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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

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

Giti Tire Logo

Infrastructure

Critical Infrastructure Improvements Help Open New Medical School, Increase Physician Access in Rural Arkansas

To improve access to doctors in an area that ranked 48th in physician accessibility in the nation, the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas developed a strategy to establish a new medical school.

June 2017

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine building

Manufacturing

Strong First Year for Foreign-Owned South Carolina Tire Manufacturing Plant

In 2014, EDA partnered with South Carolina's Chester County Sewer District through a $2.2 million grant - matched with $1.5 million in local funds - to make sewer infrastructure upgrades needed to serve a new manufacturing plant that became the first North American manufacturing facility for the 10th largest tire company in the world.

June 2017

Giti Tire Logo

Manufacturing

Made in Baltimore: A Renewed Sense of Hometown Pride

Small businesses in Baltimore are getting a boost as a result of a $110,000 EDA Local Technical Assistance Program  (PDF grant that was awarded in 2016 to help the Baltimore City Department of Planning launch its Made in Baltimore program.

May 2017

Makers Jeremiah Jones of Sewlab USA and Rachel Bone from Red Prairie Press set up for the Pop-Up Shop.

Small Business Development/RLF

Kansas’ Thunder Struck Inc., Expands Thanks to EDA Revolving Loan Fund Program

Thunder Struck, Inc. needed a large facility to expand its business – and they found it in Abilene, Kansas, in the former Duckwall-Alco Corporate offices and warehouse. The business started operating at the new location in October 2015.

May 2017

White Oak Pastures

Infrastructure

$2.5 Million EDA Grant Results in $39 Million in Private Investment and 200 New Jobs in Indiana

Due to the severe downturn of the automotive manufacturing sector in 2009, economic development leaders in north central Indiana were looking for ways to help diversify their economy.

May 2017

Hangar 200 during expansion and renovation

Small Business Development/RLF

PeopleFund Expansion Empowers Small Businesses to Grow in Texas

In order to continue the revitalization of East Austin through their support for entrepreneurs and small businesses, the PeopleFund, a nonprofit lender in Texas, needed to establish a headquarters building in its target market, the heart of Central-East Austin.

April 2017

White Oak Pastures

Infrastructure

Lewiston Regional Airport Industrial Park Brings Businesses and Jobs to Rural Idaho

To help diversify its economy and increase job opportunities, Lewiston, Idaho, developed a plan to make its regional airport more attractive to business.

April 2017

Plane flying out of Lewiston Regional Airport

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Park is Growing Jobs by Expanding the New Mexico Health-Tech Cluster (Video)

EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program investments in New Mexico State University (NMSU) have helped accelerate development of Arrowhead Park around the growing health-tech cluster. The ultimate goal of the Park is to positively impact the region through improved health for citizens, more effective and efficient healthcare delivery, job and wealth creation, and a trained workforce foundational to a more robust, stable economy.

March 2017

Cedar Rapids, Iowa based Geonetric

Infrastructure

Port of Bristol Bay Cargo Dock Upgrade Supports U.S. Salmon Exports, Jobs in Alaska

To keep up with the growing demand for Alaskan salmon domestically and abroad, local leaders at the Bristol Bay Borough in Naknek, Alaska knew significant improvements needed to be made to the Bristol Bay Borough Cargo Dock.

April 2017

The Port of Bristol Bay in Naknek, Alaska

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Santa Fe Business Incubator: Economic Driver, Business Creation Center, and Innovation Hub

With a pressing need for new jobs in the area, the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico needed a mechanism to strengthen and diversify its local economy.

March 2017

Cedar Rapids, Iowa based Geonetric