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2022

  • EDA announced 19 investments from June 22-July 1, 2022, totaling $35,655,136, which is matched by $15,526,160 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $5,863,379 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes one project for $3,782,433 that will help create 16 jobs, save 28 jobs, and leverage $20,000 in private investment; (2) $29,266,757 in 13 American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes five projects for $12,364,574 that will help create 742 jobs and leverage $49,900,000 in private investments; and (3) $525,000 in four Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $5,863,379 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Projects, matched by $5,991,524 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,782,433, matched by $420,270 in local investment, to El Dorado County, Placerville/El Dorado County, California, to support El Dorado County with increasing internet connectivity to help the region respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and become more resilient to future disasters in Placerville, California. COVID-19 has caused a fundamental shift in the way people work and access public resources in the region, increasing the need for reliable broadband access across the state. This project will fundamentally change the region and communities in the area by creating access to broadband and cellular reception where none exist today. This will allow for business and entrepreneurial growth across the state, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 16 jobs, save 28 jobs, and leverage $20,000 in private investment.
      • $2,080,946, matched by $5,571,254 in local investment, to Dougherty County/City of Albany, Albany/Dougherty County, Georgia, to support Dougherty County with the construction of a six-mile pedestrian path connecting the downtown area with a local attraction, Radium Springs in Georgia. The project will create a diversity of jobs in trail development, recreation and the service and hospitality industry. It will also enhance community amenities and attract visitors and tourists to the area. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing critical infrastructure to ensure businesses success, which will create economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $29,266,757 in 13 American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $9,009,636 in local investments, as follows:
      • Four Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects for $9,245,267, matched by $176,844 in local investments, to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $4,670,000, with no local match, to Jobs for the Future, Inc., Boston/Suffolk County, Massachusetts, to support Jobs for the Future, Inc. and its sub-awards, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board (CED-Conference Board), and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), with establishing the Good Jobs Challenge National Community of Practice. The project will support Good Jobs Challenge grantees by increasing information and best practice sharing, strengthening networks, and accelerating economic recovery. This award will take place over a four-year period of performance and will establish and strengthen the collaboration among Good Job Challenge grantees.
        • $3,999,901, with no local match, to the Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, Durham County, North Carolina, to support the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and its sub-award, the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), with establishing the Community of Practice for Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC) Finalists. The project will support BBBRC Phase 1 and Phase 2 grantees through this national community of practice. The RTI and SSTI aim to deepen connections, foster learning, and ultimately accelerate industry cluster growth by encouraging the testing of new strategies, sharing insights, and surfacing best practices while blending this shared learning environment with technical assistance (TA) for the grantees. This award will take place over a five-year period of performance and will provide an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy that supports the grantees.
        • $444,787, matched by $144,200 in local investment, to the Santa Ynez Band o f Mission Indians/Economic Alliance Foundation, Santa Ynez/Santa Barbara County, California, to fund the Northern Santa Barbara County (NSBC) Fiber Ring Broadband Strategy and Business Plan, to address the needs of the county area’s four greatest current economic development opportunities in Santa Ynez, California. The plan includes Market Analysis, Route Options, and Business Plan (Aligning Broadband Needs, Assets, Middle-Mile Options for twelve NSBC cities, Recommended Strategy for Development, Governance and Operations of the NSBC Fiber Ring Network). Once completed, the plan will provide key economic industry clusters to help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
        • $130,579, matched by $32,644 in local investment, to the Beacon Charter School Corporation, Woonsocket/Providence County, Rhode Island, to support the Beacon Charter School, Corporation with conducting a feasibility study to determine the viability of a Culinary Hub at the school, to help cultivate talent and provide workforce training in the culinary arts, a Rhode Island industry cluster. The project will help provide a pipeline of workers to fill hospitality jobs, thereby assisting in the economic recovery of the area. Once completed, the study will provide information to cultivate economic opportunities for a region adversely impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will help stabilize and increase the working population and boost resiliency of the local economy.
      • Two Indigenous Communities Projects for $3,201,465, with no local match, to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities.
        • $3,036,465, with no local match, to the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe, Plummer/Benewah County, Idaho, to fund the De Smet Water Supply System Improvement Project, to install a water supply system to replace defective water utilities infrastructure in the town of De Smet, Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Reservation is located in the northern part of Idaho and the improved infrastructure will deliver a quality water supply that will create conditions that are economically favorable for the Plummer, Idaho region. The project work consists of replacing an aging and undersized water system infrastructure with approximately 8,800 linear feet of new 8-inch and 12-inch water main and existing water storage reservoirs will be replaced with a new 200,000-gallon welded steel water tank. Once completed, the project will help the Tribe recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by creating the potential for business growth and establishing a strong foundation for the Tribe’s economic development and job creation efforts.
        • $165,000, with no local match, to the Laguna Economic Advancement, LLC, Laguna/Bernalillo County, New Mexico, to support Laguna Economic Advancement, LLC with creating a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to assist the city of Laguna with on-going economic development and establishing a plan for future economic development for the Pueblo region in New Mexico. The Pueblo has six villages within a 77 square mile area, Laguna, Mesita, Paguate, Encinal, Paraje/Casa Blanca, and Seama. Such planning will help the region create a strategy to mitigate the economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and build resiliency in the event of future economic disruptions. Once completed, the project will provide the region with a roadmap to achieve long-term prosperity and growth, to help spur job creation and diversification of the local economy.
      • Six Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Projects for $11,397,225, matched by $7,477,092 in local investments, to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $3,212,400, matched by $803,100 in local investment, to the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Dover/Kent County, Delaware, to support the establishment of the Campgrounds Design and Improvement project, which consists of designing and engineering a planning grant to expand and make infrastructure improvements to Delaware’s five state park campgrounds. The project will focus on campground enhancements to wastewater, drinking water, bathrooms, auxiliary amenities, campsites, and cabins, addressing existing challenges as well as planning for potential areas of growth to meet the needs of tourist and visitors. Once completed, the project will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
        • $2,681,978, matched by $2,299,232 in local investment, to Murray State College, Tishomingo/Johnston County, Oklahoma, to fund the renovation of an existing campus building to create an 11-room hotel that will accommodate local visitors in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The project will renovate the Chickasaw Hall building to establish the hotel, which will serve guests of the college and visitors to Tishomingo and the surrounding area and will also provide valuable work experience for students at Murray State College. Much of the local economy of Tishomingo and Johnston County is based on hospitality, food service and recreation industries. The project is expected to create high-paying jobs in the reservation, food service, housekeeping, information technology, marketing, management, and maintenance personnel industries. Once completed, the project will help address economic harm to the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industry due to the coronavirus pandemic by supporting increased tourism, economic development, job growth, and post COVID resiliency for the Tishomingo region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 232 jobs.
        • $1,600,000, matched by $40,000 in local investment, to the Board of Regents, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln/Lancaster County, Nebraska, to support the buildout of a new academic space for the Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management Academic Programs within the Nutrition and Health Sciences Department in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University. The high-tech facility will include classrooms, offices and other spaces for learning and this new academic space will provide experiential hands-on learning, academic training, and continuing education for current and future students and hospitality professionals from across the state to enhance their leadership and management skills and economic opportunities in the hospitality and tourism workforce. Once completed, the project will aid in economic recovery efforts for the Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation segments, which were greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, by helping the region become more resilient to fluctuations in tourism and advancing economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs.
        • $1,403,807, matched by $3,350,000 in local investment, to Retreat Farm, Limited, Brattleboro/Windham County, Vermont, to support the renovation of Retreat Farm's 6,275 square foot historic barn, the North Barn, into an event venue near Brattleboro, Vermont. The project includes foundation repairs, replacement of existing structures, insulation and mechanical conditioning, and updates to the HVAC and fire protection systems. The project will help address economic harm to the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industry due to the coronavirus pandemic by establishing a four-season year-round event facility. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 49 jobs and leverage $2,700,000 in private investment.
        • $1,255,989, matched by $313,997 in local investment, to Exploration Place, Inc., Wichita/Sedgwick County, Kansas, to support the creation of an outdoor riverfront park at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas. The project will provide the Exploration Place science and discovery center a space for new and expanded events, bringing new visitors to the city, its businesses, and attractions. Once completed, the improvements will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 21 jobs.
        • $1,243,051, matched by $310,763 in local investment, to the Middle Georgia State University, Macon/Bibb County, Georgia, to support Middle Georgia State University with building an athletic facility and pavilion that will attract visitors to the region, to help boost local tourism and hospitality industries in Macon, Gorgia. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer visitors traveled to the region, which caused a downturn and loss of revenue across the state. The project will encourage new business ventures, create new jobs opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency in the area.
      • One Coal Communities Commitment Project for $5,422,800, matched by $1,355,700 in local investment, to support coal-reliant communities’ expansion into new industry sectors and recovery from the pandemic.
        • $5,422,800, matched by $1,355,700 in local investment, to the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission, Laurens/Laurens County, South Carolina, to support water system upgrades to serve industrial corridors in Laurens County, South Carolina and provide for business expansion following the closure of two coal-fired power plants in the region. The construction of a new water tank, water line, and ancillary infrastructure will support economic development and help strengthen and stabilize water service across a large industrial portion of the area, ensuring continuity of services for business operations in this region. Once completed, the project will create job opportunities, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 240 jobs and leverage $47,200,000 in private investment.
    • $525,000 in four Partnership Planning projects (listed below), matched by $525,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
      • Rockingham Economic Development Corporation, NH -- $70,000
      • Northwest PA Regional Planning & Development Commission, PA -- $70,000
      • Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation, MT -- $192,500
      • Upper Exploreland Regional Planning Commission, IA -- $192,500
  • EDA announced 32 investments from June 16-22, 2022, totaling $25,816,208, which is matched by $8,482,014 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $20,683,708.34 in 10 American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes eight projects for $17,721,203 that will help create 4,843 jobs, save 610 jobs, and leverage $58,210,000 in private investments; (2) $1,300,000 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 125 jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $14,800,000 in private investments; and (3) $3,832,500 in 21 Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $20,683,708,34 in 10 American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $5,394,722,35 in local investments, as follows:
      • Three Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects for $2,904,410, matched by $1,621,000 in local investments, to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $1,584,000, matched by $396,000 in local investment, to the Maryland Department of Commerce, Baltimore/Baltimore City, Maryland, to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers throughout the state of Maryland. The Maryland Department of Commerce will be a source of loans to assist with working capital or other eligible uses to help targeted businesses survive and/or recover from business disruption caused by the COVID crisis. Small and underserved businesses that are unable to qualify for financing from traditional lending sources are the targets of the RLF. Once implemented, the RLF will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 250 jobs, save 110 jobs, and leverage $210,000 in private investment.
        • $1,220,410, matched by $1,200,000 in local investment, to Guam Community College, Barrigada/Guam County, Guam, to support the renovation of a workforce development training facility in Barrigada, Guam. Guam 's economic conditions have weakened due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the improvements will allow the Community College to expand workforce development programs to boost employment opportunities in the area, save jobs, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,800 jobs, save 200 jobs, and leverage $4,000,000 in private investment.
        • $100,000, matched by $25,000 in local investment, to the North County Council, Littleton/Grafton County, New Hampshire, to support the North Country Council with providing technical assistance to assist with the development of a collective impact program. The project will help facilitate the implementation of the strategies developed in this regional economic recovery and resiliency planning process and build capacity within the Council and the region to support long-term collaboration and economic innovation. Once implemented, the program will broaden the scope of economic and community resiliency through climate mitigation, adaptation efforts, and new environmentally sustainable business development as a foundation to build a regenerative economy for the North Country, which will help spur private investment, create jobs, and advance resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 1,431 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
      • Five Coal Communities Commitment Projects for $14,560,907.34, matched by $3,747,548.35 in local investments, to support coal-reliant communities’ expansion into new industry sectors and recovery from the pandemic.
        • $4,934,400, matched by $1,233,600 in local investment, to Rend Lake College, Ina/Jefferson County (Project: Mount Vernon/Jefferson County), Illinois, to support the creation of the new Southern Illinois Manufacturing Academy program in Jefferson County, Illinois. The new program will focus on the next generation of workers, providing the skills necessary for today’s advanced manufacturing equipment and facilities. Once completed, the project will help expand advanced manufacturing workforce training opportunities throughout the region, which will boost emerging business opportunities in the area, advance economic resiliency, attract private investment, and further economic diversification in an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 750 jobs and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
        • $3,733,743, matched by $1,244,581 in local investment, to the City of Reedsburg, Reedsburg/Sauk County, Wisconsin, to support the construction of road, sewer and stormwater infrastructure needed to expand the Reedsburg Business Park in Sauk County, Wisconsin. The project work includes grading, streets, sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer, stormwater management, and connection to existing utilities. The improvements will help businesses to locate, relocate, or expand, which will help enhance job creation and retention, and spur private investments in an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 300 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $22,000,000 in private investment.
        • $3,015,750, matched by $1,005,250 in local investment, to the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District, Dubois/Dubois County (Project: Paoli/Orange County), Indiana, to support the construction of a new elevated water storage tank to assist Orange County, Indiana, with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, which further devastated the region and caused severe economic distress. The one-million-gallon water tank will complement the existing water storage units and will ensure that existing employers have access to adequate water pressure to expand. Once completed, the project will help attract new employers to the region, which will help diversify the economic base and increase the region’s resilience when future economic shocks occur. In addition, the project will create and save jobs, spur private investment, and provide a reliable water source to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 240 jobs, save 200 jobs, and leverage $20,000,000 in private investment.
        • $2,577,014.34, matched by $164,117.35 in local investment, to the National Association of Counties Research Foundation (NACoRF), Washington, District of Columbia, to support the implementation of the Building Resilient Economies in Coal Communities (BRECC) Community of Practice Initiative. This Community of Practice (CoP) award to the NACoRF and its sub-awards Just Transition Fund, West Virginia Community Development Hub, and Community Builders, seeks to support coal communities across the country. This three-year initiative will create and facilitate a national peer-learning, capacity building, and resource-sharing network of coal-reliant communities seeking to diversify and grow their local and regional economies. This CoP will also provide intensive training for local and regional leaders and support diversification and implementation planning.
        • $300,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments, Bridgeport/Fairfield County, Connecticut, to support the development of the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Government’s Bridgeport Harbor Station Unit 3 Site Reuse and Planning Study, to help drive economic recovery, growth, and diversification within the city of Bridgeport and offset the COVID-19 pandemic impacts and lessen the additional residential economic burden that has occurred due to the decommissioning of a local coal-fired plant. The study is the first step in tackling the environmental impacts caused by the Bridgeport Harbor Station Unit 3 – poor air quality and physical barriers caused by the scale of the infrastructure. Once completed, the project will assist a region highly impacted by recent negative impacts from downturns in the coal economy and help boost emerging business opportunities in the area.
      • One Indigenous Communities Project for $3,132,900, with no local match, to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities.
        • $3,132,900, with no local match, to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Onamia/Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, to support the rehabilitation of three existing commercial buildings owned by Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures on the Reservation for use as incubator spaces for its Tribal Economy Business Incubator (TEBI) program. The TEBI program will provide technical assistance and support to start-ups and existing tribal businesses, which will help create new employment opportunities with improved wages, spur private investments, and boost the socioeconomic factors on the Reservation. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 72 jobs and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
      • One Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Project for $85,491, matched by $26,174 in local investment, to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $85,491, matched by $26,174 in local investment, to the Homer Society of Natural History, Homer/Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, to fund a Campus Enhancement Plan for the Homer Society of Natural History dba. Pratt Museum, to guide investment in and development of the Pratt Museum’s 10-acre parcel and fund the design for an ADA-accessible, covered outdoor amphitheater and pavilion. The museum is located in the City of Homer, Alaska, which serves remote communities accessible only by rugged road, boat, or plane, including Alaska Native villages located on remote coastline and secluded Russian Old Believer communities. Homer is the economic, education, health care, and cultural hub in the area, and it is one of the most important maritime harbors in the state. Once completed, the project is expected to encourage a dynamic downtown center to help assist in the region's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $1,300,000 in one Public Works project, matched by $370,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $1,300,00, matched by $370,000 in local investment, to Union County, El Dorado/Union County, Arkansas, to support the construction of railroad infrastructure and a cross-docking facility to serve the El Dorado Industrial Park in Arkansas. The project will support manufacturing businesses in the area and would aid efforts to diversify the economy by providing infrastructure to support the regional expansion of the manufacturing industry. In addition, the project will help industrial businesses grow, which will strengthen the regional economy and provide long-term sustainable economic growth. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 125 jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $14,800,000 in private investment.
    • $3,832,500 in 21 Partnership Planning projects, matched by $2,717,292 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 23 investments from June 9-15, 2022, totaling $32,879,206, which is matched by $10,772,350 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $21,678,876 in 12 American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes seven projects for $18,008,876 that will help create 543 jobs, save 18 jobs, and leverage $46,795,000 in private investments; (2) $62,507 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; (3) $10,577,823 in four Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 947 jobs, save 1,109 jobs, and leverage $97,350,000 in private investments; and (4) $560,000 in six Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $21,678,876 in 12 American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $5,511,250 in local investments, as follows:
      • Six Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects for $7,002,072, matched by $1,837,700 in local investments, to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $2,400,000, matched by $687,182 in local investment, to the City of Lone Grove/Long Grove Water and Sewer Trust Authority, Long Grove/Cater County, Oklahoma, to support the City of Lone Grove with improving its water system by increasing the volume of fresh water produced and increasing the pressure of delivery in south central Oklahoma. The current system was at capacity and this project will allow the city, as well as the Chickasaw Nation, to grow economically. The city has been under a moratorium, which has stifled any new development in Lone Grove, both commercially and residentially. This situation has prevented existing businesses in the area from expanding and has kept new business from being able to develop. Once completed, the project will help boost emerging business opportunities in the area to advance economic resiliency and further economic diversification throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 137 job and leverage $6,500,000 in private investment.
        • $2,221,820, matched by $555,455 in local investment, to the Village of Muscoda, Muscoda/Grant County, Wisconsin, to fund the construction of industrial infrastructure to support the expansion of cheese manufacturing and other industrial job growth in the Village. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated economic conditions in the region and the new infrastructure will add nearly 16 acres of developable land to the Muscoda Industrial Park, which will enable the region to diversify the economic base and become more resilient throughout future economic disruptions. Once completed, the expansion will provide the needed space and utilities for businesses to locate or relocate, which will attract new industries, create jobs, increase global competitiveness, and promote economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs and leverage $35,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,660,252, matched by $415,063 in local investment, to Sullivan County Division of Public Works/Sullivan Local Development Broadband Corporation, Monticello/Sullivan County, New York, to support Sullivan County with the development of a countywide, county-owned wireless broadband network to deliver high-quality broadband service in the area. Project work includes the purchase, installation, and activation of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless broadband communications equipment and backup generators on nine already-existing or under-construction county-owned emergency communications towers, and the construction of pads and installation of modular sheltering enclosures to house equipment at nine already-existing county-owned emergency communications towers. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 28 jobs and leverage $4,500,000 in private investment.
        • $360,000, matched by $90,000 in local investment, to the City of Soldotna, Soldotna/Kenai Peninsula County, Alaska, to support the redevelopment of a portion of its downtown, resulting in a new ‘main street’ adjacent to the Kenai River, with infrastructure and amenities that will improve the quality of the built environment for residents and visitors in Alaska. The project allows Soldotna to leverage the region's fishing and tourism industries by providing infrastructure on vacant and underutilized lands for developments of parks, streets, trails, etc. for business revitalization. These improvements will foster new private capital investment, partnerships, and job creation, while bolstering activity for existing businesses, to boost economic resiliency throughout the region.
        • $280,000, matched by $70,000 in local investment, to the Town of Warren, Warren/Worcester County, Massachusetts, to support development of the Wrights Mill Master Recovery Plan, to allow for government agencies and private partners to methodically calculate and manage risk of infrastructure modernization including roads, bridges, water, broadband, and power centers in Warren, Massachusetts. The project will provide a needs assessment for establishing the best opportunities for job creation, business attraction, and historic preservation through the redevelopment of the 600,000 square foot Wrights’ mill site. Once completed, the project will address the region’s needs and provide additional space and infrastructure for new and existing businesses to grow, which will create additional jobs and strengthen the regional economy.
        • $80,000, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC), Charlottesville/Charlottesville City, Virginia, to support the establishment and implementation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Charlottesville, Virginia region. The CEDS project will support the TJPDC in coordination and collaboration with public, non-profit, and private sector partners with developing a guide for future local and regional priorities and investments. Once completed, the project will provide an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation in the region.
      • Two Indigenous Communities Projects for $3,825,064, with no local match, to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities.
        • $2,200,000, with no local match, to the Santo Domingo Tribe, Santa Domingo Pueblo/Sandoval County, New Mexico, to support the Santo Domingo Tribe with replacing sewer lines and connections within the Santo Domingo Pueblo Main Village wastewater system. Sandoval County has historically been under economic hardship due to lack of investment over the past century, which in turn has created a lack of robust and sustainable economy. The new system will increase capacity for the Main Village wastewater system and reduce health hazards resulting from raw sewage leakage, which currently poses a public health risk to residents and impedes possible business growth. Once completed, the project will advance equity by improving sanitary, public health, and environmental conditions in the area, which will support the Pueblo's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the negative economic impact on businesses within the Village.
        • $1,625,064, with no local match, to 500 Sails/Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Indigenous Affairs Office, Saipan/Saipan County, Mariana Islands, to support the renovation and expansion of the 500 Sails boatyard in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The project will transform the building from a small teaching boatyard to a modern maritime training facility (MTC). The Northern Mariana Islands Maritime Training Center will provide formal, hands-on training to a growing workforce for CNMI’s emerging Maritime industry. The Maritime industry will bring diversity to the CNMI’s economy that is currently dominated by one industry, tourism. The MTC will help the CNMI communities accelerate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and build an economy that will be resilient to future economic shocks, which will help boost the maritime workforce throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 76 jobs and save 4 jobs.
      • Four Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Projects for $10,851,740, matched by $3,673,550 in local investments, to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $7,983,340, with no local match, to the Fort Independence Community of Paiutes of the Fort Independence Reservation, Independence/Inyo County, California, to support the construction of the Oak Creek Travel Center in the Fort Independence Indian Reservation in California. The Travel Center will improve upon the Tribe's existing gas station by providing much-needed amenities for travelers, increased fueling capacity, which will reduce traffic backups along Highway 395, and provide an additional means of employment and income for the Tribe, making them more resilient to future economic shocks. The project will spur tourism in the area, attract businesses to the area, and save and create new jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 64 jobs and save 14 jobs.
        • $1,500,000, matched by $3,331,450 in local investment, to the City of Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls/Black Hawk County, Iowa, to fund the Cedar River Recreational Project, to construct a series of six jetties on both sides of the Cedar River in Cedar Falls, Iowa, improving the safety of a low head dam and changing the bank stabilization. The project will help Cedar Falls address the local and regional need for expanded riverfront tourism by improving river access infrastructure to support in-stream users interested in floating and paddling and on-bank users interesting in picnicking, playing, and angling. The economic impact of these increased outdoor recreation and tourism activities will support local businesses and business expansion, and create jobs and private investment, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 129 jobs and leverage $295,000 in private investment.
        • $750,000, matched by $187,500 in local investment, to the City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville/Onslow County, North Carolina, to support the construction of a Visitor Center to serve as a dedicated support facility for the local tourism industry in North Carolina. The Visitor Center will also serve as a gateway to the city providing a wealth of information on tourism related activities, sporting events, restaurants, and things to do while visiting the area. Once completed, the project will drive and expand business, increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
        • $618,400, matched by $154,600 in local investment, to the City of Cheyenne, Cheyenne/ Laramie County, Wyoming, to support the relocation and renovation of three historic train cars to be used for retail and tourism, kick-starting the Railcar Renovation Project, part of a large community effort to revitalize a section of 15th Street in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The three railroad vehicles (a historic locomotive, business/ passenger car, and caboose) will be relocated to the city owned site on 15th Street for display as historic artifacts and space for retail, dining, and small business use. The project will help the city create new business and job opportunities that will support tourism and downtown activity, which will increase the economic impact of the visitor experience through the development of additional tourism assets, strengthening the community brand as a global destination, working with community partners toward shared goals, and giving visitors more reasons to stay longer and spend more with local businesses and attractions. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 9 jobs and leverage $500,000 in private investment.
    • $62,507 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $15,628 in local investment, as follows:
      • $62,507 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $15,628 in local investment, to Appalshop, Inc., Whitesburg/Letcher County, Kentucky (Project: Beckley/Raleigh County, West Virginia), to support Appalshop, Inc. with conducting a feasibility study to expand the media production and education Hubs into the coalfields of West Virginia and Virginia, to help stabilize and increase the working population and boost resiliency of the local economy. Once completed, the project will help support job retention, create new opportunities, and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
    • $10,577,823 in four Public Works projects, matched by $4,725,472 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5,353,888, matched by $2,626,537 in local investment, to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors, Grenada/Grenada County, Mississippi, to support the construction of improvements to a four-lane access road into the Grenada Technology Park North in Grenada, Mississippi. The road will provide access from the north end of the park as well as expand the existing road access from the south. The industrial road will be an estimated 2.4 miles of four lanes to support employee and truck traffic in Grenada County. In addition, the project will attract new businesses and help to generate an environment that can serve as a catalyst for unprecedented regional economic growth. Once completed, the project will help with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, create and retain jobs, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 800 jobs, save 1,100 jobs, and leverage $60,000,000 in private investment.
      • $3,000,000, matched by $1,000,000 in local investment, to the City of Millen, Millen/Jenkins County, Georgia, to support the construction of water improvements to serve several new and existing businesses looking to locate or expand in the area. The project will allow the region to have resources available to meet the needs the COVID-19 pandemic brought to communities and the citizens that have been negatively impacted from the shutdown. Once completed, the project will also create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 91 jobs, save 5 jobs, and leverage $34,400,000 in private investment.
      • $1,500,000, matched by $375,000 in local investment, to the Village of Laredo, Laredo/Webb County, Texas, to support the construction of new public infrastructure improvements to assist in the development of industrial and commercial properties in Webb County, Texas. The project consists of constructing a concrete roadway, water lines, sewer lines, a reinforced concrete pipe, Multiple Box Culverts, curb inlets, one Junction box, sidewalks, ADA ramps, bike lines and shared-use paths. The project will help the area mitigate losses due to the closing of several small businesses by attracting new jobs and more resilient companies to the region, which will attract private investment and provide long-term sustainable economic growth.
      • $723,935, matched by $723,935 in local investment, to South Sioux City, South Sioux City/Dakota County, Nebraska, to support the completion of necessary infrastructure improvements for a business subdivision, to create a more economically competitive region for shipping and logistics in the state of Nebraska. The project work consists of constructing approximately 1,550 Linear Feet of concrete pavement to complete the thoroughfare of Commerce Way to intersect and complete W 21st. This “L” shape street will complete the street and necessary infrastructure (sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water main) to allow Lots 1-5; 7-12 to be sold and developed. The Sioux City area is an important agricultural processing and shipping center, which includes the 8th largest livestock processing cluster in the US, along with related food processing, advanced manufacturing, transportation, and logistics. Commerce Way bolsters the area’s transportation and logistics capacity, which is crucial as livestock processing continues to anchor the regional economy. Once completed, project will increase economic opportunities for the community, support the future expansion of existing companies, and recruit new industries into the area, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region and spur private investment. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 56 jobs, save 4 jobs, and leverage $2,950,000 in private investment.
    • $560,000 in six Partnership Planning projects, matched by $520,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 14 investments from June 2-8, 2022, totaling $35,428,290, which is matched by $21,554,109 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $27,802,670 in 10 American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that will help create 1,696 jobs, save 709 jobs, and leverage $494,500,000 in private investments; (2) $7,415,620 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes two projects for $3,987,620 that will help create 717 jobs, save 55 jobs, and leverage $12,000,000 in private investments; and (3) $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $27,802,670 in 10 American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $19,490,204 in local investments, as follows:
      • Four Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects for $12,279,362, matched by $4,602,506 in local investments, to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $3,876,372, matched by $889,416 in local investment, to the Instituto de Formación Democrática, San Juan/San Juan County, Puerto Rico, to support the Instituto de Formación Democrática with hiring a recovery coordinator and support staff to develop a working framework as a foundation for the Regional Center of Excellence in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The project will help address the lack of internal capacity among the local non-profits to respond to the Island's challenges, opportunities, and future disaster needs. Most of the economic challenges for Puerto Rico’s economic development have been brought about or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will support economic conditions that will lead to the creation of more higher skill employment opportunities and higher paying jobs, which will advance economic resiliency and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 185 jobs and save 185 jobs.
        • $3,200,000, matched by $1,570,200 in local investment, to the Town of Benson, Benson/Johnston County, North Carolina, to support the construction of sewer improvements to the Mingo Creek Pump Station, to serve an industrial area in Johnston County, North Carolina. The improvements will support the expansion of the Berry Global Manufacturing facility. Berry Global, Inc. is an essential business, and has played a key role in supplying medical and consumer products throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will promote economic sustainability, expand job opportunities, and promote growth and resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 63 jobs and leverage $70,000,000 in private investment.
        • $2,700,000, matched by $1,095,880 in local investment, to the Town of Smithfield, Smithfield/Johnston County, North Carolina, to support the construction of sewer improvements to serve West Smithfield Business Park and facilitate needed capacity to Amazon fulfillment and sorting center in Johnston County, North Carolina. The region experienced significant disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic and the project will help provide opportunities for dislocated workers. Once completed, the project will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen economic growth throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 500 jobs and leverage $100,000,000 in private investment.
        • $2,502,990, matched by $1,047,010 in local investment, to the City of Mebane, Mebane/Alamance County, North Carolina, to support the construction of an elevated water tank to serve expansions at Lotus Bakeries US Manufacturing LLC and UPS, Inc. in Alamance County, North Carolina. The increased water capacity will help increase business growth and development, which will help sustain the region following the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Once completed, the project will help the city remain more resilient during future pandemics, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen economic growth throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 526 jobs and leverage $258,400,000 in private investment.
      • One Coal Communities Commitment Project for $524,360, matched by $131,090 in local investment, to support coal-reliant communities’ expansion into new industry sectors and recovery from the pandemic.
        • $524,360, matched by $131,090 in local investment, to the City of Loretto, Loretto/Lawrence County, Tennessee, to support the expansion of its sewer system to newly acquired industrial property, to provide additional space for local companies to increase their operations in Lawrence County, Tennessee. The project will help the region recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, by meeting the accommodation needs of several local businesses now that restrictions on businesses have lifted in the area. The project will assist many businesses with reopening and help resolve issues with meeting the demand for their goods and services. Once completed, the project will provide existing businesses in Loretto an opportunity to create additional jobs, retain current positions, and strengthen the local economy, which has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 80 jobs, save 309 jobs, and leverage $8,500,000 in private investment.
      • Five Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Projects for $14,998,948, matched by $14,756,608 in local investments, to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $3,970,000, matched by $6,000,000 in local investment, to the City of Easton/Nurture Nature Center/Redevelopment Authority of Easton Pennsylvania, Easton/Northampton County, Pennsylvania, to support the construction of a new 30,000 square foot Science and Creativity Center to help the city respond to a decline in tourism related business, revenue, and tax revenue in Pennsylvania. The Center will include 5,000 square feet of planetarium space (50-75 seat planetarium); 7,500 square feet of flexibly designed classroom, meeting, and laboratory space; 12,000 square feet of exhibit space (art and science); 3,500 square feet of office space; and 2,000 square feet of common areas and storage. Once completed, the project will help the region become more resilient to fluctuations in tourism and assist in the region's recovery, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency in the area. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 267 jobs, save 9 jobs, and leverage $51,500,000 in private investment.
        • $3,851,084, matched by $962,771 in local investment, to the Town of St. George, Tenants Harbor/Knox County (Project: Port Clyde/Knox County), Maine, to support the expansion of the Port Clyde town landing pier, to provide vehicle maneuvering room, and make miscellaneous improvements including, wheel stops, electric power and water to the floating docks, adding hydraulic hoists for catch/cargo, and installing facility lighting in Knox County, Maine. The Port Clyde Landing represents one of the only public facilities in the region that provides access for recreational boating, commercial fishing, and tourism related activities, all of which are key components of the local and regional economy. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 15 jobs and save 151 jobs.
        • $3,731,439, matched by $6,088,137 in local investment, to the Riverfront Development Corporation/City of Memphis, Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee, to support the construction of a Tailout Trail in the Tom Lee Park, a stunning new riverfront park in Memphis being built on the storied Mississippi River. The Tailout Trail, will be one-of-a-kind, inviting visitors up and (during high water) over river habitat for spectacular views of the Mississippi, the Arkansas floodplain and the more than 325 bird species. The project will draw national attention and support to Memphis and is expected to bring thousands of new visitors to the riverfront. These visitors will have a significant impact on nearby restaurants, music venues and hotels. Once completed, the Tailout Trail will be a major focal point for eco-tourism in Memphis, spawning new small businesses associated with river touring, biking, and hiking, which will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help leverage $2,800,000 in private investment.
        • $2,623,625, matched by $1,500,000 in local investment, to the Town of Southbridge, Southbridge/Worcester County, Massachusetts, to support the final design and construction of a new multi-use path (bicycle and pedestrian) through Southbridge, Massachusetts. The Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail will expand upon the existing tourism industry in the region, as the trail will traverse downtown Southbridge and parallel to existing commercial corridors. By linking trails and businesses, the project will help boost the local economy in Southbridge and the region, which will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency in the area. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 45 jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $3,300,000 in private investment.
        • $822,800, matched by $205,700 in local investment, to New Castle County, New Castle/New Castle County, Delaware, to support New Castle County with making trail infrastructure improvements to the Jack A. Markell Trail in Delaware. The project elements include grading, erosion and sedimentation control, paved surface replacement, landscaping, signage, and appurtenances, to improve access to outdoor recreation along the trail. In addition, improvements will include the demolition and removal of existing paved surfaces, which will be replaced with new and green infrastructure for stormwater management and street scape vegetation, to provide new accessible paved surfaces, curbing, and ADA accessible walkways. Once completed, the project will enhance the visitor experience in New Castle, which will assist in the area's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 15 jobs and save 30 jobs.
    • $7,415,620 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $1,853,905 in local investments, as follows:
      • $3,428,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $857,000 in local investment, to the City of Georgetown, Georgetown/Georgetown County, South Carolina, to support construction of improvements to the city's water treatment plant to help mitigate risk to the clean water supply for the city and all its residents and businesses in Georgetown, South Carolina. The project will aid in the city’s recovery and resiliency from the COVID-19 pandemic and six years of consecutive disasters. In addition, several coal-fired power plants have closed in the area and will continue to close by 2027, which will result in the loss of more jobs and those losses will be felt heavily in small businesses such as restaurants, employment agencies, law offices, and banking. Once completed, the project will help support job retention, create new opportunities, and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
      • $3,200,000, matched by $800,000 in local investment, to the Purchase Area Development District, Mayfield/Graves County, Kentucky, to support the establishment of a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), to provide financial support and technical assistance to businesses affected by the December 2021 storm, natural disasters (tornadoes), and the COVID-19 pandemic that impacted the Mayfield, Kentucky region. The RLF will provide capital access to businesses that cannot otherwise obtain traditional bank financing. These loans provide access to capital as gap financing to enable small businesses to grow and generate new employment opportunities with competitive wages and benefits in the area. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to working capital, which will help with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters, bolster job creation and retention, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 240 jobs, save 55 jobs and leverage $12,000,000 in private investment.
      • $787,620, matched by $196,905 in local investment, to the Eastern Iowa Community College, Davenport/Scott County (Project: Clinton/Clinton County), Iowa, to support the purchase of equipment for the Welding and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) career technologies programs, to enhance and expand programming at the District's Regional Career Academy campuses in the communities of Clinton and Maquoketa, Iowa. The career academy programs encourage regional high school students and current and potential members of the workforce, who are seeking new opportunities, to obtain postsecondary degree credentials while also generating in-demand talent and meeting the skilled workforce needs of local employers. Once completed, the project will bolster long-term economic growth by providing a pipeline of skilled workers, which will enhance the advancement of economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 477 jobs.
    • $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $210,000 in local investment, to the Southwest Regional Development Commission, Slayton/Murray County, Minnesota, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced three investments from May 27-June 1, 2022, totaling $626,500, which is matched by $356,500 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $360,000 in one American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance project to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; and (2) $266,500 in two Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $360,000 in one American Rescue Plan Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation project, matched by $90,000 in local investment, to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry, as follows:
      • $360,000, matched by $90,000 in local investment, to the City of Soldotna, Soldotna/Kenai Peninsula County, Alaska, to support the planning and future construction of a riverfront street to redevelop downtown Soldotna in Alaska. The City of Soldotna has experienced significant job loss over the years and the project will allow Soldotna to leverage the region's fishing and tourism industries by providing infrastructure on vacant and underutilized lands for developments of parks, streets, trails, etc. for business revitalization. These improvements will foster new private capital investment, partnerships, and job creation, while bolstering activity for existing businesses and improving the quality of the built environment for residents and visitors. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $266,500 in two Partnership Planning projects, matched by $266,500 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy, as follows:
      • $240,000, matched by $240,000 in local investment, to the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, The Dalles/Wasco County, Oregon.
      • $26,500, matched by $26,500 in local investment, to Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green/Wood County, Ohio.
  • EDA announced 15 investments from May 20-25, 2022, totaling $30,388,449, which is matched by $13,001,595 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) 25,047,703 in nine American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes eight projects for $23,251,598 that will help create 1,771 jobs, save 426 jobs, and leverage $120,560,000 in private investments; (2) $2,853,790 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes three projects for $2,798,790 that will help create 251 jobs, save 546 jobs, and leverage $75,200,000 in private investments; and (3) $2,486,956 in two Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 83 jobs, save 812 jobs, and leverage $13,000,000 in private investments.
    • $25,047,703 in nine American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $10,678,758 in local investments, as follows:
      • Six Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects for $12,191,703, matched by $6,899,758 in local investments, to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $2,814,798, matched by $703,700 in local investment, to the Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corporation, Yadkinville/Yadkin County, North Carolina, to support the installation of a fiber optic cable network to serve the business corridor in Yadkin County, North Carolina. The coronavirus pandemic revealed the county's limited broadband market was not sufficient to meet the needs of its residents and businesses and the need for broadband connectivity. This project will allow businesses and industries within Yadkin County to recover from economic injury and dislocation as a result of coronavirus, and weather future pandemics and crises with resilient infrastructure, which will strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 7 jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $160,000 in private investment.
        • $2,580,800, matched by $645,200 in local investment, to the Griffiss Local Development Corporation, Rome/Oneida County, New York, to support the decommissioning of centralized steam heating equipment and the installation of natural gas fired boilers in seven commercial office buildings at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, New York. The project will help address the pressing need to replace the existing central steam system, which is a legacy Air Force installation that has far exceeded its useful life and is increasingly more expensive to maintain, threatening the long-term viability of affordable lease terms to meet the demands of the businesses in the area. This upgrade will provide added value and service to existing office tenants and help Griffiss Local Development Corporation market this space to new or growing companies, creating additional jobs and economic activity at the park. Once completed, the project will contribute to the ecosystem of innovation, which will help boost emerging business opportunities in the area to advance economic resiliency and further economic diversification throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 30 jobs and leverage $200,000 in private investment.
        • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Regional Corporation, Groton/New London County, Connecticut, to capitalize a $2,500,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Bozrah, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, City of Groton, Town of Groton, Borough of Jewett City, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Stonington Borough, Waterford, and Windham in the South Eastern Connecticut Region and Ashford, Brooklyn Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Scotland, Sterling, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, and Woodstock in the Northeastern Connecticut Region in New London, Windham, and Tolland Counties in Connecticut. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to capital to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 16 jobs, save 50 jobs, and leverage $2,200,000 in private investment.
        • $1,796,105, matched by $449,027 in local investment, to the City of Covington, Covington/Kenton County, Kentucky, to support the creation of an infrastructure design for the redevelopment of a vacant complex in Kenton County, Kentucky. The project will support business development and create long-term employment opportunities by aiding the redevelopment of a 23-acre, vacant complex along the Ohio River. Once completed, the project will help the city sustain recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, which will strengthen and diversify the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
        • $1,500,000, matched by $2,352,277 in local investment, to the Andrews Economic Development Corporation, Andrews/Andrews County, Texas, to fund the Northwest Business Park Infrastructure Project, to focus on manufacturing and warehousing facilities in the city of Andrews and surrounding areas. The project will offer a unique commercial and industrial opportunity to diversify the regional economy. The project work includes extending and improving roads to commercial standards to accommodate traffic and constructing a wastewater and water line to expand capacity. Once completed, the project will help broaden the industrial base of the region, moving away from the oil and gas industry that is susceptible to energy downturns, which will help address the workforce needs in the region and serve as a catalyst for private investment and job creation. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs and leverage $70,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,500,000, matched by $2,249,554 in local investment, to the Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland, San Antonio/Bexar County, Texas, to support the construction of the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) designed to serve the special needs population in San Antonio, Texas. The 11,460 square foot building will house a minimum of five operating rooms and a minimum of ten recovery rooms, along with an installation of computerized tomography (CT) scan, X-ray, and ultrasound equipment. Once completed, the project will help improve access to healthcare in the area, which will strengthen and diversify the regional economy, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 630 jobs and leverage $30,000,000 in private investment.
      • Two Coal Communities Commitment Projects for $6,856,000, matched by $2,279,000 in local investments, to support coal-reliant communities’ expansion into new industry sectors and recovery from the pandemic.
        • $5,000,000, matched by $1,815,000 in local investment, to the City of Hazard, Hazard/Perry County, Kentucky, to support the construction of a new water treatment plant and ancillary infrastructure, to support industrial expansion in the Coal Fields Regional Industrial Park and other local business needs in Perry County, Kentucky. Perry County suffered tremendously from the decline in the coal industry in 2010. For decades, the region has depended on the production of coal and coal related industries. Many coal companies have either closed their operations or had major layoffs and the rippling effect has resulted in supply chains also closing permanently or drastically reducing their workforce. Once completed, the project will help the region address the significant loss of jobs caused by the decline in the coal industry and the coronavirus pandemic by enhancing job creation and retention in an area, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 364 jobs, save 351 jobs, and leverage $13,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,856,000, matched by $464,000 in local investment, to the Williston State College and TrainND Northwest, Williston/Williams County, North Dakota, to support the purchase of equipment needed to enhance and increase the capacity of Williston State College and TrainND Northwest's current Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training Program and its national certification program for Crane Operators in Williston, North Dakota. These programs provide students with relevant and rigorous training, as well as hands-on experience, as they work toward entering or re-entering the workforce with appropriate licensure and industry-recognized credentials. The new equipment will allow the College to expand its training capacity and to incorporate technological advances into the curriculum that will better prepare participants with the most in-demand knowledge and skills for the future. Once completed, the project will assist a region highly impacted by recent negative impacts from downturns in the coal economy. In addition, the project will help boost emerging business opportunities in the area, which will help advance economic resiliency, attract private investment, and further economic diversification throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 549 jobs.
      • One Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Project for $6,000,000, matched by $1,500,000 in local investment, to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $6,000,000, matched by $1,500,000 in local investment, to the City of Atlantic City, Atlantic City/Atlantic County, New Jersey, to fund the Boardwalk Revitalization Project, to demolish and replace the existing structure of 1,200 feet of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The project work includes the engineering, construction, and construction management of the wooden way, which is in the center of the city and is highly visible and ideally located. The largest tourism attraction in Atlantic City and in New Jersey is the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk. The Boardwalk structure is now over 100 years old and replacing this aging infrastructure will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 125 jobs and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
    • $2,853,790 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $1,281,140 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,590,150 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $397,500 in local investment, to the University of Charleston, Charleston/Kanawha County, West Virginia, to support the University of Charleston with providing staffing, supplies, equipment, contractual and general operational assistance for the development of a Downtown Innovation Hub, to assist small businesses in the coal-impacted nine county region of Charleston, West Virginia. The project will help launch over 54 new companies in the area, which will increase capacity and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 95 jobs, save 195 jobs, and leverage $63,000,000 in private investment.
      • $708,640 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $708,640 in local investment, to the Cambia-Somerset Authority, Johnstown/Cambria County, Pennsylvania, to support Cambria and Somerset Counties with repairing the shared sewage system, to include the installation of 2,300 LF of water line, roadway repairs and all associated work. The repairs will help prevent future failures to the line and allow for business stabilization and expansion in Pennsylvania. The project will help address the loss of employment resulting from the frequent failure of the existing waterline and the decline in business operations because of water accessibility issues in the area. These layoffs are, in addition to, numerous downsizing and closures caused by the transition of the coal community. Once completed, the project will help save jobs and create new job opportunities to boost economic development in an area that has been severely impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 6 jobs and save 351 jobs.
      • $500,000, matched by $125,000 in local investment, to the Research Park Corporation, Baton Rouge/East Baton Rouge County, Louisiana, to support the development of tech-based startups across Louisiana’s Capital Region, to help address the region’s lack of viable accelerator programs in the area. Through the Ignition Accelerator and Venture Capital Assistance Program, the project will help revive and nurture tech-based entrepreneurial programs and enable outreach to underserved communities and businesses. Startup businesses are key components to enhancing economic recovery particularly during post disasters and the project will support the planning, outreach, and technical assistance for tech-based ventures to successfully develop, which will assist with diversifying the local economy, bolstering job creation, attracting private investment, and promoting economic growth and resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 150 jobs and leverage $12,200,000 in private investment.
      • $55,000, matched by $50,000 in local investment, to the Copper Valley Development Association, Inc., Glennallen/Valdez Cordova County (Project: Glennallen/Copper River County), Alaska, to support the update and continued implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the Copper Valley Region in Alaska. The updated CEDS will require incorporating data from the 2020 Census, hosting sub-regional planning workshops, and visiting community organizations and other partners to gather community concerns. The result will allow for expanding commercial agriculture and farming opportunity, potential for a railroad connection, improved utilization of air cargo, and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 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, and the updated CEDS will allow the region to expand economic opportunity and create high-wage jobs for its' residents.
    • $2,486,956 in two Public Works projects, matched by $1,041,697 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,927,012, matched by $481,753 in local investment, to Ben Hill County, Fitzgerald/Ben Hill County, Georgia, to support the construction of street and drainage improvements to help the expansion of Modern Dispersions South, Inc. (MDSI), an existing industry in Fitzgerald, Georgia. The project will strengthen resiliency in the county by improving its transportation infrastructure to support the needs of MDSI while also addressing safety issues that have arisen since the opening of the new Ben Hill County High School on Ed Ward Road. The construction of a bypass road from Ed Ward Road to Perry House Road will route school traffic away from MDSI allowing the company to expand and to fully utilize its industrial campus. These improvements will serve as a catalyst for unprecedented regional economic growth, which will bolster job creation, increase private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 60 jobs and leverage $13,000,000 in private investment.
      • $559,944, matched by $559,944 in local investment, to the Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC), Tillamook/Tillamook County, Oregon, to support the establishment of the TBCC WRITE the Future Project, to provide capacity to serve the growing workforce needs in Manufacturing and Industrial Technology, Welding Technology, and Agricultural Technology in Tillamook, Oregon. The College will remodel a facility to provide two instructional classrooms, lab, office space, storage space for materials and equipment, and allow for expansion of programs in the future. Once completed, the project will help address the severe impacts of COVID-19 on the county by creating and retaining jobs, increasing private investment, and advancing economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 23 jobs and save 812 jobs.
  • EDA announced 23 investments from May 13-19, 2022, totaling $59,100,821, which is matched by $20,082,608 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $10,326,440 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that will help create 215 jobs and save 200 jobs; (2) 42,010,659 in 16 American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes 12 projects for $39,159,326 that will help create 1,783 jobs, save 1,735 jobs, and leverage $750,000,000 in private investments; (3) $165,722 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; (4) $6,388,000 in two Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 160 jobs, save 143 jobs, and leverage $49,800,000 in private investments; and (5) $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $10,326,440 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Projects, matched by $5,076,440 in local investments, as follows:
      • $5,000,000, matched by $1,250,000 in local investment, to the Municipality of Jayuya/Jayuya County, Puerto Rico, to support the construction of a municipal asphalt plant, to be the first municipal plant of its class in Puerto Rico. The new plant will serve the center mountainous region of Puerto Rico by helping to keep the roads in optimal conditions, which is a critical factor for the continuity of business in the region. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the local pharmaceutical industry to increase its normal production and due to its topography and deteriorated roads, the region has struggled to satisfy the demand to continue operations. Once completed, the project will have a long-term economic impact and benefit two companies, which will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 75 jobs.
      • $3,326,440, matched by $3,326,440 in local investment, to the Blackfoot School District No. 55, Blackfoot/Bingham County, Idaho, to support the conversion of an existing facility into a vocational training center offering coursework in automotive repair, welding, nursing, and other in-demand occupations. The Blackfoot Technical Education Center will house the current career technical courses at Blackfoot High School as well as new courses in addition to continuing education opportunities for adults in the region. Blackfoot School District serves the northern portion of the Fort Hall Reservation and the technical education programs will help build a relationship with the Shoshone Bannock Tribe by growing the hospitality industry (the main industry on the Fort Hall Reservation) in the area. In addition, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic by bolstering job creation, which will increase economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 15 jobs.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the Southeast Idaho Council of Governments, Inc., Pocatello/Bannock County, Idaho, to support the establishment of a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Oneida, Bear Lake, Franklin, Caribou, Power, Bannock and Bingham Counties in Southeastern Idaho. The RLF will support gap financing business lending to enable businesses within the region to recover from the financial impacts of the pandemic and aid in resilience against future economic disruptions. Once implemented, the project will provide permanent resources, provide access to working capital, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 125 jobs and save 200 jobs.
    • $42,010,659 in 16 American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $12,239,377 in local investments, as follows:
      • Three Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects for $5,844,024, matched by $2,163,837 in local investments, to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $4,000,000, matched by $1,000,000 in local investment, to the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Anchorage/Anchorage County, Alaska, to fund the Health Workforce Expansion and Diversity Project, to support the University of Alaska Anchorage with renovating approximately 10,000 square feet of instruction space to allow for certified nursing assistant labs, a diagnostic medical sonography lab, and an enhanced surgical technology procedural space in Anchorage, Alaska. The additional space will allow for the health programs to expand further and provide programs for nursing, clinical health programs, and behavioral health programs. The project will provide telework options, telehealth training, and implement needed measures to ensure the space is flexible to the overall needs of the College of Health. Once completed, the project will help future graduates from this program enter high-paying stable jobs in the Alaskan health care system and respond to the needs illustrated by the COVID pandemic, which will help strengthen and diversify the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 553 jobs and leverage $155,200,000 in private investment.
        • $1,054,300, matched by $857,750 in local investment, to the City of Union, Union/Union County, South Carolina, to support upgrades to the sewer trunk line to help meet customer needs from Medical Sciences Drive to South Carolina Highway 215, which will catalyze and accommodate future growth along the corridor. The infrastructure improvements will provide the additional capacity necessary to serve Standard Textile Carolina, Inc. as well as the existing industries and future industrial growth in the region. Once completed, the project will help strengthen and diversify the regional economy, which will attract private investment, create jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
        • $789,724, matched by $306,087 in local investment, to the Lowcountry Local First, Charleston/Charleston County, South Carolina, to support the establishment of the Good Growth Program, an initiative to expand upon their Good Enterprises entrepreneur training and support program. The project will help expand current work geographically and linguistically to support small and minority businesses in Charleston, Berkeley, and Beaufort Counties in South Carolina. In addition, the expansion will allow broadening of the programming to provide equitable opportunity for small business development and resiliency throughout the region. Once implemented, the project will help strengthen and diversify the regional economy, which will attract private investment, create jobs, and assist the region with recovery efforts from the coronavirus pandemic.
      • Four Coal Communities Commitment Projects for $10,880,000, matched by $2,720,000 in local investments, to support coal-reliant communities’ expansion into new industry sectors and recovery from the pandemic.
        • $6,480,000, matched by $1,620,000 in local investment, to the McDowell County Public Service District, Welch/McDowell County, West Virginia, to fund the Phase III Elkhorn Water project, to provide quality/dependable potable water and fire protection service to customers with approximately 50 businesses including bed and breakfasts and private campgrounds in Welch, West Virginia. These customers currently have no public sewage system, and the use of an on-site sewage disposal system is highly contaminated, which is unsafe for these local businesses. Once completed, the project will help the region address the significant and sudden loss of jobs caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the decline in the coal industry by enhancing job creation and retention in an area, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 85 jobs, save 40 jobs, and leverage $4,000,000 in private investment.
        • $2,400,000, matched by $600,000 in local investment, to the City of Jackson, Jackson/Jackson County, Ohio, to support upgrades to its water and wastewater infrastructure, to promote recovery and resilience efforts due to the coronavirus pandemic and the downturn in the coal industry. The project includes repairing and replacing the City’s water and wastewater main trunk lines, which will provide uninterrupted water and wastewater service to the City’s employers. Once completed, the waterline replacement will help address a critical safety need as it will allow for adequate fire protection and eliminate unsafe drinking water due to galvanized lines in the area, which will help attract and retain businesses to the region, following the closure of two coal-fired plants in 2018. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs, save 300 jobs, and leverage $50,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,200,000, matched by $300,000 in local investment, to the Regional Optical Communications, Inc., Region I, and Region IV, Princeton/Mercer County, West Virginia, to support the completion of a state-wide roadmap for the provision of affordable broadband initiatives throughout West Virginia, to promote recovery and resilience efforts due to the coronavirus pandemic and the downturn in the coal industry. The project will provide administrative services and contractual work to complete the comprehensive broadband plan for the state. Once completed, the plan will create a more resilient broadband infrastructure, which will help strengthen and advance economic resiliency in an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 83 jobs, save 616 jobs, and leverage $10,400,000 in private investment.
        • $800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc., Terre Haute/Clay County, Indiana, to capitalize a $1,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties in Indiana. The EDA investment will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to capital to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 80 jobs, save 45 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
      • Nine Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Projects for $25,286,635, matched by $7,355,540 in local investments, to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $7,522,932, matched by $1,880,773 in local investment, to the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum, Rochester/Monroe County, New York, to fund the final phase of the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum’s 90,000-SF expansion in Rochester, New York. The project includes the construction of the Strong Museum's new Plaza and Commons and three new exhibits: The Outdoor Play Garden, Digital Worlds: High Score, and Digital Worlds: Level Up. The Plaza and Commons will consist of improvements to the museum's front entrance outdoor space, including space for outdoor events. The exhibits will require construction work including exhibit structures, exterior heating, painting, flooring, walls, and IT cabling. The project will help addresses economic harm to the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industry due to the coronavirus pandemic by supporting increased tourism, economic development, job growth, and post COVID resiliency for Rochester and the Finger Lakes region. Once completed, the project will help the region serve as a one-of-a-kind destination and educational resource for a diverse audience from across the state of New York and the United States. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 127 jobs and leverage $167,100,000 in private investment.
        • $5,522,000, matched by $1,380,500 in local investment, to Wicomico County, Salisbury/Wicomico County, Maryland, to support the renovation and modernization of the County’s Civic Center to make it a more attractive tourism asset while also improving safety and accessibility features for visitors and residents in Salisbury, Maryland. The Center is one of the main tourism attractions in the region, playing host to many regional and national events, and tourism is historically an economic driver for the Lower Shore in Maryland, boosting regional economic activity and providing overall economic resilience. The project will help strengthen tourism recovery from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in the area, which will help restore and retain existing jobs to build resiliency to withstand future economic disruptions. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 70 jobs, save 150 jobs, and leverage $34,600,000 in private investment.
        • $4,812,600, matched by $1,357,400 in local investment, to the City of Pawtucket, Pawtucket/Providence County, Rhode Island, to support the construction of the Blackstone River Bikeway connecting Pawtucket and National Park Services Slater Mill Historic Park and the existing Blackstone Bikeway path in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The project will also connect to a new Tidewater Landing mixed-use brownfields redevelopment anchored with an 11,000-seat United Soccer League soccer stadium and the Armory Arts District and other recreational resources in the city. The project will help addresses economic harm to the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industry due to the coronavirus pandemic by increasing economic opportunity and creating jobs in the travel, leisure, and hospitality sectors. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 538 jobs and leverage $284,100,000 in private investment.
        • $2,894,500, matched by $1,240,500 in local investment, to the Town of Adams, Adams/Berkshire County, Massachusetts, to support water infrastructure improvements to develop the Greylock Glen Resort in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The town has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the development of this facility will significantly expand tourism and outdoor recreational opportunities in the area. The county relies on arts, entertainment, and recreation, as well as accommodation and food services to support a strong economy in its region. The project will help drive business back to the hospitality and tourism community, to enhance economic impact and reestablish tourism as the number one economic driver in the county. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 476 jobs and leverage $42,000,000 in private investment.
        • $2,155,616, matched by $700,000 in local investment, to the International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals and the Columbus Zoological Park Association, Cumberland/Guernsey County, Ohio, to support the International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals (The Wilds) in Ohio, with building a 60-acre recreational vehicle (RV) campground at the wildlife conservation center to help attract tourists to 10,000-acre park, which is located on reclaimed coal mine land along the Appalachian Byway. Throughout its history, the Guernsey County region relied on coal mining, and The Wilds facility was built on recovered coal mine land. The ongoing decline of the coal industry, together with sudden job losses and business closures, devastated the region’s economy in recent years. The RV campground will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and will drive economic activity, diversification, and resilience in the region’s growing tourism economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $500,000 in private investment.
        • $1,000,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to Somerset County, Princess Anne/Somerset County, Maryland, to support the restoration and resurfacing of Smith Island County roads in the Chesapeake Bay, to improve tourism to the island. The project will reconstruct major tourist roads leading to significant tourism sites in the island to help address the economic harm to the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. Smith Island has experienced significant erosion as a result of rising water levels and declining revenues exaggerated by the pandemic. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 10 jobs, save 6 jobs, and leverage $100,000 in private investment.
        • $523,822, matched by $331,558 in local investment, to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk/Fairfield County, Connecticut, to fund the Maritime Academy at Norwalk’s Salt Marshes of Long Island Sound project, to promote long-term recovery by creating a breathtaking new, state-of-the-art exhibit that would be centered on Long Island Sound, and as a signature exhibit with many new features such as the multi-media digital display and the touch tanks. The project will help promote the Maritime Aquarium, which is an economic hub for tourism and small businesses, and an economic driver for Norwalk and the region. Once completed, the project will help the region respond to damage to the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors from the coronavirus pandemic and boost the economic resilience of areas dependent on those industries.
        • $483,487, matched by $121,929 in local investment, to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Jefferson City/Cole County, Missouri, to support the Missouri Department of Natural Resources with addressing the local and regional need for innovative and inclusive cultural heritage tourism throughout the state by developing 360° virtual tours of 27 historic sites, complete with accompanying narratives, artifact description, and audio/visual supplements. The creation of these virtual tours will allow people with disabilities, people with underlying health concerns, people unable to travel, and people from across the country and world to be virtual tourists learning about Missouri’s culture and heritage. The project will help drive business back to the hospitality and tourism community, to enhance economic impact and reestablish tourism as the number one economic driver in the state. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
        • $371,678, matched by $92,920 in local investment, to the National Ability Center, Park City/Summit County, Utah, to support the National Ability Center (NAC) with addressing the local and regional need for outdoor recreation programs and equipment for people with disabilities in Park City, Utah. By increasing the number of programs and activities offered, hiring additional staff and instructors, and increasing equipment, NAC will be able to offer over 2,000 additional lessons throughout the year, which will increase equitable access to outdoor recreation and tourism activities in the region. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 14 jobs.
    • $165,722 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $49,791 in local investments, as follows:
      • $165,722, matched by $49,791 in local investment, to the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, California, to support the conduct of a feasibility study for a California Indian Traditional Food Incubator located in unincorporated Sonoma County, a region which has experienced significant job losses, as well as decreased incomes and tax revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will leverage Sonoma County's agriculture and food cluster by increasing the number and success of Native Traditional Food Producers in the region, as well as supporting job and new business development to aid economic recovery from the pandemic and several FEMA declared wildfires. Once completed, the study will help provide a roadmap to attract private investment and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $6,388,000 in two Public Works projects, matched by $2,507,000 in local investments, as follows:
      • $4,204,000, matched by $1,051,000 in local investment, to Hampton County and the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance, Hampton/Hampton County, South Carolina, to fund roadway improvements to support the location of a new industry in Hampton County, South Carolina. The roadway improvements will help provide service to a company that will grow and package tomatoes and leafy greens and have an on-site distribution center. The project will assist the company with expanding their operation, which involves growing vegetables in controlled climates to allow for year-round growing seasons. Once completed, the project will help build the foundation for future growth, which will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 100 jobs and leverage $46,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,184,000, matched by $1,456,000 in local investment, to the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority, Lawrenceville/Brunswick County, Virginia, to support the construction of an approximately 47,000 SF building with parking and site work, to function as a large-scale produce processing and distribution facility. The facility will allow numerous local farmers to scale up their farm production to meet market demand in Brunswick County, Virginia. Once completed, the project will attract private investment, bolster job creation, stimulate economic resilience and long-term recovery, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 60 jobs, save 143 jobs, and leverage $3,800,000 in private investment.
    • $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $210,000 in local investment, to the Southwestern Michigan Commission, Benton Harbor/Berrien County, Michigan, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 22 investments from May 5-12, 2022, totaling $38,164,458, which is matched by $25,659,287 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $1,427,994 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic; (2) 23,874,472 in 12 American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes eight projects for $19,302,972 that will help create 2,622 jobs, save 858 jobs, and leverage $447,300,000 in private investments; (3) $9,152,712 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 124 jobs, save 192 jobs, and leverage $8,000,000 in private investments; (4) $3,009,280 in two Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 279 jobs, save 30 jobs, and leverage $12,000,000 in private investments; and (5) $700,000 in four Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $1,427,994 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Projects, matched by $193,006 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,027,994, matched by $93,006 in local investment, to the Gulf Coast Economic Development District, Inc., Houston/Harris County, Texas, to capitalize a $1,027,995 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton Counties in Texas. The project also provides $93,005 to defray the cost of administering the RLF. Once implemented, the project will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region served by this EDA investment.
      • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the City of Maricopa/Pinal County, and the University of Arizona, Maricopa/Pinal County, Arizona, to support the City of Maricopa, Pinal County, and the University of Arizona with conducting a feasibility study, to evaluate the highest and best regional use for the 2,100-acre Arizona Board of Regents asset. The study will serve as the decision-making tool to help the community establish a vision for the future, determine the viability of creating thousands of jobs in a proven Tech Park model with the uniqueness of the Arizona Experiment Station as the anchor, and research what training and educational opportunities are needed for the region to thrive. The plans and studies developed through this project will position the state and its regional planning commissions to have the best possible data and tools to support their efforts with regional recovery from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Once completed, the plan will lead to sustainable economic growth to help strengthen and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $23,874,472 in 12 American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $14,620,561 in local investments, as follows:
      • Seven Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects for $12,789,248 to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $3,000,000, matched by $750,000 in local investment, to the South Eastern Economic Development Corporation, Taunton/Bristol County, Massachusetts, to capitalize a $3,750,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts. The EDA investment will alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to capital to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs, save 150 jobs, and leverage $7,500,000 in private investment.
        • $2,400,000, matched by $720,000 in local investment, to the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation and the City of Amarillo, Amarillo/Potter County (Project: Amarillo/Randall County), Texas, to support the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation with making roadway, water, and sewer infrastructure improvements to support business expansion at the South Georgia Business Park in Texas. Increasing capacity of the roadway and constructing and installing a potable water line and sewer line will allow the Park's anchor tenant to open its Amarillo dairy product manufacturing facility on a 55-acre tract on the south side of the property. Once completed, the project will promote new business creations, which will generate jobs, attract private investment, and help strengthen and diversify the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 205 jobs and leverage $88,000,000 in private investment.
        • $2,000,000, matched by $5,408,940 in local investment, to the North Arkansas College, Harrison/Boone County, Arkansas, to support the construction of the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Innovation, to expand the school’s robotics and manufacturing workforce training programs. The project will assist the College with resolving the region’s ability to meet the workforce demand due to a shortage of qualified workers in the area by providing a direct pipeline of qualified workers for the manufacturing base. In addition, the project will allow the College to move its trade skills courses into a facility on its main campus to encourage student enrollment. This will allow the College to enhance its offering of existing courses and offer new courses to pave the way for job creation and private investment growth, which will enhance the region's economic resiliency against future economic downturns and further economic diversification throughout the region.
        • $1,900,000, matched by $570,667 in local investment, to the City of Cabot, Cabot/Lonoke County, Arkansas, to support the construction of water, sewer, and road infrastructure to support development of the Unity Health Hospital in Lonoke County, Arkansas. The new facility will help fill a critical health care need in the area by leading to good-paying jobs for residents across the state, which will help address the region's health care workforce strategy and contribute to the industry’s market growth and resiliency. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 750 jobs and leverage $149,800,000 in private investment.
        • $1,500,000, matched by $3,025,000 in local investment, to the City of McAllen, McAllen/Hidalgo County, Texas, to support critical infrastructure improvements to support the new McAllen Business-Industrial Park in Hidalgo County, Texas. The project includes improving water, wastewater, drainage system pipelines and road construction to assist in addressing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the area. Once completed, the project will aid in the development of manufacturing and workforce development for the region, which will support economic conditions that will lead to the creation of more higher skill employment opportunities and higher paying jobs to strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 665 jobs, save 185 jobs, and leverage $85,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,489,248, matched by $638,295 in local investment, to the Indiana Institute of Technology, Inc., Fort Wayne/Allen County, Indiana, to support the purchase of technical equipment needed to train students in 11 engineering- and manufacturing-related certification programs as they prepare to sit for and pass certification exams. The project will allow the university to expand, enhance and add industry-recognized certificate training programs that are tailored to the job needs of employers in Northeast Indiana, including positions such as battery management engineers, drone pilots, and printed circuit board design engineers. Once completed, the project will help the region recover from the coronavirus pandemic, by promoting job creation and retention, which will bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 700 jobs and save 100 jobs.
        • $500,000, matched by $125,000 in local investment, to the Acadiana Planning Commission, Inc., Lafayette/Lafayette County, Louisiana, to support the creation of a strategic plan to develop a biopharmaceutical manufacturing cluster in Lafayette, Louisiana. The plan will help leverage existing and planned facilities and resources to increase bio-pharma productivity in the Acadiana region through three mechanisms: positioning shared tailored facilities, infrastructure, and suppliers; developing programs for matching workers to industry through deep labor markets; and promoting learning through dense, knowledge-rich environments that facilitate knowledge exchange and innovation. Once completed, the project will provide a vertically integrated ecosystem centered on the bio-pharma value chain, which will advance economic resiliency, attract private investment, and further economic diversification throughout the region.
      • Two Coal Communities Commitment Projects for $4,051,792 to support coal-reliant communities’ expansion into new industry sectors and recovery from the pandemic.
        • $2,657,835, matched by $664,459 in local investment, to Trumbull County, Howland Township, and the City of Warrant, Warren/Trumbull County, Ohio, to support road and sewer infrastructure improvements in the 1,000-acre Golden Triangle Industrial Area, to help attract and retain manufacturing businesses in Ohio. The project will help the region recover from job losses and disinvestment due to the closure of a coal plant and the COVID-19 pandemic. The infrastructure upgrades such as roads, sidewalks, and rail are expected to assist the region with building a more resilient manufacturing industry to further diversify the regional economy and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 116 jobs, save 118 jobs, and leverage $47,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,393,957, matched by $630,000 in local investment, to the Athens Utility Board, Athens/McMinn County, Tennessee, to investment support construction of wastewater treatment improvements at the Sterling Road Pump Station, to expand existing operations in Athens, Tennessee. The project will help reduce overflows within the entire collection system and provide reserve capacity at the wastewater treatment plant that experiences flow beyond its design capacity during inflow and infiltration (I&I) events. This reserve capacity benefits the expansion of existing industrial users and future ones. Once completed, the project will help the region address the significant and sudden loss of jobs caused by the coronavirus pandemic by enhancing job creation and retention in an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 70 jobs, save 300 jobs, and leverage $70,000,000 in private investment.
      • Two Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Projects for $2,071,500 to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $1,400,000, matched by $1,888,200 in local investment, to the City of Farmers Branch, Farmers Branch/Dallas County, Texas, to support construction of a new events center to increase tourism in Dallas County, Texas. The project will support construction of the events center at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, creating long-term opportunities for local businesses in the hospitality and events-related services. During the coronavirus pandemic, the city suffered job losses in tourism-focused industries and related services, including in the park itself. Once completed, the project will help encourage new business opportunities to develop in the tourism sector, which will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency in the area.
        • $671,500, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to Mariposa County, Mariposa/Mariposa County, California, to support development of the Mariposa Creek Trailhead and Destination Park, to support the long-term recovery of tourism in the county through expansion of recreational opportunities designed to make the county a year-round destination for visitors. The project will help businesses that rely on tourism in the area become more resilient to seasonal economic downturns and systemic shocks such as the coronavirus pandemic, which will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • One Indigenous Communities Project for $4,961,932 to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities.
        • $4,961,932, with no local match, to the Yurok Tribe/Indian Corporation, Klamath/Del Norte County, California, to support the establishment of an aerial imaging enterprise, Condor Aviation. The Tribe will facilitate the acquisition of a fixed-wing single engine aircraft, LiDAR bathymetric laser scanner sensor, and related components for Condor Aviation. The equipment will advance the Tribe’s efforts to collect important topographic and imagery data needed for the effective management of the Tribe’s natural resources. The enterprise will also be available to service the needs of other government agencies in Northern California. Once completed, the project will provide new employment opportunities with improved wages, save jobs, and boost the socioeconomic factors on the Reservation.
    • $9,152,712 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $7,561,654 in local investments, as follows:
      • $7,031,300 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $7,031,300 in local investment, to the Port of Port Townsend, Port Townsend/Jefferson County, Washington, to support the Port of Port Townsend with completely removing and replacing the South and North Breakwaters that protect the entrance to the Point Hudson Marina in Jefferson County, Washington. A series of severe winter storms with high winds and waves, flooding, landslides, mudslides, and a tornado caused structural damage to the current infrastructure that protects the Point Hudson Marina. The infrastructure upgrades in this project will help enhance the future resilience of the region to the threats of climate change, namely increasing frequency and intensity of storms coupled with rising sea levels; protect the aquatic habitats, beaches and eelgrass beds that are part of Puget Sound, one of largest estuaries in the US and an ecological treasure; and preserve the historic characteristics of the structures that protect Point Hudson located within a National Historic Landmark District and the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area, as well as a site of cultural importance for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, which will lay the groundwork for long-term economic vitality and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 24 jobs, save 150 jobs, and leverage $6,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,121,412, matched by $530,354 in local investment, to the City of Akron and the Bounce Innovation Hub, Akron/Summit County, Ohio, to support the expansion and renovation of over 20,000 square feet of unused space to further the Bounce Innovation Hub’s mission and the Elevate Greater Akron strategic objectives, to serve more businesses and entrepreneurs in Akron, Ohio. The new business incubator facility will support more than 60 start-up businesses and entrepreneurs through the addition of new technologies, such as 3D printing, as well as conference rooms and workspaces. Once completed, the project will help generate opportunities for high-wage jobs in the area, which will create a more diverse and resilient regional economy. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 100 jobs, save 42 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
    • $3,009,280 in two Public Works projects, matched by $2,584,066 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,600,000, matched by $2,231,746 in local investment, to the Town of Goldsby, Goldsby/McClain County, Oklahoma, to support the construction of a wastewater infrastructure system to help support industry and business development in McClain County, Oklahoma. The project includes building a sanitary wastewater collection system that will enable economic development of the I-35 corridor in the town for business, industry, and medical care facilities. Once completed, the project will generate an environment that can serve as a catalyst for unprecedented regional economic growth, which will serve two opportunity zones and attract a significant number of businesses to the area. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 179 jobs and leverage $7,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,409,280, matched by $352,320 in local investment, to Central Michigan University and the Central Michigan University Research Corporation, Mount Pleasant/Isabella County, Michigan, to support Central Michigan University and Central Michigan University Research Corporation with renovating and updating 8,111 square feet of incubator/accelerator office space to better serve small businesses in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. To meet the local entrepreneurial operational and safety needs and help start-up businesses get their teams back to a safe workplace and get back to the level of productivity that they had before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the project will create a work environment with separate offices in a wide-open space. The project will allow businesses to separate workstations and provide the distance needed during the time of COVID-19 and beyond. Once completed, the project will help save jobs, promote resiliency, and strengthen economic development throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 100 jobs, save 30 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
    • $700,000 in four Partnership Planning projects, matched by $700,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced six investments from April 29 to May 4, 2022, totaling $4,016,800, which is matched by $2,923,200 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $3,066,800 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes one project for $2,986,800 that will help create 50 jobs, save 10 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment; (2) $400,000 in one American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance project to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; (3) $115,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; and (4) $435,000 in two Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $3,066,800 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Projects, matched by $2,273,200 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,986,800, matched by $2,253,200 in local investment, to the Merit Network, Inc., Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County, Michigan, to support the construction of a 70-mile fiber optic infrastructure that will serve as the interconnection backbone passing through the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The project will assist Merit Network, a non-profit, member-owned, and university-operated organization, with furthering the Leveraging Infrastructure for Transforming the Upper Peninsula (LIFT-UP) initiative, which provides middle-mile infrastructure to local internet service providers. The project will build out the last-mile connections and serve remote and underserved regions, which include businesses, educational institutions, healthcare providers, and residents. With reliable high-speed internet access, the region can embrace new forms of healthcare and educational services delivery in response to the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which will make the region more resilient to future shocks, and more effectively attract and retain businesses and jobs to boost economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 10 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
      • $80,000, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to the City of Youngstown, Youngstown/Mahoning County, Ohio, to fund the Crab Creek Corridor Redevelopment Study, to provide a roadmap for blight remediation and antiquated infrastructure to create thriving economic conditions for 1,200 acres of land that comprises the last of Youngstown's industrial districts in Ohio. The study will address current and future assets, challenges, and capabilities to lead to marketable industrial sites. Once completed, the project will create equitable economic opportunity to help impacts of COVID-19 in the area, which will help revitalization for the district and economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $400,000 in one American Rescue Plan project, matched by $100,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • One Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Project for $400,000 to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to Grand County, Hot Sulphur Springs/Grand County, Colorado, to fund the Grand County Tourism Revitalization Project, to support the recovery and resilience of Grand County's tourism and outdoor recreation economy, the dominant economic driver in the county. The project will help the county extend the current summer and winter tourism seasons year-round and diversify the tourism sector by highlighting often overlooked tourist and outdoor reaction attractions in Colorado. By doing this, more stable, year-round jobs will be created, new business opportunities will arise to fill the gap of those that closed during the coronavirus pandemic and struggling businesses will receive needed support and promotion to grow. Once completed, the project will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $115,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $115,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $115,000, matched by $115,000 in local investment, to the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, Martinsville/Henry County, Virginia, to support the development of a regional agritourism and agribusiness program, to identify agricultural assets, evaluate opportunities for enhancements, improvements, and expansions, and create an asset inventory to include location(s), products, services offered, and on-line presence in Martinsville, Virginia. The asset inventory will be used to create a regional website for marketing and promotion of activities and businesses. Once completed, the project will support business growth in the area, help advance long term economic vitality and sustainability, bolster job creation, attract private investment, and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $435,000 in two Partnership Planning projects, matched by $435,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 28 investments from April 21-28, 2022, totaling $55,782,864, which is matched by $33,497,982 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $52,178,633 in 25 American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes 12 projects for $34,872,304 that will help create 1,961 jobs, save 495 jobs, and leverage $519,900,000 in private investments; (2) $2,604,231 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes one project for $2,163,482 that will help save 145 jobs; and (3) $1,000,000 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 60 jobs and leverage $100,000,000 in private investment.
    • $52,178,633 in 25 American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $30,289,730 in local investments, as follows:
      • 10 Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects for $23,550,159 to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $7,000,000, matched by $5,993,384 in local investment, to the Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia/Tate County, Mississippi, to support construction of a new Career Technology Education and Workforce Facility located on Northwest Mississippi Community College DeSoto Center Campus in Southaven, Mississippi. The facility will help the college meet the common technical demands for the labor force, provide support in research development, and provide hard and soft services for this region’s target industries and workforce. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen economic growth throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 57 job and leverage $4,000,000 in private investment.
        • $3,582,160, matched by $896,848 in local investment, to the Central State University, Wilberforce/Greene County, Ohio, to support the establishment of its new Workforce and Business Development Center to provide employment-related training, entrepreneurship skills development, and education to improve economic opportunities for small businesses in Wilberforce, Ohio. The COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the region, devastating local businesses and increasing the unemployment rate, especially among the region’s historically underserved populations. The project will assist the University with implementing in-demand training programs that will help the region’s unemployed workers recover and find new careers. The training programs will include certificates in advanced manufacturing and operations as well as software coding and entrepreneurship. Once completed, the project will help address the workforce needs in the region by serving as a catalyst for private investment and job creation. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 300 jobs and leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
        • $2,933,220, matched by $740,000 in local investment, to the Farmers Union Foundation, Saint Paul/Ramsey County (Project: Staples/Wadena County), Minnesota, to support the purchase of state-of-the-art mobile meat slaughtering and processing equipment that will be used for direct instruction at two colleges and other sites, for hosting apprenticeships, and offering informal peer-to-peer education opportunities in Staples, Minnesota. The project will help the region recover from coronavirus pandemic-related job losses and supply chain issues severely impacted by the lack of economic activity in the meat processing industry and exposed vulnerabilities in the U.S. meat processing system. Among those vulnerabilities is a lack of skilled workers where meat processing jobs are located. Through a partnership with Central Lakes College and Ridgewater College, the Foundation will train adults and non-traditional students for in-demand meat processing jobs in Minnesota. Two meat processing certificate programs will be launched to provide a pathway for students to quickly gain good-paying jobs in the high-demand meat processing industry. Once completed, the project will address the workforce needs in the region by serving as a catalyst for private investment and job creation. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 150 jobs, save 200 jobs and leverage $20,000,000 in private investment.
        • $2,000,000, matched by $1,627,276 in local investment, to Briar Cliff University, Sioux City/Woodbury County, Iowa, to support the renovation and expansion of a former residence hall at Briar Cliff University for adaptive reuse as an academic building and primary education and training hub for all health sciences programs at the University. The new space will allow the existing health sciences programs at the University to be co-located in one building, supported by new classrooms, labs, learning studios, faculty offices, and a new pediatric clinic for applied learning, allowing for expanded and enhanced training and educational capacity. Staffing shortages in the health care industry have consistently been a challenge for several years in the Sioux City area and for surrounding rural critical access healthcare facilities, and thus have been only further exacerbated by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The project will help address the region's health care workforce strategy and contribute to the industry’s market growth and resiliency. In addition, the new center for the health sciences programs will accommodate approximately 500 students, almost doubling the current enrollment with room for future expansion. Over the next nine years, the University expects this new facility and its consolidated health sciences programs to educate and place up to 913 graduates in high-skill, well-paying jobs in the Sioux City Tri-State region, throughout the state of Iowa, and nationwide. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 913 jobs.
        • $2,000,000, matched by $717,932 in local investment, to LaSalle General Hospital, Jena/LaSalle County, Louisiana, to support LaSalle General Hospital (LGH) with renovating and expanding its building allowing for the training of health care professionals and technicians with a focus on addressing the health needs of the region including COVID-19 response and recovery in Jena, Louisiana. The project will help LGH modernize its medical facilities to accommodate a larger and broadened workforce training program, to generate health professionals for LGH and regional medical facilities. Once completed, the project will help graduates go on to gain higher wage jobs and fill a critical health care need, which will help address the region's health care workforce strategy and contribute to the industry’s market growth and resiliency. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 30 jobs, save 40 jobs, and leverage $1,300,000 in private investment.
        • $2,000,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the City of Carlsbad, Carlsbad/Eddy County, New Mexico, to support the replacement of a waterline to increase local water security and sustainability, and to promote economic growth in Eddy County, New Mexico. The improved water capacity will provide service to existing businesses as well as boost emerging business opportunities in the area. Once completed, the project will advance economic resiliency, attract private investment, and further economic diversification throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 200 jobs and leverage $233,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,932,000, matched by $483,000 in local investment, to the City of Byron, Byron/Peach County, Georgia, to support construction of water infrastructure improvements at the Benjamin Hawkins Industrial Park in Peach County, Georgia. The project adds resilience to the city’s infrastructure that will help to prevent future negative impacts from the coronavirus pandemic within the community. In addition, the improved water capacity will provide service to existing businesses as well as boost emerging business opportunities in the area, which will help advance economic resiliency, attract private investment, and further economic diversification throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 24 jobs, save 27 jobs, and leverage $3,500,000 in private investment.
        • $1,500,000, matched by $375,000 in local investment, to the Matagorda Waste Disposal and Water Supply Corporation, Matagorda/Matagorda County, Texas, to support construction of water system and roadway improvements for the development of a 42-acre industrial park in Matagorda County, Texas. The infrastructure improvements consist of the installation of approximately 62,700 linear feet of new 8-inch water main, one new 50,000-gallon elevated tank, as well as hydrants, valves, and related appurtenances, and associated repairs to impacted gravel roads, asphalt roads, and driveways. The project will help improve public and economic infrastructure to boost emerging business opportunities in the area, which will advance economic resiliency, attract private investment, and further economic diversification throughout the region.
        • $360,000, matched by $90,000 in local investment, to the Town of Prosper, Prosper/Collin County, Texas, to support the Town of Prosper, as well as the four surrounding rural communities of Anna, Melissa, Gunter, and Van Alstyne, with conducting a subregional broadband assessment and strategy for the region. The coronavirus pandemic exposed and compounded the region's limited broadband capacity, revealing disparate levels of broadband access. The project will allow the region to identify gaps in broadband access and ultimately develop a plan to increase broadband reliability and accessibility in these communities, improving the potential for business expansions and retention in the region. Once completed, the project will fill gaps in the region where broadband is currently unavailable and connect historically underserved populations throughout the area to the digital ways of life.
        • $242,779, matched by $60,695 in local investment, to Entrepreneurship for All, Inc., Lowell/Middlesex County (Project: Haverhill/Essex County), Massachusetts, to support Entrepreneurship for All, Inc. with providing technical assistance for entrepreneurs in the City of Haverhill to successfully launch and grow their businesses and for existing small businesses to stabilize their operations and set a course for sustainability in Essex County, Massachusetts. The long-term economic distress of the region and the accelerated joblessness as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted economic development in the area. The project will address the needed support for entrepreneurs and small businesses by removing barriers that restrict growth in the city. In addition, the project will help promote an inclusive entrepreneurial culture in the city to ensure that the businesses that are launched are diverse in terms of their ownership, product line, and client base, and that they best serve the diverse needs of the Haverhill community, which will help further economic diversification throughout the region.
      • Four Coal Communities Commitment Projects for $13,365,111 to support coal-reliant communities’ expansion into new industry sectors and recovery from the pandemic.
        • $5,232,611, matched by $3,338,615 in local investment, to the Greenville Spartanburg Airport District, Greer/Spartanburg County, South Carolina, to support construction of critical infrastructure improvements at the Greenville Spartanburg Airport in Greer, South Carolina. The project improvements include extending a roadway at the airport to allow for vehicle access to the expanded apron and a jet blast deflector to keep vehicles traversing the road safe during aircraft operations. The project will support growing cargo traffic that is straining current capabilities at the airport, which will help the region recover from the coronavirus pandemic by creating new job opportunities and attracting private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
        • $5,000,000, matched by $6,530,000 in local investment, to the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center, the International Transportation Innovation Center, the City of Greenville, and Greenville County, Greenville/Greenville County, South Carolina, to support construction of additional high speed loop infrastructure to the automotive test track located on the campus of South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center in Greenville County, to support vehicles ranging from small cars to fully loaded tractor trailers. The project consists of construction of two travel lanes, and two banked loops to allow vehicles to maintain speed and allow test vehicles to safely gain speed and enter a large, banked turn on either end of the runway, allowing manufacturers to conduct a variety of vehicle and systems tests. Once completed, the project will help the region address the significant and sudden loss of jobs and tax revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic by enhancing job creation and retention in an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
        • $1,632,500, matched by $699,760 in local investment, to San Juan County, Aztec/San Juan County, New Mexico, to support infrastructure improvements to the San Juan County Industrial Park, to offer premium ready to occupy industrial space, scalable to meet future growth needs of prospective new tenants in Aztec, New Mexico. The project will include extension of the natural gas line to the property, broadband, water/fire, and suppression system upgrades, lighting and security upgrades, and mechanical upgrades to include HVAC systems, office area upgrades, and roof system improvements. The natural gas and broadband infrastructure will enhance the marketability of vacant land for other businesses, which will help the region diversify its local economy, create jobs, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
        • $1,500,000, matched by $4,960,000 in local investment, to the City of Kingsport, Kingsport/Sullivan County, Tennessee, to support the upgrading of existing water pump stations to ensure the city has the essential water supply for future growth in Sullivan County, Tennessee. Over the last few years, both the county and city have lost jobs due to plant closings and reductions. This project will assist potential manufacturers and businesses looking to locate or expand in Kingsport with a reliable water source, as well as provide consistent water service allowing economic developers to market the region better. Once completed, the project will help the region diversify its local economy, create jobs, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 83 jobs and leverage $230,000,000 in private investment.
      • Eight Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Projects for $11,849,507 to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $6,560,000, matched by $1,640,000 in local investment, to the Wheeling Park Commission, Wheeling/Ohio County, West Virginia, to support the Wheeling Park Commission (WPC) with updating the Oglebay Park's Wilson Lodge front entrance and restaurants, including ADA access improvements, and a new farm-to-table initiative to grow food on site to support the Oglebay dining experience in Ohio County, West Virginia. Oglebay is one of the two major municipal parks of the WPC, which sustained significant revenue shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic. Wilson Lodge is a hospitality driver of Oglebay and the WPC. The project will help the region become more resilient to fluctuations in tourism and assist in the region's recovery, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency in the area. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 45 jobs, save 192 jobs, and leverage $20,000,000 in private investment.
        • $3,250,000, matched by $845,000 in local investment, to the City of Wildwood, Wildwood/Cape May County, New Jersey, to support the reconstruction of two and a half blocks of the Wildwood Boardwalk, located between Pine and Maple Avenues to Magnolia Avenue in New Jersey. As the primary economic driver for both the City and County, this reconstruction project will not only lead to an increase in customers for businesses on and around the boardwalk, including retail, entertainment, food service, accommodations, short-term property rentals, and other tourism-related businesses, but will ensure that these increases remain a permanent part of the local economy. The reconstruction of the boardwalk ensures that it remains an economic driver for the coronavirus pandemic economic recovery efforts and to build the resilience of the regional economy that depends on tourism for fiscal viability. Once completed, the project will help the region become more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities and spur private investment throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 109 jobs and leverage $6,000,000 in private investment.
        • $751,203, matched by $185,752 in local investment, to the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina, Carolina/Carolina County, Puerto Rico, to support the establishment of the Caribbean CARES Hospitality Academy project, to assist the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration of the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina in favorably positioning businesses within the tourism and hospitality sectors of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to recover from business losses and employee turnover. The project will help recovery in tourism-related industries that have been uneven and slow in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the project will provide opportunities for education, training, and workforce development to further enhance the resiliency of tourism and hospitality industries in the area. Once completed, the project will help build resiliency to withstand future economic disruptions, which will boost and promote economic growth throughout the region.
        • $400,000, matched by $120,000 in local investment, to Westchester County, White Plains/Westchester County, New York, to fund the development of the Westchester County Tourism Recovery Plan, to support tourism research, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and prioritization of initiatives and projects that will help the tourism sector recover from adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in White Plains, New York. The plan will produce professional documentation of short, medium and long-term actions and priorities that should be taken to recover and grow the tourism sector for maximum economic benefit in the region. Once implemented, the plan will help encourage new business opportunities to develop in the tourism sector, particularly focusing on new business models and improving attractiveness of the county as a destination, which will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency in the area.
        • $393,193, matched by $102,689 in local investment, to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, North Carolina (Project: Lynchburg/ Lynchburg City County, Virginia), to support the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (BRPF) with establishing a strategic planning process to help engage community leaders in all 12 Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway counties and associated independent cities to determine realistic and effective strategies to enhance tourism and related economic development. The BRPF will work alongside community leaders in each county to examine the Blue Ridge Parkway as a community asset and identify strategies to grow travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation in rural and underserved communities. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt all along the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor in Virginia and this project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, spur private investment, and promote the economic resilience of regions dependent on the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries.
        • $208,000, matched by $312,000 in local investment, to the Hamilton County Tourism, Inc., Camel/Hamilton County, Indiana, to support the development of a new comprehensive tourism strategy to help the county recover from tourism-related losses of the COVID-19 pandemic in Carmel, Indiana. The COVID-19 pandemic devastated Hamilton County’s tourism economy, resulting in layoffs of more than a third of the County’s tourism workforce and a 24 percent drop in overall tourism spending. As a nationally recognized destination for youth and amateur sporting events, the strategy will focus on how best to leverage the County’s national reputation for sporting events and ensure that the entire regional economy benefits from this important economic cluster. Once completed, the strategy will examine the current tourism economy and identify future tourism market opportunities, using a broad body of information to develop a plan to support tourism recovery and resiliency, which will help increase employment opportunities and spur private investment in the area.
        • $167,198, matched by $41,800 in local investment, to the Southwest Regional Development Commission, Slayton/Murray County, Minnesota, to support the development of its new outdoor recreation trail plan. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southwest Minnesota region suffered devastating job losses and business closures. The project will conduct a study and analyses of the populations engaging in outdoor recreation and current community outreach efforts to assist the region in increasing tourism activity in the area. Once completed, the project will help the region become more resilient to fluctuations in tourism and capitalize outdoor recreation assets, which will help increase employment opportunities and spur private investment throughout the region.
        • $119,913, matched by $29,979 in local investment, to the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission, Hancock/Houghton County, Michigan, to support development of the Western Upper Peninsula Tourism Economic Impact Analysis, to help regional leaders better-understand how to capitalize on tourism and outdoor recreation as a regional economic driver in Hancock, Michigan. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the region’s tourism industry but also created demand and opportunities in outdoor recreation for the region. Once completed, the project will help the region respond to damage to the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors from the coronavirus pandemic, which will enhance future economic sustainability, strengthen the regional economy, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • Three Indigenous Communities Projects for $3,413,856 to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities.
        • $1,872,145, with no local match, to the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Cedar City/Iron County, Utah, to support the implementation of Phase 3 construction of the Cedar City Community Health Center (Center) in Iron County, Utah. The Center will provide critical healthcare infrastructure and enhance the resiliency of the tribe to respond to future Coronavirus outbreaks and other healthcare issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted the tribal community leading to distress in the healthcare system and the new health clinic in Cedar City is needed to keep up with current patient demand. The Center will serve the community’s highest needs, by providing expanded, affordable access to medical, behavioral health, and dental care to the underserved populations. In addition, as the Tribe expands the services it offers to the community, new employment opportunities with improved wages will be created and boost the socioeconomic factors on the Reservation. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 15 jobs and save 36 jobs.
        • $1,005,511, with no local match, to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Harbor Springs/Emmet County, Michigan, to support the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians with hiring an Economic Recovery Coordinator to assist with the development and implementation of a new strategy for economic diversification in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The project will help the tribe recover from COVID-19 by addressing tourism-related investments that suffered large losses caused by disruptions during the pandemic. The resulting loss in revenue and loss of jobs prompted the tribe to enlist help with outreach to tribal members and groups to engage their input in developing the strategy, which will be finalized over the course of the three-year project period. Once implemented, the plan will provide an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
        • $536,200, with no local match, to the Pueblo of Jemez, Jemez Pueblo/Sandoval County, New Mexico, to support development of a feasibility study for the Tribe’s energy independence. The study will outline strategies to acquire and/or create the energy infrastructure necessary for Pueblo to be carbon neutral, utilizing 100% clean energy and deliver a path towards economic development. Included within the plan will be an analysis of renewable energy generation capacity and workforce development to assist tribal members with economic recovery through both reduction of energy cost burden and job creation. Once completed, the project will help the Tribe recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing a concrete action plan that will advance economic resiliency and diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $2,604,231 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $655,552 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,163,482, matched by $540,877 in local investment, to the Town of Kennebunkport, Kennebunkport/York County, Maine, to support the reconstruction of the Cape Porpoise commercial pier, including repairs to the existing bulkhead; widening a 50-foot section; replacement of the bait building; installation of 8 floats and aluminum gangways; the provision of sewer service to the bait building; electrical, lighting and communications upgrades; the installation of solar panels; the replacement and relocation of fuel tanks; and parking improvements in Kennebunkport, Maine. The reconstruction of pier will help to repair storm-related damage, improve its ability to serve the region’s commercial fishing industry, and ensure its long-term resilience against future storms and floods, which will help protect critical infrastructure and bolster job creation and retention throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 145 jobs.
      • $440,749, matched by $114,675 in local investment, to the North Carolina State University-Raleigh, Raleigh/Wake County, North Carolina, to support the development, dissemination, and facilitation of action plans to guide implementation steps to enable greater coordination between economic and workforce development professionals on strategies for economic recovery in Raleigh, North Carolina. The project will help cultivate best practices for economic and workforce development professionals collaborating more effectively post-pandemic to understand and address dynamic shifts occurring in both fields, and to determine strategies for how the adverse impacts of these shifts can be better mitigated. Once completed, the plans will enhance future economic sustainability, strengthen the regional economy, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $1,000,000 in one Public Works project, matched by $2,552,700 in local investment, as follows:
      • $1,000,000, matched by $2,552,700 in local investment, to the City of Guymon, Guymon/Texas County, Oklahoma, to fund construction improvements of an existing wastewater system for the City of Guymon, OK. These improvements will support the city’s industrial park, to provide for the needs of existing business, keeping those businesses in the park, and allowing for substantial expansion. Once completed, the project will help to generate an environment that can serve as a catalyst for unprecedented regional economic growth. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 60 jobs and leverage $100,000,000 in private investment.
  • EDA announced nine investments from April 14-19, 2022, totaling $8,809,885, which is matched by $4,877,749 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $1,804,475 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that will help create 14 jobs, save 12 jobs, and leverage $6,000,000 in private investment; (2) $3,750,000 in two American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes one project for $3,000,000 that will help create 92 jobs and save 54 jobs; (3) $2,429,910 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 260 jobs, save 61 jobs, and leverage $122,900,000 in private investment; (4) $42,500 in one Local Technical Assistance project to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; and (5) $783,000 in four Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $1,804,475 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Project, matched by $216,823 in local investment, as follows:
      • $1,804,475, matched by $216,823 in local investment, to the City of John Day, John Day/Grant County, Oregon, to support the construction of community broadband enhancements to the City of John Day and Canyon City, and leases a coworking space for distance learners, small businesses, and disadvantaged residents in Oregon. The project will bring high-speed internet infrastructure to the community to aid in economic recovery by creating fiber optic access to critical community facilities. The lack of access to broadband during the coronavirus pandemic affected the community and the project will provide fast and reliable broadband for residents and businesses. Once completed, the bolster job creation, save jobs, increase private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 14 jobs, save 12 jobs, and leverage 6,000,000 in private investment.
    • $3,750,000 in two American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $3,500,730 in local investments, as follows:
      • One Economic Adjustment Assistance Project for $3,000,000 to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $3,000,000, matched by $3,250,000 in local investment, to the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Inc., Los Angeles/Los Angeles County, California, to support renovating and equipping a warehouse used as an entertainment workforce training facility with soundstage to expand a paid workforce training program in Los Angeles, California. Renovations will result in a state-of-the-art workforce training space that provides additional height needed to provide real world training activities, a grid to provide hanging capacity, a lighting and AV system, fire alarm and sprinkler fire/life safety systems, appropriate exit pathways and variable room acoustics. A major industry cluster in Los Angeles County is the Creative Industries and the Center will provide training and job placement in a variety of entertainment industry positions with growth momentum. Once completed, the project will support economic conditions that will lead to the creation of more higher skill employment opportunities and higher paying jobs, which will advance economic resiliency and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 92 jobs and save 54 jobs.
      • One Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Project for $750,000 to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $750,000, matched by $250,730 in local investment, to the City of Hogansville, Hogansville/Troup County, Georgia, to support the rehabilitation of the vacant Royal Theater so it can reopen for film, stage and community use in Troup County, Georgia. Hogansville has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the rehabilitation of the Royal Theater will help bring tenants and jobs to vacant downtown buildings and add employees to existing downtown businesses. These improvements will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $2,429,910 in one Public Works project, matched by $607,478 in local investment, as follows:
      • $2,429,910, matched by $607,478 in local investment, to the City of Murrieta/Murrieta Partnerships, Inc., Murrieta/Riverside County, California, to support the renovation of the existing Murrieta Innovation Center (MIC) into a top-notch life science startup incubator that will be the premier business incubator and a driver for job creation in the Southwest Riverside County region of California. The facility will feature a wet lab, creative office space, a learning center, small business support services, and medical conference room. These improvements will strengthen the MIC’s role as a regional innovation hub that can bring entrepreneurs, start-ups, established companies, universities, students, consultants, and non-profits together with technology and resources to generate an environment that can serve as a catalyst for unprecedented regional economic growth. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 260 jobs, save 61 jobs, and leverage $122,900,000 in private investment.
    • $42,500 in one Local Technical Assistance project, matched by $42,500 as follows:
      • $42,500, matched by $42,500 in local investment, to Oceana County, Hart/Oceana County, Michigan, to fund the Oceana County Workforce Development and Economic Diversity Study project. The project will help Oceana County prepare an economic workforce and diversification action plan by conducting a study to determine the viability of and demand for Oceana County based training programs; the viability of and demand for a physical Workforce Training Center in Oceana County; and the limitations to economic diversification in Oceana County. Once completed, the project will provide economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy.
    • $783,000 in four Partnership Planning projects, matched by $510,218 in local investment, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 12 investments from April 7-13, 2022, totaling $25,257,992, which is matched by $11,200,468 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $3,211,900 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes two projects for $2,111,900 that will help create 121 jobs, save 13 jobs, and leverage $2,000,000 in private investments; (2) $275,000 in two American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; (3) $16,811,092 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes three projects for $16,555,092 that will help create 134 jobs, save 70 jobs, and leverage $20,800,000 in private investments; (4) $4,750,000 in two Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 550 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $300,000,000 in private investments; and (5) $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $3,211,900 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Projects, matched by $1,321,177 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,200,000, matched by $300,000 in local investment, to the Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles/Wasco County, Oregon, to support expansion of the Health Science Workforce in the Columbia Gorge Region. The project will support the college’s efforts to train students to be qualified staff at regional medical centers, nursing homes, and emergency medicine locations. The project will help the region absorb, recover from, and adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused a nursing shortage in the area and an increase in state demand for skilled healthcare workers. Once completed, the project is expected to graduate around 800 new healthcare professionals to meet immediate regional needs or to move into further study that will lead to higher-level jobs (i.e., advanced practice nurses, physician assistants), which will contribute to the region's local workforce, create and retain jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 21 jobs and save 13 jobs.
      • $1,100,000, matched by $500,000 in local investment, to the BioBAT, Inc., Brooklyn/Kings County, New York, to support the development of the design and engineering for the renovation of 24,515 square feet of vacant space on the third floor of Building A at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, to provide space for two biotechnology companies that are working on products to treat the coronavirus and have outgrown their space at the SUNY Downstate Biotechnology Incubator in Brooklyn, New York. The project would ensure the companies remain and expand in Brooklyn and advance the biotechnology cluster in New York City, which will support resiliency for the biotech industry and better enable the region to respond to future economic disruptions, including pandemics and natural disasters.
      • $911,900, matched by $521,177 in local investment, to the Illinois Central College, East Peoria/Peoria County, Illinois, to support upgrades and expansions to Illinois Central College’s workforce training facilities and equipment at the College’s East Peoria and Pekin campuses. The project will help increase regional demand for workforce training in fields such as welding, truck driving, and emergency services. Once completed, the project will position the college to help meet the needs of the region’s employers. In addition, newly trained emergency services technicians will help increase employment opportunities and make the region stronger and more resilient in the face of future disasters like the coronavirus pandemic, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs and leverage $2,000,000 in private investment.
    • $275,000 in two American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $50,490 in local investments, as follows:
      • One Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Project for $200,000 to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $200,000, matched by $50,490 in local investment, to the Town of Bernalillo, Bernalillo/Sandoval County, New Mexico, to support the creation of a tourism strategy to attract new visitors to the region and build a tourism industry in Bernalillo, New Mexico. The project aims to build relationships with tribal cultural councils and local businesses to support area artists in their continuous preservation of important historic and cultural traditions. Once completed, the project will support a planning process to build collaborative tourism products and grant-ready projects, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • One Indigenous Communities Project for $75,000 to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities.
        • $75,000, with no local match, to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Cass Lake/Cass County, Minnesota, to support the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe with updating a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to spur job creation and diversification of the local economy, which will greatly benefit the region as it looks to recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the CEDS will provide a foundation for collaboration among the 17 villages located within three districts on the reservation and provide the necessary strategic economic development framework for the Band. Once completed, the project will provide the region with a roadmap to achieve long-term prosperity and growth and help the Reservation build resiliency to withstand future economic disruptions.
    • $16,811,092 in four Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $6,133,801 in local investments, as follows:
      • $7,319,125 in 2018 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $1,829,781 in local investment, to the North Slope Borough, Barrow/North Slope County, Alaska, to support the construction of roadway in the North Slope Borough to provide an alternative access road to the Barrow Arctic Research Center, Community College, and a freight corridor, along the Arctic Ocean. Due to flooding in the North Slope Borough, which washed Stevenson Road away, the road is the only access to the Barrow Arctic Research Center and community college, which are locally major employers. In addition, the new roadway will help alleviate the borough's dependence on a road along the Arctic Ocean that is being washed away due to climate change and maintains access to research and educational facilities. Once completed, the project will increase resiliency, mitigate the effects of natural disasters, and promote economic growth throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help leverage $10,200,000 in private investment.
      • $7,282,736 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $3,751,712 in local investment, to the Port of Port Angeles, Port Angeles/Clallam County, Washington, to support the design and construction of an 18-acre Marine Trades Industrial Park (MTIP) on Port of Port Angeles industrial waterfront property in Clallam County, Washington. The region has a strong local marine trades industry with multiple existing boat building and repair facilities within Clallam County. The MTIP development will create economic and infrastructure resiliency that will expand and diversify the region’s economic base and serve as a catalyst for private investment, which will help strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 103 jobs, save 60 jobs, and leverage $7,900,000 in private investment.
      • $1,953,231 in Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities, matched by $488,308 in local investment, to the City of Kewaunee, Kewaunee/Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, to support the construction of a new business park that will allow the city to attract new businesses and help existing commercial and industrial users to expand in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. The 2013 Kewaunee Power Station closure led to severe economic dislocations and job losses in the Kewaunee region. The region’s long-term recovery and resilience to future shocks depends on the city’s ability to diversify its economy through business expansion and attraction. This project is a critical asset for the region's economic recovery from the loss of the nuclear power station by providing employment opportunities, spurring private investment, and strengthening the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 31 jobs, save 10 jobs, and leverage $2,700,000 in private investment.
      • $256,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $64,000 in local investment, to the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission/Village of Cassville, Platteville/Grant County (Project: Cassville/Grant County), Wisconsin, to support the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the Village of Cassville with creating a recovery and resiliency planning effort to respond to two coal-fired power plant closures in Grant County, Wisconsin. In addition, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic led to more layoffs and closures and this project will help the region chart a new course to economic recovery and resilience. The plan will evaluate the county’s assets, deliver broad consensus on the county’s desired future, respond to economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and generate a roadmap for expanding economic prosperity throughout the region. Once completed, the project will allow the Village to study how to attract new residents and businesses, help the region diversify its local economy, create and save jobs, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
    • $4,750,000 in two Public Works projects, matched by $3,485,000 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,750,000, matched by $2,750,000 in local investment, to the Borough of Paulsboro, Paulsboro/Gloucester County, New Jersey, to support expanding the treatment capacity of the Paulsboro Water Treatment Plant, gaining an additional 1,000 GPM of treatment capacity for a total of 2,500 GPM. The capacity increase will allow the borough full use of their water allocation for the three wells, which will be used to support commercial and industrial development within the borough. The project will also include construction of a 6,000 SF building to contain the new water treatment system. The increased capacity will serve a new manufacturing facility to build steel components, known as monopiles, for offshore wind turbines that will serve the entire United States offshore wind industry. Once completed, the project will increase business growth and development, bolster job creation and retention, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 500 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $250,000,000 in private investment.
      • $2,000,000, matched by $735,000 in local investment, to the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission, Laurens/Laurens County, South Carolina, to support the construction of sewer infrastructure to serve a prime industrial corridor located in Laurens County, South Carolina. The sewer improvements will support the expansion of a Danish company representing a foreign direct investment in the region. Once completed, the project will create jobs, increase economic resiliency, attract private investment, and promote the advancement of the manufacturing industry within the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs and leverage $50,000,000 in private investment.
    • $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $210,000 in local investment, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced one investment from April 1-6, 2022, for $400,000, which is matched by $100,000 in local investment that will help create 38 jobs, save 76 jobs, and leverage $6,000,000 in private investment, as outlined below:
    • $400,000 in one American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $100,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission, Appleton/Swift County, Minnesota, to support the capitalization of a $500,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Big Stone, Swift, Lac qui Parle, Chippewa, and Yellow Medicine counties in Minnesota. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to capital to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this project will help create 38 jobs, save 76 jobs, and leverage $6,000,000 in private investment.
  • EDA announced 26 investments from March 28-31, 2022, totaling $30,539,219, which is matched by 11,333,164$ in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $4,404,000 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Projects to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which includes one project for $1,704,000 that will help create 75 jobs, save 150 jobs, and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment; (2) $24,843,271 in 18 American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes 10 projects for $16,375,354 that will help create 1,240 jobs, save 203 jobs, and leverage $186,631,967 in private investments; (3) $400,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; (4) $34,448 in one Local Technical Assistance project to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs; and (5) $857,500 in four Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $4,404,000 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Projects, matched by $726,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $2,700,000, matched by $300,000 in local investment, to the Southwestern Intermediary Finance Team, Inc., to capitalize a $2,700,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Beaver, Beckham, Canadian, Carter, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garvin, Grady, Harper, Logan, Marshall, Pontotoc, Roger Mills, Stephens, Texas, Washita, Woods, and Woodward counties. This EDA investment also provides $300,000 to defray the cost of administering the RLF. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to capital to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $1,704,000, matched by $426,000 in local investment, to the Northwest Central Indiana Community Partnerships, Inc., West Lafayette/Tippecanoe County, Indiana, to support the Northwest Central Indiana Community Partnerships, Inc., and Wabash Heartland Innovation Network with providing improved broadband access to the seven-county Northwest Central Indiana region. The project funds the purchase of equipment to be part of a system of inflatable aerostats, such as blimps and hot-air balloons, providing cost-effective and reliable broadband service to the region. As part of the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, providing broadband connectivity to improve medical and educational services delivery within the region will help make the region more resilient in the face of future economic shocks. In addition, the region’s critical agricultural cluster increasingly relies on broadband to utilize the cutting-edge technologies required for 21st century farm operations. Once completed, the project will help the region overcome the lack of adequate, reliable broadband service to help diversify and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 75 jobs, save 150 jobs, and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment.
    • $24,843,271 in 18 American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $9,755,217 in local investments, as follows:
      • 11 Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects for $13,591,290 to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $3,617,280, matched by $904,320 in local investment, to Community Solutions International, Inc., New York/New York County, New York (Project: Hartford/Hartford County, Connecticut), to support the renovation of the Swift Factory’s small business and kitchen incubator facility located within North Hartford, Connecticut. The project will support creation of workforce training and business expansion space that will provide valuable skills training career readiness and direct job placement services for residents residing within North Hartford. The city has been impacted by the downturn of the economy due to the coronavirus pandemic and has suffered significant job losses over the last decade. The project will address the pressing need of the region by providing small business assistance, business incubation, workforce, and training resources in the heart of the community where the residents rarely access these resources due to difficulty of access, cultural barriers, and lack of sufficient engagement of the community. Once completed, the project will provide a one- stop comprehensive workforce development, skills training, job placement, and learning center, which will boost economic stability, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 45 jobs, save 70 jobs, and leverage $10,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,720,320, matched by $430,080 in local investment, to the City of Tahlequah/Tahlequah Public Works Authority, Tahlequah/Cherokee County, Oklahoma, to support the City of Tahlequah with building a fiber optic network to serve the city's business corridor. The coronavirus pandemic revealed the city's limited broadband market was not sufficient to meet the needs of its residents and businesses and the need for broadband connectivity. This project will allow for the creation of a telecommunications and data system to facilitate telework, e-commerce, and telemedicine options for the city's local businesses. Not only will this project have an immediate economic development impact on Tahlequah, but it will also aid in the event of similar economic disruptions by diversifying its economy through a broadband network that will allow for technology-based business and telework opportunities. In addition, this project will help increase commercial and industrial activity locally, enable access to education services, and improve the quality of life to individuals via telehealth and other similar services throughout the region.
        • $1,600,000, matched by $400,000 in local investment, to the Rockford Local Development Corporation, Rockford/Winnebago County, Illinois, to capitalize a $2,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Boone, McHenry, and Winnebago counties in Illinois. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to capital to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 100 jobs, save 25 jobs, and leverage $6,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,600,000, matched by $400,000 in local investment, to the CCD Business Development Corporation, Roseburg/Douglas County, Oregon, to provide technical assistance and capitalize a $2,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Coos, Curry, and Douglas counties in southwestern Oregon. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to capital to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 15 jobs and save 16 jobs.
        • $992,586, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the Shiretown Development Corporation, Houlton/Aroostook County, Maine, to support the construction of a 12,000 SF pre-engineered steel industrial building and related appurtenances, to support the expansion of Tiny Homes of Maine and the manufacturing of “tiny homes” and commercial mobile units in Houlton, Maine. Houlton is a community on the Canadian border that has been significantly impacted by the closure of the U.S.-Canadian border for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The project will address the economic conditions of the region by providing good paying manufacturing jobs with benefits, increase per capita income, increase average wage per job, and help recover lost population, which will help strengthen and diversify the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 31 jobs, save 9 jobs, and leverage $486,967 in private investment.
        • $800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Platteville/Grant County, Wisconsin, to capitalize a $1,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties in Wisconsin. Once implemented, the RLF will provide access to capital to help small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which will promote job creation and retention, attract private investment, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region.
        • $800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC, to provide technical assistance via a team of staff and economic development professionals to either implement or complete an economic recovery plan, with the emphasis on implementation. The plan will identify where the local community’s economy is most vulnerable and then prioritize needs and strategies to spur economic recoveries in the Alabama region. Strategies may include business retention, expansion, and attraction; entrepreneurial and small business development; land and planning and real estate redevelopment; neighborhood commercial revitalization; workforce development; technology-led development; strategic planning for economic recovery; economic recovery program development; economic diversification strategies; and export and supply chain strategies. Once completed, the project will provide tools for sustaining recovery to help strengthen and diversify the regional economy, which will attract private investment, create jobs, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
        • $800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the University of New Mexico Rainforest Innovations, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico, to support training, mentoring, and strategy development for entrepreneurship growth to mitigate barriers that have prevented tribal entrepreneurs from starting and growing strong resilient businesses that promote a thriving economy for the reservations and New Mexico. The program will provide the tribal regions the ability to recover from the negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic as well as provide economic diversification needed from the downturn in the coal economy. Once completed, the project will lead to direct jobs for the tribal community, which will help spur private investment and advance resiliency throughout the region.
        • $786,104, matched by $196,526 in local investment, to the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., Atlanta/Fulton County, Georgia, to support the creation of the first BeltLine Business Solutions Office with a focus on local small business retention and expansion in Atlanta, Georgia. The coronavirus crisis exposed economic inequities across the world and amplified an urgent need for inclusive economic growth, and transformative regional projects like the BeltLine must go beyond physical infrastructure and deliver opportunities that lift entire communities. The project will deliver tailored solutions to local small businesses seeking to expand in BeltLine equity target areas with a prioritization on businesses owned by women and minorities. Once completed, the project will help strengthen and diversify the regional economy, which will attract private investment, create jobs, and support secondary business development throughout the region.
        • $500,000, matched by $125,000 in local investment, to Idea Village, New Orleans/New Orleans County, Louisiana, to support the development of a pipeline of startup activity from across the region and position New Orleans, particularly opportunity zones in downtown New Orleans, as a hub for innovation. The project will help empower founders from diverse backgrounds, to build technology-based businesses in a way that helps the local economy recover more quickly from the coronavirus pandemic and from natural disasters such as Hurricane Ida, to build a more resilient economy for the long term. Once completed, the project will diversify the local economy, promote economic sustainability, expand job opportunities, and promote growth throughout the region.
        • $375,000, matched by $375,000 in local investment, to the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, Inc., to support the establishment of the Selling to the World initiative to bring growth and prosperity to businesses, communities, and neighborhoods in Greater Philadelphia through global trade and investment. The project focuses on restoring and expanding growth for existing exporters and increasing opportunities for new exporters in the region. Once implemented, the project will attract new industries, create jobs, increase global competitiveness, and promote economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 777 jobs.
      • Four Coal Communities Commitment Projects for $5,737,924 to support coal-reliant communities’ expansion into new industry sectors and recovery from the pandemic.
        • $2,560,000, matched by $640,000 in local investment, to the Bedford County Development Authority, Bedford/Bedford County (Project: Alum Bank/Bedford County), Pennsylvania, to support the development of a new 24,000-square foot, multi-tenant building at Bedford County Business Park I, to support manufacturing businesses in Pennsylvania. The decline in production and supply chain activities related to manufacturing and mining has significantly impacted the region and caused a severe increase in job losses for people who do not have the necessary skills for positions outside of the coal industry. The project will provide supplies to the coal industry, which will create job opportunities, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency to strengthen the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 46 jobs and save 36 jobs.
        • $1,500,000, matched by $2,385,620 in local investment, to the City of Bristol, Bristol/Sullivan County, Tennessee, to fund infrastructure improvements at the City of Bristol’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The upgrades will increase the capacity of the plant to serve USAntibiotics, and new industries locating within the city. Since the CSX rail yard closure that occurred in Erwin, Tennessee, over 300 employees lost their jobs and the significant lost in the manufacturing sector during the coronavirus pandemic has impacted many high skilled and high paying jobs for the region. The rail yard had been an important part of the regional economy for more than 100 years. Once completed, the project will create job opportunities, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 125 jobs and leverage $165,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,160,000, matched by $290,000 in local investment, to Juniata College, Huntingdon/Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, to support renovation of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Juniata College to provide new office space for several local businesses in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The potential new occupants have the capacity to serve the health and education of the local community, which will help drive the economy of a region dependent upon manufacturing and mining activities. Once completed, the project will create and retain local jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 8 jobs, save 17 jobs, and leverage $145,000 in private investment.
        • $517,924, matched by $129,618 in local investment, to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, North Carolina, to support Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with developing strategies to promote travel and tourism within neighboring communities and towns and facilitate economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The project will provide resources and strategies to determine methods for better leveraging the Blue Ridge Parkway to connect and attract visitors to communities across the region to stimulate greater economic viability. Once completed, the project will help the region diversify its local economy, create and save jobs, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
      • Three Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Projects for $5,514,057 to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $3,263,569, matched by $2,066,431 in local investment, to the City of Gaffney/Cherokee County, Gaffney/Cherokee County, South Carolina, to support the City of Gaffney with transforming the former Carnegie Free Library into a Revolutionary War Discovery Center to highlight the city and region’s contributions to the American Revolution. The Center will tie together existing Revolutionary War sites in Cherokee County. The existing sites draw visitors from all along the Overmountain Victory Trail including Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia as well as international tourists from England and Ireland. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
        • $2,170,488, matched by $542,622 in local investment, to the Pembina Gorge Foundation, Walhalla/Pembina County (Project: Walhalla/Cavalier County), North Dakota, to fund the Frost Fire Park Snowmaking Infrastructure Improvement and Expansion Project, to update infrastructure that will improve the quality and longevity of the winter sports activities in the park. The project will support Pembina Gorge Foundation with addressing the local and regional need for expanded and resilient tourism and outdoor recreation activities in the park. Once completed, the project will have direct economic impact on the park’s operations, particularly its winter sports season and other activities, which will drive and expand its business, increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 23 jobs.
        • $80,000, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, Warren/Trumbull County, Ohio, to fund the Trumbull County Regional Tourism Strategic Recovery Plan, which covers five cities, six villages, and 24 townships in Ohio. This plan will develop forward-looking short, medium, and long-term strategies in tourism development and encompass detailed initiatives to reinforce this area's tourism competitiveness and achieve more prosperity, stability, and sustainability throughout the region. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $400,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $100,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh/Wake County, North Carolina, to support Saint Augustine’s University with conducting a comprehensive economic feasibility study of the historic St. Agnes Hospital and surrounding 10-acre site at the southwest corner of Saint Augustine's University campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. The project will help the university determine the best ways to leverage St. Agnes Hospital, to stimulate economic opportunity and increase local employment in the area. Once completed, the project will help stabilize and increase the working population and boost resiliency of the local economy.
    • $34,448 in one Local Technical Assistance project, matched by $34,447 as follows:
      • $34,448, matched by $34,447 in local investment, to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Pittsfield/Berkshire County, Massachusetts, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region served by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC). It will enable the BRPC to coordinate a CEDS Committee, implement public involvement strategies, perform analysis on a range of economic indicators, develop a regional SWOT analysis, review priority projects for inclusion, and finalize a regional 2023-27 CEDS. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $857,500 in four Partnership Planning projects, matched by $717,500 in local investment, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 18 investments from March 21-24, 2022, totaling $10,386,032, which is matched by $2,793,667 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $294,746 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic; (2) $8,504,966 in 14 American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes seven projects for $6,283,983 that will help create 505 jobs, save 691 jobs, and leverage $25,830,000 in private investments; (3) $72,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; (4) $1,304,320 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 129 jobs and leverage $24,000,000 in private investment; and (5) $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $294,746 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Project, matched by $73,687 in local investment, as follows:
      • $294,746, matched by $73,687 in local investment, to the International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC, to support the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with establishing a program to focus on Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Tourism Recovery, Economic Diversification, and Workforce Development in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The islands are economically dependent on the predominant tourism industry and were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused disruptions that resulted in changes to travel or other access to the islands. The CNMI small businesses also face challenges related to capital access, market-entry, workforce retention, and technological barriers. The program will help enhance local capacity to support economic recovery and resilience through customized training opportunities for economic development professionals and community leaders and organizes much-needed support for projects that promote economic recovery and resilience goals. Once completed, the project will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic, support entrepreneurism, spur jobs creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the islands.
    • $8,504,966 in 14 American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $2,165,900 in local investments, as follows:
      • Nine Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects for $3,228,706 to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $439,723, matched by $147,804 in local investment, to the Albemarle Commission/North Carolina Rural Center, Hertford/Perquimans County, North Carolina, to support the development of customized broadband implementation plans for each of the ten counties of northeastern North Carolina, to assist local leaders and broadband providers in determining the best way to serve more businesses and residents in the region. The project will help each county make important internet connections available to link residents of the region, including students, senior citizens, and businesses, to adequate internet, which will successfully connect the entire Albemarle Region. Once completed, the project will fill gaps in the ten-county region where broadband is currently unavailable and connect historically underserved populations throughout the area to the digital ways of life. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 170 jobs, save 150 jobs, and leverage $16,000,000 in private investment.
        • $400,000, matched by $110,000 in local investment, to the Gulf Coast Economic Development district, Incl, Houston/Harris County, Texas, to support the hiring of a specialized consulting firm or team of consultants to study the region’s existing broadband needs, propose network and operational solutions, and develop an action plan for each of the 13 counties in the region for funding and implementation. The Houston-Galveston Regional Broadband Market Study and Action Plan will determine the need for greater investments in a tech-enabled workforce to help the region become prepared for a future increasingly reliant on rapid adaptation to emerging technologies, artificial intelligence, robotics, higher skilled hardware or software manufacturing, or the integration of these types of innovations into large institutions and industry sectors. The region’s high-speed internet and telecommunications infrastructure is the critical, enabling underlying infrastructure for supporting a 21st Century workforce and innovation driven economy. With these investments, residents, businesses, and organizations in all 13 counties will have the opportunities to engage in and benefit from technology-forward economic growth. Once completed, the project will help the region overcome the lack of adequate, reliable broadband service to help diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
        • $400,000, matched by $100,031 in local investment, to the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi/Nueces County, Texas, to support the University’s “Communities as Start-Ups” project, which aims to drive economic development and longer-term economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as develop resilience to natural disasters or other economic disruptions in the communities. The project will help communities in Texas and Louisiana develop, enhance, and scale-up a framework for entrepreneurial businesses to start up and grow. Once completed, the project will help stabilize and increase the working population and boost resiliency of the local economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 75 jobs, save 421 jobs, and leverage $2,500,000 in private investment.
        • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Mount Sterling/Montgomery County Industrial Authority, Mount Sterling/Montgomery County, Kentucky, to support the creation of an in-depth comprehensive community and economic development plan to develop long-term strategies that will steer housing, recreation, infrastructure, tourism, workforce, and economic development in Montgomery County, Kentucky. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant downturns in portions of the community and economy of Montgomery County leading to unfilled job openings, limited housing availability, and slowed or ceased business expansion. The plan will develop community branding and marketing tools, including website development and ideas for lead generation and business recruitment to implement a collective vision for economic recovery and to identify goals, develop strategies, and action plans to guide community and economic development. Once completed, the project will help the region outline outreach, communication, and marketing efforts to assist local business expansions and recruitment of new businesses to the community.
        • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the East Central Regional Development Commission, Mora/Kanabec County, Minnesota, to support the establishment of a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine in Minnesota. As the region recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses will be able to expand their services and entrepreneurs will be able to provide new services that were identified during the pandemic. This support of the business community will provide a substantial measure of economic relief and will help to stimulate recovery from pandemic-induced economic injury across the service area, which will support economic resiliency, further the long-term economic adjustment objectives, create and retain jobs, and attract private investments. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs, save 50 jobs, and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
        • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, Wilmar/Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, to support the establishment of a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to lend to borrowers in the following geographic region: Counties of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville in Minnesota. The COVID-19 pandemic and a local coal-plant closure devastated businesses in region, leading to severe job losses and disinvestment. Additionally, workers displaced by the pandemic and coal-plant closure have increasingly turned to entrepreneurship. The RLF will provide the region’s small businesses with a critical source of capital to help them recover from losses in the ongoing pandemic and be more resilient to future economic shocks, which will support economic resiliency, further the long-term economic adjustment objectives, create and retain jobs, and attract private investments. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs and leverage $1,000,000 in private investment.
        • $311,500, matched by $78,000 in local investment, to the Upper Coastal Planning Council of Governments (COG)/Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments/Triangle J Council of Governments, Wilson/Wilson County, North Carolina, to support the establishment of the Tri-COG Food Ecosystem Economic Development Strategy, a multi-organizational project supporting local food coalitions across North Carolina. In addition, the project will provide resources to study and develop a regional food system to address agriculture supply chain gaps augmented during COVID-19. The plan will ensure the development of a sustainable and equitable food system that allows new farms and food businesses to be created and expanded, allowing the region’s communities to remain resilient in times of both crisis and prosperity.
        • $264,000, matched by $66,000 in local investment, to the Vance-Granville Community College, Henderson/Vance County (Project: Henderson/Franklin County), North Carolina, to support the Vance-Granville Community College with providing technical assistance support for the development of a need’s assessment and architectural design concept for a new facility to be constructed on the Vance-Granville Community College Workforce and Advanced Technical Training Center in Louisburg, North Carolina. The new infrastructure will facilitate 21st century education and workforce training. In addition, the facility will encompass flex space spaces, adaptable technology necessary to address new training realities after COVID-19. Once completed, the project will increase employment, meet industry employment demands, and increase tax revenue within the service area for individuals interested in a new career, retraining, upskilling, or individuals marginalized throughout the employment and educational process.
        • $213,483, matched by $75,000 in local investment, to Valley Vision, Inc., Sacramento/Sacramento County, California, to support the creation of a Broadband Master Plan in the four counties of Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba, which has experienced a significant loss of jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic because of insufficient access to opportunities due to a lack of internet access. The plan will provide a baseline analysis of business broadband internet infrastructure and services, gap/needs analysis, and multi-stakeholder broadband master strategy, to allow the region of the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium (CCABC) to leverage the area's industry clusters by expanding access to a cleaner and more resilient innovation economy with high road jobs. These improvements will allow existing businesses to stay competitive while creating opportunities for higher paying jobs and expanding the labor workforce. In addition, the plan will provide a roadmap to help improve the reliability and resilience of the region’s broadband service in the face of future natural disasters and other disruptions, which will strengthen the regional economy.
      • Two Coal Communities Commitment Projects for $632,000 to support coal-reliant communities’ expansion into new industry sectors and recovery from the pandemic.
        • $512,000, matched by $128,000 in local investment, to the Upper Cumberland Development District, Cookeville/Putnam County, Tennessee, to fund the hiring of two Regional Recovery Coordinators to implement COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts and resiliency in commercial and industrial sectors throughout the fourteen counties within the Upper Cumberland region. The coordinators will help plan, support, and assist in recovery of communities that have been economically impacted by the pandemic by providing technical assistance to support the Upper Cumberland Development District with providing future economic planning for the region. Once completed, the project will help strengthen and diversify the regional economy and advance economic resiliency in an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
        • $120,000, with no local match, to the Cocke County Partnership, Inc., Newport/Cocke County, Tennessee, to support the development of a countywide economic development plan to accommodate existing industries, encourage collaborative partnerships that support future growth, and leverage existing assets in Newport, Tennessee. The plan will evaluate the county’s assets, deliver broad consensus on the county’s desired future, respond to economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and generate a roadmap for expanding economic prosperity throughout the region. The industries of healthcare, retail, manufacturing, food service, and accommodations that provide most employment in the county were some of the hardest hit by the pandemic. Unemployment in these industries has had a major ripple effect on the entire economy in the county. Once completed, the project will help the region diversify its local economy, create and save jobs, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
      • Three Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Projects for $4,644,260 to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $3,960,000, matched by $990,000 in local investment, to the City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz/Santa Cruz County, California, to support the construction of a single story 5,360sq.ft. performance and dance building within the Tannery Arts Center, located in the city of Santa Cruz. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched on nearly all employment sectors in the Tourism industry, including the Arts and Entertainment. Through this project, the city will help the long-term recovery of the arts, entertainment, and recreation sectors, while also attracting additional visitors to the region during off-season tourism months. These aims will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 60 jobs, save 70 jobs, and leverage $1,300,000 in private investment.
        • $400,000, matched by $100,000 in local investment, to the Street Food Institute, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico, to support the establishment of a program, Survive to Thrive: New Mexico Food Business Success During COVID-19, to support new and existing food businesses as they recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. New Mexico’s hospitality industry has been devastated by the pandemic and the impacts have forced hundreds of food businesses to close permanently throughout the region. The program will provide direct assistance to business owners and workers directly impacted by the downturn in these industries by helping restaurant entrepreneurs create new strategies to become more resilient in the event of future disruptions. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 50 jobs.
        • $284,260, matched by $71,065 in local investment, to the Triangle J Council of Governments/Alamance County/Chatham County, Durham/Durham County, North Carolina, to support Triangle J Council of Governments with conducting a corridor feasibility and economic impact analysis to determine how to best leverage the Haw River to drive economic recovery within the travel and tourism sectors and facilitate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Durham, North Carolina. Additionally, the analysis will identify ways to capitalize on gaps and expand economic and community development opportunities, to help enhance economic impact and reestablish tourism as the number one economic driver in the area. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 15 jobs and leverage $30,000 in private investment.
    • $72,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $18,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $72,000, matched by $18,000 in local investment, to the Southwest Alaska Vocational and Educational Center, King Salmon/Bristol Bay County, Alaska, to support a feasibility study to determine the preferred location for construction of their new building for use as a technical education and workforce training facility in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The new facility will provide training opportunities and credentials for residents to meet employer needs to recruit and maintain highly trained workforce in Bristol Bay, which will support the development of a high growth, sustainable industry. Once completed, the project will create jobs and provide long-term economic growth throughout the region.
    • $1,304,320 in one Public Works project, matched by $326,080 in local investment, as follows:
      • $1,304,320, matched by $326,080 in local investment, to the City of Kings Mountain, Kings Mountain/Cleveland County, North Carolina, to support the City of Kings Mountain with improving critical wastewater needs in the city to benefit existing and future commercial and industrial users. The project will greatly improve and expand sewer capacity that is vital to the community by reducing the risk of businesses not being able to operate during and after natural disaster events. Once completed, the project will provide increased opportunity for the region's workforce and support the creation of new jobs, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 129 jobs and leverage $24,000,000 in private investment.
    • $210.000 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $210,000 in local investment, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 15 investments from March 10-18, 2022, totaling $12,156,403, which is matched by $8,636,223 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $2,746,377 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that will help create 270 jobs and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment; (2) $8,235,026 in nine American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating impacts to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes four projects for $7,146,034 that will help create 1,259 jobs, save 160 jobs, and leverage $397,000,000 in private investments; (3) $530,000 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; and (4) $645,000 in three Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $2,746,377 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Project, matched by $686,595 in local investment, as follows:
      • $2,746,377, matched by $686,595 in local investment, to the Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville/Mackinac County, Michigan, to support the construction of a new 10,000 square foot facility that will provide additional workshop and instructional space for marine service technician and other marine skills training programs. In addition, this investment funds new boat-docking infrastructure and additional marine electronics testing equipment to help enhance students’ learning experiences, and ensure they are equipped to serve the region’s marine workforce needs. Once completed, the project will help the area recover from the impact of COVID-19 and build assets that can lessen the impact of future economic shocks, which will bolster job creation, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 270 jobs and leverage $5,000,000 in private investment.
    • $8,235,026 in nine American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $7,652,128 in local investments, as follows:
      • Seven Economic Adjustment Assistance Projects to help communities nationwide plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through infrastructure, technical assistance, planning, and revolving loan programs designed to meet their local needs.
        • $2,000,000, matched by $4,982,000 in local investment, to the City of Springdale, Springdale/Washington County (Project: Springdale/Benton County), Arkansas, to support the City of Springdale with extending Dixieland Road to provide direct highway access for the City's growing economic corridor. The new infrastructure will create direct highway access for a proposed 700,000 square foot commercial distribution and warehouse industrial lease space, which will attract new businesses to the area. This street extension is designed to promote new business creations, which will generate jobs, attract private investment, and help strengthen and diversify the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this project will help create 1,000 jobs and leverage $42,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,508,850, matched by $1,483,552 in local investment, to the City of Tonganoxie, Tonganoxie/Leavenworth County, Kansas, to fund construction of an elevated 750,000-gallon water tower to increase water storage capacity in Tonganoxie, Kansas, which will aid in the expansion of a growing industrial park located nearby the project site. The City is addressing the local and regional need for essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and agricultural commodities that are in high demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by helping with planned development within the City’s industrial park in a concrete paving stone manufacturing facility. Once completed, the project will advance the region’s manufacturing industry, bolster job creation, spur private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 110 jobs and leverage $355,000,000 in private investment.
        • $1,280,272, matched by $320,068 in local investment, to the City of Columbia/Columbia Farmers Market, Columbia/Boone County, Missouri, to support the further development and expansion of the City of Columbia’s Farmers Market, which serves an area within a 50-mile radius constituting a 22-county region. The project will create additional indoor space to accommodate double the number of vendor booths, growing opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs, providing more access to locally-grown food and creating further resiliency for the regional food economy. Once completed, the project will address the region’s needs and provide additional space and infrastructure for new and existing businesses to grow, which will create additional jobs and strengthen the regional economy. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 88 jobs.
        • $375,000, matched by $116,282 in local investment, to Lamar University, Beaumont/ Jefferson County, Texas, to support the establishment of a research project that will help to accelerate the recovery of Southeast Texas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will help Lamar University find solutions to bring business activity back to pre-pandemic levels in the region and provide a roadmap to diversify toward a more innovation-based economy with more reliance on university resources and innovation.
        • $320,000, matched by $80,000 in local investment, to the Rocky Mountain Wilson Regional Airport Authority, Elm City/Nash County, North Carolina, to support the Rocky Mount Wilson Regional Airport Authority with conducting a feasibility study and market assessment to address the needs of local governments, industry, workforce, and residents in Elm City, North Carolina. The project will help the region consider potential impacts of the joint aviation and landside industrial park to leverage potential economic opportunities from shifting supply chains and the new CSX Carolina Connector Intermodal facility north in Rocky Mount. Once completed, the study will provide information to cultivate economic opportunities for residents, many of whom were adversely impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will help stabilize and increase the working population and boost resiliency of the local economy.
        • $243,992, matched by $60,998 in local investment, to the Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Kernersville/Forsyth County, North Carolina, to support the Piedmont Triad Regional Council with providing resources to develop a Regional Broadband Connectivity and Access Plan to help identify broadband gaps and needs at local and regional levels and determine strategies for deploying this critical asset in equitable ways to stimulate greater access to commerce, health, and education across the 12-county region. The plan will focus on bringing broadband access to more users and enhancing the economic conditions and attractiveness throughout the region. Once implemented, the project will create employment opportunities in sustainable industries for the region’s workforce and advance economic resiliency.
        • $70,000, with no local match, to the City of Jellico, Jellico/Campbell County, Kentucky, to support the development of a City-wide economic development plan that will evaluate the City’s assets, deliver broad consensus on the City’s desired future, respond to economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and generate a roadmap for expanding economic prosperity. The project will help establish best practices, strategies, and recommendations for the diversification of the region's industry sectors to improve regional economic competitiveness. Once implemented, the plan will enhance future economic sustainability, strengthen the regional economy, and bolster economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • One Coal Communities Commitment Project to support coal-reliant communities’ expansion into new industry sectors and recovery from the pandemic.
        • $2,356,912, matched by $589,228 in local investment, to the Pikeville Medical Center, Inc., Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky, to support the purchase of a Linear Accelerator that will allow the Pikeville Medical Center to meet patient demand and critical regional health care needs. The equipment will allow the Pikeville Medical Center to continue to deliver high-quality cancer care in eastern Kentucky, which will help the region diversify its local economy, create and save jobs, and advance economic resiliency to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 61 jobs and save 160 jobs.
      • One Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Project to help accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industry and build back the communities that depend on the industry.
        • $80,000, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to Cobb Travel and Tourism, Inc., Atlanta/Cobb County, Georgia, to support the development of a strategic plan that will create a framework to guide the marketing, sales, and administrative actions that will assist in the economic recovery of Cobb County’s tourism industry. The project will help address and discover the most effective ways to drive business back to the hospitality and tourism community, to enhance economic impact and reestablish tourism as the number one economic driver in the county. Once completed, the project will assist in the region's recovery and make it more resilient to fluctuations in tourism, which will help increase employment opportunities, save jobs, spur private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $530,000 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $20,000 in local investments, as follows:
      • $450,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, with no local match, to the American Samoa Government, Pago Pago/Eastern, American Samoa, to support the American Somoa Department of Commerce with its goal to boost tourism in the territory by re-developing a once popular SkyTram system to support the recovery, growth, and long-term development of the tourism industry. This project will study the feasibility of constructing a SkyTram and develop preliminary engineering designs and environmental requirements prior to construction. In 2018, the territory was struck by Cyclone Gita, which resulted in direct and indirect damages across the territory. In addition, the American Samoa’s economy has been in a precarious state over the past 10 years. The project will help American Samoa rebuild its tourism industry and build back better in response to natural disasters and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will boost job creation in the area, attract private investment, and enhance economic resiliency throughout the territory.
      • $80,000 in Assistance to Coal Communities, matched by $20,000 in local investment, to the Snowshoe Resort Community District, Snowshoe/Pocahontas County, West Virginia, to support the development of a feasibility study to assess the employment market available to the Snowshoe Resort Community District (SRCD), the first quasi-judicial entity in the State, with a mission to further develop the area for sustainable growth in the future. The study will examine the SRCD’s ability to enhance business growth, explore the elements required to empower business development, attract new companies, and offer permanent employment opportunities. Once completed, the project will help support job retention, create new opportunities, and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.
    • $645,000 in three Partnership Planning projects, matched by $277,500 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced seven investments from March 3-9, 2022, totaling $8,441,406, which is matched by $4,230,752 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $4,938,067 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that will help create 132 jobs, save 535 jobs, and leverage $26,300,000 in private investment; (2) $218,500 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-American Rescue Plan projects to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks; (3) $2,313,799 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 2,237 jobs; (4) $761,040 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 50 jobs and leverage $3,200,000 in private investment; and (5) $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $4,938,067 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project, matched by $3,292,045 in local investment, as follows:
      • $4,938,067, matched by $3,292,045 in local investment, to the City of Duluth, Duluth/Saint Louis County, Minnesota, to support the reconstruction of the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center seawall, providing additional access to the waterfront as well as resiliency during storm events and increased viability for cruise ship services in Duluth, Minnesota. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Duluth economy’s long-term challenges were made worse by the sudden drop-off in Duluth’s tourism economy. Once completed, the project will help the region with recovery efforts by revitalizing the economic sector, which will save and create jobs, increase private investment, and strengthen the regional economy. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 132 jobs, save 535 jobs, and leverage $26,300,000 in private investment.
    • $218,500 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance-American Rescue Plan projects, matched by $117,498 in local investments, as follows:
      • $116,000, matched by $44,998 in local investment, to Electricities of North Carolina, Inc., Raleigh/Wake County, North Carolina, to support Electricities of North Carolina, Inc. with providing technical assistance to ten economically distressed public power communities across the State of North Carolina to strategically leverage manufacturing investment opportunities that will strengthen local and regional economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Once completed, the project will help advance long term economic vitality and sustainability, bolster job creation, and lead to the capitalization on new opportunities throughout the region.
      • $62,500, matched by $62,500 in local investment, to Sumter County, Wildwood/Sumter County, Florida, to support Sumter County with conducting a broadband feasibility study that assesses and identifies expansion opportunities for broadband access along an industrial corridor in the northeast part of the county. The study will focus on three industrial parks totaling about 418 acres of industrial-zoned land and will require research and data collection as well as collaboration between public and private sectors to assess the current state of the area’s existing broadband infrastructure, identifying innovative ways to enhance the infrastructure to attract high-skilled, high-wage employers. Once completed, the project will help strengthen and diversify the regional economy and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
      • $40,000, matched by $10,000 in local investment, to the Piedmont Land Conservancy, Greensboro/Guilford County, North Carolina, to support the Piedmont Land Conservancy with providing resources to develop "Year of the Trail" toolkits which can be leveraged to help communities across North Carolina promote and leverage their trail assets to foster tourism attraction and facilitate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. These toolkits will provide communities with the necessary tools to create successful events with a wide reach, to attract visitors and engage citizens in healthy recreation and boost local businesses. Once completed, the project will help stimulate the growth of supporting businesses, to include outfitters, restaurants and breweries, and outdoor gear retailers, which will bolster job creation and strengthen the local economy
    • $2,313,799 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $578,449 in local investment, as follows:
      • $2,313,799, matched by $578,449 in local investment, to the Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne/Laramie County, Wyoming, to fund equipment purchase to support the creation of an Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Center (AMMC), including a co-located Concept Forge fabrication lab, on the Cheyenne, Wyoming, campus of Laramie County Community College (LCCC). The AMMC will provide a broad range of education and training offerings to develop, advance, and build the manufacturing workforce necessary to meet current and future needs. Using the equipment purchased through this investment, the AMMC is expected to train an approximate average of nearly 250 future manufacturing employees per year for the local region and its manufacturing businesses. Additionally, through its Concept Forge fabrication lab component, the AMMC expects to assist approximately 180 entrepreneurs and/or small businesses per year by supporting small-scale prototype development, serving to fill a gap in the regional maker-to-market pathway. Once completed, the project will help increase employment opportunities and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 2,237 jobs.
    • $761,040 in one Public Works project, matched by $190,260 in local investment, as follows:
      • $761,040, matched by $190,260 in local investment, to Vance County/City of Henderson/North Carolina Department of Transportation, Henderson/Vance County, North Carolina, to fund construction of sewer and road infrastructure to support job expansion at Carolina Country Snacks, Inc. and Versatrim, Inc., located in the Henderson-Vance Industrial Park in Henderson, North Carolina. The project will provide infrastructure to allow manufacturing firms to be able to expand, thereby allowing for more high-paying jobs to be created within the county that can support the communities and families within. In addition, the new infrastructure will help spur private investment and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 50 jobs and leverage $3,200,000 in private investment.
    • $210,000 in one Partnership Planning project, matched by $52,500 in local investment, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced three investments from February 28-March 2, 2022, totaling $431,000, which is matched by $209,000 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $296,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 105 jobs, save 7 jobs, and leverage $32,500,000 in private investment; and (2) $135,000 in two Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $296,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $74,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $296,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $74,000 in local investment, to the Valley Contractors Exchange, Chico/Butte County, California, to fund the Construction Industry Workforce Initiative “Mobile Training Force” to help address the region’s critical construction workforce shortage by creating a mobile construction training classroom and educational program. The Mobile Training Force is an industry-driven initiative wherein a heavy-duty truck with a lumber rack, pulling a 24’ trailer outfitted as a mobile construction classroom will travel into communities to introduce and educate the potential workforce about careers in the construction field. The project will help in rebuilding following extensive wildfires and flooding in the area, which will lay the groundwork for long-term economic vitality and advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 105 jobs, save 7 jobs, and leverage $32,500,000 in private investment.
    • $135,000 in two Partnership Planning projects, matched by $135,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced three Partnership Planning investments from February 21-25, 2022, totaling $525,000, which is matched by $142,500 in local investments. These projects will support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced eight investments from February 14-18, 2022, totaling $3,790,067, which is matched by $1,505,016 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $2,740,067 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base, which includes two projects for $2,333,732 that will help create 456 jobs, save 748 jobs, and leverage $43,700,000 in private investments; and (2) $1,050,000 in five Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $2,740,067 in three Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $785,016 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,133,732, matched by $283,432 in local investment, to the City of South San Francisco/Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, South San Francisco/San Mateo County, California, to support the City of South San Francisco, in partnership with the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, with developing a business resource center in North San Mateo County to provide technical assistance to emerging and established small businesses. The services are targeted toward low- and moderate-income, minority, and other underserved populations. The services will help entrepreneurs adjust to the new business climate, pivot their models, build capacity, recover, and enhance their abilities to participate in the digital economy. Annually, the resource center will deliver a hybrid of in-person and virtual services to over 200 participants. Once completed, the project will help strengthen and diversify the regional economy, which will attract private investment, create jobs, and support secondary business development throughout the region. The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 372 jobs, save 748 jobs, and leverage $43,700,000 in private investment.
      • $1,200,000, matched by $400,000 in local investment, to the Keshet Dance Company, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico, to support the renovation of their existing Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center facility to create additional work, makerspace, and audience/customer engagement spaces in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The project will work to improve the economic conditions of underserved populations and further advance a diverse local creative economy by providing free/low-cost business development resources/training to improve skills in entrepreneurship; product-to-market support services and spaces to increase sales; business residency and resource center; and other initiatives which will support small business development in the area. Once completed, the project will promote entrepreneurship, bolster job creation, and promoting economic growth and resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help to create 84 jobs.
      • $406,335, matched by $101,584 in local investment, to the Southern Colorado Economic Development District, Inc., Pueblo/Pueblo County, Colorado, to support the Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD) with addressing the local and regional need for a broadband infrastructure by developing a regional broadband plan for middle-mile fiber network to serve various counties in the district. The project will assist regional economic development efforts by creating a blueprint for the installation of a critical broadband infrastructure that will provide fast and reliable broadband for residents and businesses in a 13-county region of Colorado, which includes many underserved areas. In development of the blueprint, SCEDD will focus on serving communities through outreach and knowledge sharing as well as a focus on affordability. Ultimately, the project will support the growth of existing businesses, enhance tele-medicine opportunities, and increase educational opportunities, which will support workforce development, bolster job creation, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.
    • $1,050,000 in five Partnership Planning projects, matched by $720,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced five investments from February 7-11, 2022, totaling $1,640,000, which is matched by $850,000 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $800,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; and (2) $840,000 in four Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $800,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $200,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $800,000, matched by $200,000 in local investment, to the City of Springfield, Springfield/Greene County, Missouri, to support the City of Springfield with conducting planning efforts to guide the redevelopment of the Lake Springfield area surrounding a former coal power plant in Greene County, Missouri. The project will help establish a plan for the reuse of the plant and its surroundings to determine the feasibility of various commercial/industrial uses that support the city’s goals and align with local community needs. The plan will focus on ensuring that all citizens in the region benefit from the community's transition away from economic and energy reliance on coal through developing new environmentally safe public uses in the Lake Springfield planning area. Once completed, the project will create jobs, stimulate private investment, and promote resiliency throughout the area.
    • $840,000 in four Partnership Planning projects, matched by $650,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 18 investments from January 31-February 4, 2022, totaling $3,660,500, which is matched by $1,857,625 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $160,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base; and (2) $3,500,500 in 17 Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $160,000 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance project, matched by $40,000 in local investment, as follows:
      • $160,000 in Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities, matched by $40,000 in local investment, to Lacey Township, Forked River/Ocean County, New Jersey, to support the establishment of the Nuclear Closure Community Economic Development Plan for Lacey Township in Forked River, New Jersey. The project will consider and plan for recovery and resilience from the economic loss of the local nuclear generating station, document the cost-benefit for investments in infrastructure to support new business growth, and project and plan for needed workforce development. The primary target for exploration will be the redevelopment of the former Oyster Creek Nuclear Generation Site, which encompasses over 800 acres and represents the largest tract of land open for redevelopment in the Township. The plan includes hiring and working with a consultant to study opportunities to diversify the local economy, to create new job opportunities and leverage private sector investment in the area. Once completed, the plan will be a roadmap for economic recovery and diversification, which will help strengthen the regional economy.
    • $3,500,500 in 17 Partnership Planning projects, matched by $1,817,625 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 12 investments from January 24-28, 2022, totaling $2,913,180.43, which is matched by $3,053,685.04 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $351,165 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that will help create 67 jobs, save 270 jobs, and leverage $3,000,000 in private investment; (2) $1,962,015.43 in eight STEM Talent Challenge projects to support programs to train science, technology, engineering, and math talent to create a robust STEM-capable workforce across the country; and (3) $600,000 in three Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $351,165 in one Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project, matched by $351,194 in local investment, as follows:
      • $351,165, matched by $351,194 in local investment, to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Montpelier/Washington County (Project: Multi-City/Multi-County), Vermont, to support the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board in its implementation of the Recovery, Growth, and Innovation project. The project will establish the Vermont’s Farm and Forest Economy initiative to provide a range of technical assistance for up to 135 businesses experiencing long term economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. This initiative will energize Vermont’s working lands sectors and help improve the success of farm and forest businesses through customized business coaching. Once implemented, the initiative will help local business enterprises and small communities better prepare for future adverse economic impacts, support business growth, and strengthen economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 67 jobs, save 270 jobs, and leverage $3,000,000 in private investment.
    • $1,962,015.43 in eight STEM Talent Challenge projects, matched by $2,472,491.04 in local investments, as follows:
      • $250,000, matched by $359,373 in local investment, to Purdue University, West Lafayette/Tippecanoe County, New York, to fund the Bridging the Divide: Providing Well-Rounded Technology Education program, to help the local community address its key problem of facing the divergence between the educational preparation sought by potential employers and the workforce's skill set. Additionally, post-COVID-19, small companies are recognizing that management changes are needed to attract and retain high-quality, long-term employees. The program will help respond to these challenges with a suite of STEM programing that represents a new chapter of learning-by-doing mission, focusing on skills rather than degrees. Using a community-driven approach known as Strategic Doing, the program will transform the bachelor's degree curriculum into micro-credentialing opportunities for students. The result are the proposed programs: Manufacturing Pathways, LEAN credentials, Food Engineers, and the Educator Maker-in-Residence Fellowship. Once implemented, the program will help the region by providing a total of 975 new certifications and 525 trainees/job placements in manufacturing and agri-technology.
      • $250,000, matched by $291,600 in local investment, to the Rung Foundation, Inc., Saint Louis/Saint Louis City, Missouri, to fund the Women in Geospatial Careers program, to meet the workforce development needs of the growing next generation geospatial industry by preparing low- and moderate-income participants for entry-level geospatial careers that provide opportunities for upward mobility and family-sustaining wages. The program will help train participants in skills required to enter geospatial jobs that meet the needs of the business community and result in well-paying, quality jobs. These jobs will exceed the local prevailing wage in the St. Louis region, include basic benefits, and help employees advance along a career path. Once implemented, the program will help to close a projected workforce gap and create new opportunities for individuals underrepresented in the STEM workforce.
      • $250,000, matched by $250,000 in local investment, to the Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc, Phoenix/Maricopa County, Arizona, to fund the Virtual Reality STEM Workforce program, to provide accessible and demonstrated successful virtual reality-based career exploration and training with a goal of establishing a ready, skilled workforce prepared to tackle the economy of tomorrow. The program will provide exposure to, and industry-recognized training in, fields such as semiconductor manufacturing technology, cable harness wiring, and precision measurement. The program will help teach skills necessary to enter regionally (and nationally) critical and hyper-growth job sectors, primarily centered on semiconductors and aerospace. This initiative will connect low and moderate-income clients such as, but not limited to, Opportunity Youth to these industries via seamless, linear career pathways. In addition, the program will provide these rapidly growing employment sectors with a skilled workforce, while providing entry-level opportunities into these sectors that bring with them ample room for career advancement in vital STEM industries still in early stages of hypergrowth.
      • $249,624, matched by $580,576 in local investment, to LabCentral, Inc, Cambridge/ Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to fund the LabCentral Ignite Career Forge: Making the Biotech Industry More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive program, to make the biotech industry more diverse, equitable, and inclusive by increasing access for those who have long gone underserved and underrepresented in the industry and its innovation economy. The program will increase awareness of the opportunities for careers within the industry, help fill skills gaps that might be hindering entry, remove bias from the hiring process, and get more diverse individuals placed in high-quality career opportunities. In the next three years, the program aims to place over 200 people into entry level roles with 100 employers in innovative research labs. In addition, the program will change the ways in which talent is trained, connected, and advanced within the BioPharma industry.
      • $249,397, matched by $249,397 in local investment, to the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to fund the Quality Science Pathway Apprenticeship program, to establish a state-registered, non-traditional apprenticeship in quality science, 2) provide certification in quality science through an industry developed curriculum taught by subject matter experts from regional employers; and 3) leverage funding to provide salary support for employers to offer on-the-job training (OJT). The program will provide 144 hours of related technical instruction leading to certification as a Certified Quality Science Professional, followed by 2,000 hours of OJT at employer partners, which will assist the Greater Philadelphia region in its critical need for employees with quality assurance training and experience. Once implemented, the program will also help foster partnerships among employers, apprentices, educational and community-based organizations, public agencies, funding providers, and other apprenticeship stakeholders.
      • $248,873, matched by $264,596 in local investment, to the Metropolitan Community College, Omaha/Douglas County, Nebraska, to fund the Open Community Technology Initiative Nebraska program, to deliver scalable, targeted training initiative in order to strengthen the STEM talent pipeline in those high-demand IT occupations that are critical to the growth of Omaha's regional economy. The program will employ a train-the-trainer approach to equip community partners with the skills needed to deliver Tier 1 training. Training will be complemented by the coordination of work-based learning opportunities for students in Tier 3 training courses and an extensive network of embedded supports to heighten probability of successful outcomes. Once implemented, the program will serve a total 775 participants each year of the project, or 1,550 total. The partnerships being developed through the grant will help to strengthen the pipeline through recruitment of underrepresented populations, mobilize resources and supports, and supply an array of flexible work-based learning opportunities in the IT field, which are in high demand and are critical to the growth of Omaha, Nebraska's regional economy.
      • $244,939.43, matched by $249,185.04 in local investment, to Utah State University, Logan/Cache County, Utah, to fund Utah's High Growth Next Generation Fast Track STEM Careers program, to develop and implement a work-based learning and training model to meet the talent needs in high growth industry in the state of Utah, including advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, and electrical vehicle transportation. This learning and training model consists of three essential elements: 1) student internships in industry, 2) industry and faculty co-mentors for each student, and 3) mid and end-process assessments to close the loop. During the proposed 2-year project period, 24 senior/junior-year undergraduates and 4 Master's students from three engineering departments including Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Biological Engineering (BE), and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) will be recruited for on-site internships in industry. In addition, the program will pay the tuition and fee of 28 student participants and industry stakeholders will pay student internships in advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, and electrical vehicle transportation.
      • $219,182, matched by $228,764 in local investment, to the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham/Jefferson County, Alabama, to fund the Magic City Data Collective program, to create a diverse pipeline of students who are uniquely qualified for and excited about jobs in the data science industry. The program will help bring together students and data professionals in project teams to provide analysis that Birmingham leaders and small businesses need to make good decisions. By working in multifaceted teams on complex, client facing projects, students will gain the skills and experience they need to successfully move into in-demand roles in Birmingham's rapidly growing health technology industry and remedy local workforce shortages. Once implemented, the program will help recruit and retain tech talent and entrepreneurs and provide access to networking and training events as well as mentorship from tech leaders in the Birmingham ecosystem.
    • $600,000 in three Partnership Planning projects, matched by $230,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced one investment from January 17-21, 2022, totaling $3,000,000, which is matched by $300,000 in local investment. This Economic Adjustment Assistance-COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency project will help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as follows:
    • $3,000,000, matched by $300,000 in local investment, to the South Central Planning and Development Commission, Houma/Terrebonne County, Louisiana, to support the establishment of a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Houma, Louisiana. The RLF will support gap financing business lending to enable businesses within the region to recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and aid in resilience against future economic disruptions. Once implemented, the project will provide permanent resources, provide access to working capital, and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the region.
  • EDA announced 16 investments from January 10-14, 2022, totaling $9,100,330, which is matched by $3,360,871 in local investments.  These investments include the following: (1) $2,569,099 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects to help communities design and implement strategies to adjust or bring about change to their economy in response to structural damage to their underlying economic base that will help create 365 jobs, save 66 jobs, and leverage $2,700,000 in private investments; (2) $3,853,731 in two Public Works projects to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create 160 jobs, save 120 jobs, and leverage $240,200,000 in private investments; and (3) $2,677,500 in 12 Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process.
    • $2,569,099 in two Economic Adjustment Assistance projects, matched by $919,730 in local investments, as follows:
      • $1,614,099, matched by $404,730 in local investment, to the Research Foundation of the State University of New York-Binghamton/Cornell University, Binghamton/Broome County, New York, to support the establishment of the Southern Tier Soft Landing Program, to attract foreign companies to New York's Southern Tier region. The program will provide a variety of services to the incoming foreign startups and companies, including, but not limited to, immigration and visa assistance, legal and government compliance advisement, domestic market research and entry assistance, access to capital and potential investors, and cultural and translation services.  Once implemented, the project will create jobs, enable business expansion, and increase business attraction opportunities in a designated Opportunity Zone, which will help advance economic resiliency throughout the region.  The grantees estimate that this investment will help create 365 jobs and leverage $2,700,000 in private investment.
      • $955,000 in 2019 Disaster Supplemental funding, matched by $515,000 in local investment, to the City of Moscow, Moscow/Latah County, Idaho, to support the construction of a new bridge in Moscow, Idaho, to replace a structure damaged by flooding in April 2019. This new multimodal bridge will provide a critical link between businesses and residents on either side of Paradise Creek, mitigate the effects of the 2019 flood event, support the medical and agricultural parts of the area economy, and be engineered to withstand future flood events.  Once completed, the project will help the region create a more resilient community and assure continuity of businesses and residential operation, which will advance economic resiliency and strengthen the regional economy.  The grantee estimates that this investment will help save 66 jobs.
    • $3,853,731 in two Public Works projects, matched by $963,433 in local investments, as follows:
      • $2,253,731, matched by $563,433 in local investment, to the City of Anacortes, Anacortes/Skagit County, Washington, to support the installation of a city-wide fiber optic broadband network to provide a more complete coverage in Skagit County, Washington, a designated Opportunity Zone.  The project will provide broadband service options to Island Hospital in Anacortes, which enhances the medical community's ability to serve patients locally through the use of video conferencing and consultation with larger hospitals. Once completed, the project will help restart the local economy after the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate losses in the event of other economic disruptions, which will help the region overcome the lack of adequate, reliable broadband service to help diversify and strengthen the regional economy.  The grantee estimates that this investment will help create 157 jobs, save 120 jobs, and leverage $240,000,000 in private investment.
      • $1,600,000, matched by $400,000 in local investment, to King and Queen County, King and Queen Court House/King and Queen County, Virginia, to support the construction of a multi-tenant building to house a telework center, telehealth center and the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission offices in a designated Opportunity Zone in Virginia.  The project addresses the pressing need for medical services as well as providing a telework/business development facility in the county.  At startup, the proposed facility would house a full-time nurse, one or two physical therapists and revolving physicians utilizing three exam rooms and necessary support facilities.  In addition, the project will provide the facilities with high-speed Internet service.  Once completed, the project will serve as a critical anchor for medical services and business development in the area, which will attract private investment, create jobs throughout the region, and provide long-term sustainable economic growth.  The grantee estimates that this investment will help create three jobs and leverage $200,000 in private investment.
    • $2,677,500 in 12 Partnership Planning projects, matched by $1,477,708 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
  • EDA announced 28 investments from January 3-7, 2022, totaling $6,180,347, which is matched by $5,677,153 in local investments. These investments include the following: (1) $3,012,847 in one Public Works project to help communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure that will help create seven jobs and save five jobs; (2) 2,957,500 in 26 Partnership Planning projects to support the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy process; and (3) $210,000 in one Local Technical Assistance project to strengthen the capacity of local or state organizations and institutions to undertake and promote effective economic development programs.
    • $3,012,847 in one Public Works project, matched by $3,487,153 in local investment, to the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology, Lewistown/Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, to support the construction of facilities to train diesel mechanics and heavy equipment operators to fill the demand gap for skilled workers in central Pennsylvania. The project will provide a space to establish a program that is unique to the region, providing certification opportunities to both secondary and post-secondary learners, which will enable residents to enter the workforce with core capabilities and technical skills. The training is also essential to fill both the existing and anticipated demands from new industrial parks in development within the commuting area. Once completed, the project will help create and save jobs, which will advance economic resiliency throughout the region. The grantee estimates that this investment will help create seven jobs and save 5 jobs.
    • $2,957,500 in 26 Partnership Planning projects, matched by $2,100,000 in local investments, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
    • $210,000 in one Local Technical Assistance project, matched by $90,000 in local investment, to the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission, Midland County, Texas, to support the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) in the region served by the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission, which comprises the counties of Andrews, Borden, Crane, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
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