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Small Business/RLF

North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission’s EDA Revolving Loan Fund Gives Pennsylvania Manufacturer a Boost

EDA’s Revolving Loan (RLF) Program provides funding to state and local governments, nonprofits and political subdivisions to provide access to capital to U.S. small businesses that cannot obtain traditional bank financing. These loans enable small businesses to expand, lead to new employment opportunities and help retain jobs.

December 2018

Excel Boats


EDA Investment Relocates Wastewater Treatment Plant, Protects Iowa City Water Supply from Future Floods

In June of 2008, surges in the Iowa River leading into Iowa City prevented access to the downtown area causing significant impact to the local business community. The river remained above flood stage for 32 consecutive days halting commerce and transportation in the region for weeks. The flood damage resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private damage in Iowa City.

November 2018

Picture of flooded Iowa City, IA North Wastewater Treatment Plant. (Source: Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management)


EDA Invests in the IEDC Volunteer Assistance Program to Help Communities Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Immediately following the impact of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has stated was “the most significant tropical cyclone rainfall event” in U.S. history with up to 48-60 inches of rain and estimated damage of $125 billion, EDA’s Austin Regional Office invested $175,000 in the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Volunteer Assistance Program to help impacted communities.

October 2018

Debris in the wake of a hurricane


One Year After Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Long-Term Recovery Planning Activity Boosts Puerto Rico’s Economic Development

One year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, much is still being done to rebuild and revitalize the communities that suffered from the storms.

September 2018

Debris in the wake of a hurricane


EDA Investments in Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Programs for Regions Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas as a Category 4 storm on August 25, 2017. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has stated that Harvey was “the most significant tropical cyclone rainfall event” in U.S. history with up to 48-60 inches of rain over five days.

September 2018

EDA  Economic Recovery Workshop


Examples of How the TAAF Program Is Helping U.S. Manufacturing Firms Compete Against Increasing Imports

EDA supports a national network of 11 Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACSs) to help strengthen the competitiveness of American companies that have lost domestic sales and employment because of increased imports of similar goods and services.

September 2018

Construction workers build new rail line at America’s Central Port. Courtesy of Tri-City Regional Port District


EDA Infrastructure Investment Protects Manufacturing Businesses from Catastrophic Flooding in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

In September of 2011, Tropical Storm Lee severely impacted the Town of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and surrounding Columbia County after the Susquehanna River crested, leaving a third of the community underwater.

August 2018

Flood wall in Bloomsburg, PA holds back recent flood waters in August 2018


EDA and Disaster Recovery: What our Stakeholders are Saying

EDA has a long history of successfully supporting disaster recovery and resiliency efforts.

Currently, the agency had $587 million available for disaster recovery grants in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and wildfires and other federally declared natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2017.

August 2018

Responders working to hold back flooding with sandbags


Minot, North Dakota Restores Critical Infrastructure and Spurs Economic Growth Following 2011 Floods

In June 2011, the city of Minot, North Dakota, endured its worst flood in 130 years. As the regional commercial center for northwest North Dakota, the displacement of local businesses severely impacted the local economy.

August 2018

Minot, N.D., June 25, 2011 -- Aerial view of Highway 2, east of Minot closed due to flooding from the Souris River. FEMA Photo by Andrea Booher - Jun 24, 2011 - Location: Minot, ND

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
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