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Success Stories

EDA investments catalyze strategic, regionally-focused plans to build strong economic ecosystems that will support entrepreneurship and business growth, enhance and grow their existing economic assets, and create well-paying jobs in growing sectors. By investing in bottom-up regional economic development EDA helped communities devise new, well-thought-out, sustainable strategies based on their unique assets.

EDA’s economic footprint is wide and its tool box is extensive—including technical assistance, post-disaster recovery assistance, trade adjustment support, strategic planning and research and evaluation capacity, thereby allowing the agency to offer the most effective investment to help communities succeed in the global economy.

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Archives: Disaster | Economic Development Districts | Infrastructure | Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Manufacturing | Small Business Development/RLF | Workforce Development

Economic Development Districts

Developing Comprehensive Economic Natural Disaster Strategies in Northwest Arkansas

The Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD) has seen 10 Presidentially Declared Disasters in its counties over the past 15 years, each of which had far-reaching consequences for its citizens and economic prosperity.

March 2018

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Economic Development Districts, Small Business/RLF

Purchase of Business with EDA Revolving Loan Fund Assistance a Smooth Process for New Owner of Durango, Colorado’s Waxed Salon

For Jenna Morrison, business ownership was not a lifelong goal attained after years of planning. It was an unexpected opportunity in which she has found her footing, and hasn’t looked back since.

March 2018

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Infrastructure, Manufacturing

EDA Investments in America’s Central Port Connect Region with Nationwide Freight Network

Since 2002, EDA has made three investments, totaling nearly $5.3 million, to make significant infrastructure improvements needed to support the development of America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois. Included were improvements made to the rail line that serves the facility.

February 2018

Construction workers build new rail line at America’s Central Port. Courtesy of Tri-City Regional Port District

Infrastructure, Manufacturing

Infrastructure Improvements Allow Businesses to Expand, Create New Jobs in Fall River, MA

In 2013, EDA awarded the City of Fall River, Massachusetts a $2-million-dollar grant which was matched with $2 million in local share for the Airport Road Water System Improvement project at the city’s 425-acre Industrial Park.

December 2017

Matouk Textile Works

Disaster, Infrastructure

Infrastructure Upgrades Provide Flood Protection in Huntingburg, Indiana

In 2011, EDA’s invested $1.3 million in the city of Huntingburg, Indiana for flood protection from wastewater.

December 2017

Huntingburg, Indiana

Workforce Development

College of Southern Idaho’s Applied Technology and Innovation Training Center Prepares Students for Jobs of the Future

South-central Idaho has been an attractive area for companies to expand. However, the region lacked workers trained in cutting-edge technologies that these companies needed.

December 2017

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Manufacturing Partnership in North-Central Montana Attracts Jobs and Investment to Region

To diversify the regional trade area of Great Falls, Montana, the Great Falls Development Authority, Inc. (GFDA), established the Great Falls Regional Manufacturing Partnership in 2012 to help boost manufacturing growth.

November 2017

Great Falls, Montana Development Authority logo


Recent EDA Investments in Missouri and West Virginia Support Local Efforts to Grow their Manufacturing Base

On Manufacturing Day, October 6, 2017, EDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs (DAS-RA) Dennis Alvord joined Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson to break ground on Ranken Technical College’s new Manufacturing Inc., incubator facility.

October 2017

EDA DAS-RA Alvord, Mo., Gov., Eric Greitens, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson & Ranken President Shoun Break Ground on Manufacturing Inc., Project.

Trade/Trade Adjustment Assistance

Examples of How the TAAF Program Is Helping U.S. Manufacturing Firms Compete Against Increasing Imports

The 11 TAACs work with individual firms to develop a deep understanding of their unique competitive strengths and weaknesses and, based on this understanding, build and implement competitiveness strategies customized for each particular firm.

October 2017



Upgraded Rail Line Spurs Private Investment in Greenfield, Ohio

An upgraded 29.5-mile rail line in rural Greenfield, Ohio has helped spur $10 million in private investment thanks in part to a $2.6 million EDA infrastructure investment.

September 2017

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