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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 | Economic Development Integration | Infrastructure | Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Manufacturing | Small Business Development/RLF | Workforce Development


From Steam to Silicon: San Francisco’s Pier 70 Welcomes a New Generation of Business with EDA Support

The maritime history of the western U.S. was written at San Francisco’s Pier 70. From the California Gold Rush to Y2K, the most important ships to ply the Pacific were laid down at Pier 70’s shipyards, one of the best-preserved 19th century industrial complexes west of the Mississippi.

Despite its historic importance to American seafaring, however, Pier 70 was unable to escape the decline of San Francisco’s shipbuilding industry. By the early 2000s, almost all of Pier 70’s industrial tenants had exited the site.

January 13, 2022

The interior of Building 104 at San Francisco’s Pier 70 is pictured before (left) and after (right) redevelopment


With EDA Support, Florida Gateway College Helps New Truck Drivers Hit the Road

When the pandemic first began, Americans had a renewed appreciation for the trucking industry, bringing supplies and groceries to shelves across the country. Two years later, the need for qualified, commercial truck drivers has only increased, as America faces global supply chain issues. With support from the Economic Development Administration, one grantee is helping to fill that void.

January 4, 2022

Florida Gateway College, Lake City, Florida

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Venture Capital Fund Focuses on Boosting Businesses in Rural Colorado

With a focus on rural communities, a venture fund in western Colorado is helping to create new opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses. The Greater Colorado Venture Fund (GCVF) started in 2018 and focuses on supporting early-stage startups.

December 15, 2021

A rendering of Tampa Bay Innovation Center at 4th Street South and 11th Avenue South.


Assistant Secretary Alejandra Castillo Travels to Puerto Rico to Visit EDA Investments Sites Critical to Disaster Recovery and Preparedness

>In 2017, Puerto Rico was devastated by back-to-back storms that resulted in Category 5-level destruction. More than 3,000 people lost their lives in Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the entire population was left without power.

November 30, 2021

Assistant Secretary Castillo tours the conch lab at Conservacion Consciencia


EDA Investment Helps Former Logging Town “Branch Out”

Nestled in the densely forested Okanogan highlands of Eastern Washington, Deer Park’s fortunes were built on logging. But when the town’s last sawmill shut its doors, the community lost its long-time base industry and suddenly found itself with a need to economically “branch out.”

November 23, 2021

Jack Schultheis, General Manager of Kwik'pak Fisheries


New Mexico Project to Create One Stop Shop for Native American Entrepreneurs

A project in New Mexico is aiming to fill a gap in support for Native American artisans and entrepreneurs. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, showcases the accomplishments and history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico. It includes a museum highlighting cultural arts, educational opportunities, and space for daily artisans and dances.

November 16, 2021

Jack Schultheis, General Manager of Kwik'pak Fisheries


After Devastating Fire, EDA Partners with Yup’ik Fishermen to Rebuild Salmon Roe Processing Plant

Fishing has been the economic lifeblood of the Yup’ik people of western Alaska since time immemorial. After a catastrophic fire ripped through the Kwik'pak Fisheries salmon roe processing plant in Emmonak in March 2016, six Alaskan Native Villages along the Lower Yukon River found their economies in sudden peril. Kwik'pak Fisheries, an enterprise of the Native-owned Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, operates the only salmon processing plant in this section of Alaska’s vast, Unorganized Borough.

November 8, 2021

Jack Schultheis, General Manager of Kwik'pak Fisheries

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

EDA Incubates Innovation and Entrepreneurship in St. Petersburg, Florida

The name St. Petersburg conjures up visions of warm, sandy beaches, a variety of theme parks, and two-time Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Like many cities today however, St. Petersburg is looking to redefine itself, with an eye on technology and the innovation that drives it.

November 2, 2021

A rendering of Tampa Bay Innovation Center at 4th Street South and 11th Avenue South.


EDA Brings a New Spirit to West Virginia

White Sulphur Springs is a city in southeastern West Virginia, about two hours from Charleston. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is home to approximately 2,400 people, as well as the famed Greenbrier Resort.

November 2021

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Field of Dreams Becoming More Than a Field for Rural Iowa Town

In the middle of a sea of cornfields in rural Iowa lies a spot that instantly sparks nostalgia in baseball fans everywhere -- the site of a 1989 hit movie Field of Dreams which coined the phrase “If you build it, he will come.”

And they do come. The iconic site in Dyersville, Iowa, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and received international attention as the site of a Major League Baseball game earlier this summer.

September 22, 2021

The Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa is a popular tourist destination.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Elevate Ventures Leverages EDA Grant, Exceeds Expectations

An EDA grant to Indianapolis-based venture development firm Elevate Ventures has provided free entrepreneurship training to more than 500 entrepreneurs from across Indiana since 2019 – more than twice what was projected.

September 15, 2021

2021 Nexus Higher Education grant award winners

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

With EDA Support, Washington State Gives a Green Light to the Blue Economy

As home to the fifth largest seaport in the United States and a maritime industry valued at $38 billion, Washington state may not seem like a place that needs additional resources to support maritime-directed economic development. But four-year-old Seattle-based nonprofit Washington Maritime Blue is helping fill a very specific gap in the region’s economic landscape.

September 8, 2021

The combined ports of Seattle and Tacoma are the fifth largest seaport in the United States. Approximately five percent of North America’s marine cargo transits the two ports

Workforce Development

Hitting the Ground Running: Assistant Secretary Castillo Visits West Virginia and Colorado on First Week in Office

Assistant Secretary Alejandra Castillo hit the ground running after being sworn in on August 13, visiting West Virginia and Colorado during her first week in office.

August 31, 2021

Assistant Secretary Castillo and Senators Manchin and Capito engage with Generation West Virginia NewForce program participants

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs

The Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE) was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2018. It was created as a business generator, designed to inspire and support local African-American entrepreneurs as they innovate, create jobs and build wealth.

Today, the Center supports over 120 companies, representing more than 500 individual jobs. Their stakeholders represent a variety of industries, including technology, education, consulting and film/media.

August 26, 2021

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Economic Development Integration

EDA’s Economic Integrator Catalyzes Interagency Investments in San Diego

Nestled between Balboa Park and the San Diego International Airport, Maple Canyon is a unique green space that buffers business with nature inside San Diego’s sprawling, urban core. When flooding hit the canyon in 2017, a vast ecosystem of interdependent commercial enterprises, transportation networks, and natural habitats was impacted.

Frances Sakaguchi, a Regional Economic Development Integrator (EDI) with the Seattle Regional Office (SRO), was contacted about a project that could impact economic development more than a mile from the source.

August 25, 2021

Maple Canyon is located in San Diego, California.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Workforce Development

Houston Makerspace Transforming Surrounding Neighborhood

The East End of Houston has a long history of early industry. Now, that landscape is shifting, transforming into a core of innovation and entrepreneurship.

That change is boosted by the new East End Maker Hub. The 300,000 square foot facility is being called the largest innovation maker hub in the state of Texas and will serve as a community fabrication space and incubator hub with workforce training and apprenticeship programs.

August 4, 2021

Evan Carlson (lower left) and the staff of Do North Coworking.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

EDA Helps Vermont Entrepreneurs Take First Steps in the Business World

Lyndonville is a rural Vermont community, once described by Boston Magazine as one of the fifteen “best small towns” in New England. It has a population of approximately 1,200 and is home to the 5th Battalion of the Vermont State Guard.

July 12, 2021

Evan Carlson (lower left) and the staff of Do North Coworking.

Infrastructure, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Zeeland Clean Water Plant Leverages EDA Grant to Build Capacity

Only about 5,500 people live in Zeeland, Michigan, but that number can triple during the workday as employees flock to several manufacturing businesses in the area.

The influx puts extra demand on the city’s wastewater treatment plant, originally built in 1915. However, thanks to a $2 million grant from EDA in 2014, combined with a matching local contribution, the Zeeland Clean Water Plant was expanded and can now easily handle the extra demand.

June 1, 2021

Aerial view of the Zeeland Clean Water Plant in Zeeland, Michigan


After Reoccurring Flooding, Moberly, Missouri, Business Owners to See Relief

Running a small business can be challenging. Owners often wear multiple hats, performing customer service and human resources, conducting bookkeeping, and providing maintenance and sanitation. Business owners in downtown Moberly, Missouri have an extra layer of stress worrying that each time it rains, their business could flood again. A 2019 disaster supplemental grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is helping to change all that.

May 12, 2021

Encore Moberly is women's clothing boutique in downtown Moberly, Missouri

Small Business/RLF

Wisconsin Flower Shop Blooms Thanks to EDA-Funded Revolving Loan Fund

As the coronavirus pandemic kept families and friends apart, sending flowers became an appealing option to show loved ones that they were missed.

May 7, 2021

Debbie Hillary, owner of Busy Bee Floral in Monroe, Wisconsin, received a loan from an EDA-funded Revolving Loan Fund to help her business during the pandemic.

Small Business/RLF

EDA and Feed the Hunger Help Stabilize Market Access for Hawaii’s Small Farmers

The coronavirus pandemic hit Hawaii’s tourist economy like the surf at Pe’ahi; almost overnight, visitor arrivals plummeted more than 99 percent.1 But the impact of the disaster was felt far beyond the normally crowded beaches and mega-resorts of Waikiki and Wailea.

May 5, 2021

The tourist industry was not the only sector impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in Hawaii. EDA and Feed the Hunger Fund are working to stabilize market access for Hawaii’s small farmers. Hotels on Waikiki Beach are pictured in his Carol M. Highsmith photo from the Library of Congress.


EDA Supports Mendocino County’s Independent Retailers Transition to Digital Economy

Straddling a winding section of California’s “Lost Coast,” Mendocino County is a picturesque, semi-rural region known for its dozens of wineries and microbreweries, as well as a stunning natural landscape that makes it a popular weekend destination for residents of nearby San Francisco.

April 21, 2021

Texas Council of Governments worked with EDA to create regionally-specific workshops for recovery coordination
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