Biden-Harris Administration Announces Recompete Finalist in Georgia and Alabama to Prepare Residents for Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

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 UWCV: Addressing Economic Distress Recompete Plan in Columbus, Georgia, was named a Finalist in the Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program (Recompete).

UWCV: Addressing Economic Distress Recompete Plan, led by the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, will prepare residents for jobs in advanced manufacturing and construction, while also addressing barriers to employment through targeted investments in childcare and job readiness. With a focus on eight distressed counties in the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama metropolitan statistical area, the Finalist will partner with a well-established network of community colleges, trade schools, employers, and other stakeholders to scale proven training and wraparound models and to innovate to address the regional childcare crisis. 

The Recompete 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. Earning the title of Recompete Finalist is an endorsement of the community’s strategy to create and connect workers to good jobs in geographically diverse and persistently distressed communities across the country. Recompete Finalists are now eligible to apply for the final phase of the Recompete Program, which will award an average of $20 to $50 million in implementation funding.

In addition to being named a Recompete Finalist, EDA announced today that UWCV: Addressing Economic Distress Recompete Plan was also awarded a Recompete Strategy Development Grant to help communities significantly increase local coordination and planning activities.

“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 Finalists and 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 Finalists and 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.”

“This is a historic economic opportunity for the Chattahoochee Valley, with a lot of hard work still ahead,” said Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff. “This economic development designation and grant award position the Chattahoochee Valley to bid for one of the most significant programs we passed in last year’s economic development and infrastructure bills. Among hundreds of applicants, we have now advanced to the highly competitive final round. The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley and its partners have been instrumental in getting us this far. Full steam ahead for Columbus and the region.”

The 22 Recompete Finalists were selected from more than 500 applications from lead applicants representing nonprofits, local government, economic development organizations, educational institutions, and tribal government and organizations. Recompete Finalists span regions across 20 states and territories.

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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