Biden-Harris Administration Awards Planning Grant to Spur Economic Growth in Southeast Cleveland, Ohio

As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, Department of Commerce selects communities primed to reduce unemployment and establish long-term economic growth

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WASHINGTON, DC — The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), today announced that the Site Readiness and Good Jobs Initiative in Cleveland, Ohio, was awarded a Recompete Strategy Development Grant to leverage investments in Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor to connect land use and growth initiatives with community development.

The Site Readiness and Good Jobs Initiative, led by The Fund for Our Economic Future, will leverage the grant to increase local coordination and planning activities to create and connect workers to good jobs in geographically diverse and persistently distressed communities. The Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program, authorized by the CHIPS and Science Act targets areas where prime-age (25-54 years) employment is significantly lower than the national average, with the goal to close this gap through flexible, locally driven investments.

“Recompete helps fulfill President Biden’s promise that no community in America will be left behind as we continue to grow our nation’s economy and invest in American workers,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “These Recompete grant recipients have presented a wide range of inspiring solutions to create jobs, develop long-term economic growth, and realize the full potential in communities that for too long have been overlooked or counted out.”

“As President Biden has said many times: we all just want a fair shot. Recompete helps make it possible for more Americans in more communities to find a good-paying job that puts them and their families on the path toward success. By equitably investing in new job creation opportunities across America, we can help fulfil our promise that no American, and no community, is ever left behind,” said Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves.

“These outstanding Recompete Strategy Development Grant recipients exemplify the focused employment and job creation strategies required to address the unique, long-standing needs of communities,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “We look forward to supporting these communities as they work to reduce the employment gap and establish models for long-term economic growth we can apply across America.”

“I am proud to join the Biden-Harris Administration in announcing this RECOMPETE Strategy Development Grant to the City of Cleveland’s Site Readiness and Good Jobs Initiative. This is another example of the landmark CHIPS and Science Act delivering for Northeast Ohio. With this award the Biden-Harris Administration has clearly indicated it understands that people in every neighborhood deserve economic opportunity. Securing this highly competitive federal grant is evidence of the tremendous strength of the Initiative – and a big win for Cleveland, allowing the city to continue its work strengthening our Southeast Cleveland neighborhoods. I look forward to working with local officials and federal partners to build on this grant and continue bringing more federal investment to previously neglected communities,” said Representative Shontel Brown (OH-11).

For a full list of Recompete Finalists, visit

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.


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