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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

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

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Telluride Venture Accelerator Raises $13 Million for Early Stage Ventures, Entrepreneurs in Rural Colorado

In just over a year, EDA Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) grantees the Telluride Foundation and its Telluride Venture Accelerator have helped create an additional $13 million in capital for early stage ventures, specifically for companies located in rural and remote parts of Colorado.

April 2018

A cross-laminated timber splice connection, tested at Oregon State University, installed at the George W. Peavy Science Center. Photography by Johanna Carson

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Oregon State University and University of Oregon Team Up to Launch TallWood Design Institute, Advance Mass-Timber Technologies

EDA 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) grantee Oregon State University (OSU) has partnered with the University of Oregon (UO) to launch the TallWood Design Institute (TDI), an innovative collaboration that brings together world-class expertise in wood science and technology, forestry, architecture and engineering to carry out applied research and support product development and testing of structural wood building materials and systems.

April 2018

A cross-laminated timber splice connection, tested at Oregon State University, installed at the George W. Peavy Science Center. Photography by Johanna Carson

Economic Development Districts

Developing Comprehensive Economic Natural Disaster Strategies in Northwest Arkansas

The Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD) has seen 10 Presidentially Declared Disasters in its counties over the past 15 years, each of which had far-reaching consequences for its citizens and economic prosperity.

March 2018

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Economic Development Districts, Small Business/RLF

Purchase of Business with EDA Revolving Loan Fund Assistance a Smooth Process for New Owner of Durango, Colorado’s Waxed Salon

For Jenna Morrison, business ownership was not a lifelong goal attained after years of planning. It was an unexpected opportunity in which she has found her footing, and hasn’t looked back since.

March 2018

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