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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

Louisiana’s Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District Celebrates 50 Years of Economic Development Success and 51 Years of Collaboration

Celebrating 50 years of charter as an EDA Economic Development District (EDD) at their August 9, 2018 Annual Meeting, the Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District (District) showcases how important coordinated, comprehensive economic development planning is to catalyzing regional business development and job growth efforts.

August 2018

Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District seal and project photo collage

Economic Development Districts

Southwest Region Economic Development Association Salutes Outstanding ‘Star of the Southwest’ Projects at 2018 Annual Conference

The Southwest Region Economic Development Association (SWREDA), a voluntary association of executive directors of Councils of Governments and Economic Development Districts working across EDA’s five-state Austin region, this week honored nine impactful projects as part of the organization’s 2018 Annual Conference.

July 2018

2018 SWREDA Stars of the Southwest Awardees

Disaster

EDA Investment Restores Atlantic City Flood Gates, Saves Jobs and Protects Against Future Floods

When Hurricane Irene hit Atlantic City, New Jersey, in August of 2011, it wreaked havoc on the local economy. During extreme high tides and storm events, Atlantic City’s two major access roads, the Atlantic City Expressway and U.S. Route 30 flooded rendering the city inaccessible for extended periods of time.

July 2018

Friday October 30, 2015: Local officials announce the beginning of work on the Baltic Avenue Canal project. (Photo Courtesy: The Press of Atlantic City/ Ben Fogletto)

Disaster

Excel Boats Rebuilds Manufacturing Center in Mountain View, Arkansas After Tornado Devastation

Excel Boats manufactures a full line of high-end aluminum boats for outdoor recreational enthusiasts. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, Arkansas, approximately 70 miles north of Little Rock.

July 2018

Excel Boats

Disaster

EDA Investment to Expand Nashville Entrepreneur Center Spurs Critical Business Growth Following 2010 Flooding

EDA has had a long history of working with local communities to help successfully implement disaster recovery and resilience assistance through supplemental disaster appropriations.

July 2018

Nashville Entrepreneur Center Exterior

Infrastructure, Manufacturing

Missouri’s Boonslick Regional Planning Commission Brings Federal, State and Local Partners Together to Improve Infrastructure, Bring Manufacturing Jobs to Region

Through effective economic development collaboration with federal, state and local partners, the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) successfully enhanced local water, rail and road infrastructure to bring CertainTeed Corporation’s new, state of the art asphalt roofing shingle manufacturing and distribution center to Jonesburg, Missouri.

June 2018

Workers construct new rail spur to facilitate shipping raw materials to manufacturing and distribution center.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA and ImpactPHL Advance Tech Startups, Create Positive Impact in Greater Philadelphia Region

Regional Innovation Strategies grantee Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Ben Franklin) launched ImpactPHL Ventures in July 2017 to boost growth of impact-focused startup companies in the Greater Philadelphia region.

June 2018

Client tenants during a meeting at the eFactory.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

IDEA Commons at Missouri State University Brings Key Players Together to Boost Business Development, Advance Innovation

Missouri State University’s IDEA Commons innovation district is helping to revitalize the Springfield region by blending innovation, design, entrepreneurship and the arts.

May 2018

Client tenants during a meeting at the eFactory.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

StartingBlock Madison to Open New Entrepreneurial Center June 2018

This June, 2016 i6 Challenge grantee, StartingBlock Madison, will open a new 50,000 square foot entrepreneurial hub in Madison, Wisconsin’s burgeoning Capital East tech district.

April 2018

StartingBlock Madison logo

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada Launches Annual Seed Fund and Venture Conference to Bring Investors to Reno, Advance Startups in Region

2017 Regional Innovation Strategies grantee the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) has launched an annual seed fund and venture conference in Reno, Nevada to bring investors to the region and help provide early stage financing to the most promising local business startups in the area.

April 2018

Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada logo
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