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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


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

U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship


Enhanced Infrastructure in Marinette Helps Major Employer Expand Operations

After facing a significant economic downturn between 2005 and 2010, the City of Marinette, in northeast Wisconsin was presented with an economic opportunity.

September 2017

U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship


Spotlight: Restoring Communities That Face Disaster: EDA Leadership, Tools and Resources

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and families so deeply impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

September 2017

Photo by: FEMA News - August 30, 2017 - Members of FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force One (NE TF1) perform one of many water rescues in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.


Success Story: Economic Disaster Recovery – The Calm after the Storm

When devastating events wreak havoc on lives and communities, EDA has been there to aid those affected by a disaster.

September 2017

Disaster Recovery save lives and fosters innovation in economically distressed communities.


Manufacturing Center at Boise State University Helps “In the Ditch” Towing Products Accelerate Exports

Chuck Ceccerelli, guided by his philosophy that tow trucks should be constructed better and last longer, built Idaho Wrecker Sales and “In the Ditch” Towing Products, now leaders in custom- built tow trucks.

September 2017

Idaho Wrecker Sales logo

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