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Programs and Initiatives

EDA Programs

Public Works

Empowers distressed communities to revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure to attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify local economies, and generate or retain long-term, private sector jobs and investment.
Printable Public Works Program (PDF)

Economic Adjustment

Assists state and local interests in designing and implementing strategies to adjust or bring about change to an economy. The program focuses on areas that have experienced or are under threat of serious structural damage to the underlying economic base. Under Economic Adjustment, EDA administers its Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program, which supplies small businesses and entrepreneurs with the gap financing needed to start or expand their business.
Printable Economic Adjustment Program (PDF)

Partnership Planning

Supports local organizations (Economic Development Districts, Indian Tribes, and other eligible areas) with long-term planning efforts. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Content Guidelines, provides suggestions, tools, and resources for developing comprehensive economic development strategies.
Printable Partnership Planning Program (PDF)

Regional Innovation Strategies

Spurs innovation capacity-building activities by creating and expanding cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs and early-stage seed capital funds through the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant competition, respectively.

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms

A national network of 11 Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers to help strengthen the competitiveness of American companies that have lost domestic sales and employment because of increased imports of similar goods and services.
Printable Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program (PDF)

University Centers

A partnership of the federal government and academia that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development community.
Printable University Centers Program (PDF)
Report: Making Connections, Evaluation Project to Assess Best Practices in EDA’s University Center Program (PDF)

Research and National Technical Assistance

Supports research of leading edge, world class economic development practices and information dissemination efforts.
Printable Research and National Technical Assistance Program (PDF)

Local Technical Assistance

Helps fill the knowledge and information gaps that may prevent leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors in distressed areas from making optimal decisions on local economic development issues.
Printable Local Technical Assistance Program (PDF)

Economic Development Integration

EDA possesses broad and deep experience in successfully coordinating resources across multiple programs and special initiatives. Based upon this experience and EDA’s historic track record of successful collaboration with a range of stakeholders (both federal and non-federal), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has designated EDA to lead the federal government’s efforts to maximize the integration of economic development resources from all sources, including federal, state, local and philanthropic, to achieve more impactful and sustainable outcomes for communities across America.

RLF Reporting

Environmental Narrative & Applicant Certification Clause (DOCX)