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2016

  • November 14-18, 2016

    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to the Southern Research Institute, Birmingham, Alabama, to build upon and accelerate the momentum from the Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology, a proof-of-concept center founded by Southern Research and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The program focuses on medical device technology commercialization to a critical mass and to establish the greater Birmingham region as an international center for medical device business formation. This investment is part of a $1,384,210 project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, to help the UT/Austin Technology Incubator create a cluster of water technology innovation in Central Texas, called the Texas Smart Water Innovation Cluster, or "iH2O Cluster". This cluster will focus on applying digital technologies to water, and will result in new innovative water technology companies, new water-technology focused jobs, and increased economic activity. The iH20 Cluster will also create test and demonstration capabilities that can be leveraged by water technology companies nationally, not just in Austin. This investment is part of a $1,376,436 project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, to provide funding to drive academic discoveries towards commercialization at northwest Ohio institutions of higher education. The program will be structured to provide assistance to early stage technologies, to help fund and facilitate the best of northwest Ohio’s academic researchers’ innovations with the goal of economic development and commercialization. This investment is part of a $1,267,903 project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to Catalyze Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, to support the creation of a full-scale technology incubator that focuses primarily on physical product development and hardware innovation for manufacturers and entrepreneurs. mHub will provide a focal point for hardware and advanced manufacturing communities in the Chicagoland region. This investment is part of a $1,259,196 project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to the California State University Fresno Foundation, Inc., Fresno, California, to create a new accelerator program that will build on technology innovation and commercialization activities targeting key issues surrounding the nexus of energy, water, and food in California’s Central Valley region. The Central Valley Regional Energy Innovation project will target 39 counties that encompass two-thirds of the state and serve some of the most severely disadvantaged areas in the nation. This investment is part of a $1,001,317 project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York, to support the Long Island Bioscience Hub (LIBH) cultivate bio entrepreneurial talent in the Long Island region, and significantly increase the region’s ability to secure the non-dilutive resources of the SBIR/STTR program to help applicant companies reach commercially relevant value inflection points. The LIBH will become a driver of entrepreneurialism and venture creation throughout the region, and serve as the critical link between the innovation pipeline of the Long Island Bioscience Hub and the commercial sector. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to the Composite Recycling Technology Center, Port Angeles, Washington, to help the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) assemble a staff of material and design engineers to develop methods of processing discarded pre-impregnated materials for use in the production of innovative carbon fiber products. The Center seeks to demonstrate economic viability of these products, and create profitable enterprises which will continue to provide employment opportunities at family living wages in an economically distressed county. This investment is part of a $1,100,400 project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, to support the design, development, and implementation of a circular economy incubator focused on addressing the Phoenix metropolitan area’s solid waste challenges. The incubator will focus on entrepreneurs and ventures that will develop sustainable and renewable technologies in the energy, water, transportation, built environment and food sectors. This investment is part of a $1,000,008 project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to the Idea Foundry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to expand the innovation and commercialization activities taking place at the University of Pittsburgh and Idea Foundry through the Co-operative Effort to Advance Life Sciences Commercialization program. The program will provide programmatic support and extend innovations from within the university and its research and development centers to outside the academic domain. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to help the Manufacturing Accelerator Program provide a full spectrum of expertise to assist artisans, craftspeople, and designers in their roles as entrepreneurs and business owners. The services will include education, consulting and networking for entrepreneurship and commercialization. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to the Regents of the University of California at Riverside, California, to create a regional business and technology accelerator that emanates from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), outward to Riverside County and the entire Inland Empire region. The Riverside California Proof of Concept Center (RPOCC) will be a needs‐driven, full idea to market accelerator that progressively invests resources in the most promising opportunities and seriously committed innovator teams. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $500,000 in RIS i6 funds to the Metro North Regional Employment Board, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to build capacity among hardware startups throughout the northeast region by capitalizing on the energy and significant resources that are available to startups in one particular northeast region city: Somerville. The project will provide technical assistance and linkage activities that bring initial-stage regional startups to prototype, help these companies to become more-established, and empower them to develop production contracts with regional manufacturers. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $499,999 in RIS i6 funds to the Lorain County Community College District, Elyria, Ohio, to provide proof-of-concept and commercialization services to start-ups in a nascent Core Digital Technology cluster. By leveraging their strong partnerships, the Lorain County Community College plans to cultivate and support early stage innovations in the cluster and will align very closely with support from two local seed funds. This investment is part of a $1,032,853 project.
    • $499,997 in RIS i6 funds to the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, to provide operational support for the creation of a new South-Texas Innovation Partnership Program (S-TIPP). The program aims to leverage and integrate the extensive resources employed in the region to enhance outreach and accessibility to the Hispanic/Latino, African-American, veteran and women populations. The S-TIPP project will, over three years, work cooperatively to provide mentoring and technical assistance to innovators, startups and business. This investment is part of a $999,994 project.
    • $499,885 in RIS i6 funds to the University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee, to support the advancement of the culture of innovation and commercialization in Memphis, Tennessee by expanding the proof-of-concept programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and by connecting innovative medical researchers and their technologies to business and entrepreneurial expertise via a partnership with the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. This investment is part of a $1,376,045 project.
    • $499,635 in RIS i6 funds to the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., Athens, Georgia, to help the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. create and develop a New Materials Innovation Center in Athens. The facility will fulfill the local and regional need for a scale-up testing facility that will strengthen connections between local non-profits, entrepreneurs, academia, and government, filling in critical gaps in the local innovation ecosystem. This investment is part of a $1,000,715 project.
    • $499,500 in RIS i6 funds to the Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, New York, to build capacity to connect the region’s resources in research and engineering, entrepreneurial talent, and startup services. The project builds on and interweaves existing entrepreneurial and technology resources in the region, which is currently experiencing an economic revival founded upon nanotechnology, cybersecurity and Unmanned Aerial Systems. This investment is part of a $1.11 million project.
    • $499,087 in RIS i6 funds to the California State University Auxiliary Services, Inc., Los Angeles, California, to fund the creation of the LABioStart Boot Camp, which will train entrepreneurs on necessary elements for creating a bioscience startup. In addition, the program will focus on addressing the severe shortage of bioscience talent in LA County and promote bioscience innovations. This investment is part of a $1,321,455 project.
    • $498,443 in RIS i6 funds to East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, to support East Carolina University in utilizing a proof- of- concept project to catalyze and expand commercialization leading to a vibrant regional innovation & technology ecosystem. eNC Innovates will develop an ecosystem that connects industrial and military organizations and entrepreneurs to resources meanwhile catalyzing a cultural change that leads to new commercialization, entrepreneurial ventures, research, and digital economy job and wealth creation. This investment is part of a $1,001,619 project.
    • $498,624 in RIS i6 funds to Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to bring together industrial technology users and innovators to accelerate the movement of innovative ideas. The industrial innovation model will lead to increased entrepreneurship activity to stimulate an innovative economy, and it will strengthen and advance chemical manufacturing and related industry sectors in the region. This investment is part of a $1,475,476 project.
    • $486,680 in RIS i6 funds, to the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, to help the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) Fashion Technology Program deliver robust mentoring to guide high-potential innovators and entrepreneurs through the proof-of-concept stages into the product commercialization stage. BF+DA, a Pratt Institute initiative, is an active hub for responsible design and production that provides design entrepreneurs, creative technologists, industry professionals, and students in New York City with targeted resources to transform ideas into commercialized products. This investment is part of a $1,045,804 project.
    • $475,606 in RIS i6 funds to the StartingBlock Madison, Inc., Fitchburg, Wisconsin, to support and augment critical startup operations so that StartingBlock can jumpstart its role as a regional connector in cultivating the next generation of IT ideas and entrepreneurs, providing proof-of-concept and commercialization support to IT companies, and leveraging and connecting regional assets. StartingBlock represents a major regional effort to connect and leverage existing regional assets, in particular human talent, strategically into high-growth entrepreneurial ventures and innovation collaborations in the IT-sector (the project's key industry sector). Once fully operational, StartingBlock will have a revenue-generating business model sufficient to support its core activities. This investment is part of a $1,115,576 project.
    • $441,000 in RIS i6 funds to the First Flight Venture Center, Inc., Durham, North Carolina, to create Hangar6, the first shared rapid prototyping facility, in the Research Triangle. The facility will support its users with expert design and technical resources, including access to an in-house mechanical engineer and mentoring by seasoned technical professionals through an Engineer-in-residence program. Hangar6 will cater specifically to science-based entrepreneurs using only state-of- the-art equipment relevant to these types of businesses. This investment is part of an $882,000 project.
    • $439,190 in RIS i6 funds to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, to create a network of resources to assist new and existing clean energy technology companies to successfully maneuver the innovation pathway. Rutgers’ EcoIgnite program a clean technology invention-to-innovation proof of concept center and accelerator, will target renewable energy (sustainable biomass, wind, solar and waste-based energy) and energy efficiency sectors. This investment is part of an $879,947 project.
    • $432,335 in RIS i6 funds to Clark Atlanta University, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, to help Clark Atlanta University launch the Clark Russell Entrepreneurship and Technology Ecosystem (CREATE) to support entrepreneurs in using science technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovations to build healthy local food systems and create jobs in Southwest Atlanta. Over the next three years, CREATE will develop and launch an innovative platform that will economically transform Southwest Atlanta into a vibrant, inclusive and entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem. This investment is part of a $911,067 project.
    • $345,895 in RIS i6 funds to the Werx Foundation, McKinney, Texas, to fund the Making Space for Innovation in Collin County project, which has the potential to fuel strong growth of technology startups in eastern Collin County. Accessibility of industry focused makerspaces in Collin County will position the county as a hotbed for innovation and commercialization of new technology. Availability and access to these makerspaces will also increase the capacity for new technology training for the Collin County workforce, addressing the severe shortage of technically trained job applicants in the county. This investment is part of a $691,790 project.
    • $250,000 in RIS Seed Fund Support funds to the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, to support the University of Florida’s Seed Tampa Bay program in creating a fund to make seed investments in local high growth potential tech startups and to continuously catalyze a surge of other new early stage investment activity throughout the region through outreach and education. This investment is part of a $559,057 project.
    • $250,000 in RIS Seed Fund Support funds to the California Clean Energy Fund, San Francisco, California, to support the launch and scale of a cluster-based seed fund that will invest in clean energy innovation-based startups with a potential for high growth. CalCEF’s TRACTION Fund will effectively become the “first money in” as an equity-based investment in early-stage clean energy companies and technologies emerging from the CalSEED grant program. This investment is part of a $550,000 project.
    • $250,000 in RIS Seed Fund Support funds to the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, to launch the True Wealth Venture, a seed-stage venture capital fund designed to invest in women-led companies that will design, develop, go to market and scale green and healthy technologies, products and businesses. This investment is part of a $507,928 project.
    • $250,000 in RIS Seed Fund Support funds to the Research Park Corporation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to directly address the root causes of weak seed stage deal flow in Southeast Louisiana. The program will provide one-on-one assistance to companies to increase their probability of capturing seed/angel investment, increase the number of entrepreneurs and investors engaging with the NO/LA Angel Network and Innovation Catalyst, and will create a long-term, consistent pipeline of minority applicants for the Investment Readiness Program. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $250,000 in RIS Seed Fund Support funds to the Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, to support an equity fund targeting social innovation in Greater New Orleans. Through this proposal, Propeller and the New Orleans Startup Fund will address the clear need and opportunity for equity capital in our region to serve the growing number of entrepreneurs building our economy, particularly targeting underserved entrepreneurs that do not have access to traditional capital sources. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $250,000 in RIS Seed Fund Support funds to the Investors’ Circle, Durham, North Carolina, to evaluate the feasibility of structuring and raising a Colorado-focused seed-stage fund that leverages the infrastructure of IC's existing series of Patient Capital Collaborative pooled funds. The project seeks to activate more capital for early-stage companies in Colorado. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $245,460 in RIS Seed Fund Support funds to Launch New York, Inc., Buffalo, New York, to address the lack of funding for startups, at the earliest proof-of-concept stage, in the westernmost counties of Upstate NY. The full implementation and scale up of the Launch NY Seed Fund will help startups with the initial seed funding and attract follow-on investments. This investment is part of a $545,460 project.
    • $199,749 in RIS i6 funds to 12E, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to expand and scale the successful Venture Assessment Program outside the urban centers to reach rural entrepreneurs and businesses. The program will focus on promoting high-growth entrepreneurship in Oklahoma's rural and Native American communities. This investment is part of a $399,498 project.
    • $150,000 in RIS Seed Fund Support funds to the Telluride Foundation, Telluride, Colorado, to develop and promote new and existing equity-based seed funds within the Southwest Innovation Corridor, located in southwest Colorado, and serving eight rural counties. The Telluride Foundation seeks to develop seed funding opportunities to support a growing start-up and entrepreneur community in a rural and economically depressed area of Colorado. This investment is part of a $303,180 project.
  • October 24-28, 2016

    • $2.040 million in Public Works funds to the City of Bluefield, West Virginia, to support development of an industrial incubator to serve start-up businesses in southern West Virginia and portions of Virginia that have been negatively impacted by the downturn in the coal industry. The new incubator facility will provide space and services to entrepreneurs for retooling existing businesses, fostering new businesses, and providing employment opportunities to workers displaced by the closure of coal-dependent businesses. This investment is part of a $2.55 million project that the grantee estimates will create 36 jobs, save 36 jobs, and leverage $510,000 in private investment.
    • $1,558,850 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the City of Belpre, Ohio, to fund extension of sewer services along Ohio State Route 7. The project will provide services to larger employers and businesses located in the non-municipal area between Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. In addition to mitigating environmental impacts, these improvements are needed to support the creation of jobs and leverage private investment related to the regions industrial corridor. This investment is part of a $3,117,700 project.
    • $960,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to support development of a strategic initiative to identify and assess issues that limit the usefulness of coal-fired power plant sites statewide that have closed, or are closing, as a result of industrial, environmental, economic, and regulatory changes in the coal industry. Best practices for reducing impediments to the marketability and reuse of this infrastructure will be addressed and implemented. This investment is part of a $1.56 million project.
    • $790,118 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, to support development of a study to identify best practices for implementing a process for the re-use and conversion of coal and coal products to aid coal-impacted communities and businesses in adapting to changes in the coal industry. The University, in collaboration with its partners, will examine and assess the feasibility and marketability of converting coal pitch to carbon fiber through a series of activities, which, if successful, can then be incorporated into Utah’s carbon composites manufacturing cluster and have an economic impact that will sustain coal communities as well as growing the region’s advanced composites industry. This investment is part of a $1,583,569 project.
    • $764,900 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the City of Paris, Arkansas, to fund the development of a technical career center for Logan, Southern Franklin, and Northwestern Johnson County area high schools and businesses in Western Arkansas. The center will provide trade and technical training to local residents to support workforce development which is needed in the region due to the downturn of the coal industry. This investment is part of a $1,330,500 project.
    • $649,958 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Western State College University, Gunnison, Colorado, to support supports development of the ICEhouse, a collaborative center and lab focused on innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. The ICEhouse will provide space for community and campus entrepreneurs to work together to capitalize on economic development opportunities that will help retool and diversity the economy and create new, high-wage job opportunities to replace jobs lost due to the downturn in the coal industry. This investment is part of a $1,146,602 project.
    • $400,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation, Washington, DC, to support the efforts of the NADO Research Foundation, in collaboration with the National Association of Counties Research Foundation, in the continued implementation of the Innovation Challenge for Coal-Reliant Communities, a program to assist communities that have been severely impacted by the decline in the coal and power industries. The program will provide training and technical assistance to communities in Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming to help them mitigate, re-tool, and diversity the economy and create new, high-wage job opportunities to replace jobs lost due to the downturn in the coal industry. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $375,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Citizens Energy Group, Indianapolis, Indiana, to fund a reuse facility strategy to conduct a site assessment, reuse and implementation strategy for a former coal manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, IN area. This investment will support multiple economic and workforce development opportunities and revitalization of the impacted area where the former plant was located. This investment is part of a $750,000 project.
    • $301,916 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Centralia College, Centralia, Washington, to fund the acquisition of robotic equipment, instructional supplies and other materials for use in a workforce training program at the College. The new equipment will allow the College to train the region’s workforce using the most current technology. This project addresses the region’s demand for more high-skilled workers and employment opportunities in businesses not dependent upon coal resources. This investment is part of a $454,072 project.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Coconino County, Flagstaff, Arizona, to support the development and implementation of a resiliency plan for Flagstaff, Arizona. The project will focus on workforce development, creating jobs, and strengthening the local economy to reduce dependence on the coal industry. This investment is part of a $375,000 project.
    • $80,142 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to fund development of a strategic plan to support the goals of the Pennsylvania State Small Business Development Centers, and its network, to aid coal-impacted communities and businesses in adapting to changes in the coal industry. This investment is part of a $100,178 project.
    • $69,831 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, to support development of a three-part skillshed analysis of workforce in the 32-county Appalachian region of Ohio that were displaced by coal and power plant closures. The study seeks to identify the current skills possessed by the workforce and determine best practices for mitigating current and future loss of jobs and restoring, diversifying, and boosting the region’s economy. This investment is part of a $139,698 project.
    • $50,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the County of Huron Economic Development Corporation, Bad Axe, Michigan, to fund a makerspace study to create a community space focused on a shared use facility. In addition to assisting a coal impacted community, the project will provide a framework that allows for the creation of a locally adaptive business program, support small business development, job and economic growth. This investment is part of a $100,000 project.
  • October 10-14, 2016

    • $110,650 in Technical Assistance funds to the City of Baltimore, Maryland, to support the “Made in Baltimore Business Certification Program.” The program will create a locally-made brand platform for Baltimore-based manufacturers, allowing them to brand their products, businesses, and websites with the “Made in Baltimore” seal and be listed on a central online business directory. The project will elevate the prescience of local manufacturing companies, helping them grow their market among regional consumers and institutional buyers. This investment is part of a $225,500 project.
  • October 3-7, 2016

    • $3,197,160 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Detroit Economic Growth Association and the City of Detroit, Michigan, to support the redevelopment and expansion of an area that was formerly abandoned residential homes in the City of Detroit. The new development will assist with the retention and creation of jobs, improve traffic access to the area and assist the City’s efforts to attract national and global manufacturing companies. This investment is part of a $3,996,450 project that the grantees estimate will create 650 jobs, save 35 jobs, and leverage $115 million in private investment.
    • $1,057,019* in Public Works funds to the Community College District of Central Southwest Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, to support the expansion of the Diesel Mechanics Training Center in Greene County, Missouri. The project will provide the local area with access to advanced manufacturing training to meet critical workforce development needs and industry demand for skilled workers. Additionally, the expansion will provide the necessary space for the acquisition of state-of-the-art, industry specific equipment to better prepare students for the future workforce. This investment is part of a $2,114,039 project.
    • $910,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit, Michigan, to support the hiring of an Economic Recovery Team that will manage and execute all elements of the re-industrialization of Detroit. The team will focus on attraction of industry businesses to the region and identification and preparation of industrial sites and district areas. This investment is part of a $1.3 million project.
    • $516,899 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Delaware Technology Park, Inc., Newark, Delaware, to fund a lab and collaboration space, business support and administration that address unique financial constraints, space and program needs of early stage entrepreneurs. The investment will assist the state of Delaware in reducing their dependence on large company presence and begin to build future economic resilience. This investment is part of a $1,056,251 project.
    • $500,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Bangor, Maine, to provide direct assistance to businesses in the Penobscot Valley that has been impacted by the closure of manufacturing plants. The project will support expansion of existing and new businesses, help retain existing employment and create new job opportunities, and increase private investment throughout the region. This investment is part of an $830,000 project.
    • $250,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Central Sierra Economic Development District, the California Association for Local Economic Development, and the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce, Senora, California, to support the development of a one-stop business resource center in Calaveras to assist businesses devastated by the Butte and Rim fires. The resource center will provide educational opportunities to start a new business, sustain existing businesses, and networking and collaboration services to assist businesses in disaster mitigation. In addition, this project will help address the high levels of unemployment and poverty in the Central Sierra region, and serve as a catalyst for accelerating the resurgence of advanced manufacturing by creating an environment for businesses to grow. This investment is part of a $317,500 project that the grantees estimate will create 20 jobs, save 30 jobs, and leverage $100,000 in private investment.
    • $214,711 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Spirit Lake Tribe, Fort Totten, North Dakota, to fund the services of a Promise Zone coordinator to coordinate federal, state, and local resources for the Tribe. The coordinator will serve as a tribal point-of-contact to facilitate and hold strategic planning sessions to engage tribal and community members in the development of community and economic development activities in the designated Promise Zone resulting in more community engagement, investments in skills for future job opportunities, more infrastructure investments, and overall economic diversification of the Tribe. This investment is part of a $214,711 project.
    • $200,000 in Technical Assistance funds to the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to improve the conditions of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through the strategic alignment, identification, assessment, and implementation of projects within the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This investment is part of a $200,000 project.
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      * Correct amount is $1,057,019 instead of the $1,058,019 reported in the September 30th report.

  • September 26-30, 2016

    • $3,420,601 in Public Works funds to the City of Rochelle, Illinois, to fund the extension of a city-owned rail line and rail switch yard to support the expansion of industrial/commercial manufacturing businesses in the region. In addition, the improvements will serve as a catalyst for attracting new businesses looking to locate in the region. This investment is part of a $7 million project that the grantee estimates will create 1,290 jobs and leverage $362 million in private investment.
    • $3,227,400 in Public Works funds to the Beaver Creek-Grayling Townships Utilities Authority, Grayling, Michigan, to fund water infrastructure including a wastewater collection system and facility. The project will provide high quality water to the manufacturing industry in the county which will assist communities with economic restricting, invest in emerging clusters like renewal energy, agriculture, and attract foreign investments. This investment is part of a $7.172 million project that the grantee estimates will create 279 jobs and leverage $325 million in private investment.
    • $3 million in Public Works funds to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles, San Pedro, California, to fund upgrades to City Dock No. 1 at the Port of Los Angeles. The new improvements will provide a state-of-the-art habitat for collaborating innovative research efforts among universities and businesses in the area. The investment would modernize infrastructure at the dock to allow the business hub at AltaSea to access public utilities, and create new industry jobs. This investment is part of an $8,902,376 project that the grantees estimate will create 300 jobs and leverage $10 million in private investment.
    • $3 million in Public Works funds to the Maricopa County Community College District and the Gateway Community College, Phoenix, Arizona, to fund the renovation of a building for use as a manufacturing skills development facility to support small business enterprises. The facility will serve as a learning environment for the area residents, while providing entrepreneurs, inventors, and the small business community with a place to access tools and equipment for idea fabrication and product development. This investment is part of a $6 million project.
    • $2.52 million in Public Works funds to the City of Akron and the Akron Development Corporation, Akron, Ohio, to fund construction of the Bits and Atoms Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art regional entrepreneurial development center in Akron to support the creation of new technology jobs. When completed, the Center will serve as an accelerator/incubator hybrid focused on fostering opportunities for technology startup and advance the growth of technology innovation in Ohio. This investment is part of a $4.5 million project that the grantees estimate will create 871 jobs and leverage $65.5 million in private investment.
    • $2.098 million in Public Works funds to the Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University and Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo, Michigan, to fund construction of critical infrastructure to support Phase II expansion of Western Michigan University’s Business and Technology Park, a specialized research and innovation business park in Oshtemo. Phase II construction will create additional sites to allow expansion of the Park’s existing manufacturing and biotechnology clusters, and will serve as a catalyst for new commercial and industrial development and much-needed job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $4.196 million project that the grantees estimate will create 200 jobs and leverage $50 million in private investment.
    • $2.083 million in Public Works funds to the City of Tigard, Oregon, to fund improvement of infrastructure to increase development capacity. The project will improve infrastructure in the core of the Hunziker Industrial Park, unlocking 18 acres of new industrial land for development. Completion of the project will allow access to the area and help to retain and create new jobs and attract private investments. This investment is part of a $4.166 million project that the grantee estimates will create 152 jobs, save 4 jobs, and leverage $36 million in private investment.
    • $2 million in Public Works funds to the Economic Resources Corporation, Lynwood, California, to support the growth and modernization initiative of an existing business/industrial park in the cities of Lynwood and Compton. The project will allow multiple businesses to lease building spaces to provide services to Promise zone residents. Completion of the project will result in infrastructure development to retain and create new industry jobs in the region. This investment is part of a $3.95 million project that the grantee estimates will create 36 jobs and save 105 jobs.
    • $1.9 million in Public Works funds to Kettering University, Flint, Michigan, to fund construction of an automotive research facility and testing grounds on the Kettering University campus. The new research facility will provide an environment for the university and automotive industry to collaborate on automotive advancements. Additionally, the project will help with the revitalization and redevelopment of the City of Flint by providing job training and entrepreneurship opportunities in the area, engage in private sector research with other Universities, and attract private manufacturing and technology companies to the region. This investment is part of a $3.8 million project that the grantee estimates will create 15 jobs, save 15 jobs, and leverage $2 million in private investment.
    • $1,694,575 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Inc., Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to fund construction of critical rail infrastructure and related appurtenances in Foundation Park, an industrial park in Sioux Falls, to support the completion of the Foundation Park Heavy Industrial Rail project. When completed, the new railway service will enhance the marketability of the region by providing existing businesses access to much needed rail services for their shipping and receiving needs allowing them to expand, and will serve as a catalyst for attracting new industry locating in the Park. This investment is part of a $3,389,150 project that the grantee estimates will create 1,200 jobs and leverage $67 million in private investment.
    • $1,514,521 in Public Works funds to the City of Savanna, Illinois, to fund the design, engineering, and re-construction of Wacker Road to accommodate heavy duty/weighted trucks and to add a new storm water system. When completed, the new and improved Wacker Road will be re-classified by the Illinois Department of Transportation as a designated Truck Access Route, which will enhance the marketability of the region and its assets by enabling existing industrial businesses to expand while attracting new industrial development to the region. This investment is part of a $3,029,042 project that the grantee estimates will create 8 jobs, save 59 jobs, and leverage $3.2 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the TexAmericas Center, the Riverbend Water Resources District, and the TAC East Holdings Company No. 1, Bowie, Texas, to support infrastructure improvements at a commercial industrial complex, in Bowie County. The project includes sanitary sewer upgrades on the eastern campus, installation of fire protection lines, and pavement accessibility improvements. The goal of the project is to create skilled job positions, enhance marketability, and diversify manufacturing in the region. This investment is part of a $3,012,105 project that the grantees estimate will create 118 jobs, save 50 jobs, and leverage $10 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the Alamo Community College District, San Antonio, Texas, to fund the renovation of an existing building to create the Eastside Education and Training Center in East San Antonio, a designated Promise Zone. The Alamo Community College District, along with its partners, will coordinate the Center’s programs to include coordinated and targeted workforce job training and placement services, adult education, and food maker space. The project will serve as a catalyst for attracting private investment and jobs to the Promise Zone community. This investment is part of a $1.875 project that the grantee estimates will create 3 jobs.
    • $1,469,347 in Public Works funds to the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Inc. and the City of Camden, Camden, New Jersey, to fund street improvements in the downtown Camden area. The project will provide connections to the region’s major transportation center, revitalize the area, and support initiatives that expand the competitiveness of the existing industrial clusters. This investment is part of a $1,836,684 project that the grantee estimates will create 40 jobs and leverage $80 million in private investment.
    • $1,413,073 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the City of Burlington Community and Economic Development, Burlington, Vermont, to fund critical waterproofing and flood resiliency infrastructure to support the restoration and redevelopment of the former Moran Municipal Generating Station, a former coal firing power generation facility in downtown Burlington, to develop the Moran Plant. As part of the city’s neighborhood revitalization strategy, the renovated waterfront property will serve as a catalyst for business acceleration, promoting economic diversification, resiliency, and growth in the region. This investment is part of a $2,826,146 project that the grantee estimates will create 96 jobs and leverage $7.8 million in private investment.
    • $1.38 million in Public Works funds to the City of Jasper, Indiana, to fund a main waterline expansion to support local business, retention of area jobs, and development of undeveloped land owned by the City of Jasper. The waterline expansion will improve capacity, reliability and distribution, which will impact the area’s economic vitality, ensure adequate infrastructure, and remove barriers to economic growth. This investment is part of a $2.76 million project that the grantee estimates will create 60 jobs and leverage $6.1 million in private investment.
    • $1,058,019 in Public Works funds to the Community College District of Central Southwest Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, to support the expansion of the Diesel Mechanics Training Center in Greene County, Missouri. The project will provide the local area with access to advanced manufacturing training to meet critical workforce development needs and industry demand for skilled workers. Additionally, the expansion will provide the necessary space for the acquisition of state-of-the-art, industry specific equipment to better prepare students for the future workforce. This investment is part of a $2,114,039 project.
    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the City of Wimberley, Texas, to fund construction of a wastewater collection system and central treatment facility to serve the city of Wimberley, which was devastated by flooding in 2015. The improvements will allow expansion of the region’s existing businesses, and attract new commercial and industrial development to the region. This investment is part of a $4,409,100 project that the grantee estimates will create 125 jobs and save 300 jobs.
    • $1 million in Public Works funds to First Choice Community Healthcare, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico, to support installation of multiple infrastructure, including domestic water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and other appurtenances, to support development of a workforce training on the South Valley Commons campus in South Valley, an economically distressed area of Albuquerque. This project will stimulate economic activity and job growth in the region. This investment is part of a $1.43 million project that the grantee estimates will create 100 jobs and leverage $5 million in private investment.
    • $839,464 in Public Works funds to the Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Bellaire, Texas, to support construction of the Economic Opportunity Center in East Aldine, an unincorporated area of Harris County. The new facility will house the Entrepreneur Connection program, as well as other programs, that will serve as a catalyst for small business initiation and economic growth in the region. This investment is part of a $1,526,299 project that the grantee estimates will create 320 jobs, save 140 jobs, and leverage $11 million in private investment.
    • $769,209 in Public Works funds to the City of Sanford, Maine, to support the construction of an open access non-discriminatory municipal fiber optic network that will serve the downtown Mill Yard complex, a 600-acre industrial park, and more than 80 institutions including a hospital which are not currently served with broadband infrastructure. The project will support entrepreneurship within the complex and improves the City of Sanford’s commercial and industrial competitiveness. This investment is part of a $1,538,418 project that the grantee estimates will create 142 jobs and leverage $1.1 million in private investment.
    • $750,000 in Planning and Technical Assistance funds to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, Oklahoma, to support the development and implementation of the Choctaw Nation Economic Development Initiative in Southeast Oklahoma, a designated Promise Zone. Feasibility and analytical studies will be conducted to gain vital knowledge to support the exploration of business development, industrial parks, ports, and other economic development activities to diversify and strengthen the regional economy in the Promise Zone. This investment is part of an $833,668 project.
    • $700,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Winrock International and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Little Rock, Arkansas, to fund the operation of two accelerators, collectively known as the Accelerate Acadiana program, that provides technical assistance to start-up companies and coordinates various university programs that exist to support new entrepreneurial development and job growth in the Acadiana region. The project will build a sustainable economy with emphasis on technology development as a strategic factor in the growth of existing and new industry clusters in the region. This investment is part of a $1.454 million project that the grantees estimate will create 45 jobs and leverage $800,000 in private investment.
    • $517,000 in Public Works funds to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Brunswick, Maine, to fund the installation of multiple infrastructure, including cranes, ventilation, gas delivery systems, and other improvements, to Building 86 of the former Naval Air Station Brunswick to support expansion of existing manufacturing clusters in the Cumberland County region. This project supports the economic development plan for Brunswick Landing, which is to convert former military facilities for civilian use to grow specific high-tech industry clusters that will promote economic development and job growth in the region still impacted by the closing of both Naval Air Station Brunswick and the Loring Air Force Base. This investment is part of a $1.034 million project that the grantee estimates will create 70 jobs and leverage $1.3 million in private investment.
    • $214,711 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Spirit Lake Tribe, Fort Totten, North Dakota, to fund the services of a Promise Zone coordinator to coordinate federal, state, and local resources for the Tribe. The coordinator will serve as a tribal point-of-contact to facilitate and hold strategic planning sessions to engage tribal and community members in the development of community and economic development activities in the designated Promise Zone resulting in more community engagement, investments in skills for future job opportunities, more infrastructure investments, and overall economic diversification of the Tribe. This investment is part of a $214,711 project.
    • $315,525 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Whispering Roots, Inc. and the 75 North Revitalization Corporation, Papillion, Nebraska, to support a hydroponic agriculture system in North Omaha that will result in the production of healthy produce for the region while training future workers in the growing industry. The investment will purchase aquaculture, hydroponic, and culinary equipment for an aquaponics facility located in a distressed area of Omaha. This investment is part of a $631,050 project.
    • $300,000 in economic Adjustment assistance to Coconino County, Flagstaff, Arizona, to support the development and implementation of a resiliency plan for Flagstaff, Arizona. The project will focus on workforce development, creating jobs, and strengthening the local economy to reduce dependence on the coal industry. This investment is part of a $375,000 project.
    • $250,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Valley Vision, California State University Fresno Foundation, the Central Sierra Economic Development District, the California State University Chico Research Foundation, Sacramento, California, to support implementation of the AgPlus Implementation Plan in California’s 28-county Central Valley region, a designated IMCP area. Implementation of the Plan will help address the high levels of unemployment and poverty in the Central Valley region, and serve as a catalyst for accelerating the resurgence of advanced manufacturing by creating an environment for businesses to grow and create well-paying manufacturing jobs in the food processing and agricultural industries. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $240,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to fund a comprehensive assessment, evaluation and preliminary engineering design study of wastewater treatment systems located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a designated Promise Zone. The study will help identify best practices for utilizing and upgrading the current wastewater systems to meet current needs and accommodate entrepreneurial business and job creation opportunities on the Reservation. This investment is part of a $240,000 project.
    • $233,500 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and the Baltimore Development Corporation, Baltimore, Maryland, to fund research and analysis to identify gaps that lead to economic recommendations and future activities that contribute to the regions improved innovation districts. The project will focus on improving job creation within the minority community, conducting quantitative analysis of the existing patterns of unemployment growth, business start-up and entrepreneurial activities in the City. This investment is part of an $864,750 project.
    • $233,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the South Los Angeles Economic Alliance, Los Angeles, California, to support the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the South Los Angeles Promise Zone. The strategy provides data analysis to assess the feasibility and probability of job creation, assess financial viability and develop likely outcomes for implementation. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. This investment is part of a $291,250 project.
    • $197,416 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Genesee Area Focus Fund, Inc. and the Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Flint, Michigan, to fund a feasibility study to evaluate the redevelopment of the most critical brownfield manufacturing site in the City of Flint. The study will include a business, site and market plan to assist with the redevelopment of Buick City. This investment is part of a $246,770 project.
    • $140,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to support the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Organic Gardening and Livestock Project, which will hire a qualified consultant to conduct a feasibility study to determine the viability of developing a micro-organic garden and cooperative in each of the Reservation’s nine districts, which are located in a designated Promise Zone. The project involves research, marketing, planning, and economic assessment activities, and will seek to promote a sustainable and diverse agricultural economy and create the potential for new business networks across the Reservation. This investment is part of a $140,000 project.
    • $125,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Lower Sioux Indian Community, Morton, Minnesota, to This EDA investment supports an economic development strategic plan for the Lower Sioux Indian Community. The plan will focus on establishing a roadmap for tribal leaders, economic development professionals, entrepreneurs, and community members to address their economic needs, and spur economic growth and resiliency in the region. This investment is part of a $125,000 project.
    • $120,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Municipality of Fajardo/Ceiba & Naguabo, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, This EDA investment funds a strategic plan to evaluate, assess and review regional resources to target viable investment opportunities for an improved economy within the Puerto Rico Promise Zone. The investment will assess the region’s natural capital assets, recommend mechanisms to develop cross-regional systems, and public/private participation. This investment is part of a $150,000 project.
  • September 19-23, 2016

    • $2,922,513 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Herman J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Atlanta, Georgia, to fund the design and renovation of an existing building for development of the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The new facility, which will be constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, will provide space for over 100 emerging entrepreneurial companies to support long-term disaster recovery efforts by adding economic resiliency to the city of Atlanta through increased economic diversification. In addition, the project will be a model of public/private partnership to create economic opportunity and inclusive innovation and catalyze transformation of the Atlanta Westside, a designated Promise Zone area. This investment is part of a $4,870,854 project that the grantee estimates will create 100 jobs, save 175 jobs, and leverage $25 million in private investment.
    • $2 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Guam Contractors Association Trades Academy, Inc., Tamuning, Guam, to support the construction of a building to be used as a workforce training facility in Tamuning, Guam. The development will provide workforce development and training to the area which will allow residents to have access to higher skill and pay employment opportunities. This investment is part of a $4 million project that the grantee estimates will create 445 jobs.
    • $1.155 million in Public Works funds to the City of Glasgow, Missouri, to fund improvement of an existing building and adjacent parking lot to support the growth of a local textile manufacturer. The improvements will support business expansions, increase employment, job retention and other industrial operations in the area. This investment is part of a $2.31 project that the grantee estimates will create 38 jobs and save 26 jobs.
    • $1 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to provide technical assistance and business support for manufacturers and supply chain providers in 38 of Oklahoma’s 44 counties hardest hit by the downturn in the oil and natural gas industry. This assistance supports the expansion and sustainability of Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry by enhancing diversification of the region’s advanced manufacturing cluster, boosting new commercial and industrial development, and creating opportunities for job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1.53 million project that the grantee estimates will create 340 jobs, save 750 jobs, and leverage $35.2 million in private investment.
    • $940,000 in Public Works funds to the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to fund the purchase of equipment, instructional supplies, and other materials to support the University’s expanding allied healthcare programs locating in the newly built, state-of-the-art Allied Health Building. The new equipment will allow the University to train students using the most current technology, and will address the region’s demand for more high-skilled healthcare workers while improving the quality of health care administered to the surrounding community. This investment is part of a $1.9 million project that the grantee estimates will create 25 jobs, save 31 jobs, and leverage $1 million in private investment.
    • $846,583 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Industrial Development Board of the City of Daphne, Alabama, to fund infrastructure improvements to serve the Daphne Innovation and Science Complex (DISC) in Baldwin County, Arizona. The complex will provide job creation in the technology and science sector, enhance the growing aviation, aerospace, maritime and healthcare clusters in the region and also attract foreign investment opportunities. This investment is part of a $1,718,167 project that the grantee estimates will create 105 jobs and leverage $5 million in private investment.
    • $788,587 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the South Arkansas Community College, El Dorado, Arkansas, to fund the construction of a training center to provide training, education, and foster workforce partnerships to meet the current and future industry needs in the region. The center will provide a first-class advanced manufacturing training facility designed with significant input from industry leaders to provide jobs for workers in the economically distressed Mississippi Delta region in Southern Arkansas. This investment is part of a $1,752,919 project that the grantee estimates will create 152 jobs, save 400 jobs, and leverage $150,000 in private investment.
    • $750,000 in Public Works funds to the Lincoln County Port Authority, Libby, Montana, to fund development of a railroad in Libby. The investment supports the creation of additional manufacturing jobs in the distressed region of Lincoln County and will help the Lincoln Port Authority to redevelop its outdated rail system serving a business park. Completion of the project will allow a local company to expand and attract additional manufacturing companies to the area. This investment is part of a $1,665,315 project that the grantee estimates will create 29 jobs and save 17 jobs.
    • $605,478 in Public Works funds to the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, to support the expansion and construction of multiple streets and multiuse pathways in downtown Grand Rapids. The project will reduce traffic congestion in the downtown area, increase economic development opportunities, assist with the implementation of a new street corridor plan, and construction of a biomedical research facility. This investment is part of a $1,210,956 project that the grantee estimates will create 150 jobs, save 240 jobs, and leverage $50 million in private investment.
    • $549,620 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, to support incubators across the state with additional technical assistance funding. The project will develop and establish a statewide University based incubator network which will facilitate the sharing of resources, best practices, and innovative approaches to entrepreneurship resulting in job creation and increase innovation. This investment is part of a $1,099,240 project.
    • $477,205 in Economic Adjustment Assistance to the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, Spooner, Wisconsin to fund a flood disaster project to prepare the region for economic resiliency through coordinated recovery plans and prioritize strategic infrastructure investments to maintain commerce post disaster. This investment will support efforts to identify, evaluate, and address critical infrastructure in the event of a natural disaster particularly the economic impact related to business commerce, emergency services, transportation, communication, and utilities. This investment is part of a $596,506 project.
    • $355,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the City of Indianapolis, Indiana, to support the hiring of a Recovery Coordinator/Promise Zone Liaison for the City of Indianapolis. The liaison will engage regional stakeholders to develop a comprehensive set of projects that will help to mitigate the hardship of unemployment, determine the existence of alternative employment opportunities, job skill development, and other resources for individuals negatively affected by the closing of a major business in the area. This investment is part of a $443,750 project.
    • $315,525 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Whispering Roots/75 North Revitalization Corporation, Papillion, Nebraska, to support a hydroponic agriculture system in North Omaha that will result in the production of healthy produce for the region while training future workers in the growing industry. The investment will purchase aquaculture, hydroponic, and culinary equipment for an aquaponics facility located in a distressed area of Omaha. This investment is part of a $631,050 project.
  • September 12-16, 2016

    • $3,044,202 in Public Works funds to the City of Fresno, California, to fund construction of critical road and storm drain infrastructure necessary to provide access to an industrial area serving major businesses in Fresno County. The new and improved roadway will enhance the marketability of the San Joaquin Valley region and its assets by enabling existing companies to expand while attracting new industrial development leading to much needed employment opportunities with higher pay for the region’s workforce. This investment is part of a $4,348,860 project that the grantee estimates will create 327 jobs and leverage $35 million in private investment.
    • $2.785 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Conway, South Carolina, to fund the construction of an Advanced Manufacturing Center to house programs that will provide ongoing industry workforce training. The project will allow the college, which is a significant provider for training in the Grand Strand region, to provide the local area with access to advanced manufacturing training to meet critical workforce development needs and industry demand for skilled workers. This investment is part of an $8.75 million project that the grantee estimates will create 248 jobs, save 40 jobs, and leverage $14 million in private investment.
    • $2,744,824 in Public Works funds to the City of Hayward, California, to fund installation of a fiber optic network within an industrial work zone to improve high-speed internet access to local business enterprises in the area. The increased efficiency will enable businesses to capitalize on economic opportunities afforded by data and internet driven industries in the Bay Area and lead to more employment opportunities for the region’s workforce. This investment is part of a $5,489,648 project that the grantee estimates will create 147 jobs, save 26 jobs, and leverage $220,000 in private investment.
    • $1.642 million in Public Works funds to the National Comedy Center, Inc., Jamestown, New York, to support construction and installation of high-technology attraction equipment at the newly renovated National Comedy Center in Jamestown. When completed, the Center will be a tourist destination estimated to attract thousands of visitors a year to the region boosting tourism and bringing much needed jobs and private investment to the region. This investment is part of a $3.284 million project that the grantee estimates will create 184 jobs.
    • $1,635,740 in Public Works funds to the City of Portageville, Missouri, to fund demolition of the existing wastewater treatment facility and construction of a new wastewater treatment facility necessary to support the retention and expansion of the region’s existing manufacturing businesses. In addition, the improvements will be a catalyst for boosting new commercial and industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $4.811 million project that the grantee estimates will create 300 jobs and leverage $55 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the Eastern Wyoming Community College District, Torrington, Wyoming, to fund the construction of the Agriculture Technology Education Center (ATEC) which will provide new laboratories for training, education, and foster workforce partnerships to meet the current and future agriculture needs across eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. This investment is part of a $4,166,667 project.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to Drexel University and the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to fund infrastructure improvements necessary to reconstruct and reestablish 37th, Warren, and Cuthbert Streets located in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. The project supports redevelopment of the former University City High School “superblock” to create a new innovation center with large scale offices, commercial, lab, and academic spaces, which will serve as a catalyst for attracting private investment and job creation to the Promise Zone. This investment is part of a $3,394,940 project that the grantees estimate will create 830 jobs and leverage $26 million in private investment.
    • $1,237,500 in Public Works funds to the City of Sanger, California, to fund installation of a new water storage tank and supporting infrastructure in Sanger. The improvements will provide sufficient water capacity to ensure that local manufacturers have consistent water flow to their facilities enabling them to operate more efficiently and expand, and will accommodate new commercial and industrial development and provide more employment opportunities for the City’s workforce. This investment is part of a $2.475 million project that the grantee estimates will create 115 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $5 million in private investment.
    • $839,784 in Public Works funds to the City of Oroville, Washington, to fund critical road infrastructure and related appurtenances necessary to provide access to an industrial area in Oroville serving major businesses. The new and improved roadway will enhance the marketability of the region and its assets by enabling existing companies to expand while attracting new industrial development leading to more employment opportunities with higher pay for the region’s workforce. This investment is part of a $1,049,730 project that the grantee estimates will create 20 jobs, save 136 jobs, and leverage $5 million in private investment.
    • $740,000 in Public Works funds to the Lafourche Parish Government, Thibodaux, Louisiana, to fund construction of a two-lane access road connecting the junction of Louisiana Highway 308 to the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport in Galliano. The new roadway will improve roadway connections to the Airport and enhance the marketability of the region and its assets by enabling existing companies to expand while attracting new development leading to more employment opportunities with higher pay for the region’s workforce. This investment is part of a $1,174,829 project that the grantee estimates will create 250 jobs.
    • $720,000 in Public Works funds to the City of Havana, Illinois, to support Phase II expansion of Havana’s Business Park. Phase II includes construction of a new access road and expansion of the existing water and sewer lines to allow expansion of the Park’s existing manufacturing companies and to serve an additional six lots under development in the new industrial site. The improvements will serve as a catalyst for new commercial and industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1.44 million project.
    • $600,000 in Public Works funds to the East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania, to fund the fit-out of the second floor of the East Stroudsburg University Accelerator, which was built in 2010 with EDA assistance. The expanded accelerator will include new offices, conference rooms, an auditorium, and storage space, which will be used to house early and mid-stage entrepreneurs to help them grow and expand. In addition, space will be provided to house the International Innovation Program to stimulate foreign investment in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University. This investment is part of a $1.2 million project that the grantee estimates will create 39 jobs and leverage $520,000 in private investment.
    • $500,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to TruFund Financial Services, Inc., New York, New York, to support educational programs targeted towards minority and women owned business enterprises engaged in the construction trades in the New York City metropolitan area. The program provides technical assistance and educational development tools to minority and women owned businesses to support job creation, promote industry networking opportunities, and stimulate economic development in the region. This investment is part of a $1 million project that the grantee estimates will create 99 jobs and leverage $200,000 in private investment.
    • $490,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Mississippi State University, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, to support the Southeast Mississippi Jobs Accelerator program designed to accelerate job growth, support economic development and to attract private investment to new and existing companies in an 18 County Gulf Coast region. The project will focus on developing communities, supporting entrepreneurs, growing companies and expanding industry clusters. This investment is part of a $981,436 project.
    • $400,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Los Angeles Operation HOPE, Los Angeles, California, to This EDA investment funds the implementation of the HOPE South Carolina Small Business Disaster Recovery Program in the counties of Richland, Sumter, Lexington, and Charleston, which were severely impacted by the 2015 floods. The program will provide economic recovery assistance to over 800 small businesses over a two-year period to help mitigate the effects of the 2015 floods on their businesses, allowing these businesses to grow stronger and to manage future natural disasters more effectively. This investment is part of an $800,000 project.
    • $150,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Strolling of the Heifers, Inc., East Dummerston, Vermont, to provide technical assistance to support enhancing a high performing business outreach center specific to Southern Vermont’s farm and food production clusters. The project will facilitate the reuse of significant research and development resources to provide farm and food entrepreneurs with a more efficient and economical pathway to develop their businesses, thereby creating a more robust and sustained regional economy. This investment is part of a $280,000 project that the grantee estimates will create 270 jobs and leverage $8.1 million in private investment.
    • $116,667 in Technical Assistance funds to Becker College, Worcester, Massachusetts, to support a development program to identify opportunities to bolster the global competitiveness of the state’s game industry cluster. This will include academic programs that will enhance and foster entrepreneurship, job growth and economic development in the area. This investment is part of a $409,685 project.
    • $116,667 in Technical Assistance funds to the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, to support the Connecticut Manufacturing Simulation Center which will provide training, education, and foster workforce partnerships to meet the current and future industry needs. The program will provide small and medium sized companies in the region technical assistance resources for computer-based design, testing, and validation that supports new product development, innovation and improving their competitiveness in the global economy. This investment is part of a $302,645 project.
    • $113,645 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Regional Planning Commission, New Orleans, Louisiana, to support the continued implementation of the emergency preparedness public-private partnership initiative for the Louisiana parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and St. Tammany. The initiative provides enhanced disaster resiliency planning, capacity building, and information technology assistance associated with economic recovery efforts to ensure continuity of operations and a more resilient, sustainable economy in the event of future disasters. This investment is part of a $142,056 project.
  • August 29-September 2, 2016

    • $2,912,165 in Public Works funds to the Chester Sewer District, Chester, South Carolina, to fund improvements to the city’s water and sewer infrastructure to support new businesses and expansion of existing industrial sites such as Carolina Poly, the largest polyethylene film manufacturers in the United States. In addition, the improvements will allow the region to continue its shift from the declining textile industry to more diverse types of manufacturing and distribution industries. This investment is part of a $5,607,382 project that the grantee estimates will create 300 jobs and leverage $100 million in private investment.
    • $2,912,142 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Mobile, Alabama, to fund the acquisition and renovation of the former Threaded Fasteners Building in Mobile to house Innovation PortAL, a world-class business incubator. The new incubator will provide access to intense mentoring services, investment capita and network, and a highly educated and skilled workforce, all of which will help facilitate new business formation, job growth, increased tax revenue, and long-term economic diversification and success of this Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership manufacturing community. This investment is part of a $4,853,570 project.
    • $2,622,500 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Town of Clayton and Johnson County, North Carolina, to fund the design and construction of water and sewer improvements to Johnson County’s booster pump station and the Town of Clayton’s central pump station. These improvements will strengthen and enhance the region’s pharmaceutical manufacturing clusters leading to private investment and the creation of higher paying jobs. This investment is part of a $5.245 million project that the grantees estimate will create 304 jobs and leverage $542.96 million in private investment.
    • $2.5 million in Public Works funds to High Tech Rochester, Inc., West Henrietta, New York, to fund the fit-out of an incubator/accelerator space in downtown Rochester’s historic Sibley Building for use as the Rochester-Finger Lakes Business Accelerator Hub Facility. The Hub will serve as the central location for entrepreneurship and innovation in the region, and will provide multiple programs and services to help small and mid-sized companies grow and expand. This investment is part of a $5 million project that the grantee estimates will create 1,000 jobs and leverage $10 million in private investment.
    • $2,028,092 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the University of Alabama and the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to construct and renovate an existing facility to house the newly created Economic Development Resource Center. When completed, the new facility will coordinate the overall economic development outreach services of the university and provide a comprehensive approach to serving the businesses, governments, and citizens of Alabama. In addition, the project supports the state’s automotive and aerospace industry clusters, and will be a catalyst for growing resilient jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector. This investment is part of a $4.325 million project.
    • $1,974,500 in Public Works funds to the City of Atmore, Alabama, for construction of an industrial access road to serve aerospace manufacturing companies locating in the city’s Rivercane Industrial Park. The new roadway will allow increased access to the Park enabling existing industries constrained by limitations on the road to expand and grow, attract more new businesses and entrepreneurs to the Park, and promote job creation and economic growth in the region. This investment is part of a $2,557,210 project that the grantee estimates will create 116 jobs and $14 million in private investment.
    • $1,018,800 in Public Works funds to the Town of Littleton, New Hampshire, to fund the construction and upgrades of roadway, storm drainage, sanitary sewer, electrical conduit and lighting to support the expansion of the Schilling Brewing Company and the Tannery Marketplace, as well as the development of vacant and blighted commercial property along the Ammonoosuc River. By facilitating the development of beneficiary businesses, the district’s infrastructure improvements will foster economic growth and job creation. This investment is part of a $2,037,600 project that the grantee estimates will create 140 jobs and leverage $1 million in private investment.
    • $977,110 in Public Works funds to the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, Browning, Montana, to support site development and construction of a commercial building—the StarLink Administration Headquarters, in Browning. The new facility will house the administrative headquarters for the Tribe’s broadband project, as well as retail space for new and expanding broadband-related services. This investment is part of a $977,110 project.
    • $600,000 in Public Works funds to the Town of Northumberland, Groveton, New Hampshire, to support the creation of an industrial park on the site of former Groveton Paperboard and Wausau Paper mills, the region’s largest employers. As part of the project, 3,400 linear feet of water line and 900 linear feet of sewer line will be extended. Once completed, the project will serve nine commercial and industrial development lots, and improve the region’s economic resiliency. This investment is part of a $1 million project that the grantee estimates will create 118 jobs.
  • August 22-26, 2016

    • $4,974,100 in Economic Adjustment (POWER*) assistance to the University of Pikeville, Kentucky, to fund the purchase of equipment, instructional supplies, and other materials to support the launch of the University’s new College of Optometry (CO). The new CO will be only the second optometry college in the Appalachian Region, and will primarily serve Eastern Kentucky, Southern West Virginia, and Southwestern Virginia. Within the first three years of the award, the CO will graduate 60 optometrists, provide care to 12,000 patients, and bring approximately $26 million in direct economic impact to the regional economy. This investment is part of a $7,474,100 project.
    • $2,285,049 in Economic Adjustment (POWER*) assistance to the Upshur County Development Authority, Buckhannon, West Virginia, to fund the construction of an Innovation and Knowledge Business Center in downtown Buckhannon. The Center will be managed by the Upshur County Development Authority and will be targeted to information technology and other technology-based business interests. In addition, the Center will provide flex-office and incubator space. Broadband access will also be available as a result of a privately-funded initiative to address the current lack of broadband access in Upshur County. This investment is part of a $4 million project that the grantee estimates will create 520 jobs and leverage $9 million in private investment.
    • $1.8 million in Economic Adjustment (POWER*) assistance to the Randolph County Development Authority, Elkins, West Virginia, to assist with the expansion of an existing manufacturing facility to enable this business to double its current production rate due to a new national contract. The company will invest in excess of $7 million in equipment and wages in the first three years, and will utilize numerous local suppliers that will also see an increase in sales. EDA funds will be used to support the construction of a 27,000SF expansion of an existing 50,000SF metals manufacturing complex, enabling this manufacturer to expand and create 45 new living wage jobs. This investment is part of a $3.645 million project that the grantee estimates will create 45 jobs and leverage $4.5 million in private investment.
    • $1,648,400 in Economic Adjustment (POWER*) assistance to the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and the Mingo County Public Service District, Williamson, West Virginia, to fund upgrades to the Mingo County Air Transportation Park Infrastructure. The project will provide potable water to the Mingo County Air Transportation Park in central Mingo County where light and advanced manufacturing economic development projects will be sited atop a reclaimed surface mine. It will include construction of approximately 62,000 feet of water line, a 500 gallon-per-minute booster pumping station, a one-million-gallon water storage tank, and other related equipment, as well as an on-site sewage, aeration, and absorption system. This investment is part of a $2,060,500 project that the grantees estimate will create 78 jobs, save 78 jobs, and leverage $8.5 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in Economic Adjustment (POWER*) assistance to the Bluewell Public Service District, Bluefield, West Virginia, to support the Bluewell Airport Road Infrastructure Project, which will extend public water service along Route 52 and Airport Road to the Mercer County Regional Airport. In addition to providing essential infrastructure to the regional airport, the project will create 38 new jobs and capitalize on an existing regional asset by providing funding for a strategic plan that will position the airport and its adjoining 200 acres of flat, developable land as an economic driver for four counties in Southern West Virginia and Southwestern Virginia. This investment is part of a $3.57 million project.
    • $800,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Rock Hill, South Carolina, to fund the creation of the South Carolina Agribusiness Loan Fund, a revolving loan fund (RLF). The RLF will offer capital financing/gap lending to family-owned and small corporate farms, agribusinesses, and aquaculture-related companies in 32 counties of South Carolina severely impacted by the 2015 floods. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $500,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the South Eastern Development Foundation, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to support the recapitalization of an existing revolving loan fund (RLF) in Sioux Falls. The RLF will offer capital financing to new, existing, and expanding businesses in Lincoln and Minnehaha counties impacted by the December 2015 closure of a major financial institution. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $250,000 in Economic Adjustment (POWER*) assistance to Advantage Valley, Inc., Huntington, West Virginia, to fund the Advantage Valley, Inc. Site Development and Small Business Feasibility Study. This study will identify sites for commercial development within identified clusters (including manufacturing, chemical and polymer production, and supply chain distribution), and how small business activities can be targeted to meet the needs of existing and new industry clusters (such as health care) in an eight-county area. It will also support the analysis of the critical components necessary to establish a site development fund, along with additional content needed to effectively address two of the most critical deficiencies in the applicant’s current economic development strategy, which include: 1) the lack of shovel-ready project sites, and; 2) lack of comprehensive, actionable information regarding the most viable opportunities for targeted small business development. This investment is part of a $370,000 project.
    • $120,000 in Economic Adjustment (POWER*) assistance to the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, Beckley, West Virginia, to fund a regional business loan study to assess the feasibility of establishing a comprehensive Regional Loan Fund to serve an eight-county region of southern West Virginia severely impacted by mine closures. This investment is part of a $150,000 project.
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      * This project is funded through the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative. POWER is a coordinated effort, involving multiple federal agencies, with the goal of effectively aligning federal economic and workforce development programs and resources to assist communities negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.

  • August 15-19, 2016

    • $1.4 million in Public Works funds to Endicott College and North Shore InnoVentures, Beverly, Massachusetts, to fund construction of an addition to the existing science center that will function as a bio-tech business incubator. The expansion will considerably enhance the economic development capacity and infrastructure in the region by creating opportunities in the life sciences for startups, students and faculty leading to job creation and private investment in the life sciences. This investment is part of a $4,939,440 project that the grantees estimate will create 335 jobs and leverage $201 million in private investment.
    • $1.3 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to the University of Houston, Texas, to establish a Community Innovation Center to house programs that will provide ongoing workforce training and entrepreneurship programming which will lead to stronger and more resilient communities within the region. Additionally, the Center will provide services to small minority businesses in the community surrounding region so that those small businesses can have a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan in place as preparation for the next disaster. This investment is part of a $1.625 million project.
    • $1.25 million in Public Works funds to the City of Riceboro, Georgia, to fund water infrastructure improvements that will require less processing and lessen the impact on environmentally sensitive areas in the region. The new improvements will provide water to meet the expansion needs of local businesses in the region. This investment is part of a $5.01 million project that the grantee estimates will create 250 jobs, save 500 jobs, and leverage $750,000 in private investment.
    • $1,000,400 in Public Works funds to the City of Mountain City, Tennessee, to fund wastewater system upgrades and installation of a pump station at the Welcome Center. The upgrades will modernize antiquated infrastructure making it more resilient to the impact of future natural disasters and prevent financial losses due to prolonged business disruption. This investment is part of a $1,250,500 project that the grantee estimates will create 80 jobs and leverage $120 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the City of Bristow, Oklahoma, to fund construction of a new runway parallel to the existing runway at Bristow Airport necessary to expand landing and takeoff capability. The new, expanded runway will eliminate current safety and Federal Aviation Administration compliance insufficiencies, and enhance the marketability of the region and its assets by enabling existing companies to expand while attracting new development. This investment is part of a $1,672,600 project that the grantee estimates will create 15 jobs, save 19 jobs, and leverage $2.5 million in private investment.
    • $400,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Quatere, Salt Lake City Utah, to support the Quatere Cohorts Innovation Centers Expansion Project which will implement Quatere’s entrepreneurial training program in five key counties throughout the state: San Juan, Iron, Cache, Tooele, and Utah. The training program guides innovators from idea conception through development and value creation. The project will meet the unique challenges of the region by connecting entrepreneurs and value creators in remote areas to Utah’s robust entrepreneurial ecosystem. This investment is part of an $863,080 project.
    • $390,120 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Town of Mars Hill, North Carolina, to fund construction of wastewater improvements which will allow the town’s treatment plant to accept and treat additional flow generated by the expansion of the university and local industrial businesses in the area. The improvements will allow manufacturers to meet their operational needs, create jobs, and also play a critical role in helping the region to transition from a service dependent economy to a more balanced, resilient economy. This investment is part of a $975,300 project that the grantee estimates will create 54 jobs, save 41 jobs, and leverage $35 million in private investment.
    • $175,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, Columbia, South Carolina, to create a strategic plan that will identify, support, and grow the transportation, distribution and logistics cluster in South Carolina by engaging private sector executive leadership in the industry to determine immediate and mid-term growth in order to grow and attract business an`d create new jobs. This investment is part of a $350,000 project.
  • July 25-29, 2016

    • $1.595 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to Central Maine Community College, Auburn, Maine, to expand Central Maine Community College’s Precision Machining Technology Laboratory to accommodate students and businesses’ increasing demand for employee training, product development, and access to specialized equipment not available within their workplaces. With more than 300 paper mill layoffs within the region over the past two years, this investment provides critical opportunities for new and displaced workers to develop skills leading to high quality jobs. This investment is part of a $3.19 million project.
    • $1.4 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Weslaco Economic Development Corporation, Weslaco, Texas, to support the creation of a center within a building currently owned by the City of Weslaco. The center will provide start-up businesses with incubator space, a “know-how” network to address tenants’ needs for partnerships, suppliers, and potential sources of capital, and offer students training, entrepreneurship related courses, and technical and financial support. This investment is part of a $2,386,326 project that the grantee estimates will help create 55 jobs.
    • $1,243,004 in Public Works funds to City of Bangor, Maine, to support the further expansion of C&L Aerospace, which is engaged in the business of totally refurbishing commercial turboprop and jet aircraft, and supplying parts and repair services to certain models of aircraft worldwide. The project will assist in the construction of an aircraft paint facility in a former military hangar and two attached operations and storage buildings, refurbishing of the aircraft access doors of three hangars already in use, resurfacing of four hangar floors, and installation of upgraded electrical and fire suppression systems. This investment is part of a $2,486,008 project that the grantee estimates will create 50 high-skill, high-wage jobs and leverage $1 million in private investment.
    • $711,600 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Maine Development Foundation, Augusta, Maine, to assist with the recovery and revitalization of Maine’s forest products and economy by identifying industry, public and non-profit stakeholders and providing research and data assessments. The project will support, coordinate and track long-term economic recovery efforts that result from findings and recommendations made by the August, 2016 Maine Forest Economy Economic Development Assessment Team (EDAT). This investment is part of a $906,872 project.
    • $513,930 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Environmental Health Strategy Center, Portland, Maine, to support diversifying Maine’s forest-based economy by creating a road map to advance bio-based manufacturing, marketing bio-based assets to investors in new technologies and processes, and providing manufacturers with technical assistance to implement new bio-based technology. Promoting the manufacture of bio-based chemicals and advanced materials from renewable biomass will enhance Maine’s competitiveness in the global bio-based industry. This investment is part of an $856,549 project.
    • $509,810 in Public Works funds to the City of San Juan Economic Development Corporation and Hidalgo County, San Juan, Texas, to fund critical road and sewer infrastructure and a lift station to support development of a project site in San Juan. The new and improved infrastructure will enhance the marketability of the region and its assets by enabling existing companies to expand while attracting new industrial development. This investment is part of a $728,300 project that the grantees estimate will create 78 jobs and leverage $5 million in private investment.
    • $345,000 in Public Works funds to the Bangor Target Area Development Corporation, Orono, Maine, to construct interior upgrades within the Target Technology Center to create wet laboratory and supporting office space necessary to accommodate the research and development operations of the Twin Rivers Paper Company and expansion of the Cerahelix Corp. This project addresses the need for the development of new, globally-competitive forest products in order to be competitive in the severely tightening pulp and paper industry. This investment is part of a $690,000 project that the grantee estimates will create 5 jobs, save 534 jobs, and leverage $3.5 million in private investment.
  • July 18-22, 2016

    • $2,481,649 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the City of Lowell, Massachusetts, to support roadway, bridge, and infrastructure improvements within the Hamilton Canal District. The new construction will attract additional public projects and spur private investment through the re-invention of fifteen acres of vacant, previously industrial land into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood connecting downtown, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Charles A. Gallagher Multimodal Terminal, and other key places. This investment is part of a $7,203,011 project that the grantee estimates will create 150 jobs and leverage $60 million in private investment.
    • $1.782 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Coalfield Development Corporation, Wayne, West Virginia, to support the construction and rehabilitation of the Coalfield Development Corporation’s West Factory to support workforce training and job placement programs. The project will help diversify the regional economy in Wayne, Mingo, and Lincoln counties, all of which have suffered from severe job losses due to the downturn in the coal industry. This investment is part of a $2,227,500 project that the grantee estimates will create 320 jobs.
    • $1,353,450 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Camden County, North Carolina, to support the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant to serve the Courthouse Township sewer district in Camden County. The new infrastructure will yield long-term benefits to the region by providing residents with greater access to health care services and opening up 2,000 acres for commercial development. This investment is part of a $2,706,900 project that the grantee estimates will create 20 jobs and leverage $608,000 in private investment.
    • $160,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance under the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER)* program to the Research Foundation of SUNY-University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, to assist in addressing the sudden and severe economic distress impacting the Town of Tonawanda following the impending closure of the NRG Huntley coal-fired power plant. The POWER Strategy efforts will support the town by creating a Project Advisory Committee which will leverage the economic development strategies of the regional CEDS and Western NY Regional Economic Development Council to pursue new economic opportunities and respond to the change in Tonawanda’s economic and tax revenue base. This investment is part of a $266,667 project.
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      * The POWER Initiative is an integrated, multi-agency effort to invest Federal economic and workforce development resources in communities and regions negatively affected by changes in the coal economy.

  • July 11-15, 2016

    • $1.7 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to the City of Russellville, Arkansas, to support the City’s water and wastewater infrastructure improvements which will provide sufficient fire protection, prevent sewage contamination and ameliorate the region’s water service. The new infrastructure is also a requisite for the construction of a multipurpose convention center which will create jobs and attract retail development. This investment is part of a $4.398 million project that the grantee estimates will create 200 jobs.
    • $1.5 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to the St. James Parish Government, Convent, Louisiana, to support the continuation of the Parish’s plan to increase water treatment capacity at the East Bank Water Treatment Plant. This project will allow for greater pumping capacity in order to serve the needs of area industries and maintain required services for Parish residents. It will also provide the opportunity for job creation and make the region more resilient in the event of future disasters. This investment is part of a $1,875,874 project.
    • $1.4 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Central Louisiana Regional Port, Alexandria, Louisiana, to support the upgrade of transportation and transit infrastructure which has been previously vulnerable to disaster floods in order to make the existing modalities – such as international air, highway and interstate roads, and river port – more efficient and competitive for commerce. When completed, this project will minimize disruptions in commerce, advance global connections, and increase the region’s resiliency to natural disasters. This investment is part of a $2.015 million project.
    • $1,376,091 in Public Works funds to North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to support the purchase of equipment for technical lab space and associated instructional classrooms for workforce training in the fields of Automotive Technology and Collision, Welding Technology, and Computer Aided Design Technology at the Career and Technical Education facility in Rathdrum. The facility will serve the region and help prepare the workforce in diversifying from a natural resource based economy to a manufacturing based economy. This investment is part of a $2,752,182 project.
    • $1,031,960 in Public Works funds to the City of Pueblo, Colorado, to support the expansion of the Pueblo Convention Center to include a 45,000 square foot Exposition Hall and the construction of critical infrastructure to connect the Exposition Hall with Pueblo’s Riverwalk. When completed, the investments will be a catalyst for out-of-state tourism. This investment is part of a $3,224,874 project that the grantee estimates will create 150 jobs and leverage $85 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, to support improvements to the City’s drainage system and reconstruction of the “U of A Way” road structure. In the past, the street has been prone to flooding problems because of light duty pavement and poor drainage conditions. The new construction will expand the pavement’s width in order to improve safety and provide needed space for truck traffic. This investment is part of a $1,333,334 project that the grantee estimates will create 11 jobs, save 65 jobs, and leverage $14.5 million in private investment.
    • $945,000 in Partnership Planning funds to the Commonwealth of Kentucky-Department of Local Governments, Frankfort, Kentucky, to support Kentucky’s Area Development Districts which provide planning and development services on a local and regional basis to all 120 Kentucky counties. They also provide technical assistance to local units of government in various areas and assist the Department of Local Government in the conduct of programs deemed essential to the region’s economic development. This investment is part of a $1,181,250 project.
    • $190,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the East Arkansas Planning and Development District, Jonesboro, Arkansas, to support a Disaster Resilience Coordinator who will assist with the implementation of the comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the East Arkansas Planning and Development District. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. This investment is part of a $248,024 project.
  • July 5-8, 2016

    • $1.04 million in Public Works funds to the South Central Louisiana Technical College, Morgan City, Louisiana, to fund critical infrastructure improvements to support development of the Wielding Training Center in Saint Mary County, Louisiana. The new training program will fill the gap and keep a strong workforce in place. The improvements will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s advanced manufacturing cluster, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create opportunities for job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1.3 million project that the grantee estimates will create 576 jobs.
    • $1 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, to support the restoration of Main Road No. 1 Bridge which was previously damaged by the floods. The new bridge will eliminate health and safety hazards for residents, businesses and emergency personnel vehicles and make the Village of Ruidoso more resilient in the face of natural disasters. This investment is part of a $1.326 million project.
    • $800,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the City of Alamogordo, New Mexico, to support the Griggs Field Detention Phase I Project, which will provide limited upstream discharge attenuation by reconstructing the existing Griggs Reservoir. The project will allow the control of flood flows into the flood systems runoff at rates that will help mitigate major flooding along streets, businesses and homes in the region. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $400,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Catalyst Connection, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to support the development of a regional strategy for economic transformation emphasizing job creation and private investment in the 20-county IMCP-designated Greater Pittsburgh Metals Manufacturing Community (GPMMC). This plan will bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy by addressing the needs of the coal-impacted communities and the emerging metals manufacturing sector. (In July 2015, Secretary Pritzker announced that the Greater Pittsburgh Metals Manufacturing Community led by Catalyst Connection in Pittsburgh, PA was selected as one of the twelve communities to be designated under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program. The U.S. Commerce Department-led program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports.) This investment is part of an $825,000 project.
    • $334,508 in Economic Adjustment funds to the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, to support the development of a regional strategy for economic transformation emphasizing job creation and private investment in Northwest Florida with particular emphasis on those counties most affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The project’s product will be used by stakeholders to guide the development of programs, partnerships, and investments. This investment is part of a $545,482 project.
    • $280,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Research Park Corporation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to support Research Park Corporation’s Ecosystem Mapping Initiative, an innovation ecosystem portal and power user network which will increase the connection of entrepreneurs, innovators and technology-driven companies with financial and nonfinancial resources that could help accelerate growth. The initiative will the improve the region’s ability to grow and diversify during disaster recovery periods. This investment is part of a $350,000 project that the grantee estimates will create 1,000 jobs and leverage $31.5 million in private investment.
  • June 28-July 1, 2016

    • $144,000 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the Vermont sustainable Jobs Fund, Inc., Montpelier, Vermont, to support Vermont’s forest products industries to create and retain quality jobs by providing business technical assistance, market development expertise, and workforce development along strategic points in multiple value chains. The Vermont Forest Products Value Chain Investment Strategy will support firms within forest based industries by establishing and nurturing product value chains through the creation and retention of jobs and formalization of networks of private sector firms. This investment is part of a $413,703 project.
  • June 20-27, 2016

    • $817,726 in Public Works funds to the City of Glenwood, Arkansas, to construct critical road, water, and sewer infrastructure to support the continued operations and expansion of a sawmill in Glenwood. The infrastructure improvements will serve as a catalyst for retaining existing businesses, attracting more industry, and promoting job creation and economic growth in the region. This investment is part of a $1,168,180 project that the grantee estimates will save 210 jobs and leverage $40 million in private investment.
    • $800,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Iowa City Area Development Group/Iowa City, Iowa, to support the renovation of the old Iowa City Public Library building for development of MERGE Space, a non-traditional tech incubator, co-working space, and prototype lab. The new incubator will offer space for up to 30 individuals, 18 private team offices, conferences, and events bringing local tech entrepreneurs together to learn from one-another, grow their businesses, and create new products and services that will diversify and bring new job opportunities to the region. This investment is part of a $1.6 million project.
    • $625,000 in Public Works funds to the Quonset Development Corporation, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, to support construction of public infrastructure improvements to serve the Port of Davisville at the Quonset Business Park. The improvements will allow the Port to accommodate large capacity cargo related to autos and wind turbines. This investment is part of a $1.25 project that the grantee estimates will create 30 jobs.
    • $380,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc. to support the installation of critical railroad drainage infrastructure on the 22 miles of the Southeast Arkansas Railroad system, which runs from Lake Village Arkansas to the Arkansas/Louisiana state line. The improvements are necessary to mitigate economic distress caused by past flooding, and will increase the longevity, reliability, and safety of the railroad system leading to increased disaster resiliency in the future. This investment is part of a $475,000 project.
  • June 13-17, 2016

    • $1.9 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the City of Bellmead, Texas, to fund critical road infrastructure and related appurtenances necessary to rebuild Tirey Road, a major industrial and commercial roadway in Bellmead serving the Texas State Technical College, business parks, major businesses, and residents. The new and improved roadway will provide direct access to Highway 84, thereby enhancing the marketability of the region and its assets by enabling existing companies to expand while attracting new industrial development. This investment is part of a $2,714,285 project that the grantee estimates will create 264 jobs, save 3,436 jobs, and leverage $39 million in private investment.
    • $1,409,748.95 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to the Trade Task Group, Seattle, Washington, to fund the activities of the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Seattle, WA, which serves import – impacted firms located in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,676,686.95 project.
    • $1,309,954.45 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to Applied Strategies International, LTD, Chicago, Illinois to fund the activities of the Midwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Chicago, IL, which serves import – impacted firms located in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,875,030.91 project.
    • $1,290,832.45 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to the New England trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, to fund the activities of the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in N. Billerica, MA, which serves import – impacted firms located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,914,181.45 project.
    • $1,272,663.95 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to the MidAtlantic Employers’ Association, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, to fund the activities of the MidAtlantic Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Blue Bell, PA, which serves import – impacted firms located in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and West Virginia, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,935,489.95 project.
    • $1,240,982.95 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to the University of Texas at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, to fund the activities of the Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in San Antonio, TX, which serves import – impacted firms located in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,347,731.95 project.
    • $1,239,903.95 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia, to fund the activities of the Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Atlanta, GA, which serves import – impacted firms located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,634,395.95 project.
    • $1,120,888.95 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to the University of Missouri System, Columbia (Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties), Missouri, to fund the activities of the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Independence, MO, which serves import – impacted firms located in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,651,632.37 project.
    • $1,085,769.45 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to the Regents of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado, to fund the activities of the Rocky Mountain Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Boulder, CO, which serves import – impacted firms located in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,340,220.05 project.
    • $1,047,087.95 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, to fund the activities of the Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Los Angeles, CA, which serves import – impacted firms located in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,245,513.83 project.
    • $997,232.95 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to the Regents of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, to fund the activities of the Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Ann Arbor, MI, which serves import – impacted firms located in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,310,232.95 project.
    • $984,934.95 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms* funds to the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, to fund the activities of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center serving New York, New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in Binghamton, NY, which serves import – impacted firms located in New Jersey, New York, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,168,792.38 project.
    • _________

      * The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms program provides technical assistance to U.S. manufacturing and production firms affected by import competition in order to help them develop and implement projects to regain global competitiveness, increase profitability and create jobs.

  • May 31-June 3, 2016

    • $1 million in Economic Adjustment assistance to Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, Gulfport, Mississippi, to support the recapitalization of an existing revolving loan fund (RLF). The RLF will be used to increase the lending capacity and provide low cost and flexible-term loans to small businesses. This investment is part of a $1.425 million project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment assistance to Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Metro Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico, to fund a series of technical assistance programs and business growth networks to accelerate small, established businesses in Puerto Rico. The Business Excellence Accelerator Program, working in collaboration with the Small Business Technology and Development Center, will facilitate the use of significant research and development resources to provide entrepreneurs with a more efficient and economical pathway to develop their businesses, and will serve as a catalyst for Puerto Rico’s “Open for Business” initiative to create jobs and economic growth in the Commonwealth. This investment is part of a $250,645 project.
  • May 23-27, 2016

    • $2.6 million in Public Works funds to the Greensville County/Greensville County Water and Sewer Authority, Emporia, Virginia, to fund critical infrastructure improvements to support development of the Mid-Atlantic Advanced Manufacturing Center in Greensville County, one of Virginia’s primary mega-site developments. The improvements will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s advanced manufacturing cluster, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create opportunities for job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $3,714,286 project that the grantee estimates will create 1,191 jobs.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the City of Bristol, Tennessee, to fund upgrades to the city’s water and sewer infrastructure to support the retention and expansion of existing businesses, including a major local manufacturer of premium building materials. In addition, the improvements will help boost new commercial and industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $4.262 million project that the grantee estimates will create 300 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $48.5 million in private investment.
  • February 29-March 4, 2016

    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the City of Mercedes, Texas, to construct critical road, water, and sewer infrastructure to support the development of a mixed-use commercial park at the 200-acre Technopolis Village in Mercedes. The improvements will serve as a catalyst for leveraging and linking technology innovators and the resources of local, higher education institutions with the private sector to expand the technology cluster in the Lower Rio Grande Valley region. This investment is part of a $1.7 million project that the grantee estimates will create 135 jobs and leverage $2.8 million in private investment.
  • February 8-12, 2016

    • $1.65 million in Public Works funds to Berkeley County, South Carolina, to fund construction of a new regional sewer system to support development of an industrial park, which will house the new Volvo manufacturing facility. This project supports expansion of the state’s automotive cluster, and will be a catalyst for economic recovery in the region following layoffs and closures due to recent flooding. This investment is part of a $3.3 million project that the grantee estimates will create 2,000 jobs and leverage $500 million in private investment.
    • $1,389,100 in Public Works funds to the City of Lake Worth and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Florida, to fund critical infrastructure improvements to support development of a 375-acre commerce park in Lake Worth. The improvements will support expansion of existing manufacturing businesses and will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s manufacturing cluster. By boosting new commercial and industrial development, this project will create opportunities for job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $5,426,600 project that the grantees estimate will create 320 jobs and leverage $19.3 million in private investment.
    • $1.3 million in Public Works funds to Bladen Community College and Bladen County, North Carolina, to construct the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)/ Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training facility on the main campus of Bladen Community College. When completed, the new facility will house an industrial chemistry laboratory, advanced manufacturing technology simulation laboratory, STEM-supporting computer classroom, as well as an advanced manufacturing technology industrial bay. This project addresses the region’s workforce training needs and will be a catalyst for growing resilient jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector in Bladen County. This investment is part of a $1.86 million project that the grantees estimate will create 225 jobs and leverage $24.7 million in private investment.
    • $500,000 in i6 Challenge funds to Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, to leverage local, state, and federal partnerships and funding to create and launch the East Arkansas Regional Innovation System. This system will coordinate and streamline support services and resources for entrepreneurs and investors through the Proof of Concept Center. In addition, this system will foster opportunity in rural east Arkansas communities. This investment is part of a $1,386,967 project.
    • $500,000 in i6 Challenge funds to the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, to fund the Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster (QCIC), which will serve three rural counties in eastern Connecticut and will partner with small- and medium-sized technology and manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) to promote business growth through innovation, enhanced R&D, and updated business capabilities. The QCIC will build the innovation capacity of select SMEs that show the potential to grow through technology advancement and will feature a new proof-of-concept center that will be an integral part of the recently established UConn Tech Park. The center will leverage existing centers of technology excellence, the Office of Technology Commercialization, and the extensive R&D capacity of the University of Connecticut's faculty to co-develop new products and services with rural SMEs, and its SME Engagement Process (SMEEP) will be used to develop targeted growth plans and manufacturing innovation strategies that increase SMEs' technology-based manufacturing capabilities, lead to competitive products and services, stimulate direct job growth, and promote economic development. This investment is part of a $1.5 million project.
    • $500,000 in i6 Challenge funds to Garden Allies, Seattle, Washington, to fund the development of the Clear Water Innovation Initiative (CWII) to support entrepreneurial business enterprises that focus on clean water products and services. The initiative, led by Innovation Alliance, will create a proof of concept center, virtual cloud-based network of water industry incubators and clusters across the U.S., and an early seed fund to finance entrepreneurial start-ups in the Puget Sound region. This investment is part of a $1,000,080 project.
    • $500,000 in i6 Challenge funds to the University of Hawaii System, Honolulu, Hawaii, to expand the capacity of the University of Hawaii’s proof of concept and commercialization centers (XLR8UH), to assist entrepreneurial and small business enterprises. XLR8UH was formed as a public-private partnership initiative between the University of Hawaii (UH) and Sultan Ventures (SV) to foster, promote, and grow a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at UH. The expansion focuses on scaling XLR8UH’s proven efforts statewide, commercializing research developed at the UH, and specific outreach to underserved/ rural communities to other Hawaii Islands. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $500,000 in i6 Challenge funds to Innovation Works, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to support the AlphaLab Gear, a nationally-ranked hardware accelerator that works to grow manufacturers' revenue by building connections and relationships with early stage innovative hardware startup companies. The accelerator will focus on building the capacity for innovation, entrepreneurship, business growth and expansion in the rural counties surrounding Pittsburgh. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $500,000 in i6 Challenge funds to the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Alabama, to fund the Growth & Acceleration of Products (GAP) project, a strategic approach to utilize university resources at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) to bring "shelved" technologies into the marketplace through identification and funding of entrepreneurs and by providing a range of services to convert ideas, research, and prototypes into viable commercial products. The proposed GAP project will identify and foster the growth and acceleration of ideas into viable commercial products by creating a virtual proof-of-concept center. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $499,999 in i6 Challenge funds to CareerSource Broward, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to create a pioneering proof-of-concept center at Broward College. The center will focus on increasing the commercialization of new ideas, existing intellectual property and research into viable start-up companies in Broward County. The project will significantly enhance a culture of innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship in the region by seeking out and encouraging individuals and companies how to convert ideas into viable commercial ventures. This investment is part of a $1,155,594 project.
    • $499,965 in i6 Challenge funds to the University of Wisconsin System, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to create a Proof of Concept Center at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (WIST), to research and demonstrate the feasibility of commercializing valuable chemicals that can be derived from the residual materials from the production and processing of specialty vegetable crops. WIST will lead this public-private partnership and leverage key players to assist in creating innovative companies. This investment is part of a $1,016,811 project.
    • $499,751 in i6 Challenge funds to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, to create CatalyzeVT, a collaboration of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI), the Office of Economic Development (OED) along with other university, community, and industry partners, which will develop an entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. CatalyzeVT aims to foster an ecosystem where innovators and entrepreneurs will be inspired and empowered to collaborate, that strengthens connections between the Virginia Tech and Roanoke-Blacksburg innovation ecosystems, and that secures crucial capital investments for the region. This investment is part of a $1,143,188 project.
    • $499,720 in i6 Challenge funds to the Telluride Foundation, Telluride, Colorado, to assist in developing and expanding the Southwest Innovation Corridor (SWIC), led by the Telluride Foundation. The purpose of the project is to focus on uniting current nascent efforts to support entrepreneurship and commercialization, to create a purposeful strategy for moving ideas from consideration and development to fundable companies, and creating jobs and sustained economic activity in a geographically disbursed rural area. The SWIC will capitalize on leveraging regional assets – including accelerators, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and Fort Lewis College. This investment is part of a $2,162,060 project.
    • $498,282 in i6 Challenge funds to the Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio, to establish a pharmaceutical-focused proof-of-concept center at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. This Center’s activities will focus on accelerating the commercialization of new pharmaceuticals to applicable markets, the creation of preclinical research protocols, and the development of a commercialization program to stimulate technology commercialization via start-up and technology licensing. This investment is part of a $1,155,868 project.
    • $495,000 in i6 Challenge funds to BioHealth Innovation, Inc., Rockville, Maryland, to fund the expansion of the Venture Commercialization Model (V-COMM) to build technology development and entrepreneurial practices in the areas of Medical Technology, Vaccines, and BioHealth Cybersecurity within the BioHealth Industry (BHI) of Maryland. This project is led by BioHealth Innovation, Inc., a 501(C)3 non-profit public-private partnership serving Central Maryland (covering 10 counties from the Washington, DC suburbs to Baltimore and its suburbs), the expansion of V-COMM enables BHI to conduct a greater number of reviews of technologies, spur the development of new companies, raise capital, and create jobs. This investment is part of a $990,000 project.
    • $447,231 in i6 Challenge funds to Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, to expand the capacity of Oregon State University’s National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design (Center for AWP) for business enterprises that supply engineered wood building products. The Center for AWP plans to support innovators and entrepreneurs in Douglas and other counties throughout Oregon that are struggling with underutilized timber mills and manufacturing businesses, by expanding the market for mass timber, which will drive sustainable timber-based manufacturing in rural Oregon. This investment is part of a $894,462 project.
    • $390,000 in i6 Challenge funds to the Maine Center for Enterprise Development, Portland, Maine, to fund the Top Gun Rural Accelerator Network Expansion (Top Gun RANE), which will expand the Top Gun platform to increase the number of entrepreneurs to enter the pipeline and to provide added support to Top Gun graduates in order to maximize the number of innovation based companies which successfully commercialize and create stable, high paying jobs. The Top Gun Entrepreneurship program accelerates companies through training, mentoring and networking. With the ultimate goal being to accelerate innovation-led economic development in pursuit of a vibrant innovative economy in a rural state, the Top Gun RANE will (i) support and strengthen Top Gun and expand to another location; (ii) build new onramps to increase the number of businesses entering the pipeline; and (iii) address the needs of Top Gun graduate companies that have not yet fully commercialized their products or services and of companies that are ready to scale. This investment is part of an $843,568 project.
    • $368,760 in i6 Challenge funds to New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, to fund the Next Generation Entrepreneurship (Next Gen) program, which is focused on student entrepreneurship as a strategy to enhance commercialization of research, regional connectivity, and innovation. This project will take student entrepreneurship programming developed on NMSU's main campus to the university's community college system of four campuses, three of which are located in rural communities and serve underrepresented populations. Next Gen's efforts will help to train a new generation of regional entrepreneurs, connect them with technologies ripe for commercialization, and provide technical assistance and mentoring to facilitate commercialization of these technologies. Next Gen will impact the region and service area through jobs created and retained, new businesses registered, private investment in businesses, progress of ventures through the commercialization pathway, events held, and new products launched by participants. This investment is part of an $873,628 project.
    • $351,400 in i6 Challenge funds to the Oklahoma Innovation Institute, Tulsa, Oklahoma, to leverage the expertise of Tulsa Research Partners (TRP), a regional consortium led by the Oklahoma Innovation Institute, to create a Community Technology Commercialization Concentrator (CTCC) Portal. The CTCC Portal will accelerate access to scientific resources through a publicly accessible portal, that will result in increased technology commercialization and attract new major investment and research dollars to Tulsa County, Oklahoma. This investment is part of a $710,542 project.
    • $250,000 in Seed Fund Support Program funds to BioAccel, Phoenix, Arizona, to fund the development of the organizational structure for a venture capital fund to assist early-stage bioscience firms through analysis of syndication network resources, identification and recruitment of fund management professionals, performance of marketing, fundraising, and pipeline development functions, development of an integrated investment ecosystem, performance of diligence and business/technical services, and development of a long-term sustainability plan. BioAccel will launch three seed funds (two focused on the biomedical sector and one focused on health IT and software-enabled medical devices) and create a fully-integrated early-stage investment ecosystem to catalyze additional growth in Arizona's healthcare and biomedical sectors. This investment is part of a $700,795 project.
    • $250,000 in Seed Fund Support Program funds to EnterPrize Events, Inc., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, to fund the launch of a seed fund that will provide capital to high-potential, innovation-driven, early-stage ventures in Puerto Rico. The fund will predominantly target science- and technology-based graduates of two startup programs in Puerto Rico (I-Corps Puerto Rico and the EnterPrize competition) and others in the startup ecosystem that are positioned to become part of Puerto Rico's existing and emerging industrial clusters. The fund will enable the development and growth of ventures younger than 3 years old through a rigorous investment process coupled with mentoring and support that will prepare entrepreneurs to raise later-stage capital. This investment is part of a $530,000 project.
    • $250,000 in Seed Fund Support Program funds to Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation, Youngstown, Ohio, to fund a collaboration among the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation, Youngstown Business Incubator, and Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center to form, capitalize, and manage Valley Growth Ventures, LLC, a seed investment fund to support the commercialization of high-growth technology companies primarily within the Mahoning Valley region including Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties. This investment is part of a $511,000 project.
    • $250,000 in Seed Fund Support Program funds to Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, to fund the creation of the Triangle Venture Alliance, a network of Angel Networks at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. While many institutions have affinity angel investing groups, TVA's model is unique: unlike other angel groups around the country, TVA's angel groups will operate from inside their respective organizations while co-investing from a philanthropic pool that resides inside the University. By linking individual angel networks, TVA will create an entity with more efficient operations, greater critical investing mass, and greater bandwidth and expertise with which to diligence prospective deals. This investment is part of a $523,857 project.
    • $250,000 in Seed Fund Support Program funds to Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to fund an effort to create, develop, and launch the Greater Philadelphia Impact Partners, a seed fund that will invest in impact-oriented, innovation-based startups with high potential for growth. Impact companies operate to create profit and address specific social or environmental issues, and as described below, the development of the impact economy has been the focus of planning and development in the Greater Philadelphia region with the engagement and participation of a wide range of leaders from the public, private and investor communities. Impact Partners will provide needed capital and technical assistance and support to help companies grow and commercialize their products. Companies receiving investments from the Impact Partners will have demonstrated the potential for high-growth and will include targets for job creation. This investment is part of a $512,000 project.
    • $250,000 in Seed Fund Support Program funds to Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Wiscasset, Maine, to fund the assessment, development, capitalization, and launch of the Natural Resource Business Seed Capital Fund. Through this new statewide fund, focused primarily on rural Maine, CEI will make equity investments in young farm, food, fisheries, and bio-based businesses with the potential for high growth, filling a critical gap for early-stage funding that these businesses need in order to grow. Natural resource businesses in Maine constitute a large cluster poised for innovation-based growth. CEI's current portfolio includes high-growth, job-creating firms that provide products and services locally but that also export outside of Maine and outside the country. By supplementing existing loan products with a seed fund, CEI will create needed investment options for new and expanding businesses that face a critical financing gap during the startup and scaling phases. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $249,981 in Seed Fund Support Program funds to the Global Center for Medical Innovation, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, fund the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) to increase the availability of funding for early-stage companies and to maximize the opportunities for follow-on private funding through the "valley of death" by investing in companies with diverse teams that are solving real problems that investors and potential customers are facing. GCMI will capitalize a medtech seed fund and implement an accelerator program to support startup companies in the Southeastern United States, with a particular emphasis on the funding of diverse startup founder teams. Specifically, GCMI will launch two efforts: (1) raise an initial $5,000,000 seed fund to launch a medtech accelerator at GCMI; and (2) establish an education and mentor program to encourage more (and build a pipeline of) female founders of medical technology companies. This investment is part of a $509,635 project.
    • $248,200 in Seed Fund Support Program funds to the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Fund, Chicago, Illinois, to fund energy industry innovation and economic growth in the Midwest through the creation of a seed fund that will make direct equity investments in startup companies and manage a portfolio of programs that provide technical assistance to the regional energy innovation ecosystem. Through this effort, the Energy Foundry aims to create jobs and accelerate economic growth by expanding the pool of investment capital for a market that is currently underserved, i.e., energy startup companies. This investment is part of a $818,200 project.