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July 2019

Spotlight: U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Help Establish Welding Technology Training Facility in Tallahassee, Florida Opportunity Zone

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Assistant Secretary John Fleming at Tallahassee Community College grant announcement

On July 19, Assistant Secretary John Fleming announced EDA’s $1.25 million grant to Tallahassee Community College of Tallahassee, Florida, to help establish the Welding Technologies Laboratory at the Kim B. Williams Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. The project, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $313,692 in local investment.

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Success Story: Making the Impossible, Possible: How EDA is Helping to Create New Innovations and Train the Food Industry Cluster to Maximize Business Growth

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Rutgers Food Innovation Center

This past 4th of July, Americans had more meatless options for their barbecues – enter the “Impossible Burger.” This vegetable-based product that looks, feels, smells and tastes like a hamburger has attracted more than $700 million in funding from investors. It has currently spread to more than 1,400 outlets in the United States, including the fast food chains White Castle and Burger King, where one can purchase a meatless burger.

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Highlight: Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center Provides Regional Workforce Development Training, Encouraging Job Creation and American Manufacturing

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Sturrus Technology Center at Muskegon Community College

EDA is proud to fund projects that support the planning and implementation of infrastructure for skills-training centers and related facilities that address the hiring needs of the business community with a specific emphasis on the expansion of apprenticeships and work-and-learn training models. Our presence in U.S. Workforce Development teaches niche skills to American workers, encourages job creation and focuses on manufacturing innovative, high-value products.

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EDA Invests $23 Million to Fuel High-Growth Entrepreneurship Across America

The Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program is a catalytic national grant program focused on regional capacity-building. Read more about the recent expansion of high-growth entrepreneurship opportunities and increased access to capital in our press release.


EDA University Center - 2019 Introductory Webinar

The Educational Association of University Centers (EAUC) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will be hosting a webinar on Friday, July 31 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time, 12:00 pm Pacific Time. The purpose of this webinar will be to provide an update on the EDA University Center program, an update on the Educational Association of University Centers, and spotlight one of our EDA university centers, located at Mississippi State. To find out more, click to view the event flyer.

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The City of Pensacola receives $12.25 million check from EDA for airport infrastructure improvement and workforce development

Pensacola International Airport Receives $12.25 in EDA Funding

EDA Assistant Secretary Dr. John Fleming presents $12.25 million to the City of Pensacola to help establish a maintenance training facility at Pensacola International Airport. Read more about the investment in our press release.


Reminder: Fiscal Year 2018 Disaster Supplemental Funding Still Available

EDA has $587 million available for disaster recovery grants in communities experiencing economic distress or other economic harm resulting from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and wildfires and other federally declared natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2017. Please visit EDA’s Disaster Supplemental Funding page for more.


EDA in the News!

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Commerce Department Invests $23M in American Entrepreneurship
FOXBusiness (7/23/19)

US Department of Commerce to invest $1.2 million in Puerto Rico’s opportunity zone
Caribbean News Now (7/22/19)

U.S. Department of Commerce Awards Coral Springs $2.8 Million Grant
Coral Springs Talk (7/22/19)

U.S. Department of Commerce announces $1.2 million workforce grant to TCC
Tallahassee Democrat (7/19/19)

Trump Administration Sending Millions to Pensacola International Airport
Florida Daily (7/18/19)

County officials talk opportunity zones, EDA, partnerships
NACO.org (7/12/19)

Ex-Congressman John Fleming settles into new role in Trump administration with eye on economic development
The Advocate (7/5/19)

This Kansas program links a company’s past to its future
PBS News Hour (6/27/19)

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