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May 2018

Spotlight: IEDC’s National Economic Development Week Celebrations

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IEDC’s Economic Development Week Logo and Inspiration

National Economic Development Week (#EconDevWeek), which took place May 7 to May 12 this year, was created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2016 in order to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life.

Over the span of two years, more than 500 National Economic Development Week campaigns have been created throughout the United States and Canada, creating millions of impressions, hundreds of news stories, blog entries, videos, events and many, many activities. Campaigns occurred in all 50 American states in 2017.

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Success Story: North Carolina Economic Development District Develops Strong Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies to Shape a Prosperous Future

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Robust, integrated regional planning is critical for successful economic development. The Centralina Economic Development Commission (CEDC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliated with the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG), covers a nine-county area around Charlotte, North Carolina. The entity, which serves as an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD), works to promote a diversified and innovative regional economic base, advocate for sustainable growth, support job development through expansion as well as retention and recruitment of business and industry. Central to the accomplishment of this mission is the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

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Highlight: Ground is Broken on the Entrepreneur’s Sandbox Facility in Honolulu, Hawaii

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The groundbreaking ceremony of the Entrepreneur's Sandbox Facility in Honolulu, Hawaii in April 2018

To young children, a sandbox is a shallow box in the ground partly filled with sand to play in. In the world of high-tech business, a sandbox is a virtual space in which new or untested software can be run securely. In Hawaii, the Entrepreneur’s Sandbox is an EDA/Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) partnership that attracted private investment to provide the tools, programs and environment new entrepreneurs need to start and grow their businesses. The Sandbox is expected to help diversify the State of Hawaii’s economy and, when completed, the facility will be an innovation center where citizens can bring their ideas to life and learn to build products and develop creative media.

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2018 Public Service Recognition Week: May 6-12, 2018

Celebrated annually during the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. PSRW is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations.

Throughout the country, mayors, governors, agency leaders, communities and public service organizations participate in PSRW by issuing proclamations, hosting award ceremonies and special tribute events as well as delivering messages about the value of public service.


Funding Opportunity: SBIR Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program

The funding opportunity announcements for the SBIR Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program have been posted to grants.gov.

Eligible applicants for FAST funding include state and local economic development agencies, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), accelerators, incubators, Women’s Business Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), colleges, universities, and more. Only one proposal is allowed per state, with an accompanying letter from a state’s governor or equivalent.

Visit the FAST Partnership website to find more information on the program, including how to apply for the 2018 rounds.


EDA In The News!

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How the University of Washington connects local innovators
The Spokesman-Review 5/1/2018)

Construction Begins on Plainview-Hale County Business Park
News/Talk 790 KFYO (5/1/2018)

Region Four to get strategic planning funds
Beckley Register-Herald (5/3/2018)

Commissioners approve $4 million Cargill expansion
Emporia Gazette (5/3/2018)

Port of Woodland: industrial development, high-speed internet on the horizon 
The Reflector (5/8/2018)

$2 million grant means upgrades to Dixie Highway
WNEM Channel 5 (5/4/2018)


EDA is proud of our grantees’ accomplishments! Read some of their successes stories and follow this link to submit your story:

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