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At the University of Oregon, the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement is Bridging the Divide Between Academia and Practice

Whether it’s developing a business incubator, building new broadband infrastructure, or expanding a wastewater management system, economic development is often a heavy-lifting activity. Sometimes, though, no challenge is as great as bridging the divide between academia and practice.

June 1, 2022

The University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) fellows undergo training prior to deployment. RARE fellows expand the geographic reach of the university’s economic development expertise well beyond UO’s Eugene campus.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

EDA Grant Helps Power World’s First Carbon Fiber Remanufacturing Facility

In 1965, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) was established and the sport of pickleball invented. Created by former U.S. Representative Joel Pritchard (WA-02) at his Bainbridge Island, Washington cabin, pickleball has since been named the state sport of Washington. Recently, it has seen a surge in popularity, becoming the fastest-growing athletic pastime in the United States.

May 3, 2022

Spokane, Washington is the economic hub of the inland Pacific Northwest.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

With EDA Support, Washington State University is Helping Inventors and Entrepreneurs Succeed in Eastern Washington

Over the last decade, Spokane, Washington has experienced a boom in growth. Much of the Lilac City’s recent economic success can be organically attributed to an innovative business landscape driven by a local sense of creativity and industry — the city’s motto, in fact, is “Creative by Nature.” But a large portion of that success is also creditable to the work done by a burgeoning, local economic development ecosystem. A major component of that ecosystem is Washington State University’s (WSU) Center for Innovation.

March 9, 2022

Spokane, Washington is the economic hub of the inland Pacific Northwest.

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University of Wyoming Business Incubator Program Expanding Statewide

The landscape and opportunities for entrepreneurs in Wyoming are growing. IMPACT 307, a business incubator program at the University of Wyoming, is now expanding statewide.

The program has helped create and launch more than 200 Wyoming businesses, with the majority of those coming in the past three years of running community startup challenges. It helps connect clients to the resources and support needed to launch their business.

February 1, 2022

IMPACT 307, a business incubator at the University of Wyoming, is expanding statewide

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Venture Capital Fund Focuses on Boosting Businesses in Rural Colorado

With a focus on rural communities, a venture fund in western Colorado is helping to create new opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses. The Greater Colorado Venture Fund (GCVF) started in 2018 and focuses on supporting early-stage startups.

December 15, 2021

A rendering of Tampa Bay Innovation Center at 4th Street South and 11th Avenue South.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

EDA Incubates Innovation and Entrepreneurship in St. Petersburg, Florida

The name St. Petersburg conjures up visions of warm, sandy beaches, a variety of theme parks, and two-time Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Like many cities today however, St. Petersburg is looking to redefine itself, with an eye on technology and the innovation that drives it.

November 2, 2021

A rendering of Tampa Bay Innovation Center at 4th Street South and 11th Avenue South.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Elevate Ventures Leverages EDA Grant, Exceeds Expectations

An EDA grant to Indianapolis-based venture development firm Elevate Ventures has provided free entrepreneurship training to more than 500 entrepreneurs from across Indiana since 2019 – more than twice what was projected.

September 15, 2021

2021 Nexus Higher Education grant award winners

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

With EDA Support, Washington State Gives a Green Light to the Blue Economy

As home to the fifth largest seaport in the United States and a maritime industry valued at $38 billion, Washington state may not seem like a place that needs additional resources to support maritime-directed economic development. But four-year-old Seattle-based nonprofit Washington Maritime Blue is helping fill a very specific gap in the region’s economic landscape.

September 8, 2021

The combined ports of Seattle and Tacoma are the fifth largest seaport in the United States. Approximately five percent of North America’s marine cargo transits the two ports

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs

The Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE) was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2018. It was created as a business generator, designed to inspire and support local African-American entrepreneurs as they innovate, create jobs and build wealth.

Today, the Center supports over 120 companies, representing more than 500 individual jobs. Their stakeholders represent a variety of industries, including technology, education, consulting and film/media.

August 26, 2021

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Houston Makerspace Transforming Surrounding Neighborhood

The East End of Houston has a long history of early industry. Now, that landscape is shifting, transforming into a core of innovation and entrepreneurship.

That change is boosted by the new East End Maker Hub. The 300,000 square foot facility is being called the largest innovation maker hub in the state of Texas and will serve as a community fabrication space and incubator hub with workforce training and apprenticeship programs.

August 4, 2021

Evan Carlson (lower left) and the staff of Do North Coworking.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

EDA Helps Vermont Entrepreneurs Take First Steps in the Business World

Lyndonville is a rural Vermont community, once described by Boston Magazine as one of the fifteen “best small towns” in New England. It has a population of approximately 1,200 and is home to the 5th Battalion of the Vermont State Guard.

July 12, 2021

Evan Carlson (lower left) and the staff of Do North Coworking.

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EDA Investment Supports Scientific Breakthroughs Today, Careers for Tomorrow

In the 2010s, Orange County, California found itself facing a demographic challenge. The county was experiencing a shrinking population in every age group other than seniors, a trendline that stood in contrast to the Golden State as a whole.

March 31, 2021

Scientific equipment purchased with support from an EDA grant is seen in this photo from University Lab Partners. In the foreground is a refrigerated benchtop centrifuge used for cell harvesting and DNA precipitation.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

UF Innovate Collaboratory for Women Innovators Helps Florida Woman Empower People of All Ages to Navigate Technology with Ease

Keeping up with technology can be a challenge even for those who use it on a day-to-day basis. Older adults often face additional challenges in a world that is increasingly dependent on new forms of technology.

March 25, 2021

Ming Yang appears on the Kelly Clarkson Show to promote Orchard

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Highlight: Woman-led EDA University Center Is Making Entrepreneurship Easier in Kansas City

It’s not just the barbecue or the championship-caliber NFL team that Kansas City is known for – the metro area is also recognized as a top city for entrepreneurs. Leading the charge is the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Innovation Center.

March 25, 2021

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