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Economic Development Districts

Economic Development Districts

Puerto Rico Welcomes First EDD

Economic Development Districts (EDD) play a vital role in the EDA grant application process. Comprised of multiple jurisdictions that often cross state lines, EDDs leverage the involvement of the public, private, and non-profit sectors to establish a strategic blueprint for economic development.

June 30, 2022

Hospital Episcopal San Lucas, one of six hospitals serving the southern region of Puerto Rico.

Economic Development Districts

After Two Power Plant Closures, Former Coal Community Gets its Second Wind

The town of Somerset is a small, waterfront community in southeastern Massachusetts. It was incorporated in 1790 but has a rich heritage dating back to the founding of America. Today, it is home to more than 18,000 residents, boasting a diverse population representing many cultures and communities.

February 15, 2022

Brayton Point Power Station (Somerset, Massachusetts)

Economic Development Districts, Small Business/RLF

In the Oregon Outback, an Iconic General Store Powers through the Pandemic with EDA Support

In some rural parts of Eastern Oregon, the 1979 oil crisis wasn’t felt the same way it was in Seattle, Portland, or Boise.

“We’ve never run out of gasoline to sell, but then we don’t sell a helluva lot,” Lloyd Grisel, then the owner of Hart Mountain Store in Oregon’s sparsely populated Lake County, was quoted in a July 1979 UPI article.

April 14, 2021

Wild mustangs are seen galloping across scrubland of the Oregon Outback in this Bureau of Land Management photo. The region has experienced an uptick in visitors.

Economic Development Districts

Minnesota Economic Development District Executive Director Strives for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Economic Development

Region Nine Development Commission (RNDC) is an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD) focused on fostering economic development in a nine-county region in southern Minnesota.

Located in Mankato, RNDC’s service area is predominantly white but quickly diversifying. To address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues, RNDC infuses these efforts into its economic development work.

February 2021

Nicole Griensewic, Executive Director of Region Nine Development Commission in Mankato, Minnesota

Economic Development Districts

Revitalizing New Mexico’s Coal Communities through EDA Partnerships

Northwestern New Mexico is a pocket of beautiful desert scenery with rich natural resources and a swath of the preserved Navajo Nation lands.

February 2021

The planned Milan and Prewitt Industrial Parks located on the I-40 corridor, east of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were supported by EDA grants aimed at assisting coal communities.

Economic Development Districts

Denim to Dairy in Texas: Lamb County’s Road to Revitalization Through EDA Partnership

In 2015, one of the last remaining denim mills in the United States shuttered its doors permanently, leaving 300 workers in Lamb County, Texas, without a job. In an area with nearly 6,000 residents, the loss of the denim mill was devastating to the county and region.

December 2020

'Denim Road' was rebuilt to withstand dairy trucks, attracting the booming airy industry to the site

Economic Development Districts

EDA’s nearly $175 million in Foreign Direct Investment projects in Distressed Communities Attract Investors from Across the Globe

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is one of EDA’s main investment priorities and critical to supporting projects that promote and facilitate business investments in the United States.

June 2020

EDA’s nearly $175 million in Foreign Direct Investment projects in Distressed Communities Attract Investors from Across the Globe

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

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

Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc. Logo

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

Southwest Region Executive Directors Association Logo

Economic Development Districts, Workforce Development

Welding Program at North Georgia Technical College Provides Businesses in Region with Skilled Workers

To support businesses and boost job growth in the region, the North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) strategized to build a new welding facility at its main campus in Habersham County.

August 2017

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