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2015

  • December 28-31, 2015

    • $2,425,380 in Public Works funds to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors and the Grenada County Economic Development District, Grenada, Mississippi, to fund critical infrastructure improvements for the Business and Technology Park North, which serves an eight-county region in Southeast Mississippi. The improvements will support the expansion of existing manufacturing businesses and will help strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s manufacturing cluster, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create opportunities for job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $4,850,761 project that the grantees estimate will create 100 jobs and leverage $10 million in private investment.
    • $2,040,000 in Public Works funds to the City of Walterboro, South Carolina, to fund upgrades to the city’s water and sewer infrastructure treatment plant to support the retention and expansion of existing businesses in the Walterboro/Colleton County area. The improvements will strengthen and enhance economic diversification of the region, boost new commercial and industrial development, and create jobs in the region. This investment is part of a $3.4 million project that the grantee estimates will create 129 jobs and leverage $10.5 million in private investment.
    • $188,390 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the Catawba Indian Nation, Rock Hill, South Carolina, to provide technical assistance to assist in the creation of a strategic plan for development of 123 acres of Tribal land. The plan will collect, analyze, and compile data to determine the best use of the land, help identify trends in local and traded industry clusters, and provide legal insight into Tribal organizational structures and partnership agreements to create regional development. This investment is part of a $230,770 project.
    • $125,000 in Short-Term Planning funds to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, to provide resources to promote the implementation of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) DRIVE Outreach Plan in a 69-county region of Tennessee and portions of north Alabama, north Georgia, and southern Kentucky. The project will provide management and research support to increase investment and development in the automotive manufacturing sector. This investment is part of a $250,000 project.
    • $125,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Greenwood Genetic Center, Inc. and the Greenwood Research Park, Greenwood, South Carolina, to support a study to determine the feasibility and best practices for advancement of the Greenwood Genetic Center and the Greenwood Research Park. The study will help identify ways the region can better utilize its resources to boost entrepreneurial business and job creation opportunities. This investment is part of a $165,000 project.
  • November 16-20, 2015

    • $6,839,723 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, to fund the acquisition of specialized equipment and the establishment of an Industry Advisory Committee to oversee the development of the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, a unit within the Ohio State University, which will establish a new model for economic development to support small and mid-sized defense manufacturers in the region. The University will provide workforce training and continuing education to area residents to enhance job opportunities in the region. This investment is part of a $7,599,723 project that the grantee estimates will create jobs and promote economic development in the region.
  • October 12-16, 2015

    • EDA announced 16 POWER investments greater than $100,000 during the period October 12-16, 2015 totaling $8,811,535.
    • $1.4 million in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico, to fund the San Juan College of Energy in leading an initiative to increase economic diversification that will provide re-employment services to workers impacted by changing regional energy economy and partner with employers in expanding IT, healthcare, and energy sectors. This investment is part of a $1.932 million project.
    • $1,257,800 in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning, Montrose, Colorado, to fund the purchase of a 20-year Irrevocable Right of Use lease and installation of broadband infrastructure in the Region 10 service area, which comprises 6 counties and 22 rural municipalities in the West Central region of Colorado. The project will provide abundant, redundant, and affordable internet service to citizens, businesses, and government to promote business acceleration, economic diversification, resiliency, and growth in the region. This investment is part of a $2,531,073 project.
    • $1.2 million in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to WestCare Kentucky, Inc., Ashcamp, Kentucky, to fund the renovation of a former school to create the Judy Patton Center for Families, a residential child care center and substance abuse treatment program for women. The facility will provide professional, licensed, evidence-based, gender-specific programs for women and ongoing workforce development services to clients across the Central Appalachian region. This investment is part of a $1,645,643 project that the grantee estimates will create 25 jobs and leverage $800,000 in private investment.
    • $1 million in in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to the Kentucky Cabinet for Finance and Administration, Frankfort, Kentucky, to support an ecosystem of electronic commerce around tourism, agriculture, healthcare, and broadband for businesses and communities in Kentucky. The project will invest in local internet access centers and will provide e-commerce training and community fiber readiness consulting and support services to help coal-impacted communities prepare for the new information technology infrastructure. This project is part of a $1.25 million project.
    • $826,400 in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to the Town of Union, West Virginia, to fund construction of a public water supply extension in the Town of Union. The improvements will increase water and sewer capacity, resulting in a more efficient system that will support the expansion of existing businesses, startup of new businesses, and will be a catalyst for business acceleration, promoting economic diversification, resiliency, and growth in the region. This investment is part of a $2.283 million project that the grantee estimates will create 70 jobs and save 402 jobs.
    • $600,000 in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to the Coalfield Development Corporation, Wayne, West Virginia, to support the Coalfield Development Corporation’s Regional Economic Diversification Project. The primary objectives of this regional economic growth and diversification project include increased agricultural production on former surface mined sites and providing job training, mentorship, and business incubation services to entrepreneurs, innovators, and displaced coal industry employees. This investment is part of an $848,000 project.
    • $468,635 in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, to support the Local Food Supply Chain Initiative to provide assistance to businesses in the 21-county region served by the Cumberland Valley Area Development District, the Kentucky River Area Development District, and the Big Sandy Area Development District. Working with public and private stakeholders, the initiative will offer technical assistance to agricultural producers to help their products reach the appropriate markets creating jobs and economic diversification in the region once dependent on the coal industry. This investment is part of a $731,465 project.
    • $327,300 in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, Gallup, New Mexico, to support Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments Economic Development District to direct and coordinate a study in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. This study will assess current and future impacts of the coal industry in the San Juan Basin and the surrounding region to evaluate current and future assets and opportunities for and obstacles to regional economic diversification, and to produce a report summarizing recommendations for regional economic sustainability. This investment is part of a $409,125 project.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to International Economic Development Council, Washington, District of Columbia, to support the creation of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Institute for Coal Communities in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The initiative is designed to assist distressed communities in their efforts to address local conditions that will support economic growth and resiliency through customized training, webinars, mentoring, and publications for coal-dependent regions. This investment is part of a $375,000 project.
    • $275,000 in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to Friends of Southwest Virginia, Abingdon, Virginia, to support Southwest Virginia’s outdoor recreation and tourism cluster. The program will grow and diversify the region’s coal-impacted communities by promoting opportunities for tourism and entrepreneurs across the region. This investment is part of a $675,000 project.
    • $274,500 in Short-Term Planning-POWER funds to Big Sandy Area Development District, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, to fund the services of an economic recovery coordinator to assist communities in four Area Development Districts serving 23 counties in Eastern Kentucky. The coordinator will work with local officials and business leaders in the impacted areas to coordinate and facilitate resources necessary for long-term economic recovery and growth in the region impacted by the declining coal industry. This investment is part of a $343,125 project.
    • $250,000 in Short-Term Planning-POWER funds to Technology 2020, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to support Tech 2020’s capacity to provide entrepreneurial support through its Center for Entrepreneurial Growth program. The program will provide increased services to emerging and growth-stage entrepreneurs interested in launching businesses in the manufacturing industries. The project will help spur the region’s manufacturing clusters, promoting economic diversification, resiliency, and growth in the coal-dependent region. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment-POWER funds to the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, Illinois, to fund a financial feasibility study for the Chicago Transit Authority to redevelop the former Midwest Generation Fisk Power Station as an expansion site for a new bus garage and maintenance facility. The completion of this study will result in a more efficient transportation system to support economic development and diversification of the regional economy. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $160,000 in Short-Term Planning-POWER funds to the Hopkins County Fiscal Court, Madisonville, Kentucky, to undertake a multi-phased integrated effort to clearly identify and assess the regional impact of the coal and power industries while developing a long-term economic diversification and growth plan that reduces the region's reliance on coal. This investment is part of a $200,000 project.
    • $147,900 in Short-Term Planning-POWER funds to the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona, to fund the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the region served by the Navajo Nation Indian Tribe in Apache County, Arizona. The strategy analyzes workforce skills, develops business growth and retention strategies and offer recommendations to support diversification efforts in a coal impacted region to help facilitate its economic transformation. This investment is part of a $147,900 project.
    • $124,000 in Short-Term Planning-POWER funds to the Lewis County Economic Development Council, Chehalis, Washington, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for Lewis County, Washington. The CEDS process will bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy, which has been severely impacted by the decline in the coal industry. This investment is part of a $155,000 project.
  • September 28-October 2, 2015

    • $7,102,112 in Economic Adjustment funds to Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, to enable Wichita State University, which leads the South Kansas consortia as a designated manufacturing community under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), to enhance development and commercialization networks that support manufacturers, innovators, and entrepreneurs engaged in technology-based economic development focused on the potential for expanding technology transfer and identifying methods to accelerate the commercialization of defense-related products. The goal of this project is to strengthen and diversify the region’s advanced manufacturing supply chain, accelerate the quality and scope of defense technologies, and increase the competitiveness and sustainability of defense-impacted businesses. This investment is part of a $7,971,370 project.
    • $3,587,052 in Public Works funds to St. Clair County, Illinois, to rebuild and enhance Front Street, Missouri Avenue, and B Street in Saint Clair County to allow access for high capacity, load, and logistical needs for the area’s agricultural sector. It will also allow for increased industrial traffic from the East St. Louis area which facilitates reliable and faster market access for international markets to the local grain industry. This investment is part of a $7.775 million project that the grantee estimates will save 747 jobs and leverage $1.5 million in private investment.
    • $3,192,676 in Public Works funds to the California State Los Angeles University Auxiliary Services, Inc., Los Angeles, California, to support construction of a business incubator to house bioscience companies on the campus of California State University in Los Angeles County. The project creates additional space for existing businesses to expand and grow, and attract more start-up businesses and entrepreneurs to the region, which will create jobs and promote economic growth. This investment is part of a $6,989,759 project that the grantee estimates will create 300 jobs and leverage $95 million in private investment.
    • $3 million in Public Works funds to the City of Gary, Indiana, to construct critical road infrastructure to facilitate routing for commercial and light industrial transportation to the area’s interstate, rail, and air distribution network. In addition, moving truck access will also facilitate the future development of the Gary/Chicago International Airport. This investment is part of a $5.13 million project that the grantee estimates will create 2,580 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $143 million in private investment.
    • $2,987,340 in Economic Adjustment funds to the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Alabama, to fund construction of the Invention to Innovation facility on the University of Alabama-Huntsville campus. The new facility will house a business incubator- innovation hub and accelerator program to serve a 15-county region in north Alabama and southeast Tennessee. When completed, the new business incubator will be a hub for microbusiness incubation and acceleration, and will serve as a catalyst for growing resilient manufacturing jobs and increasing global competitiveness of the region. This investment is part of a $9.9 million project.
    • $2,581,900 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Greater Rockford Airport Authority, Rockford, Illinois, to support construction of roadway and parking infrastructure to support the establishment of the Midfield Aviation Industrial Park (MAIP) in Rockford. The project will increase the amount of property available for development at the Park, enabling the future expansion of the region’s aerospace cluster and related industries. This investment is part of a $5,163,800 project that the grantee estimates will create 515 jobs and leverage $18 million in private investment.
    • $2.514 million in Public Works funds to the Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, Michigan, to fund the renovation of the former Chronicle Newspaper Building in downtown Muskegon to create the new Muskegon College Applied Technology Center. The new Center will serve the region’s residents and workforce by offering applied technology certifications, entrepreneurial programs, and workforce training space. This investment is part of an $8.98 million project that the grantee estimates will create 246 jobs, save 29 jobs, and leverage $15 million in private investment.
    • $2.5 million in Public Works funds to the City of Willows, California, to support critical infrastructure for access and utilization of a commercial center in the City of Willows. By expanding access to commercial space and transportation, the project will allow the City to leverage the region's agricultural and value-added production to facilitate long-term job growth. This investment is part of a $3,571,429 project that the grantee estimates will save 100 jobs and leverage $32,971,630 in private investment.
    • $2,368,520 in Public Works funds to America’s Central Port District, Granite City, Illinois, to construct and rehabilitate 7,300 feet of rail track at the Americas Central Port District’s intermodal industrial park. The project promotes economic development and improves the regional economy by enhancing the link between area manufacturers and the nation’s freight transportation network. This investment is part of a $3,383,600 project that the grantee estimates will create 235 jobs, save 15 jobs, and leverage $6.5 million in private investment.
    • $2,316,300 in Public Works funds to the City of Sandstone, Minnesota, to fund critical infrastructure to support the development of the 181 acre Sandstone Business and Healthcare Research Park in Pine County, Minnesota. The project supports the region’s healthcare research industry cluster and will create jobs opportunities for the region’s residents in the medical and research fields. This investment is part of a $4,632,600 project that the grantee estimates will create 23 new jobs, save 137 jobs, and leverage $24 million in private investment.
    • $2.278 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System/University of Pikeville, Versailles, Kentucky, to support construction of a training facility to house the Kentucky Regional Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance Training Program. With the installation of over 3,000 miles of new broadband line in eastern Kentucky scheduled for the spring of 2016, the facility will help meet the high demand for trained employees for both installation and maintenance of the new broadband technology. These high tech jobs will help to diversify and strengthen the region’s economy, allowing it to overcome the dependency on coal. This investment is part of a $4.5 million project.
    • $2 million in Public Works funds to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Brooklyn, New York, to support the renovation of two floors of Building 77 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to create suites for industrial and manufacturing tenants. This project addresses the lack of available space in the region for start-ups and incubating entrepreneurs seeking to expand and grow their businesses. This investment is part of a $5 million project that the grantee estimates will create 312 jobs and leverage $2.344 million in private investment.
    • $1,911,712 in Public Works funds to the Port of Stockton, California, to support infrastructure improvements to widen Navy Drive which will allow better access to the port facility and the adjacent West Complex Industrial Business Park in San Joaquin County. Widening of the roadway will allow further development of the industrial/business park and enhance the movement of freight and raw materials from the Port's terminal. This will make the region more attractive for business enterprises to locate and expand their operations, particularly in distribution and logistics, and enhance the maritime shipping opportunities for California's Central Valley. The increase in business capacity will facilitate the creation of more employment opportunities for the region's workforce. This investment is part of a $5,181,630 project that the grantee estimates will create 161 jobs.
    • $1.82 million in Public Works funds to the Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, to fund construction of site work and multiple utility upgrades on an existing building necessary for the development of a new, state-of-the-art biomedical research facility in Bar Harbor. When fully operational, the facility will be a catalyst for advancement in biomedical research regionally, nationally, and internationally. This project addresses Maine’s job losses in the declining forest and commercial fishing industries by redirecting the regional economy towards new industries, such as biomedical research, which provides job opportunities and private investment. This investment is part of a $3.945 million project that the grantee estimates will create 365 jobs and leverage $119 million in private investment.
    • $1,700,031 in Public Works funds to the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to support construction of the TechVentures West Wing Project, a four-floor addition to the existing Ben Franklin Technology Ventures incubator at Lehigh University’s Mountain Campus. The expansion provides much needed office and meeting space to accommodate the demands of new start-ups and incubating entrepreneurs. The project will provide enhanced regional competition and creation and retention of high-value, sustainable, technology-based jobs and investment. This investment is part of a $5.7 million project.
    • $1,549,200 in Public Works funds to the City of Presque Isle, Maine, to support the fit-out of an industrial building to accommodate expansion and retention of a high-tech medical device manufacturing company, as well as make space available for new businesses seeking to locate in the region. This project addresses the lack of available space in the region for companies seeking to expand and grow their businesses. This investment is part of a $3,118,397 project that the grantee estimates will create 23 jobs, save 72 jobs, and leverage $611,800 in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to City of Durant, Oklahoma, to construct critical roadway infrastructure to support the area’s expanding metals manufacturing sector including adding a new high-tech micro-mill that will produce rebar, angle iron, and steel fence post. This project is part of the City’s long-term economic development plans to increase manufacturing jobs in the region. This investment is part of a $3 million project that the grantee estimates will create 200 jobs and leverage $342 million in private investment.
    • $1,437,132 in Public Works funds to the Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, to fund construction of roadway improvements and infrastructure to serve the Gateway Health Training Campus. The training facility will encourage job growth and business expansion in the region by producing a well-trained, high-skilled local workforce in associated medical professions, including nurses, medical assistants, therapists, technicians, and home health aides. This investment is part of a $2,874,264 project that the grantee estimates will create 500 jobs.
    • $1,421,700 in Public Works funds to the City of River Falls, Wisconsin, to fund critical infrastructure improvements to support the St. Croix Valley Business Incubator in the City of River Falls, Wisconsin. The incubator will serve as a “one-stop” business assistance center that will offer workforce training and business acceleration services to enhance entrepreneurial opportunities in the region. This investment is part of a $2,843,400 project that the grantee estimates will create 60 jobs, save 18 jobs, and leverage $896,000 in private investment.
    • $1.32 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the Spanish American Civic Association, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to fund construction of two commercial buildings on a former brownfield site in Lancaster County for development of the Conestoga Plaza project. The new Plaza will house a large grocery store, a restaurant, and several small and mid-sized community-based businesses providing entry-level employment to the area’s low-income, non-English speaking residents. This project will be a catalyst for redirecting the regional economy towards new industries providing additional job opportunities and private investment. This investment is part of a $2.2 million project that the grantee estimates will create 55 jobs.
    • $1,222,906 in Economic Adjustment funds to the County of Riverside, California, to support the Riverside County Small Business Financial Assistance Program by creating the Riverside Revolving Loan Fund program which will provide businesses with the access to capital that is difficult to obtain or non-existent. This fund will stimulate job creation and capital investment in underserved and disadvantaged communities. This project is part of a $1,528,633 project.
    • $1.15 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the City of Rio Grande City, Texas, to fund construction of road and wastewater infrastructure upgrades to support the development of a new Commercial Shopping Center and Industrial Park. This project mitigates economic distress caused by flooding and will lead to increased resiliency, supporting business expansion in the region. This investment is part of a $1.915 million project that the grantee estimates will create 600 new jobs and leverage $60 million in private investment.
    • $1,002,128 in Public Works funds to the Village of Pioneer, Ohio, to construct critical infrastructure to create an industrial corridor between the Village’s industrial area and State Road 15. The enhanced industrial corridor will lead to foreign direct investment and on-shoring due to the expansion of the areas international manufacturing sector. This investment is part of a $2,004,256 project that the grantee estimates will create 85 jobs and leverage $23 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, Jasper, Texas, to fund disaster assistance to construct the new Deep East Texas Emergency Operations and Command Center in Angelina County, Texas, which will provide multi-agency coordination during disasters and other emergency situations to improve disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $1.25 million project.
    • $652,209 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Milwaukee Development Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to support the implementation of a Global Engagement Initiative that will benefit the seven-county Milwaukee region by create new trading partners, identifying new markets for exports, identifying workforce obstacles for global engagement, and increasing foreign direct investment. This builds off Milwaukee’s participation in the 2015 America’s Competiveness Exchange. This investment is part of a $1,321,564 project.
    • $300,000 in Public Works funds to the Northwest Technical College/Board of Trustees, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Bemidji, Minnesota, to support construction of a new welding and fabrication lab at Northwest Technical College’s Bemidji campus. The proposed lab space and state-of-the-art lab equipment will assist the region's manufacturers by providing a mechanism to upskill the current manufacturing workforce and by developing a pipeline of new skilled workers. This investment is part of a $600,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the Madison Regional Economic Partnership, Madison, Wisconsin, to support the Madison Region Economic Partnership in the development, establishment, and implementation of a formal governing, organizational, and reporting structure for the Madison area EDA-designated Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program. The project will convene, guide, and support action teams of experts and stakeholders in the six IMCP focus areas of workforce development, supply chain, research and development, infrastructure, international trade, and capital access. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership, St. Paul, Minnesota, to support the Minneapolis-St Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership (GREATER MSP) in the development, establishment, and implementation of a formal governing, organizational, and reporting structure for the Minneapolis area EDA-designated Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program. The project will convene, guide, and support action teams of experts and stakeholders in the six IMCP focus areas of workforce development, supply chain, research and development, infrastructure, international trade, and capital access. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the Economic Development Council for the Peoria Area/City of Peoria, Illinois, to support the implementation of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative, the Earthmoving Capital of the World. This award will help the initiative’s efforts to build resilience in the earthmoving equipment manufacturing supply chain, align regional workforce interests and skills with earthmoving supply chain needs, help that supply chain attract and retain talent, and increase the export capacity of the region. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
    • $194,000 in Technical Assistance funds to the University of Wisconsin System/Marquette University/University of Wisconsin Parkside (Kenosha)/Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to fund the fifth year of a five-year University Center Economic Development Program at the University of Wisconsin. The program provides technical assistance and research and development tools to increase productivity, spur innovation, and promote entrepreneurship to help increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification. This investment is part of a $404,482 project.
    • $150,000 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the Perry County Commissioners, New Lexington, Ohio, to fund an economic recovery coordinator to help local government officials and business leaders coordinate and facilitate long-term economic recovery efforts in a three-county region that stands to be severely impacted by low water levels once the Buckeye Lake is drained. This project will allow the impacted communities to prepare for and address the anticipated and actual economic impact of the low water levels of the lake. This investment is part of a $300,000 project that the grantee estimates will save 668 jobs.
    • $120,885 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST), Portland, Oregon, to fund a manufacturing capacity and market development study of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in rural communities in Oregon and southwest Washington. The region has suffered with the decline of the timber industry and other natural resource industries. This project, which is a central part of the IMCP-designated Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership’s strategy, will build on the traditional wood products industry and position the region to be a global leader in the CLT industry. This investment is part of a $203,491 project.
    • $111,706 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission/Michigan State University, Muskegon, Michigan, to support the Muskegon County Deconstruction Cluster Feasibility Study. The study will assess the feasibility of creating and sustaining an innovative comprehensive building deconstruction cluster to collect structural debris from communities around the Great Lakes, and recycle and repurpose the material into marketable projects. The project supports business development and job creation in the region while supporting continued use of the Muskegon port after decommissioning of a major coal-fired power plant. This investment is part of a $223,412 project.
    • $110,000 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the Region Nine Development Commission, Mankato, Minnesota, to support the Region Nine Development Commission in assessing the region’s emerging medical device manufacturing cluster by providing regional capacity to assess cluster needs, identify assets, and attract cluster firms and businesses from its supply chain. The project’s activities will include the provision of links to the Minneapolis Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnerships (IMCP) effort, which has also targeted the medical device manufacturing cluster. This investment is part of a $220,000 project.
  • September 21-25, 2015

    • $1,985,218 in Public Works funds to the Fresh Ministries and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, Jackson, Florida, to support construction of the Agri-Business Economic Development Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands for use by the Fueling Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (FEED) program. FEED will provide hands-on training and classroom sessions to individuals interested in mastering the skills required to own, manage, or work within the innovative aquaponic and hydroponic growth systems, state-of- the-art nurseries, and field-based farming. The center will serve as a catalyst for the revitalization of the agriculture industry and diversification of the territory’s economic base. This project is part of a $2,481,522 project that the grantees estimate will create 46 jobs.
    • $1.4 million in Public Works funds to the Siete del Norte Community Development Corporation, Embudo, New Mexico, to fund phase 1 of the renovations for the new Hunter Arts and Agricultural Center, which is a two-building complex comprised of the Northern New Mexico Food Hub and the multi-use Ford Hunter Building in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. The project supports the sustainable production, aggregation, and processing of agribusiness products to help improve the regional economy. This investment is part of a $1,793,068 project.
    • $1.275 million in Public Works funds to the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County, Maryland, to support construction of a wastewater treatment plant in the Keyser’s Ridge Business Park. The new plant will serve existing businesses and accommodate new commercial/industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $2.55 million project that the grantee estimates will create 25 jobs, save 15 jobs, and leverage $1.6 million in private investment.
    • $1,165,265 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Curators of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri, to fund the acquisition and installation of Tier 2 equipment and software for the University’s new Free Enterprise Center. The sophisticated 3-D visualization technology and prototyping equipment and software will be used to train entrepreneurs, industry personnel, displaced workers, and students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiatives. This investment is part of a $2,330,530 project.
    • $1.046 million in Public Works funds to the City of Prairie View, Texas, to construct critical water and sewer infrastructure to support the James Muse Parkway and Old Houston Highway corridor in Prairie View. The project will boost business expansion and provide job opportunities for residents within the region. This investment is part of a $1,446,475 project that the grantee estimates will create 50 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $5 million in private investment.
    • $1,035,013 in Public Works funds to the Houston Industrial Development Authority, Houston, Missouri, to support acquisition of property and construction of a new manufacturing facility in Houston. When completed, the facility will accommodate expansion of existing companies and will be a catalyst for attracting other higher-paying industries to the South Central Ozark region. This investment is part of a $1,725,022 project that the grantee estimates will create 45 jobs and leverage $4 million in private investment.
    • $773,750 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Alderson Broaddus University, Philippi, West Virginia, to support renovation of the former Broaddus Hospital to develop the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, a business incubator facility, on the campus of Alderson Broaddus University. The new center will provide space and “semi-virtual” business incubator services to tenants and resident companies in the rural counties of Barbour, Braxton, Randolph, Upshur, Lewis, Gilmer, and Tucker. This project addresses the need for additional and alternate job opportunities in the region devastated by the loss of coal-related employment. This investment is part of a $1,547,500 project that the grantee estimates will create 137 jobs and leverage $10.944 million in private investment.
    • $750,000 in Public Works funds to Artspace Projects, Inc. and the Oglala Lakota Arts Center, LLC, Shannon, South Dakota, to support construction of the Oglala Lakota Arts and Business Incubator on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. When completed, the incubator will offer incubator space and entrepreneur education and support programming to new and emerging Oglala Lakota artisan businesses and Reservation-based entrepreneurs. This project will be a catalyst for business acceleration on the Reservation, promoting economic diversification, resiliency, and opportunities for job creation. This investment is part of a $2,043,090 project.
    • $750,000 in Public Works funds to the Board of Regents, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, to fund the construction and acquisition of equipment for a wet research laboratory to support the Biotech Connecter program on the University’s Innovation Campus. The project will benefit start-ups and mid-sized bio-technology/bio-science firms, as well as build upon the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiatives by offering entrepreneurial skills to students in the Lincoln public schools, the Southeast Community College, and the University of Nebraska system. When completed, the wet research labs will be a hub for microbusiness incubation, business acceleration, and supportive business services that will create jobs and attract private investment to the region. This investment is part of a $1.5 million project.
    • $555,500 in Public Works funds to the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to fund improvements to the sewer and force main infrastructure at the Blackburn Industrial Park. The improvements will increase water and sewer capacity resulting in a more efficient system that will support the expansion of existing businesses and startup of new businesses. This investment is part of a $1.111 million project that the grantee estimates will create 150 jobs and leverage $10 million in private investment.
    • $500,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the ACCION-Chicago, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, to provide additional funds for an existing Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) in Cook County to expand the service area to include Lake County, Indiana. The RLF makes loans to low-income, ethnic minority, small business owners and entrepreneurs, which promotes economic growth and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
    • $500,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the West Virginia Coalition for Technology-Based Economic Development to support TechConnect’s ScaleUp West Virginia initiative to bring together the public and private sectors to develop a roadmap to empower and promote growth in West Virginia’s entrepreneurial and manufacturing sectors. The goal of this project is to spur innovation and entrepreneurship, long-term regional competitiveness, economic diversification, and job creation across West Virginia. This investment is part of a $710,000 project.
    • $410,570 in Economic Adjustment funds to the South Central Planning and Development Commission, Houma, Louisiana, to help the South Central Planning and Development Commission fulfill the plans to complete the expansion of its headquarters. This investment will expand an existing facility to enhance economic development and innovation activities in the region. Also, the facility will continue to be used as an emergency command center in South Central Louisiana. This investment is part of a $1,019,803 project.
    • $340,225 in Public Works funds to the Town of Unicoi, Tennessee, to fund the renovation of an existing building in Unicoi for development of the Mountain Harvest Kitchen, a shared-use kitchen incubator. The incubator will serve agricultural/food product entrepreneurs in the seven counties of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia, and will be a catalyst to boost entrepreneurial activity and job creation opportunities in the region. This investment is part of a $680,450 project that the grantee estimates will create 110 jobs.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the National Urban League, New York, New York, to support the National Urban League in the development and implementation of a new Entrepreneurship Center Program for businesses in West Baltimore, Maryland. The Urban League, with technical assistance from local, state, and federal programs, will provide the impacted businesses access to work space, infrastructure, and equipment. In addition, the program will provide seminars, training, and technical assistance to local businesses on topics such as startup, management, marketing and promoting a business. This investment is part of a $600,000 project.
    • $286,673 in Economic Adjustment funds to the U.S. Virgin Islands-Bureau of Economic Research, Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands, to support an update of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to include a strategy for boosting the region’s declining tourism industry. The CEDS process will bring together the public and private sectors to examine all aspects of the Territory’s resources—people, resources, natural assets—and create a roadmap to determine best practices for increasing tourism and sustaining and diversifying the region’s economy. This investment is part of a $325,000 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Gulf Coast Economic Development District, Houston, Texas, to fund an economic resiliency and disaster recovery coordinator. The Coordinator will assist the Gulf Coast Economic Development District by completing an economic impact assessment, GIS mapping, and mitigation plan to improve disaster resiliency and growth. This investment is part of a $250,000 project.
    • $142,500 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Illinois Eastern Community College District 29, Olney, Illinois, to support the Illinois Eastern Community College District 29 in the acquisition of truck driving equipment and a tractor trailer to develop and implement an operational Commercial Driver’s License Truck Driving Course on their campus in Noble, Illinois. The program will provide training and job placement assistance to area residents, and address the need for additional and alternate job opportunities in the region. This investment is part of a $285,000 project that the grantee estimates will create 458 jobs.
    • $113,500 in Short-Term Planning funds to the Greater Portland Council of Governments, Portland, Maine, to support the implementation of the Greater Portland Sustainable Food Production Cluster under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program. The project will convene, guide, and support action teams of experts and stakeholders in the six IMCP focus areas of workforce development, supply chain, research and development, infrastructure, international trade, and capital access. This investment is part of a $227,000 project.
  • September 14-18, 2015

    • $1.416 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the Florida Institute of Technology, Inc., Melbourne, Florida, to fund construction of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design in Brevard County. When completed, the new technology business incubator facility will be a hub for microbusiness incubation, business acceleration, and will serve as a catalyst for growing resilient manufacturing jobs and increasing global competitiveness in the East Central Florida region. This investment is part of a $2,900,139 project that the grantee estimates will create 598 jobs.
    • $1 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the City of Springdale, Arkansas, to construct critical roadway and water drainage infrastructure to improve Cambridge Street in Washington County. The project mitigates economic distress caused by flooding and will lead to increased disaster resiliency, promoting business expansion in the region. This investment is part of a $2.9 million project.
    • $1 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the White River Planning and Development District, Inc., Batesville, Arkansas, to support the White River Planning and Development District, Inc. in the construction of an Economic Resource Center in Independence County. The project mitigates economic distress caused by flooding and will lead to increased disaster resiliency, providing a resource center to serve area residents. This investment is part of a $1.25 million project.
    • $694,864 in Public Works funds to the City of Lavonia and Franklin County, Georgia, to support the expansion of an existing manufacturing company. The improvements will strengthen and enhance economic diversification of the region’s automotive industry, and serve as a catalyst for attracting new commercial and industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1,389,729 project that the grantees estimate will create 400 jobs and leverage $54 million in private investment.
    • $500,000 in in Economic Adjustment funds to the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development district, Inc., Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to support the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc. and the Southeast Arkansas Railroad Rehabilitation Project. The project constructs 22 miles of railroad to mitigate economic distress caused by flooding and will lead to increased disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $625,000 project.
    • $249,000 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, to fund the development of an economic roadmap for 15 Federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal Nations throughout EDA’s Philadelphia regional office. The capacity building program will provide strategic planning, technical assistance, training, education, and other resources to Tribes throughout the region, bringing together the public and private sectors to support the Tribes’ shared economic goals. This project will address the need for enhanced opportunities to access capital and other critical services to empower and promote economic development and growth. The 15 Federally-recognized Tribes include: the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut; Aroostook Band of MicMac, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe-Pleasant Point, Passamaquoddy Tribe-Indian Township and Penobscot Indian Nation in Maine; Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head and Mashpee Wampanoag in Massachusetts; Cayuga Nation, Oneida Indian Nation, Saint Regis Mohawk, Seneca Nations and Shinnecock Indian Nations in New York; and the Narragansett Indian Tribe in the state of Rhode Island. This investment is part of a $249,000 project.
    • $180,000 in Short-Term Planning funds to the South Central Planning and Development Commission, Houma, Louisiana, to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region served by the South Central Planning and Development Commission, which is comprised of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Landry, and Vermillion parishes. 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 $225,000 project.
    • $150,000 in Short-Term Planning funds to Virginia’s Region 2000 Local Government Council, Lynchburg, Virginia, to fund the refinement and implementation of various activities in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Region 2000 Local Government Council, which comprises the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell, and the independent cities of Bedford City and Lynchburg. 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 $300,000 project.
    • $150,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Capital Area Council of Governments, Austin, Texas, to support the Capital Area Council of Governments by funding an economic and disaster impact assessment and mitigation plan to identify infrastructure projects that support economic development efforts and enhance economic competitiveness and disaster resiliency in the region. This investment is part of a $200,944 project.
  • September 7-11, 2015

    • $1,971,110 in Public Works funds to the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Orangeburg, South Carolina to support construction of a new workforce training facility for health sciences and nursing programs on the campus of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. When completed, the facility will provide accessible skills training programs that will enable individuals to acquire competitive training/employment opportunities in the health care industries. This investment is part of an $8,820,211 project that the grantee estimates will create 332 jobs.
    • $1,217,456 in Public Works funds to the Junior College District of East Central Missouri, Union, Missouri, to support renovation and expansion of the existing Gala Event Center on the campus of East Central College to create the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Training. The renovated center will provide additional lab and classroom space to accommodate increased student demand for apprenticeships and skills development in the advanced manufacturing workforce training programs. This investment is part of a $2,434,912 project.
    • $150,000 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the TexAmericas Center, New Boston, Texas, to fund a master plan for the development of the TexAmericas Center in New Boston. The project will help improve economic development programs and services to economically distressed communities in the region. This investment is part of a $250,000 project.
  • August 31-September 4, 2015

    • $8.084 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the University of Florida-Board of Trustees, Gainesville, Florida, to support Phase II development of the Innovation Hub on the University of Florida’s Gainesville campus. The project includes construction of a new, state-of-the-art technology business incubator facility, which will provide space for the Entrepreneurial Women’s Center, as well as space for up to 45 companies of varying sizes. When completed, the facility will be a hub for microbusiness incubation, business acceleration, and supportive business services that will create jobs and attract private investment to the region. This investment is part of a $17.084 million project.
    • $1.35 million in Public Works funds to the Economic Development Foundation of Brenham, Texas, to support construction of a new Workforce and Technical Training Center in Brenham. The workforce training facility will encourage job growth and business expansion in the region by producing a well-trained, and high-skilled local workforce. This investment is part of a $1.89 million project.
    • $1,250,600 in Public Works funds to Expertise, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada, to support the construction and acquisition of equipment for a vocational training facility in North Las Vegas. The new vocational facility will be located in an economically distressed region and provide workforce training employment opportunities for the region’s residents. This investment is part of a $2,084,600 project that the grantee estimates will create 552 new jobs.
    • $750,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority and the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, Brunswick, Georgia, to fund expansion of the north apron at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport located in the Brunswick central business district. The improvements will allow expansion of existing businesses, strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s aeronautical, transportation, and logistics clusters, and serve as a catalyst for new industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1.5 million project that the grantees estimate will create 150 jobs and leverage $3.5 million in private investment.
    • $600,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the City of Pulaski, Tennessee, to fund critical water and sewer infrastructure improvements to support the expansion of an existing manufacturing company. The improvements will strengthen and enhance economic diversification of the region’s manufacturing cluster, and serve as a catalyst for attracting new commercial and industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1.2 million project that the grantee estimates will create 75 jobs, save 106 jobs, and leverage $48.45 million in private investment.
  • August 24-28, 2015

    • $2.7 million in Public Works funds to the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to support construction of a water main to replace the existing undersized/dilapidated water infrastructure. The new system will provide sufficient water capacity and enhance fire flows to serve existing businesses and accommodate new commercial and industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $6 million project that the grantee estimates will create 1,000 jobs, save 2,400 jobs, and leverage $3 million in private investment.
    • $2,438,681 in Public Works funds to the City of American Canyon, California, to support construction of critical roadway infrastructure improvements to the Green Island industrial district in Napa County. The project will allow businesses better access to the industrial district and its amenities, ensuring the ongoing viability and vitality of the industrial zone. This investment is part of an $11,612,767 project that the grantee estimates will save 109 jobs.
    • $1,939,257 in Public Works funds to the Town of Boydton, Virginia, to fund construction of a new sewer line and upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment system in Boydton. The improvements will increase the system’s capacity resulting in a more efficient system that will accommodate the expansion of existing businesses, startup of new businesses, and addresses the critical need for employment opportunities in Virginia’s Southside region. This investment is part of a $3,878,514 project that the grantee estimates will create 32 jobs, save 38 jobs, and leverage $347 million in private investment.
    • $1,600,074 in Public Works funds to the Town of Chino Valley, Arizona, to support the construction of critical roadway, water, and sewer lines to support utilities and transportation services to an industrial park in Yavapai County, Arizona. The project is part of Chino Valley’s long-term economic development plans to create higher skill, higher paying job opportunities for the region’s residents, and increase the capacity of business enterprises to improve the regional economy. This investment is part of a $2,047,824 project that the grantee estimates will save 34 jobs and leverage $500,000 in private investment.
    • $1,472,625 in Public Works funds to the Oxnard Harbor District, Port Hueneme, California, to support critical structural improvements to the Port of Hueneme in Ventura County, California. The project will enhance the wharf’s structure and deepen berth space to accommodate large ships and vessels increasing the region’s importing and exporting capabilities. This investment is part of a $2,945,250 project that the grantee estimates will create 127 jobs and save 3,326 jobs.
    • $1.15 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the Capital Region Planning Commission, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to support renovations to create a new Capital Region Operations and Resource Center that will serve as disaster response and resiliency center for the region as well as for fellow coastal planning districts requiring an emergency evacuation shelter and assistance. The project promotes job creation, supports economic diversification, and fosters disaster resiliency. This investment is part of a $1,600,200 project.
    • $914,910 in Public Works funds to the City of Barnwell, South Carolina, to fund critical water and sewer infrastructure improvements to the Barnwell County Airport Industrial Park. The improvements will support the location of a new manufacturing facility in the park, strengthen and enhance economic diversification of the region’s manufacturing cluster, and serve as a catalyst for attracting new commercial and industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1,524,850 project that the grantee estimates will create 134 jobs and leverage $117 million in private investment.
    • $816,637 in Public Works funds to Murray County and the Chatsworth Water Works Commission, Chatsworth, Georgia, to support construction of new sewer infrastructure necessary for connection of existing manufacturing companies to the city of Chatsworth’s main sewer collection system. Completion of this project will result in a more efficient system that will enable the continued development and expansion of existing businesses located in the city’s industrial corridor, and accommodates the startup of new businesses. This investment is part of a $1,166,624 project that the grantees estimate will create 600 jobs and leverage $100 million in private investment.
    • $780,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to Colleton County, the City of Walterboro, and the Walterboro-Colleton County Airport Commission, Walterboro, South Carolina, to fund critical water and sewer infrastructure improvements to the Lowcountry Regional Airport Park in Walterboro. The improvements support the expansion of existing businesses, strengthen and enhance diversification of the region’s aeronautical cluster, and accommodate new commercial and industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1.3 million project that the grantees estimate will create 126 jobs and leverage $3 million in private investment.
    • $700,000 in Public Works funds to the Town of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to fund construction of critical infrastructure improvements to the municipal water system. The improvements will provide sufficient water capacity and enhance fire protection to support economic diversification and accommodate new commercial and industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $5,625,753 project that the grantee estimates will create 30 jobs and leverage $2.5 million in private investment.
    • $400,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to The Idea Village, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, to support Idea Village in positioning New Orleans as the entrepreneurial hub of the south. The funding assists with the expansion of Idea Village's Entrepreneur Season to provide increased technical assistance to New Orleans businesses through seminars, targeted business assistance, and facilitating entrepreneurs' access to capital. The project helps New Orleans diversify its local economy and solidify its position as a prime location for entrepreneurs. This investment is part of an $800,000 project.
    • $300,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans, Inc. (Propeller), Louisiana, to aid in supporting the growth of regional entrepreneurship in the water cluster through its Water Accelerator program. The program will provide business consulting services, technical assistance, mentoring, and other resources as needed to facilitate the growth of an estimated 10 to 20 businesses. Additionally, SENO will convene 10-15 workshops, panels, or events to connect regional members of the water clusters with key stakeholders, perform outreach with cluster firms and industry associations to determine best practices to ensure cluster growth. The investment will help New Orleans diversify its local economy and solidify its position as a prime location for entrepreneurs. This investment is part of an $853,680 project.
    • $250,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Port of South Louisiana, Laplace, Louisiana, to support a market and research study to determine the potential impact of a new container terminal in the Port of South Louisiana. This study will analyze a more efficient and economical pathway to process imports and exports, which will lead to a more robust and sustained regional economy. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $239,337 in Economic Adjustment funds to the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, to support Phase II development of the Venture Development Center on the campus of the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The project includes converting underutilized common space into wet laboratory units to accommodate new start-ups in the life sciences industry. When completed, the expanded Center will be a hub for microbusiness incubation, business acceleration, and supportive business services that will create jobs and attract private investment to the region. This investment is part of a $578,674 project that the grantee estimates will create 114 jobs and leverage $77,671,800 in private investment.
  • August 17-21, 2015

    • $1.4 million in Public Works funds to the Hartsville-Trousdale Water and Sewer Utility District/Hartsville-Trousdale County, Tennessee, to fund construction of critical infrastructure improvements to the PowerCom Industrial Center in Hartsville. The improvements will provide sufficient water and sewer capacity to support expansion of existing businesses and accommodate new businesses. This investment is part of a $2.8 million project that the grantees estimate will create 224 jobs, save 13 jobs, and leverage $73,304,040 in private investment.
    • $204,688 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC, to support the International Economic Development Council in providing training and technical assistance to communities in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas that have been affected by recent natural disasters. The project will help improve economic development programs and services to economically distressed communities in the region. This investment is part of a $255,864 project.
  • August 10-14, 2015

    • $1,073,594 in Public Works funds to the City of Ansonia, Connecticut, to fund construction of utility and road improvements to support Phase II development of the Foundation Lake Commerce Center. The infrastructure improvements will allow better access to the Center’s developable land allowing expansion and continuing operations of existing industry and development of new industry. This investment is part of a $2,147,188 project that the grantee estimates will create 225 jobs, save 100 jobs, and leverage $11 million in private investment.
    • $1,000,308 in Public Works funds to the Southeastern Community College, West Burlington, Iowa, to support construction of a new Industrial Maintenance Technology facility on the Southeastern Community College’s Keokuk campus. The workforce training facility will encourage job growth and business expansion in the region by providing training in the advanced manufacturing and industrial technologies necessary to meet the demands of the region’s emerging industries. This investment is part of a $3,969,477 project.
    • $265,650 in Economic Adjustment Assistance to Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Brattleboro, Vermont, to support development and implementation of the Southern Vermont Green Building Cluster project. A market and industry research and analysis study will be conducted to determine a more efficient and economical pathway to grow and expand the green building industry sectors in the southeastern Vermont region, leading to a more robust and sustained regional economy. This investment is part of a $531,300 project.
  • August 3-7, 2015

    • $3 million in Public Works funds to the Klamath Community College, Klamath Falls, Oregon, to support construction of the Klamath Community College Work Skills Technology Center in Klamath County. The Center will provide vocational training in the fields of aviation, business, and computer engineering technology, media marketing, and manufacturing, as well as expand Klamath Community College’s Health Information Management program. These training opportunities will address the shortage of trained personnel in new technology and expand the region’s capacity to meet the needs of local businesses. This investment is part of a $6,540,534 project.
    • $500,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance to Launch New York, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) and Innovation Center of the Rockies (Boulder, Colorado), to support development and implementation of a virtual mentor network to provide technical assistance and mentoring to entrepreneurs in a 27-county region of Upstate New York. The project will facilitate the use of significant research and development resources to provide technology and innovation-based 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 $1.125 million project.
  • July 20-24, 2015

    • $2,017,501 in Economic Adjustment Assistance to the Isothermal Community College/The Trustees of Isothermal Community College, Spindale, North Carolina, to support construction of the Isothermal Comprehensive Applied Sciences and Workforce Development Center on the campus of Isothermal Community College. This new state-of-the-art workforce training facility will house multiple work skills classrooms, including training in the advanced manufacturing and industrial technologies necessary to meet the demands of the region’s emerging industries using advanced industrial technologies. This investment is part of a $6,113,639 project that the grantees estimate will create 594 jobs and leverage $207.5 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the City of Williamstown, Kentucky, to fund construction of a new water treatment plant to replace an outdated water plant in Williamstown. The new plant will provide sufficient water capacity to serve existing businesses and accommodate new commercial/industrial development and job creation in the region’s growing health care, manufacturing, and professional sectors. This investment is part of a $3.26 million project that the grantee estimates will create 240 jobs, save 181 jobs, and leverage $30.24 million in private investment.
  • July 13-17, 2015

    • $2 million in Public Works funds to the Port of Port Angeles, Washington, to support the renovation of a composite recycling technology center in Clallam County, Washington. The facility will house industrial and workforce training programs specializing in recycling of composite waste materials to create employment opportunities for the region’s residents, and improve the regional economy. This investment is part of a $4 million project that the grantee estimates will create 111 jobs.
    • $768,358 in Public Works funds to the Town of Lyons, Colorado, to support the construction of critical water and sewer infrastructure to allow recovery and further development of the Town of Lyons’ eastern corridor commercial district, which was destroyed by the 2013 floods. When completed, the new water infrastructure will help strengthen the corridor and be a catalyst for business acceleration, promoting economic diversification, resiliency, and growth in the region. This investment is part of a $1,536,717 project.
    • $352,171 in Economic Adjustment Assistance to the Three Rivers Mississippi Planning and Development District, Pontotoc, Mississippi, to fund implementation of High Availability which is an advanced, state-of-the-art disaster recovery plan for an 11-county region of Mississippi severely impacted by an EF-3 tornado in April 2014. This project supports enhanced disaster resiliency planning, capacity building, and information technology assistance associated with economic recovery efforts to establish a more resilient, sustainable economy in the event of future disasters. This investment is part of a $704,342 project.
  • July 6-10, 2015

    • $2,499,474 in Economic Adjustment Assistance funds to the University of Southern California/University of California-Riverside, California, to provide technical assistance to the University of Southern California in partnership with the University of California-Riverside and over 80 other partners to develop organizational capacity within the region to administer the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership. The project will provide management and research support to increase investment in the aerospace and defense manufacturing sectors and improve opportunities to create sustainable employment opportunities for the region’s workforce. This investment is part of a $3,259,291 project.
    • $1,006,075 in Economic Adjustment Assistance funds to Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, to fund construction of critical infrastructure necessary to support construction of the Experiential Engineering Building on Wichita State’s Innovation Campus. This project supports the recent designation of Wichita as an IMCP manufacturing community, and is projected to create capacity through training and business engagement to support job creation and retention in the advanced manufacturing sector. This investment is part of a $2,012,150 project.
  • June 29-July 3, 2015

    • $1,018,633 in Public Works funds to Butler County, Missouri to fund construction of a railroad bridge overpass over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at the entrance of the Poplar Bluff Industrial Park, the region’s largest industrial park. The new overpass will allow increased access to the Park enabling industries constrained by limitations on the road to expand and grow. The expanded access will attract more start-up businesses and entrepreneurs to the region, promoting job creation and economic growth. This investment is part of a $2,611,880 project that the grantee estimates will create 50 jobs and leverage $2 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the Village of Salado, Texas, to construct critical wastewater and sewer infrastructure to support the South Main Street corridor in Bell County. The project will boost business expansion and provide job opportunities for the region’s residents. This investment is part of a $2.1 million investment that the grantee estimates will create 35 jobs, save 188 jobs, and leverage $150 million in private investment.
    • $925,054.58 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 at the Regents of the University of Colorado in Boulder, which serves import-impacted firms located in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,735,704.06 project.
    • $1,711,405.13 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms funds to the Mid-Atlantic Employers’ Association, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, to fund the activities of the Mid-Atlantic Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, which serves import-impacted firms located in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,711,405.13 project.
    • $871,628.35 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, 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 $1,635,459.01 project.
    • $865,544.61 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms funds to the Applied Strategies International, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois, to fund the activities of the Midwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Chicago, Illinois, which serves import-impacted firms located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,624,043.95 project.
    • $773,539.84 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms funds to the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, to fund the activities of the Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in San Antonio, TX, which serves import-impacted firms located in: Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,451,413 project.
    • $763,371.91 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, Washington, which serves import-impacted firms located in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,432,334.66 project.
    • $737,411.83 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, Michigan, 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 $1,383,625.09 project.
    • $710,779.54 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, Georgia, which serves import-impacted firms located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,333,654.22.
    • $672,507.33 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms funds to the University of Southern California, to fund the activities of the Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (WTAAC) in Los Angeles, 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 $1,261,843.07 project.
    • $648,368.09 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms funds to the Curators of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri, to fund the activities of the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Columbia, Missouri, which serves import-impacted firms located in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,216,549.99 project.
    • $628,406.64 in Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms funds to the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, to fund the activities of the New York State Trade Adjustment Assistance Center at the Research Foundation State University of New York in Binghamton, which serves import-impacted firms located in New York, to strengthen their competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace. This investment is part of a $1,179,095.79 project.
  • June 22-26, 2015

    • $580,200 in Public Works funds to the City of Canyon, Texas, to construct critical sewer infrastructure to support the proposed agriculture manufacturing park in Randall County. The project will boost business expansion and provide job opportunities for the region’s residents. This investment is part of a $1,160,400 project that the grantee estimates will create 55 new jobs.
    • $350,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance to the Nevada System of Higher Education, Las Vegas, Nevada, to support the Nevada System of Higher Education in purchasing equipment for a health care professional training facility in Clark County. The equipment will help the region gain the capacity to train its workforce through educational opportunities provided by institutions of higher education. The project complements the Strong Cities, Strong Communities project currently underway in Las Vegas and promotes economic growth and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $700,000 project.
    • $250,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance to the Greater Laredo Development Foundation, Laredo, Texas, to fund the development of an International Business Assistance Center to support small and medium-sized businesses promote international trade by offering equipped incubator space, conference rooms and support staff. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
  • June 15-19, 2015

    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the City of Walker, Louisiana, to provide critical water, sewer, and roadway infrastructure to support the development of the Walker Industrial Park. The new development will allow the area to expand their metal manufacturing and distribution clusters. This investment is part of a $3,396,235 project that the grantee estimates will create 200 jobs, save 859 jobs, and leverage $25 million in private investment.
    • $366,899 in Local Technical Assistance funds to the Saint Louis Economic Development Partnership, Clayton, Missouri, to fund an economic recovery coordinator to assist the communities of Ferguson, Dellwood, Jennings, and a portion of unincorporated St. Louis County. The coordinator will work with local officials and business leaders in the impacted areas to coordinate and facilitate resources necessary for long-term economic recovery and growth in the region. This investment is part of a $497,664 project.
    • $200,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance to the Puget Sound Regional Council, Seattle, Washington, to provide technical assistance to the Puget Sound Regional Council to implement the region’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP). The project will make resources available to business enterprises in the manufacturing sector that will improve their opportunities for expansion and support the creation of sustainable employment opportunities for the region’s workforce. This investment is part of a $400,000 project.
  • June 8-12, 2015

    • $1.25 million in Public Works funds to Independence County, Arkansas, to support rail, road, and sewer infrastructure for the new Batesville feed mill. The project will further the region’s economic development by attracting new industry and allowing the area’s agriculture cluster to innovate and expand. This investment is part of a $2.5 million project that the grantee estimates will create 250 jobs and leverage $2.2 million in private investment.
    • $960,000 in Public Works funds to the City of Hondo, Texas, to provide financial assistance for the construction of an Annex to the South Texas Regional Training Center in Medina County. The project supports the City of Hondo’s strategy to increase jobs in the region by providing vocational training in the fields of aviation, construction, nursing, welding, and other basic skills. This investment is part of a $1.2 million project that the grantee estimates will create 30 jobs.
    • $155,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the County of Humboldt/The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District, Eureka, California, to fund an infrastructure and reuse plan for a former pulp mill site on the Samoa Peninsula in Humboldt County. The project provides technical assistance to identify opportunities to reuse the industrial infrastructure and create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy. This investment is part of a $310,000 project.
  • June 1-5, 2015

    • $862,557 in Public Works funds to Artspace Projects, Inc., Loveland, Colorado, to support the rehabilitation of Loveland’s historic Feed & Grain Building for use as a creative arts business incubator to serve businesses and entrepreneurs in the Larimer County region severely impacted by the Colorado flood disaster of 2013. When completed, the incubator will be a catalyst for business acceleration, promoting economic diversification, resiliency, and growth in the region. This investment is part of a $1,725,115 project that the grantee estimates will create 27 jobs and save 22 jobs.
    • $250,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments, Silver City, New Mexico, to establish a strategic planning process to implement the Southwest New Mexico Energy and Green Jobs Task Force’s Regional Plan for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the four county area of Southwest New Mexico. The project lays the groundwork for establishing an incubator to promote entrepreneurship and business development in the region. This investment is part of a $312,500 project.
  • May 25-29, 2015

    • $992,687 in Public Works funds to the Maine Department of Transportation, Augusta, Maine, to support construction of an interchange on Interstate 95 at Trafton Road and the realignment of an adjacent roadway to provide unobstructed access to existing industrial facilities in Waterville. When completed, the improvements will help boost business expansion and provide job opportunities for the region’s residents. This investment is part of a $4,813,362 project that the grantee estimates will create 325 jobs and leverage $34 million in private investment.
  • May 18-22, 2015

    • $2.181 million in Economic Adjustment funds to the Ogden City Corporation, Ogden, Utah, to fund construction of a water line to support development of a new advanced manufacturing facility at the Ogden Business Exchange, Utah’s first lifestyle business park. The new water line will provide sufficient water capacity to accommodate new manufacturing-based foreign direct investment into the Ogden region. This investment is part of a $2.908 million project that the grantee estimates will create 175 jobs and leverage $12 million in private investment.
    • $500,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to the Nevada County Economic Resource Council Foundation, Inc., Grass Valley, California, to support the American Digital Media Leadership Campus’s mission by building a globally competitive region that focuses on providing innovative technologies to the rapidly growing, global digital media industry. By facilitating the transfer of technology and business skills between researchers and industry teams relevant to the digital media industry, the Campus helps to strengthen the regional and U.S. economic competitiveness. This investment is part of a $1,026,832 project.
    • $500,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to the Saint Louis Economic Development Partnership, Saint Louis Missouri, to support the development of a master plan for building a cohesive research park strategy that will strengthen opportunities for regional economic growth and globalization in bioscience research and commercialization by supporting entrepreneurship and collaborative innovation. The expanded park and innovation hub will further the region’s economic development efforts to elevate and expand the existing plant science ecosystem from idea generation to commercialization, creating jobs, and regional competitiveness on an international scale. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $498,577 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, to complete an in-depth planning, feasibility, and marketing study of the best plan for the next phase of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Biotechnology Research Park. The Park will be located on the adjacent properties of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Memphis Bioworks which will help facility technology transfer and research commercialization. This investment is part of a $498,577 project.
    • $498,540 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, to support the development of an implementation strategy and business plan for the Innovation Park@Rutgers, a signature corporate and community collaboration, commercialization complex at Rutgers. The Park will serve as a catalyst for community development that spans beyond New Jersey, and will be the epicenter of an innovation ecosystem that will have the most advanced supercomputing system in the state. This investment is part of a $498,540 project.
    • $498,286 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, to support the expansion of the Cal Poly Technology Park into an “Innovation Complex” in San Luis Obispo, CA. The project supports critical market feasibility and programming studies to ensure that the new facility meets the needs of the University and helps to diversify and stimulate the economy by creating high-paying technical jobs and employment opportunities in the region. This investment is part of a $498,286 project.
    • $488,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to the Regents of New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, to support a study to analyze the expansion of Arrowhead Park’s multi-disciplinary park into a collaborative business and research environment centered around a healthcare delivery and medical technology development cluster (Health-Tech). The ultimate goal is to positively impact the region through improved healthcare for citizens while diversifying New Mexico’s economy. This investment is part of a $488,000 project.
    • $460,707 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia, to fund a research park feasibility study to assess the viability of expanding the footprint of the existing technology park, Enterprise Park, founded by GATech in 2004. The hub will benefit startup companies emerging from several nearby universities, existing companies as they expand their current operations without leaving the area, and leading edge research and innovation enterprises ‒ including Global Center for Medical Innovation and Georgia Tech Research Institute. This investment is part of a $632,407 project.
    • $395,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to the Clemson University Land Stewardship Foundation, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina, to fund the development of a new master plan for the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Clemson University’s CU-ICAR is a unique, automotive-focused science and technology park that plays a pivotal role in supporting the growth of the automotive and advanced manufacturing industries as an innovation campus in South Carolina and the southeast. With a new master plan, CU-ICAR will be better positioned to serve its multiple constituencies and to become an even stronger force driving the South Carolina economy. This investment is part of a $395,000 project.
    • $330,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, to support the development of a strategy for renovation and update of the Tyler Research Center. The plans will analyze the physical and organizational resources available in the region, provide detailed recommendations regarding the enhancement of existing facilities and the creation of new ones, and evaluate the economic impact of the commercialization program while providing sustainability recommendations. This investment is part of a $330,000 project.
    • $290,600 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, West Palm Beach, Florida, to fund a study of the feasibility of establishing a northern Palm Beach County science and research park (NPBC). NPBC would leverage the area’s existing emerging life sciences and related industry cluster along the North Palm Beach County Life Science Corridor, anchored by two renowned research institutes including the Scripps Research Institute and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. This investment is part of a $290,600 project.
    • $247,170 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to the Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor, Michigan, to support the creation of a plan for a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Development Center. The CAV Center will meet demand for an early stage CAV accelerator and, for established companies, leasable real estate surrounding a test track. The CAV Center will leverage the region's one-of-a-kind automotive industry to attract electronics, software, and systems integration firms to test the new technologies. This investment is part of a $247,170 project.
    • $158,467 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Science and Research Park Development Grants competition to Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, to support an in-depth planning and feasibility study to determine the economic and technical viability of renovating the existing buildings of the Washington State University Research Park. The project’s long-term goal is to expand the overall facilities within the WSU Research Park to promote economic development by providing the properly equipped physical space to facilitate the creation of businesses based on technologies developed within the university system as well as from within the community. This investment is part of a $288,726 project.
  • April 27-May 1, 2015

    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the Wilson Community College and the Wilson Community College Foundation, Wilson, North Carolina, to renovate and customize two buildings on the Wilson Community College Lee Campus for workforce training in advanced transportation and industrial maintenance and operations. The region’s industry and facilities have suffered from a shortage of skilled workers in these fields. This project will provide the specialized training and retraining of local workers to address the gap. This investment is part of a $2 million project that the grantee estimates will create 245 jobs.
  • April 13-17, 2015

    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the City of Muskogee, Oklahoma, to construct critical road and waste water infrastructure to upgrade and expand the Muskogee Industrial Park. This project is part of the City’s long-term economic development plans in response to recent job losses in the manufacturing, retail, and agricultural sectors. This investment is part of a $3,196,985 project that the grantee estimates will create 4 jobs, save 238 jobs, and leverage $400,000 in private investment.
  • April 6-10, 2015

    • $904,588 in Economic Adjustment assistance funds to the Southwest Tennessee Community College/Memphis Tennessee Board of Regents, Shelby County, Tennessee, to construct a new two-story business and industry facility on the Macon Cove Campus of the Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis. The construction will help meet regional industry demand for entry level skills in Advanced Industrial Technology Process Control, Advanced Industrial Logistics Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing. This investment is part of a $2,654,588 project that the grantees estimate will create 52 jobs, save 33 jobs, and leverage $60,000 in private investment.
    • $672,870 in Public Works funds to Downtown West Plains, Inc., West Plains, Missouri, to support renovation and expansion of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator to provide increased business opportunities to the counties of Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas, and Wright. The additional space will allow existing businesses to expand and grow, and attract more start-up businesses and entrepreneurs to the region, promoting public and private investment and economic growth. This investment is part of a $1,121,450 project.
  • March 30-April 3, 2015

    • $895,000 in Public Works funds to the Treasure Coast Research, Education, and Development Authority, Fort Pierce, Florida, to construct the Center for AgriLife Research and Entrepreneurship (CARE) Incubator Project in the Treasure Coast Research Park. The new incubator, known as the Sunshine Kitchen Food Business Incubator, will include a shared-use commercial kitchen, which will be a working laboratory for food entrepreneurs as they develop new products, processes, packaging, and product promotions. The project will grow many agricultural businesses by providing necessary research, education, and resources. This investment is part of a $1,791,735 project that the grantee estimates will create 266 jobs and leverage $6.6 million in private investment.
    • $500,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, to create the Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot (STIHS), a collaboration among Binghamton University, Cornell University, Corning Inc., and the Ceramics Corridor Innovation Center, that will develop a Hardware Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (HEE) in the Southern Tier region of New York State. The project combines the region’s strengths in engineering, materials science, and manufacturing with cutting-edge business incubation, acceleration and entrepreneurship theory and practice to accelerate the development of product-oriented startups and grow the region’s economy and employment. This investment is part of a $1,379,297 project.
    • $500,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to BioStl, St. Louis, Missouri, to increase the capacity of the St. Louis Bioscience Regional Proof of Concept Center. This project will provide additional technical assistance for its current portfolio of proof of concept projects and companies and will increase the number of trained entrepreneurs who will create the technology business of tomorrow. By expanding its proof of concept program known as the Technology Advancement Program (TAP), the program will continue to address various gaps in the commercialization continuum. This investment is part of a $1,227,826 project.
    • $500,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, to support the New Orleans BioInnovation Center’s (NOBIC) efforts to scale a proven and innovative Life Science Technology Commercialization assistance program from serving entrepreneurs in the New Orleans area to a statewide effort. By making NOBIC a regional life science research commercialization hub, this program will support the creation of high-growth life science entrepreneurial ventures that will contribute to regional economic growth. This investment is part of a $1,225,745 project.
    • $500,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the Pennsylvania State University, State College/Centre, Pennsylvania, to create TechCelerator, a pre-accelerator designed for early-stage tech-based start-ups which provides an array of pre-launch business and market research services designed to assist entrepreneurs in converting business ideas into reality. The project will enhance the support system by focusing services and programs to support TechCelerator efforts and to develop a strong, vibrant entrepreneurial culture that will create a large, sustainable pipeline of startup activity in Centre County and the surrounding region. This investment is part of a $1,216,584 project.
    • $500,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the Curators of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, to continue support for early-stage proof-of-concept projects at Digital Sandbox KC. The project expands the program to create a community-wide network of product development and testing resources, essentially turning the entire community into a regional market research and testing environment. This clearinghouse will encompass prototype equipment and resources available through higher education, corporate, government and nonprofit channels. This investment is part of a $1.15 million project.
    • $500,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, to support the expansion of the FirstWaVE Venture Center in Tampa a program that has been highly successful in connecting high-growth startups with mentorship, early stage capital and other resources to foster a culture of innovation throughout the region. The project seeks to increase the overall number of startups and accelerate the commercialization of inventions and ideas by providing more specialization and better resources for specific industries and demographics, such as the IT, education, hospitality, call centers, and manufacturing industries, as well as for women-led and veteran-led high-growth companies. This investment is part of a $1,068,550 project.
    • $500,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia, to transfer the experience of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) in developing university-fostered startup ecosystems to two university communities located in the downtown area of Atlanta: Georgia State University and the four private, historically black colleges and university (HBCU) members of the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the Morehouse School of Medicine). In collaboration with Startup Atlanta, a non-profit convener of startup activity in the broader Atlanta region, EI2 will support an exchange of our best practices focused on the development of student startup curriculum and clubs, faculty commercialization programs, accelerators, and incubators. This investment is part of a $1,017,787 project.
    • $500,000 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, to extend the UCF I-Corps pilot program to help transition Central Florida’s engineering workforce into high growth technology companies that design, manufacture and export innovative products. This Center will also leverage both the statewide Florida Cleantech Accelerator Network and the forthcoming Osceola County Advanced Materials Research Center. This investment is part of a $1,000,173 project.
    • $611,000 in Economic Adjustment Assistance funds to the Innovation Accelerator Foundation, Inc., Rochester, New York, to provide technical assistance to support development of the Innovation, Manufacturing, and Material Science Institute accelerator in the Eastman Business Park in Rochester. The project will facilitate the reuse of significant research and development resources and provide technology 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 $1.222 million project.
    • $499,959 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, to build the I-20 Corridor Maker Space Innovation Network . The project integrates interdisciplinary maker-spaces, entrepreneurship, and business development across the region to enhance new product development that will lead to new job creation and economic growth. This investment is part of a $1,385,078 project.
    • $499,826 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to create Technology Commercialization Carolina, a program designed to convert university research and development into commercially viable enterprises. The multi-institution technology commercialization center will provide commercialization and entrepreneurship training, early stage venture launch support, incubation, and funding to a diverse set of inventors and innovators throughout North Carolina. This investment is part of a $1,130,298 project.
    • $499,822 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, Baltimore, Maryland, to establish the mdSTEPP Virtual Commercialization Center. By leveraging the innovations in medical devices emerging from the Central Maryland/Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan region's prominent medical and engineering schools including the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, and the region's significant entrepreneurial support infrastructure, the program seeks to significantly increase the number of successful medical device companies in Maryland. This investment is part of a $999,644 project.
    • $499,064 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Alaska, to establish the Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization. The Center will provide the technical and business assistance required to accelerate commercialization and implementation of the technologies needed to improve the affordability and reliability of microgrid energy systems, an industry of particular importance in remote or isolated regions characterized by high energy costs, such as those in Alaska and developing regions of the world. This investment is part of a $998,520 project.
    • $499,010 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to BioAccel, Phoeniz, Arizona, to support the expansion of the Southwest Proof of Concept Commercialization Center (BioAccel). The project will enhance the partnership between the biomedical engineering programs at Arizona State University and the University of California at Irvine in order to provide additional technical assistance for its current portfolio of proof of concept projects and companies and to increase the number of trained entrepreneurs who will create the technology business of tomorrow. This investment is part of a $919,463 project.
    • $474,453 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the City and County of San Francisco, California, to expand San Francisco’s current entrepreneurship-in-residence program, Startup in Residence (STIR), from a one-city model to a regional, multi-city program. The STIR program aims to create a replicable and scalable model to build regional networks of city governments that accelerate the commercialization of cutting edge innovations in technology services to the public sector and expand entrepreneurial and investment opportunities and government collaboration in the participating regions. This investment is part of a $959,730.95 project.
    • $449,950 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center, Inc., Lima, Ohio, to establish the Center for High Strain Rate Forming Commercialization in Lima. By linking metal forming manufacturers with university researchers, government economic development entities, and supply chain vendors, the Center will leverage existing resources, collaborate, and co-invest to nurture manufacturing innovation among all sizes of manufacturers to accelerate commercialization and innovative adaptation. This investment is part of a $1,022,404 project.
    • $399,585 in funds from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s i6 Challenge competition to the Albany Medical College, New York, to support development of a best of class commercialization model for New York’s Capital Region through the newly established Biomedical Acceleration & Commercialization Center (BACC). Led by Albany Medical College, the project seeks to build an entrepreneurial culture, improve the processes by which ideas become products and companies, and provide critical technology transfer resources to companies, investors, and entrepreneurs. This investment is part of a $919,463 project.
    • $250,000 from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds competition to the Clean Energy Trust, Chicago, Illinois, to support the Clean Energy Trust (CET), a non-profit clean energy accelerator that serves nine Midwestern states to source breakthrough technologies that can be turned into high-growth startup companies. CET aims to create a healthier and more sustainable environment and a more prosperous economy. CET has established a Clean Energy Prize Fund that strives to foster innovation and promote economic growth by providing much needed early-stage seed capital to these startups in order to traverse the commercialization "valley of death." This investment is part of a $650,000 project.
    • $250,000 from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds competition to Quatere, Salt Lake City, Utah, to support Quatere’s efforts to create and implement an innovative, next generation early stage umbrella fund in the Intermountain region and beyond. The fund will inject much needed sustainable funding options for early stage and startup companies and is expected to result in new job creation and increased availability of capital and technical assistance to early stage companies in the region. This investment is part of a $628,800 project.
    • $250,000 from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds competition to Technology 2020, Knoxville, Tennessee, to assist in the launch of the TennesSeed Proof of Concept Fund. TennesSeed will accelerate the formation and funding of new companies in Tennessee by de-risking very young, promising companies through investments that validate technology, products and services, and market potential. These proof-of-concept investments will increase the flow of vetted investment opportunities for investors that finance companies beyond the pre-seed or seed stage and will increase the attractiveness of those opportunities, thereby increasing the rate of high quality job creation. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $250,000 from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds competition to the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, to support the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation’s efforts to facilitate venture growth in portfolio companies. The project will strengthen the network of nine angel funds that have been established in eastern North Dakota, increasing the contact with individuals in the central and western areas of the state who have expressed interest in investing, laying the groundwork for launching new angel and seed funds that will extend the angel fund network statewide. This investment is part of a $500,000 project.
    • $248,946 from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds competition to the Regional Development Corporation, Espanola, New Mexico, to improve the performance and impact of Regional Development Corporation’s existing seed fund by providing technical assistance to existing portfolio companies and by better connecting the ecosystem’s stakeholders. The project will develop a feasibility study for a larger regional seed capital fund to be able to provide seed capital for early-stage companies, especially those focused on science- and technology-based products and services. This investment is part of a $516,076 project.
    • $249,933 from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds competition to the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, to raise, deploy and manage the $5 million evergreen StarterCorps Seed Fund that will be deployed in innovative technology and advanced manufacturing startups in Central Florida. Specifically, StarterCorps will provide the most promising new ventures with access to incremental rounds of seed funding that will be critical in maturing these "starter" teams into companies that are attractive to angel groups, early-stage venture capitalists and federal SBIR agencies. This investment is part of a $516,933 project.
    • $221,467 from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds competition to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Phoenix, Arizona, to fund a feasibility study to assist in establishing a seed capital fund to serve the Greater Phoenix region. The fund would support early-stage companies in advanced manufacturing and related industries, and connect entrepreneurs with existing capacity and resources within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. By leveraging the expertise of the core team members and other stakeholders, the fund will help startups advance quickly into the next phase of growth and value. This investment is part of a $515,203 project.
    • $148,600 from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds competition to the Montana Economic revitalization and Development Institute, Butte, Montana, to strengthen the Mansfield Center’s ability to support fledgling manufacturers with prototype development, proof-of-concept assistance, business mentoring, and product commercialization assistance. The Mansfield Center incorporates a mixed-use business incubator and a machine shop makerspace focused on assisting high-growth entrepreneurial manufacturers in taking their operations to the next level. This investment is part of a $297,200 project.
    • $124,910 from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program’s Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds competition to the Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, to design a seed capital investment infrastructure needed to create the Bio Innovation Seed Fund. Once established, the fund will provide increased opportunities for proof of concept, product demonstration, and prototypes for early stage projects and products being developed by physicians, engineers, and entrepreneurs in the New York Capital region. This early stage assistance will encourage private investment leveraging of federal, state, and regional economic development funding and initiatives and support innovation and entrepreneurship. This investment is part of a $258,531 project.
  • March 23-27, 2015

    • $3 million in Public Works funds to the Findlay Township Municipal Authority, Clinton, Pennsylvania, to support construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Findlay Township, a critical growth area near the Pittsburgh International Airport. The new plant will provide sufficient water capacity to serve existing businesses and accommodate new commercial/industrial development and job creation in the region. This investment is part of an $11,353,690 project that the grantee estimates will create 2,420 jobs and leverage $783 million in private investment.
    • $613,905 in Public Works funds to the Curators of the University of Missouri and the City of Columbia, Missouri, to support construction of roadway and utility infrastructure necessary for continued development of the Discovery Ridge Research Park. The construction will enable new and existing industries constrained by limitations on the roadway and sewer systems to expand and grow. This investment is part of a $1,227,810 project that the grantees estimate will create 68 jobs and leverage $48 million in private investment.
    • $600,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the Planning and Development District III and the Areawide Business Council, Inc., Yankton, South Dakota, to support the recapitalization of an existing revolving loan fund (RLF). The RLF will be used to increase the lending capacity and provide gap financing to businesses in two disaster-designated counties—Hanson and Jerauld, which are recovering from recent tornado damage. This investment is part of an $800,000 project.
    • $500,000 in Economic Adjustment funds to the South Eastern Development Foundation, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to support the creation of a revolving fund (RLF) to serve disaster-impacted businesses in the counties of Clay, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Turner, and Union. RLF assistance will be used to promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the region. This investment is part of a $1 million project.
  • March 10-13, 2015

    • $1.2 million in Public Works funds to the Southwest Key Programs, Austin, Texas, to construct and renovate infrastructure in East Austin to create a mixed-use commercial center to grow small businesses and develop innovation-based industry clusters. This project will lay the foundation for job opportunities for a distressed area through promotion of entrepreneurship for the largely Hispanic and African-American East Austin community. This investment is part of a $5,713,847 project that the grantee estimates will create 250 jobs.
    • $1.2 million in Public Works funds to the Brooks Development Authority, San Antonio, Texas, to enable the Brooks City Base community to turn unused land and buildings on the site of the former Brooks Air Force Base into a viable area for businesses growth and investment. The newly available spaces will act as an engine for economic growth as they are marketed to innovative businesses in bioscience, technology, and renewable energy. This investment is part of a $2.075 million project that the grantee estimates will create 1,500 jobs.
  • March 2-9, 2015

    • $2 million in Public Works funds to Davidson County Community College/Davidson County Community College Foundation, Lexington, North Carolina, to construct the new Health Sciences Building on the Davidson County Community College’s main campus. The new facility consolidates and expands the college’s health programs to address central North Carolina’s critical need for nurses and nursing assistants and an emergency medical science program. This investment is part of a $10,450,576 project that the grantee estimates will create 1,000 jobs, save 2,215 jobs, and leverage $108 million in private investment.
    • $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the Meridian Community College, Lauderdale, Mississippi, to expand and renovate Meridian Community College’s existing Workforce Development Center to meet the growing demands of regional employers and address the current lack of available workers. The new facility will include training in industrial maintenance, manufacturing/distribution, electrical technology, truck driving, and construction trade technology. This investment is part of a $5,248,892 project that the grantee estimates will create 2,020 jobs and leverage $44.5 million in private investment.
    • $1 million in Public Works funds to the City of Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, to construct critical water and gas line infrastructure to enable a European ceramic tile company to set up its first production and distribution center in the United States. This initial investment will benefit 13 counties in Tennessee and help make the region more competitive in the global economy. This investment is part of a $2.178 million project that the grantee estimates will create 180 jobs and leverage $70 million in private investment.