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

Manufacturing

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

Disaster

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

Disaster

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

Disaster

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

Disaster

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

Disaster

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

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Grantee RIoT Working to Accelerate the Growth of Internet of Things-focused Companies in North Carolina’s Piedmont Region

EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program supports innovation and entrepreneurship capacity-building activities by creating and expanding proof-of-concept and commercialization programs and early-stage seed capital funds through the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support (SFS) grant competition.

August 2018

Regional Internet of Things (RIoT) logo

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

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

Disaster

EDA Investment Restores Atlantic City Flood Gates, Saves Jobs and Protects Against Future Floods

When Hurricane Irene hit Atlantic City, New Jersey, in August of 2011, it wreaked havoc on the local economy. During extreme high tides and storm events, Atlantic City’s two major access roads, the Atlantic City Expressway and U.S. Route 30 flooded rendering the city inaccessible for extended periods of time.

July 2018

Friday October 30, 2015: Local officials announce the beginning of work on the Baltic Avenue Canal project. (Photo Courtesy: The Press of Atlantic City/ Ben Fogletto)
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