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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, Workforce Development

Welding Program at North Georgia Technical College Provides Businesses in Region with Skilled Workers

To support businesses and boost job growth in the region, the North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) strategized to build a new welding facility at its main campus in Habersham County.

August 2017

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

WT Enterprise Center Internationally Recognized for Advancements Made in Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation in the Texas Panhandle Region

Since receiving an EDA Public Works program investment in 2002, the WT Enterprise Center (WTEC) at West Texas A&M University has become a global leader in entrepreneurial development and business incubation.

July 2017

Cedar Rapids, Iowa based Geonetric

Workforce Development

The EDA-funded Todd County Career Path Institute in Kentucky Opens Facility and Wins 2016 “Spirit of Kentucky Award”

In FY 2013, EDA invested $1.5 million in Todd County (KY) Fiscal Court to help build the Todd County Career Path Institute.

July 2017

TruFund supports minority and women owned contractors.

Economic Development Districts

Southwest Region Executive Directors Association Salutes Outstanding “Star of the Southwest” Projects at 2017 Annual Conference

Impactful projects emanating from EDA’s Austin region were honored during the “Star of the Southwest” ceremony held as part of the 2017 Southwest Region Executive Directors Association (SWREDA) Annual Conference in Baton Rouge (July 26-28, 2017).

July 2017

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Economic Development Districts, Small Business/RLF

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Gives Small Businesses a Boost with Revolving Loan Fund

For new entrepreneurs and growing small businesses looking to expand, getting a loan to do so can sometimes be challenging.

July 2017

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Economic Development Districts

Illinois - Greater Egypt Regional Planning & Development Commission

Impressive projects have been generated as a result of this regional focus in Southern Illinois.

July 2017

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Economic Development Districts

Georgia - Northeast Georgia Regional Commission

Over its 50-year history, the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission has been able to help diversify and grow the region’s economy by attracting more than $376 million in private sector investment that has helped to create and save more than 3,816 jobs.

July 2017

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Economic Development Districts

Oklahoma - Southern Oklahoma Development Association (SODA)

The Southern Oklahoma Development Association (SODA) was one of the first three organizations to be designated by EDA as an Economic Development District.

July 2017

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Workforce Development

New Job Corps Campus Supports Workforce Training in South Park Downtown Los Angeles

When the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles (YWCA GLA) needed to update their Job Corps training facilities and aging technology so that they could continue to adequately train job-seekers, they acquired land downtown to establish a new urban campus.

June 2017

TruFund supports minority and women owned contractors.

Economic Development Districts

Impact of the Southeast Wyoming Regional Economic Development District

Among the tools used for economic development in the region, the Southeast Wyoming Economic Development District's (SWEDD) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (PDF) is certainly one of the most effective tools in terms of providing collaborative planning.

June 2017

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Infrastructure

EDA’s Investment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Industrial Park

An industrial park in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has created and retained over 1,100 jobs and has spurred $106 million in private investment thanks in part to a $1.87 million EDA infrastructure investment.

June 2017

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Economic Development Districts

Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District – Mississippi: Designation Date - 6/22/1967

As a result of the collaboration fostered through the CEDS process, Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, over its 50-year history, has been able to help diversify and grow the region’s economy by helping to attract more than $685 million in private sector investment; private investment that has helped to create and save more than 10,624 jobs for local citizens.

June 2017

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