensure that tribal economic development goals and objectives are met and the reservation communities will thrive.
      • $150,000 to the Northeast Florida Regional Council, Jacksonville, Florida, to support the Innovate Northeast Florida 2.0 project which will encompass the development of a regional economic development strategy for a seven-county region centered around Jacksonville in northeast Florida. The project will position the region to be more competitive in the global marketplace which will bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investments and create jobs, while also bolstering the region’s resilience.
    • $863,000 in 13 Partnership Planning projects 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.
  • August 28-31, 2017

    • $21,146,290 in 12 Public Works projects as follows:
      • $3 million to Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, Oregon, to fund the development of a health and science technology building by expanding and modernizing old labs, classrooms, and lecture spaces for health and science programs at the main campus in Coos Bay, Oregon. Completion of the project will result in the training of workforce and an increase in employment within the health care sector and scientific professions which will strengthen the local economy, support private capital investment and diversify the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 241 jobs, save 637 jobs, and leverage $5 million in private investment.
      • $2,798,648 to the Port of Chehalis, Washington, to fund critical site improvements to a rail-served industrial park to support the continued development of the Maurin Road Industrial Site Development Project. The improvements will enhance the marketability of the park and its assets by enabling existing industrial businesses to expand while attracting new industrial development to the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 100 jobs and leverage $40 million in private investment.
      • $2,484,746 to the Council on the Environment, Inc. d/b/a Grow NYC, New York, New York, to fund the construction of a Greenmarket Regional Food Hub. The facility will include a wholesale farmers’ market, USDA compliant cold storage facility, a food-processing center and other infrastructure to support local food businesses. Completion of the project will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the area’s manufacturing cluster, leverage private investment, and create job opportunities in the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 131 jobs, save 11 jobs, and leverage $4.4 million in private investment.
      • $2,355,418 to Ranken Technical College and the Saint Louis Development Corporation, Saint Louis, Missouri, to fund the demolition of existing warehouse facilities located on Ranken Technical College’s Saint Louis campus to allow construction of Manufacturing Inc., a workforce training facility. Development of the facility will allow Ranken Tech to expand its instructional and manufacturing training curriculum to support pre-apprentice/apprenticeship training and entrepreneurial start-ups that will provide students with work experience, industrial training and certifications, college credits and part-time salary, while directly aligning employer talent and credentialing needs with industry-trained young men and women about to enter the workforce. This project will help diversify the workforce and serve as a catalyst to stimulate jobs and economic growth in the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will create 100 jobs and leverage $2.35 million in private investment.
      • $2 million to the City of Eden, North Carolina, to fund water infrastructure improvements to support businesses located in the Berry Hill Regional Mega Park. The waterline expansion will improve capacity, reliability and distribution which will impact the areas economic vitality, ensure adequate infrastructure, retention of area jobs, and remove barriers to economic growth. This expansion will allow the area to expand its manufacturing cluster. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 110 jobs and leverage $710 million in private investment.
      • $1,507,478 to Jefferson County, Illinois, to fund the construction of roadway improvements for industrial expansion in Jefferson County. The project will improve access to allow current industries to ship and receive goods more efficiently, along with improving water service for the area, which will result in new higher paying jobs and additional employment throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 110 jobs, save 97 jobs, and leverage $110 million in private investment.
      • $1.5 million to the City of Dayton, Tennessee, to fund construction of a new electrical transmission line from a new substation to the North Dayton Industrial Park in Dayton. Completion of the project will bring new reliable, redundant power source to the industrial park, which will result in strengthening the local economy, supporting private capital investment and creating jobs throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 245 jobs, save 1,530 jobs, and leverage $58 million in private investment.
      • $1.5 million to the City of Humboldt and Humboldt Utilities, Humboldt, Tennessee, to fund an upgrade of the city’s existing wastewater treatment plant. The project will include replacement and improvement of critical infrastructure to accommodate the expansion of four existing industries in the area. The improvements will help strengthen and enhance diversification in the region, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create jobs. The grantees estimate that this investment will create 170 jobs and leverage $33 million in private investment.
      • $1.5 million to the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, to fund the replacement of the Darling Marine Center’s existing pier, the renovation of the Flowing Seawater Laboratory and the construction of three laboratory spaces, and the upgrade of the center’s flowing seawater infrastructure, including pump systems, pump house and related piping. This investment supports the University of Maine with ensuring the continuing availability of marine environmental and ecosystem data that is critical to Maine’s commercial fishing and aquaculture economy, which will help expand job opportunities in the manufacturing and technology sectors throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 50 jobs.
      • $1 million to the City of Commerce and Banks County, Georgia, to fund water and sewer infrastructure improvements to support businesses located in the Banks County Industrial Park. The project will construct an industrial pre-treatment facility and upgrade a lift station which will increase operation of an international agri-food processing business in the community. The improvements will enhance the marketability of the area and its assets by enabling existing manufacturing businesses to expand while attracting new industrial development to the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will create 49 jobs and leverage $28 million in private investment.
      • $1 million to the Port Isabel San Benito Navigation District, Port Isabel, Texas, to fund infrastructure development at the Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District, which includes roadway improvements, demolition of a hatchery, erosion control and clearing approximately 14 acres for future industrial development for tenants in Cameron County, Texas. The enhancements will improve and sustain the commercial and industrial sector in the southeastern corridor of the area, which will promote collaborative regional innovation and global competitiveness throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 208 jobs and save 386 jobs.
      • $500,000 to the Great Plains Development Authority, Parsons, Kansas, to fund improvements to the water delivery system at the Great Plains Industrial Park in Labette County, Kansas. The improvements will increase utility reliability, reduce utility costs and increase resource conservation, which will result in new higher paying jobs and additional employment throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 75 jobs and leverage $1 million in private investment.
    • $1,487,500 in three Economic Adjustment assistance projects as follows:
      • $1 million to the Piedmont Triad Regional Development Corporation, Kernersville, North Carolina, to support a Revolving Loan Fund to a 12-county region known as the Piedmont Triad. The investment will provide gap capital financing to enable small and mid-sized businesses to expand which will create new employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. The program will also provide the critical mass of funding needed to make a significant impact for the local communities and partners to revitalize vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial properties.
      • $400,500 to the University of Arkansas, Institute for Economic Advancement/Louisiana Tech University, Little Rock, Arkansas, to fund the Arkansas-Louisiana Multimodal Economic Corridor (ArkLaMEC) Land and Resiliency Initiative. The ArkLaMEC Initiative will develop a site-selection repository of available certified industrial business sites and develop a disaster preparedness and recovery resiliency strategy for the region’s supply chain economy. The repository will be used to document potential sites within the Corridor’s multimodal transportation network that can be marketed to new and expanding businesses.
      • $87,000 to the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council/University of Oregon, Bend, Oregon, to assist a consortium of Economic Development Districts in Oregon with training and best practices to improve their economic resiliency plans by testing the Districts’ current plans and strengthening them to bolster its flexibility and build capacity to effectively deal with future natural disasters. This investment will support efforts to identify, evaluate, and address critical infrastructure in the event of a natural disaster particularly the economic impact related to business commerce, emergency services, transportation, communication, and utilities.
    • $3,128,468 in 26 Technical Assistance-University Center projects listed below. EDA’s University Center program is a five-year, competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions to provide technical assistance and research and development tools to increase productivity, spur innovation, and promote entrepreneurship to help increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification.
      • $158,971 to California State University-Chico Research Foundation, Chico, CA
      • $150,000 to the University of Alaska-Anchorage, AK
      • $143,025 to the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
      • $125,000 to Boise State University, Boise, ID
      • $125,000 to the University of Nevada at Reno, NV
      • $125,000 to the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
      • $118,000 to Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN
      • $118,000 to Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
      • $118,000 to the University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, KY
      • $118,000 to Auburn University, Auburn, AL
      • $118,000 to the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
      • $118,000 to Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, GA
      • $118,000 to Georgia Southern University Research & Service Foundation, Statesboro, GA
      • $118,000 to Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
      • $118,000 to Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
      • $118,000 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
      • $118,000 to Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
      • $118,000 to the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
      • $118,000 to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
      • $100,804 to Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
      • $100,000 to Washington, State University, Pullman, WA
      • $100,000 to the University of Washington, Seattle, WA
      • $116,667 to the University of Maryland, College Park, MD
      • $116,667 to the University of Maine System, Portland, ME
      • $116,667 to the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
      • $116,667 to Rutgers State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
    • $205,000 in three Partnership Planning projects 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.
    • $111,000 in two Local Technical Assistance projects as follows:
      • $66,000 to the Hoonah Indian Association, Hoonah, Alaska, to fund the development of a Tribal strategic economic development plan to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of the Tribe and the Tribal Community of Hoonah Alaska. Once completed, this plan will provide new strategic initiatives, projects and programs to improve the Tribes and the community’s economy and advance the health of the Tribe and the municipality.
      • $45,000 to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation, Washington, District of Columbia, to support NADO’s annual workshop and training conference which provides best practices and tools to address economic challenges in the area. This investment will strengthen the effectiveness of regional economic development partners to build capacity, increase investments, and promote further regional economic growth and competitiveness which will lead to the capitalization on new opportunities and creation of jobs throughout the region.
  • August 21-25, 2017

    • $13.3 million ($13,309,065.93) in 11 Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF). The TAAF program provides technical assistance to U.S. manufacturing and production firms affected by import competition in order to help them develop and implement projects to regain global competitiveness, increase profitability and create jobs, as follows: $1,709,960.89 to the Regents of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, to fund the activities of the Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Ann Arbor, MI, which serves import-impacted firms located in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $1,323,352.49 to Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia, to fund the activities of the Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Atlanta, GA, which serves import-impacted firms located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $1,199,418.46 to Applied Strategies International, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois, to fund the activities of the Midwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Chicago, IL, which serves import-impacted firms located in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $1,197,821.37 to the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, to fund the activities of the Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in San Antonio, TX, which serves import-impacted firms located in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $1,195,452.37 to the MidAtlantic Employers’ Association, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, to fund the activities of the MidAtlantic Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Blue Bell, PA, which serves import-impacted firms located in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and West Virginia, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $1,181,005.38 to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, to fund the activities of the Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Los Angeles, CA, which serves import-impacted firms located in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $1,170,418.02 to the Trade Task Group, Seattle, Washington, to fund the activities of the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Seattle, WA, which serves import-impacted firms located in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $1,162,385.99 to the Regents of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, to fund the activities of the Rocky Mountain Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Boulder, CO, which serves import-impacted firms located in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $1,149,848.84 to the Research Foundation of the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York, to fund the activities of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center serving New York, New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in Binghamton, NY, which serves import-impacted firms located in New Jersey, New York, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $1,041,659.45 to the Curators of the University of Missouri-Columbia, to fund the activities of the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Independence, MO, which serves import-impacted firms located in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $977,742.67 to the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, to fund the activities of the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in North Billerica, MA, which serves import-impacted firms located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.
    • $1,083,683 in 10 Technical Assistance-University Center projects. EDA’s University Center program is a five-year, competitively-based partnership between EDA and academic institutions to provide technical assistance and research and development tools to increase productivity, spur innovation, and promote entrepreneurship to help increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification.
      • $160,373 to the Regents of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
      • $102,590 to McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
      • $102,590 to West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas
      • $102,590 to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas
      • $102,590 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Harlingen, Texas
      • $102,590 to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas
      • $102,590 to Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
      • $102,590 to Southern University A&M College, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana
      • $102,590 to the Regents of the New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
      • $102,590 to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma
    • $177,900 in two Partnership Planning projects 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.
  • August 14-18, 2017

    • $120,000 in two Partnership Planning projects 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.
    • $813,331 in seven Technical Assistance-University Center projects to fund the second year of a five-year University Center program at the institutions of higher learning listed below. The five-year program provides technical assistance and research and development tools to increase productivity, spur innovation, and promote entrepreneurship to help increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification.
      • $116,667 University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
      • $116,667 Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
      • $116,667 University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
      • $116,663 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
      • $116,667 Research Foundation for State University of New York, Albany, New York
      • $150,000 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
      • $80,000 Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • August 7-11, 2017

    • $7,631,240 in four Public Works projects as follows:
      • $2,806,240 to Community Solutions International, Inc., New York, New York, to fund construction of a business development center in North Hartford, Connecticut. This investment supports the construction of a food business incubator, share office space, and a food manufacturing facility to be known as the Swift Community Food and Business Development Center. The project will create a location for business growth, and job retention which will impact the region’s economic vitality. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 125 jobs and leverage $9.75 million in private investment.
      • $2 million to the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to fund the expansion of the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Metal Trade Center in Williamsport to accommodate a greater number of students to be admitted to the welding program. This program provides cutting edge training on high-tech equipment and methods to meet the industrial needs of the region. In addition, the expansion will help strengthen and enhance diversification in the area, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 23 jobs and leverage $448,864 in private investment.
      • $1.825 million to Dorchester County, Saint George, South Carolina, to fund construction of a new elevated storage tank to assist in the foreign direct investment for a manufacturing facility producing aluminum cast products in the U.S. This investment will improve the areas of economic vitality, ensure adequate infrastructure, retention of area jobs, and remove barriers to economic growth. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 109 jobs and leverage $42.42 million in private investment.
      • $1 million to the City of Decherd, Tennessee, to fund wastewater improvements to the existing city treatment plant to support the expansion of a manufacturing facility. The infrastructure improvements will improve capacity, reliability and distribution which will impact the region’s economic vitality, ensure adequate infrastructure and retention of jobs. This expansion will promote advanced manufacturing and economic growth in the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 50 jobs and leverage 115 million in private investment.
    • $3,748,928 in three Economic Adjustment assistance projects as follows:
      • $2.62 million to the Greenwood Metropolitan District, Greenwood, South Carolina, to fund the construction of water and sewer infrastructure to serve a new carbon fiber manufacturing facility. This project strengthens and enhances the continued growth of the existing automotive and aerospace clusters in the region. The investment will help to provide carbon fiber products to domestic and foreign markets. The completed project will develop resources to improve economic diversification in rural communities and contribute to more employment opportunities for the area’s workforce. The grantee estimates that 220 jobs will be created and $600 million in private investment will be leveraged by this investment.
      • $1 million to the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, Inc., Pennsylvania, to support the implementation of the multi-partner Greater Philadelphia Metro Export Plan by facilitating regional efforts to increase the participation of small and medium sized companies in exporting. The plan will focus on increasing the successful provision of comprehensive trade counseling, mentoring and providing educational and business networking programs. Once implemented, the plan will help diversify the economy and serve as a catalyst to stimulate jobs in the region.
      • $128,928 to the Oneida Nation, Oneida, Wisconsin, to support the Oneida Nation in developing a feasibility study for a food enterprise and business incubator facility to provide training for American Indians living in the rural and urban area of Northeast Wisconsin. Once completed, this study will serve as a foundation for improving the tribes local and regional economic development efforts by supporting Native American entrepreneurial agricultural based startups, providing adequate training in the food industry sector and expanding tribal employment opportunities throughout the region.
    • $390,815 in six Partnership Planning projects 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.
    • $155,400 in five Local Technical Assistance projects as follows:
      • $67,900 to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, North Carolina, to fund an assessment to build a culturally focused technology incubator facility located on the Reservation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians known as the Cherokee Cultural & Technology Innovation Assessment.
      • $22,500 to the Town of Tabor City, North Carolina, to fund a feasibility study to construct railway excursions and the components needed to operate it successfully. The study will determine if a tourism railway could profitably operate between Conway, South Carolina and Tabor City, North Carolina. Completion of the study will provide knowledge on the overall profitability of the project and the necessary public improvements needed to support the efforts.
      • $20,000 to the Region D Council of Governments, Boone, North Carolina, to support the development of an online, interactive mapping tool that local governments in the district will use to actively market available industry, business sites and buildings. The mapping tool will help to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • $15,000 to the Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc., Butte, Montana, to fund a feasibility study to determine the economic impact of supporting the development and expansion of the water and sewer facilities to the Madison County Fairgrounds and surrounding businesses in Twin Bridges, Montana. Once completed, this study will bring together the public and private sectors by building an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs throughout the region.
    • $233,334 in two Technical Assistance-University Center projects to fund the second year of a five-year University Center program at the institutions of higher learning listed below. The five-year program provides technical assistance and research and development tools to increase productivity, spur innovation, and promote entrepreneurship to help increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification.
      • $116,667 to Becker College, Worcester, Massachusetts
      • $116,667 Marshall University Research Corporation, Huntington, West Virginia
  • July 31-August 4, 2017

    • $350,000 in one Public Works project to Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas, to fund the expansion of an existing fabrication laboratory at Independence Community College in Montgomery County named Fab Lab. The expansion of the Fab Lab is in response to usage demand from the community, including individual members, entrepreneurs and organizations. The project will spur entrepreneurial development and grow small businesses, which will attract reputable companies and lead to job creation throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will create 97 jobs and leverage $90,000 in private investment.
    • $355,000 in five Partnership Planning projects 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.
    • $1.38 million in eight Technical Assistance-University Center projects to fund the fifth year of a five-year University Center program at the institutions of higher learning listed below. The five-year program provides technical assistance and research and development tools to increase productivity, spur innovation, and promote entrepreneurship to help increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification.
      • $250,000 to Kansas State University
      • $250,000 to Iowa State University of Science and Technology
      • $200,000 to the Curators of the University of Missouri-Kansas City
      • $198,987 to Southeast Missouri State University
      • $156,013 to the University of Northern Iowa
      • $115,000 to the University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.
      • $110,000 to the University of Wyoming
      • $100,000 to the North Dakota State University Research and Technology Park

  • July 24-28, 2017

    • $1,378,512 in 16 Partnership Planning projects 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.
    • $80,000 to Northway Village, Alaska, to fund the Northway Transmission Interconnection Feasibility Study and Economic Development Analysis in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area. Once completed, this study will determine if an electric transmission power line from the Tok-Region grid to Northway Village will reduce energy costs and support economic development, which will lead to the capitalization on new opportunities and creation of jobs throughout the region.
    • $27,000 to the Southeastern Montana Development Corporation, Colstrip, Montana, to fund a feasibility study to assist Custer County with the development of a plan to determine the feasibility and impact of acquiring a Veterans Administration facility in Miles City, Montana.
  • July 10-14, 2017

    • $800,070 to the Bemidji Regional Airport Authority, the City of Bemidji, and Beltrami County, Minnesota, to support the emerging aviation cluster by expanding critical infrastructure at the Bemidji Regional Airport Authority. The Airport’s existing hangers are at capacity which led to the need for additional hanger space. There is a waiting list for the existing hangers and the demand is only expected to grow as the region’s economy flourishes. The project will increase general aviation activity and improve the connectivity of the region, breaking down geographic barriers for area businesses, which will lead to sustainable economic growth and foster collaboration, innovation and job creation throughout the region. This investment is part of a $1,600,140 project that the grantees estimate will create 17 jobs and leverage $7.5 million in private investment.
    • $351,800 to Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, Mexico, to fund the purchase of critical equipment for two workforce training labs on the Santa Fe Community College campus in North Central New Mexico, which comprises the counties of Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Taos. The two workforce training labs will be the first to serve the entire district with providing rare and unique hands-on training for workers in the fields of automation and microgrid energy distribution systems. This investment will create a research environment in the community to support product development, testing and workforce training, job creation and business attraction in the region. This investment is part of a $703,600 project that the grantee estimates will create 750 jobs.
    • $988,402 to the City of West Monroe, Louisiana, to fund construction of a storm water and drainage system to support the West Monroe Industrial Park in alleviating disruptions to the 47 companies located in the industrial park. Completion of the project will resolve the reoccurring flooding issue in Ouachita Parish and improve economic conditions which will strengthen the Parish’s long-term economy, while also bolstering the region’s resilience.
  • July 3-7, 2017

    • $3 million to the Town of Sahuarita, Arizona, to fund the development of the Sahuarita Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center (SAMTEC). The project develops a new multi-tenant flex-space for technology companies in the area to utilize. In addition, this investment supports the diversification of the economy, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create opportunities for job creation. This investment is part of a $4.19 million project that the grantee estimates will create 75 jobs, save 31 jobs, and leverage $500,000 in private investment.
    • $1,729,500 to the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to fund the relocation of a water transmission line owned and operated by the City of Cedar Rapids. The relocation of the water transmission main is necessary to reduce the threat of flooding to a manufacturing facility in the area and to commence construction of the permanent flood protection structure along the banks of the Cedar River, which will provide protection to the Central Business District of Cedar Rapids. In addition, the completion of the project will avert the potential loss of jobs and create economic stability in the region. This investment is part of a $3.459 million project that the grantee estimates will save 442 jobs and leverage $432,000 in private investment.
    • $1.5 million to the City of Auburn, Kentucky, to fund the expansion and renovation of an existing wastewater treatment plant to support the expansion of a manufacturing pet food company. This investment will stimulate the local economy through increase employment, per capita income, related business development and the local tax base. In addition, the completion of the project will boost new commercial and industrial development, and create opportunities for job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $4 million project that the grantee estimates will create 65 jobs, save 130 jobs, and leverage $120 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million to the City of Monroe, Louisiana, to fund the construction of road infrastructure and related appurtenances to support the expansion of Venable Lane from US Highway 165 to the new entrance/access road linking CenturyLink Village at the IBM Building. The improvements will serve as a catalyst for new commercial and industrial development and job creation in Northeast Louisiana. This investment is part of a $2,368,492 project that the grantee estimates will create 80 jobs, save 94 jobs, and leverage $20 million in private investment.
    • $180,000 to the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, El Paso, Texas, to fund the creation of the first Medical Center of Americas (MCA) Utility Plan and updates the 2013 Master Plan to consider new investments, zoning, roads, and increased use for utility improvements. This investment will help increase productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification. This investment is part of a $225,000 project.
    • $101,452 to Brooklyn Alliance, Inc., Brooklyn, New York, to support the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the borough Brooklyn, New York. The investment will drive the economic efforts and development, and build capacity in Brooklyn with the goal of increasing economic advancement. 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. This investment is part of a 202,905 project.
  • June 26-30, 2017

    • $450,000 to the Rural Nevada Development Corporation, Ely, Nevada, to provide resources to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund that will cover 14 rural counties in Nevada, including Elko, Esmeralda, White Pine, Lincoln, Eureka, Lander, Pershing, Humboldt, Nye, Churchill, Storey, Douglas, Mineral, and Lyon. This investment will support expanding small business access to capital and entrepreneurship development services in most economic development plans across the region which will lead to small business job creation and diversification. This investment is part of a $900,000 project.
    • $50,000 to the Rural Nevada Development Corporation, Ely, Nevada, to fund administrative costs related to the operation and improved efficiency of a Revolving Loan Fund that will cover 14 rural counties in Nevada, including Elko, Esmeralda, White Pine, Lincoln, Eureka, Lander, Pershing, Humboldt, Nye, Churchill, Storey, Douglas, Mineral, and Lyon. Establishing a revolving loan program will support expanding small business access to capital and entrepreneurship development services across the region which will lead to small business job creation and diversification. This investment is part of a $100,000 project.
    • EDA invested $480,000 in five Partnership Planning investments totaling $815,000 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.
  • June 19-23, 2017

    • $620,000 to the City of Shelby, Montana, to fund a main waterline extension to support the expansion of a manufacturing facility. The waterline expansion will improve capacity, reliability and distribution which will impact the areas economic vitality, ensure adequate infrastructure, retention of area jobs, and remove barriers to economic growth. This expansion will allow the area to expand its manufacturing cluster. This investment is part of a $1.1 million project that the grantee estimates will create 40 jobs and leverage $8.1 million in private investment.
    • $236,000 to Kansas City, Missouri, to fund the construction of new infrastructure to replace an aging and break-prone water main. The project will allow for continued business momentum and job creation in the area through the construction of a new waterline at a former steel facility. In addition, the completion of the project will support business retention, job creation and create economic stability in the region. This investment is part of a $472,000 project that the grantee estimates will save 66 jobs and leverage $5 million in private investment.
    • $250,000 to TruFund Financial Services, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, to provide technical assistance to small businesses including minority and women-owned businesses operating in the construction and related government contracting industries. Additionally, the programs offered by the applicant will increase the efficiency of preparedness, organization and work processes that will aid in access to capital. This investment is part of a $312,500 project that the grantee estimates will create 44 jobs and save 50 jobs.
  • June 5-9, 2017

    • $1,946,625 to the Upton Economic Development Board, Upton, Wyoming, to fund the expansion of the Upton Logistics Park to include a cleaning and rail repair facility. Upton has experienced significant economic distress due to layoffs from the coal, oil, and gas industry and needs economic stimulation to help regain stable jobs in the area. This grant is part of a $3,893,250 project that the grantee estimates will create 200 jobs and leverage $1.48 million in private investment.
    • $534,237 to the City of Gladwin, Michigan, to fund the construction of a water treatment facility designed to remove naturally occurring iron and hydrogen sulfide from the city’s water supply. The improvements will enhance the city’s water supply, lower operating costs for existing and future city businesses, and facilitate the use of more sophisticated manufacturing equipment by the manufacturing sector, making them more competitive and enable them to grow and expand. This investment is part of a $2,136,950 project that the grantee estimates will create 25 jobs, save 116 jobs, and leverage $330,000 in private investment.
    • $3 million to the Northern Wyoming Community College District, Sheridan, Wyoming, to fund the acquisition of equipment, instructional supplies, and other training materials to support the expansion of the NWCCD’s workforce training facilities in Sheridan and Gillette. The new resources will allow NWCCD to train the region’s workforce using the most current technology aligned with existing industry in high demand occupations such as machinists, welders, diesel mechanics/hydraulics, electrical and HVAC apprenticeship, and construction technology. In addition, this project will address the region’s demand for more high-skilled workers. This investment is part of a $6 million project that the grantee estimates will create 1,037 jobs and leverage $5.98 million in private investment.
    • $500,000 to the Shreveport Airport Authority, Shreveport, Louisiana, to support the redevelopment of two existing Reserve Buildings to convert their use from military training facilities to a university/classroom lab facility with improvements that include both exterior and interior upgrades, IT infrastructure, and construction work. This investment will lead to the recruitment and training of more aircraft technicians to meet the growing need for trained aviation professionals, which will not only bring much-needed jobs to the community, but will also fill a void in the recent aviation industry shortage of qualified technicians nationwide. This investment is part of a $1 million project that the grantee estimates will create5 jobs, save 50 jobs, and leverage $1.7 million in private investment.
    • $500,000 to the Regents of the University of California at Riverside to fund the purchase of new scientific equipment to increase the laboratory capacity of the Citrus Clonal Protection Program. The program provides regional citrus growers with support and services necessary to safely develop and introduce new varieties of citrus in the California market. This grant will diversify and cultivate the local economy and strengthen global competitiveness in the region. This investment is part of a $1 million project that the grantee estimates will create 181 jobs, save 3,000 jobs, and leverage $22.7 million in private investment.
    • $487,237 to the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority, Burns Flat, Oklahoma, to fund the renovation of a building for the use of providing a disaster preparedness center for the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) region, which comprises the counties of Burns Flat, Washita, Oklahoma, Custer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowas, and Roger Mills. This project will allow for on-the-ground disaster recovery efforts as well as being a central location to facilitate post-disaster activities, which will help the region respond and recover swiftly and become more economically resilient in the face of future disasters. This investment is part of a $609,047 project.
    • $136,667 to the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, to fund a two-phase planning and technical analysis of a construction project to provide broadband Internet service to western Alaska Peninsula, the Aleutians Islands, and the Pribilof Islands of Alaska. Phase I is a study investigating barriers to providing high speed Internet in the region, and examining opportunities to develop and expand modern Internet speed and capacity. Phase II of the study is a business plan. Results of this study will establish a strategy to possibly build an effective broadband system to help sustain and grow businesses throughout the region. This investment is part of a $200,000 project.
    • Partnership Planning—EDA invested $1,717,400 in 19 Partnership Planning 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.
  • May 29-June 2, 2017

    • $199,200 to the Capital Region Planning Commission, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to fund the hiring of a local disaster recovery manager to develop and implement recovery plans for communities impacted by disasters. The goal of the position is to serve as the liaison between the state, federal and local partners, to reduce the risks from interruptions caused by natural events. The recovery manager will help to create a stable economic climate for business attraction and retention, as well as improving the well-being of the region’s citizens when faced with potential devastating disasters. This investment is part of a $249,000 project.
    • EDA invested $1,171,433 in three Partnership Planning 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.
  • May 22-26, 2017

    • $1,919,106 to the City of Eugene, the Lane Council of Governments, and the Eugene Water and Electric Board, Eugene, Oregon, to fund the installation of fiber-optic cable to deliver high-speed Internet service to businesses located in Eugene’s Central Business District area. Completion of the project will stabilize the region’s labor market through job creation and business expansion in information technology infrastructure. This investment is part of a $3,838,212 project that the grantees estimate will create 215 jobs.
    • $1.76 million to the Virgin Islands Port Authority, Charlotte, Virgin Islands, to fund improvement and repair of the terminal area and shoreline at the Christiansted Seaplane Water Gut Seaplane Facility in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The project will address aging infrastructure that lacks stabilization of the shoreline bulkhead and plane terminal embarkation. The improvements to the facility will increase ridership and revenue, expansion of various services, and job growth for the region and surrounding territory. This investment is part of a $2.2 million project that the grantee estimates will save 42 jobs and leverage $1.9 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million to the City of Stilwell, Oklahoma, to fund upgrades to the City of Stilwell’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to improve its wastewater processing capacity. The project will provide high quality water to support increased manufacturing operations in the county. This upgrade will prevent seasonal layoffs, mitigate economic distress, and diversify the local economy. This investment is part of a $3 million project that the grantee estimates will create 100 jobs, save 15 jobs, and leverage $6.5 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million to the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana, to fund construction of the Ochsner Center for Innovation in the Jefferson Highway Economic District in Louisiana. The center will serve as a hub for technology-focused job trainings, education seminars, and as a collaborative workspace for research and development of innovative healthcare solutions. Completion of the project will provide job opportunities and economic development for the distressed area, and serve as the anchor for the growth of the bio and life science industry in Louisiana. This investment is part of a $3 million project that the grantee estimates will create 155 jobs, save 135 jobs, and leverage $3.9 million in private investment.
    • $1.215 million to the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority, Athens, Alabama, to fund the construction of water infrastructure to accommodate a new aviation manufacturing facility in Limestone County. The plant will be the first of its kind in the United States to mass produce silicon carbide materials for ceramic matrix composite components for aircraft engines. In addition, the improvements will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s advanced manufacturing cluster, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create opportunities for job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $2.43 million project that the grantee estimates will create 204 jobs and leverage $221 million in private investment.
    • $500,000 to the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership, Inc., Choctaw, Oklahoma, to fund an economic development strategic plan that serves unmet needs in Northeast Oklahoma County communities that are suffering from a decline in the oil and gas sector. The strategic plan includes Foreign Direct Investment planning and feasibility, design, and planning support for economic development projects arising from the completion of a major transportation investment in the region. This project will be the catalyst for business expansion and job growth that will lead to private investment in the local area. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $312,320 to the Terrebonne Port Commission, Houma, Louisiana, to fund improvements to Rome Woodard Street, a prime access road to existing as well as proposed Port of Terrebonne business sites in Louisiana. The project will include installing drainage and sewer line connections and completing the roadway with paving to allow additional access to the Port. The improvements to the roadway will attract new tenants to the area and expand businesses associated with ship fabrication, off-shore construction and gas related manufacturing and maintenance, which will promote job growth for the Port and surrounding region. This investment is part of a $425,706 project that the grantee estimates will create 5 direct and 100-200 indirect jobs, and leverage $340,000 in private investment.
    • $300,000 to the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, Durango, Colorado, to provide resources to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund that will cover the region of southwest Colorado, which comprises the counties of Archuleta, Dolores, Montezuma, La Plata, and San Juan. This investment will support expanding small business development by providing access to capital and entrepreneurship services, while increasing employment opportunities in economically distressed communities across the region. This investment is part of a $600,000 project.
    • $199,200 to the Acadiana Planning Commission, Inc., Lafayette, Louisiana, to fund the hiring of a local disaster recovery manager to develop and implement recovery plans for the communities within the regional planning commission boundary impacted by past flooding events. The goal of the position is to be a part of a local disaster recovery management team, which will serve as the liaison between the state, federal and local partners, to reduce the risks from interruptions caused by disasters. The recovery manager will help to create economic stability in the region and retain existing businesses. This investment is part of a $249,000 project.
    • $144,000 to the Livingston Economic Development Council, Livingston, Louisiana, to fund the completion of an economic resiliency strategy. The strategy will not only promote revitalization of the economic and social environment but will also assist in marketing Livingston Parish as a premiere location for business expansion and tourism opportunities. Additionally, the project will encourage economic diversification and entrepreneurial development opportunities for communities across the region. This investment is part of a $180,000 project.
    • $80,000 to the North Delta Planning and Development District, Monroe, Louisiana, to fund the hiring of a local disaster recovery manager to develop and implement recovery plans for communities impacted by disasters. The goal of the position is to serve as the liaison between the state, federal and local partners, to reduce the risks from interruptions caused by natural events. The recovery manager will help to create a stable economic climate for business attraction and retention, as well as improving the well-being of the region’s citizens when faced with potential devastating disasters. This investment is part of a $100,000 project.
    • $80,000 to the Coordinating and Development Corporation, Shreveport, Louisiana, to establish a local disaster recovery manager for the Northwest Louisiana area to aid in reclamation from past natural disasters and increase resiliency in the face of future events. This investment will help create a more stable economic climate for business attraction and retention, as well as greatly enhance disaster resiliency planning, capacity building, and information technology assistance associated with economic recovery efforts to ensure continuity of operations and a more robust, sustainable economy in the event of future disasters. This investment is part of a $100,000 project.
    • $70,000 to the Kisatchie Delta Regional Planning and Development district, Alexandria, Louisiana, to fund the hiring of a local disaster recovery manager to develop and implement recovery plans for communities impacted by disasters. The goal of the position is to serve as the liaison between the state, federal and local partners, to reduce the risks from interruptions caused by natural events. The recovery manager will help to create a stable economic climate for business attraction and retention, as well as improving the well-being of the region’s citizens when faced with potential devastating disasters. This investment is part of a $87,500 project.
  • May 8-12, 2017

    • $200,000 in Public Works funds to the Tri-County Council, Salisbury, Maryland, to fund the installation of new sewer and water connections to assist in improving the expansion of a mass transit access facility. The project involves replacing the existing well and septic services with new public water and sewer lines provided by the City of Salisbury. The investment addresses the need to support job training and placement in the economically challenged region of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. This investment is part of a $400,000 project that the grantee estimates will create 40 jobs, save 3 jobs, and leverage $967,000 in private investment.
    • EDA invested $135,000 in two Partnership Planning projects totaling $245,000, 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.
  • May 1-5, 2017

    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the University of Houston-Victoria, Texas, to fund renovation of a portion of the former Town Plaza Mall to establish the Regional Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship to be owned and operated by the University of Houston-Victoria. The new center will provide a regional hub for small business resources that promotes community engagement and partnerships to support the educational, economic, and cultural development throughout the area. Additionally, the project will encourage economic diversification and entrepreneurial development opportunities for communities across the region. This investment is part of a $2 million project that the grantee estimates will create 1,080 jobs, save 1,080 jobs, and leverage $43.2 million in private investment.
    • $980,000 in Public Works funds to the City of Danville, Kentucky, to fund improvements to the city’s water infrastructure to support the continued operation, expansion, location of companies, and employment in the area. The project will result in the creation of jobs and also supports the state’s growing aerospace industry cluster which is expected to generate future long-term, economic growth in the region by attracting foreign direct investment. This investment is part of a $1.96 million project that the grantee estimates will create 127 jobs, save 188 jobs, and leverage $30 million in private investment.
    • $909,686 in Public Works funds to the Greene County Board of Supervisors, Leakesville, Mississippi, to fund the expansion of an existing Workforce Training Center in Leakesville, Mississippi. This new construction will provide electrical and ship fitting courses and offer expanded classes in welding and pipe fitting. These workforce development initiatives will support the ship building and marine industries in the Gulf Coast which will strengthen global competitiveness. This investment is part of a $1,299,551 project that the grantee estimates will create 250 jobs and leverage $60,000 in private investment.
    • $600,000 in Public Works funds to the City of Providence, Rhode Island, to support construction of new public infrastructure, including site access and utility improvements, to support the redevelopment of an environmentally-remediated industrial site into food production, processing and other commercial or light industrial uses. The improvements will support private investment and job creation within the community consistent with the Providence New Food Cluster Strategy and economic development goals. This investment is part of a $1.2 million project that the grantee estimates will create 360 jobs and leverage $25,000 in private investment.
    • $569,204 in Public Works funds to Somerset County, Pennsylvania, to fund the installation of critical fiber optic infrastructure to four new sites in Somerset County—the Somerset Industrial Park, the Laurel Highlands Business Park, the Borough of Meyersdale, and the North Star Industrial Park. The expanded fiber optic services will help overcome barriers that hindered access to critical modern communication technology, thereby improving the economic competitiveness and resiliency of the County, which has been negatively impacted by drastic changes in the coal economy. This investment is part of a $1,897,346 project that the grantee estimates will create 42 jobs, save 20 jobs, and leverage $25 million in private investment.
    • $750,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Carolina Small Business Development Center Fund, Raleigh, North Carolina, to fund the creation of a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to serve small businesses in the 14-county region of Southeast North Carolina. The RLF will provide business capital not readily available from traditional sources to restore the operations of small, at-risk businesses directly and severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. This investment is part of a $1.5 million project.
  • April 17-21, 2017

    • $1.318 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to Marshall University Research Corporation, Huntington, West Virginia, to provide workforce training opportunities in advanced manufacturing and technical assistance to more than 300 supply chain companies and area manufacturers. As part of the Marshall University’s collaboration with the Advantage Valley Institute, it will also link local companies with resources to assist in supply chain and prototype development through six Appalachian Hatchery Power centers. This investment will allow local manufacturing businesses to diversify and expand into new markets, creating new jobs for the citizens of West Virginia. This investment is part of a $2.818 million project that the grantee estimates will create 100 jobs, save 275 jobs, and leverage $750,000 in private investment.
    • $399,000 in Public Works funds to the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to fund the renovation of the Parkside Building in Johnstown, to provide a Launchpad for business growth with maker space, collaborative space, and gallery space. The investment aids the development of the innovation ecosystem and compliments other regional efforts to develop growing artisan and entrepreneurial supportive environments which will diversify the region. This investment is part of a $798,000 project that the grantee estimates will create 150 jobs and leverage $4.5 million in private investment.
  • March 27-31, 2017

    • $1,665,725 in Public Works funds to the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, Anchorage, Alaska, to fund the rebuilding and expansion of YDFDA’s roe processing and packing facility that was destroyed by a major fire in March 2016. The new building will allow the YDFDA to process salmon and salmon caviar for export through wholesale and retail operations, providing new jobs to the community. The plant will also provide workforce training in tendering and processing salmon to local youth from local fisherman who work at the plant. This investment is part of a $3,331,450 project that the grantee estimates will create 30 jobs, save 60 jobs, and leverage $2 million in private investment.
    • $1,181,047 in Public Works funds to the Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, to support the renovation of a former warehouse and site improvements to an adjacent lot to create the Precision Agricultural Equipment Technology Center of Excellence, a workforce training facility. Development of the Center will allow Ivy Tech Community College to expand its vocational training curriculum to include training in geospatial technology related to crop planting, fertilization, harvesting, and other farming operations. The project will help diversify the workforce and serve as a catalyst to stimulate jobs and economic growth in the region. This investment is part of a $2,362,095 project that the grantee estimates will create 127 jobs and save 1,186 jobs.
    • $750,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Hidden Star Resources, Austin, Texas, to fund a program to provide technical assistance, training, education, and other resources to start-up companies and entrepreneurs in 10 low-income and disadvantaged areas across Arkansas, New Mexico, and Texas. This project addresses the need for programs that provide enhanced opportunities to access capital and other critical services to empower and promote economic development and growth in the region’s small and underprivileged businesses. This investment is part of a $937,500 project that the grantee estimates will create 402 jobs and leverage $1.5 million in private investment.
    • $394,500 in Public Works funds to Mayland Community College, Spruce Pine, North Carolina, to fund the renovation of an existing test facility on the Mayland campus to allow the American Welding Society to expand its advanced welding certification program to include a 2-year degree program. This project helps to address the region’s workforce needs by providing advanced skills training and competencies needed by regional employers to support existing industry expansion. This investment is part of a $789,000 project that the grantee estimates will create 58 jobs.
    • $167,136 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Belcourt, North Dakota, to fund the services of a coordinator to serve as the tribal point-of-contact for coordinating federal, state, and local resources for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, the lead organization of the “Pride of the Great Plains” Promise Zone. The coordinator, working with tribal leaders, will conduct research, marketing, planning, and economic assessment activities to support and promote a sustainable and diverse economy across the Reservation. This investment is part of a $167,136 project.
  • March 27-31, 2017

    • $346,697 in Public Works funds to the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance, Barnwell, South Carolina, to fund construction of critical rail infrastructure to support the location of a new industry to the Southern Carolina Advanced Technology Park. The extended rail service will greatly impact the global competitiveness of Barnwell County, as well as the surrounding counties of Allendale, Bamberg, Colleton, Jasper, and Hampton. In addition, the improvements will attract both domestic and international companies to establish location in the region. This investment is part of a $495,675 project that that grantee estimates will create 112 jobs and leverage $16 million in private investment.
    • $167,136 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Belcourt, North Dakota, to fund the services of a coordinator to serve as the tribal point-of-contact for coordinating federal, state, and local resources for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, the lead organization of the “Pride of the Great Plains” Promise Zone. The coordinator, working with tribal leaders, will conduct research, marketing, planning, and economic assessment activities that support and promote a sustainable and diverse economy across the Reservation. This investment is part of a $167,136 project.
  • February 20-24, 2017

    • $2.5 million in Public Works funds to the City of Long Prairie, Minnesota, to fund infrastructure improvements to the city’s existing wastewater treatment facility. The improvements will expand the capacity of the system and serve as a catalyst for new commercial and industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $6,683,250 project that the grantee estimates will create 82 jobs, save 626 jobs, and leverage $10.806 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the City of Houston, Texas, to fund the design and construction of critical infrastructure to support the development of the Houston Airport System education and incubation hub. The project supports the economic development needs and objectives outlined in the Gulf Coast Economic Development District’s 2014-2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy supporting job creation and private investment in the region. This investment is part of a $2.044 million project that the grantee estimates will save 333 jobs.
    • $850,000 in Public Works funds to Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, to support construction of fully-integrated science laboratories and associated facilities on the campus of Cameron University-Duncan. This project will expand educational opportunities that will directly link to job skills that will prove career opportunities for students living in nearby economically distressed areas and help meet healthcare industry demand for a skilled workforce. This investment is part of a $2,243,338 project that the grantee estimates will create 370 jobs.
  • February 13-17, 2017

    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, Fort Pierce, Florida, to fund construction of a new hanger and related road infrastructure at the Treasure Coast International Airport, which is located in an active Foreign Trade Zone. The new hanger and roadway improvements will allow expansion of existing businesses, strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s aeronautical and transportation clusters, and serve as a catalyst for new industrial development and job creation in the region, which is still recovering from severe flooding from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. This investment is part of a $5 million project that the grantee estimates will create 123 jobs and leverage $810,000 in private investment.
    • $1,277,923 in Public Works funds to the City of Newton and Newton County Board of Supervisors, Newton, Mississippi, to fund critical infrastructure improvements to the Newton Industrial Park, including repair and extension of an existing rail spur and industrial road upgrades. The improvements will enhance the marketability of the region and its assets by enabling existing industrial businesses to expand while attracting new industrial development to the region. This investment is part of a $2,555,846 project that the grantees estimate will create 125 jobs and leverage $85 million in private investment.
    • $1.2 million in Public Works funds to the Mexia Economic Development Corporation and the City of Mexia, Texas, to fund critical infrastructure improvements to support expansion of the Mexia Industrial Park. The improvements will allow development of shovel-ready building sites needed for the expansion of existing businesses and to attract new industrial development looking to locate in the park. This investment is part of a $2.7 million project that the grantees estimate will save 120 jobs.
    • $750,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Mountain BizCapital, Inc., Buncombe, North Carolina, to provide resources to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund that will cover the region of western North Carolina, which comprises the counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cleveland, Henderson, McDowell, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey. This investment will support expanding small business access to capital and entrepreneurship development services in most economic development plans across the region. This investment is part of a $1.5 million project.
  • January 13-20, 2017

    • $1,514,280 in Public Works funds to the city of Roanoke, Virginia, to fund the construction of a road extension and improvements to surrounding infrastructure in the city of Roanoke. The completion of the project will allow access to a proposed manufacturing facility. In addition, the improvements will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s manufacturing cluster, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create opportunities for job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $3,028,560 project that the grantee estimates will create 154 jobs and leverage $95 million in private investment.
    • $1,298,250 in Public Works funds to the city of New Bern, North Carolina, to renovate the City Market Training Center in downtown New Bern to provide skills-training to underserved populations in Craven and Jones counties. When completed, the renovated facility will be a place where innovative entrepreneurs can design equipment and other items for commercialization and sale. This project addresses the region’s workforce training needs and will be a catalyst for growing resilient jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector in New Bern. This investment is part of a $2,596,500 project that the grantee estimates will create 55 jobs and save 17 jobs.
    • $1.298 million in Public Works funds to the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission, Laurens, South Carolina, to fund improvements to the water and sewer infrastructure in a city-owned industrial park to support new businesses and expansion of existing global marketing industrial sites. The improvements support economic diversification and resiliency in the aftermath of severe flooding in 2015 allowing the region to continue its shift from the declining textile industry to more diverse types of manufacturing and distribution industries. This investment is part of a $1,622,500 project that the grantee estimates will create 80 jobs and leverage $17.6 million in private investment.
    • $997,269 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the University of Maine System and the University of Southern Maine, Penobscot, Maine, to support the development of a comprehensive industry recovery roadmap for the future of Maine’s forest products sector. The completion of this project will strengthen and diversify the Maine forest products industry to identify products with strong future domestic and international demand and provide more economic opportunity in rural communities across the state. This investment is part of a $1,246,586 project.
    • $1.25 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, Albany, New York, to support the activities of the Advanced Manufacturing Performance Center at SUNY Polytechnic’s Albany and Utica campuses. The project will focus on three phases—research, development, and workforce deployment, all of which will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s advanced manufacturing cluster, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create opportunities for job creation and private investment in the region. This investment is part of a $3,211,550 project that the grantee estimates will create 2,800 jobs, save 175 jobs, and leverage $2 billion in private investment.
    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the city of Martinsville, Virginia, to fund improvements to the city’s water and sewer infrastructure to support the continued operation, expansion, location of companies and employment in the city of Martinsville and Henry County. In addition, the improvements will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s advanced manufacturing cluster, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create opportunities for job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $2,810,422 project that the grantee estimates will save 1,000 jobs.
    • $684,750 in Public Works funds to Sampson County, North Carolina, to fund installation of a water storage tank and supporting infrastructure to serve the first bio-tech manufacturing and distribution facility in the area. The improvements will provide sufficient water capacity and ensure consistent flow to local businesses. The completion of the project will result in job growth and business expansion in the region. This investment is part of a $1,369,500 project that the grantee estimates will create 103 jobs and leverage $167 million in private investment.
    • $398,088 in Technical Assistance funds to Kawerak, Inc., Nome, Alaska, to fund the development of an economic assistance plan for the Bering Strait Tribes in Nome, Alaska. The project will provide technical assistance to the Tribes in the region to address tourism, arctic shipping, and other economic issues. Completion of the project will help increase long-term regional competitiveness and improve economic conditions in the region. This investment is part of a $398,088 project.