Economic Development

Wisconsin Rapids Get Economic Development Grant For Tribune Building Redevelopment

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has awarded the City of Wisconsin Rapids a $472,000 grant to support the renovation of the Tribune building site.

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The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune vacated the building in Jan 2013, after it was purchased by the Incourage Community Foundation and dedicated for community uses to be decided by residents.

The 19,868-square-foot Ellis Stone construction was built by former Tribune owner and publisher William F. Huffman, and first opened in May 1960. It has also housed WFHR AM 1320 and WWRW 103.3 FM radio stations, in addition to being the home of the Tribune.

Incourage is a place-based philanthropy and community development organization serving the south Wood County area in rural Wisconsin.

They purchased this unique historic property along the Wisconsin River in Dec 2012 for $527,000, and the project to redevelop it through a collaborative community feedback process has since attracted a great deal of attention and funding. More than 800 community members have invested over 5,500 hours in the decision making process.

Plans for the building now include everything from an art studio and classroom to a brewpub and cafe with rooftop lounge, microbrewery , a creative workshop and makerspace, culinary kitchen, meeting space, recreational rental shop, retail store for local goods, play area, game room, a welcome center, and other public spaces.

The Tribune redevelopment project is also creating Wisconsin Rapids economic development benefits, including 14 new full-time and 23 part-time jobs, in addition to more than 200 construction jobs during the redevelopment stage. It’s also going to double the property value, and will serve as a catalyst for new opportunities along the waterfront.

In addition to individual contributions, funding for the project includes a $400,000 investment from ArtPlace America for creative placemaking efforts, and a $152,492 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for capacity building for proactive and collaborative redevelopment.

Now the State of Wisconsin is chipping in with a $472,000 grant to the City of Wisconsin Rapids that will be awarded through WEDC’s Community Development Investment Grant program. This program supports community development and redevelopment efforts, with a focus on projects located in downtown areas.

Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, said in a release that “We are confident that investment in the Tribune building will help spur additional business and community development in Wisconsin Rapids.”

Incourage President and CEO Kelly Ryan said in the release that they sincerely appreciate WEDC’s commitment to Wisconsin Rapids, and added that this grant awarded to the Tribune further demonstrates the importance of public-private and philanthropic partnerships to shaping a strong and inclusive, local economy.

Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink noted that the city’s unique riverfront and surrounding spaces possess great potential in growing the local economy and stimulating investment, and added that the proximity of the Tribune building and the community’s involvement in the project is a testament to that.

Navy-Rhode Island Economic Development Partnership to Strengthen Defense and Ocean Technology Sectors

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) has announced a new joint partnership with the State of Rhode Island focused on defense commercialization and diversification.

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As part of this partnership, NUWC will place an employee on a two-year assignment to the offices of Rhode Island economic development agency Commerce RI in order to strengthen the defense and ocean technology sectors’ contribution to the state economy.

The partnership will focus on supporting defense commercialization by growing business opportunities for start-ups and small- to medium-size businesses with capabilities relevant to undersea and naval technologies.

The NUWC-RI partnership will be able to leverage NUWC’s intellectual property, patents, lab facilities, capabilities, personnel and expertise in undersea technologies to help the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation meet its economic development goals for defense diversification and commercialization.

The NUWC position at Commerce RI will serve as the state’s expert for developing policies and programs to implement technology transfer with NUWC and other federal labs, in addition to providing expert insight about coordinating a Rhode Island-based technology transfer pilot.

In a release announcing the partnership, Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, Prospective Program Executive Officer Submarines (PEO Subs) and former commander of the NUWC, said that the position will assist the Commerce Corporation in identifying and attracting Rhode Island businesses and academic institutions that have technology developments or requirements in common with NUWC.

Governor Gina M. Raimondo said in the release that “Through this partnership with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, we will develop bigger and better ways to work together to advance our technology, foster innovation in government, and create jobs.”

Gov. Raimondo added that this is a great example of the type of smart, new approaches needed to jumpstart the economy and spark Rhode Island’s comeback.

RI Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor said in the release that this partnership will help them to strengthen Rhode Island’s already well-positioned defense and ocean technology industries. Sec. Pryor added that that they will be able to advance economic development and create more high quality jobs for Rhode Islanders through this extraordinary collaboration with NUWC.

The Navy and DoD will benefit from the enhanced access to a broader cross-section of innovative commercial assets for increased research and development, identification of new sources, and reduction in costs of products and services.

Jabaley said that they intend for the position to identify and help connect potential technical experts from the State’s infrastructure to support NUWC’s mission via tech transfer mechanisms such as cooperative research and development agreements, educational partnership agreements, and small business innovation research programs.

The benefits of the partnership may also extend to other regional economic development initiatives in Rhode Island.

For example, Jabaley said that the NUWC position at Commerce RI could help provide additional direction and opportunities for the regional innovation hub that the City of Newport and several other organizations are working to establish.

The NUWC hopes to fill this key position and get the partnership effort with Commerce RI started within the next two months.

San Jose Gets $75M Federal Grant and Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded the $171 million Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the seventh of nine new Manufacturing Institutes, to the San Jose, CA-based FlexTech Alliance.

The Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute (FHE-MII) will receive $75 million in federal grant funding from the DoD over five years, along with more than $96 million from industry, academia, and local governments.

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The FlexTech Alliance leads a 162-member public-private manufacturing consortium of 96 companies, 11 laboratories and non-profit organizations, 41 colleges and universities, 27 states, and 14 state government and regional organizations.

The consortium brings together major electronics and semiconductor companies like Applied Materials, Apple, United Technologies, Hewlett Packard, and Qualcomm with FHE end users like Boeing, General Motors, the Cleveland Clinic, Corning, and Motorola. The consortium will also build on the cutting-edge research underway at partner universities such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, Harvard, and MIT.

Organizations that are a part of the consortium include the California Governor’s Office of Economic Development Go-Biz, and other state and regional members including Jobs Ohio, Empire State Development, SouthWest Michigan First, and Team NEO.

The San Jose Office of Economic Development, the Mayor’s Office, and the San Jose-Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce collaborated to support the winning FlexTech Alliance proposal. Local officials described the announcement as a big win for San Jose.

Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a release that San Jose is taking off, and added that “the $75 million grant to FlexTech Alliance by the United States Department of Defense represents another big win for our city.”

City of San Jose Economic Development Director Kim Walesh noted that nearly one in six jobs in the city are related to manufacturing, and added that “this prestigious institute will bolster our city’s leadership in designing and producing products that link the virtual and real worlds to help improve our lives.”

Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) is an innovative manufacturing sector, sitting at the intersection of high precision printing and next generation sensors. The market for flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing has the potential for dramatic growth across the wearable markets, medical devices, and the Internet of Things.

The FHE Manufacturing Innovation Institute will work to develop lower-cost, higher-speed, and more efficient manufacturing processes for flexible hybrid electronics.

Visit to find out more about the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute (FHE-MII) and the other National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes.

Madison City Council to Consider Economic Development Financing For Judge Doyle Square Project

At it’s next meeting, the City Council of Madison, WI will consider a resolution authorizing the mayor and city clerk to execute a development agreement with JDS Development LLC for the Judge Doyle Square Project.

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The resolution calls for the City to provide millions of dollars in financing for several different aspects of the project, which is expected to produce a multitude of Madison economic development benefits.

The nearly $47 million in public funding sought for a private project in Madison is unprecedented, but so is the size and prime location of the JDS project.

Judge Doyle Square is a two-block area in downtown Madison that includes the Madison Municipal Building (Block 88) and the Government East parking garage (Block 105).

This presents a unique opportunity to unlock the development potential of two City-owned, tax-exempt parcels and significantly expand the City’s tax base and employment. The project will also improve walkability in the Central Business District, and help retain and grow the business of the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

The $130 million investment by the developer would go towards construction of a 1,000,000-square-foot development that will include the new 250,000-square-foot headquarters of molecular diagnostics company Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS). It also includes a 216-room hotel, retail and entertainment space, a public food hall, health and wellness facilities, parking space and a bicycle center.

The City’s amended and restated development agreement proposes spending public funds for several aspects of the project.

This includes $12 million as a jobs-based TIF loan ($30,000 per job) to Exact Sciences for tenant improvements and other costs associated with the construction of the Block 88 Office Building. As part of the economic development agreement with the City of Madison, Exact is required to employ at least 400 employees in living wage jobs at their new headquarters location by Jan 1, 2019.

When the company first announced its intention to be the anchor tenant in the JDS project, Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences, said in a release that welcoming an innovative tech company like Exact Sciences and bringing hundreds of highly-skilled workers downtown is an enormous opportunity for the City of Madison.

“This partnership is a chance to invigorate an underdeveloped corner of the city, grow Madison’s tax base and help Exact Sciences attract top talent as we continue expanding,” added Conroy.

Apart from the $12 million in TIF funding to support Exact’s relocation to downtown Madison, the City will also provide $20.8 million in TIF funding for development of parking spaces for the project, a bicycle center and parking space for the City’s fleet. Another $13.9 million in funding through TIF and property sale proceeds will go towards land acquisition costs.

Katrina’s 10th Anniversary Brings US EDA Grants For New Orleans, Baton Rouge Economic Development Projects

The U.S. Economic Development Administration has announced grant awards totaling $2.1 million for four projects in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and at the Port of South Louisiana in Laplace, Louisiana.

New Orleans Katrina Memorial

New Orleans Katrina Memorial (photo – Michael Homan/flickr)

The EDA investments were announced by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine, who was in Louisiana to mark the occasion of Katrina’s 10th anniversary and announce a new resiliency partnership involving the EDA and the Delta Regional Authority.

The EDA grants announced by DAS Erskine include:

– The Capital Region Planning Commission is getting a grant of $1,150,000 for its Capital Region Operations and Resource Center project in Baton Rouge. The new Center will focus on minimizing economic dislocation after a major disaster;

– The Idea Village, Inc. is getting a $400,000 grant for the New Orleans Louisiana Entrepreneur Ecosystem project that will offer technical assistance to local entrepreneurs and businesses;

– Propeller is getting a $300,000 grant that will help it support the water cluster in New Orleans; and

– The Port of South Louisiana is getting a $250,000 for a South Louisiana Container Terminal Strategic Planning and Marketing Study. The study is expected to contribute to the local economy and grow jobs in the region by analyzing ways to efficiently process imports and exports.

Following the announcements of these EDA investments in Louisiana, U.S. Senator for Louisiana David Vitter said in a statement that “Louisiana is on the verge of an economic, manufacturing renaissance, and these EDA grants will help keep the momentum moving forward as we work to create jobs and grow the economy, ensuring a bright, competitive future for the next generation of Louisianians.”

This latest $400,000 EDA grant for The Idea Village adds to previously announced funding awards of $600,000 in 2013, another $400,000 in 2011 and $800,000 in 2009. The Idea Village was founded in 2000 and is the first organization with a mission solely centered on entrepreneurship in New Orleans.

In addition to supporting thousands of entrepreneurs, The Idea Village now plays a key role in New Orleans economic development efforts, and has elevated the city’s reputation as a destination for business, entrepreneurship and innovation. The successful model established by The Idea Village in New Orleans has since been replicated in other places such as Las Vegas, which now has its own Idea Village project.

The Baton Rouge-based Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC) is a Council of Governments serving eleven parishes. Propeller is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting social innovation in New Orleans, and offers a co-working space for incubating ventures that have the potential to solve pressing challenges faced by the city.

Uber and University of Arizona Economic Development Partnership on Mapping Test Vehicles

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey joined Uber executives and University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart at the College of Optical Sciences to announce an economic development partnership between Uber and UA.

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As part of the partnership, which focuses on research and development in the optics space for mapping and safety, Tucson and UA will be the next home of the Uber mapping test vehicles project. Uber mapping test vehicles are already on the streets in Pittsburgh, PA in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University.

Uber is also investing in Arizona’s technology ecosystem with a $25,000 donation to the College of Optical Sciences to support the next generation of optical scientists and engineers continue to explore and develop new and innovative technologies.

Announcing the Uber-University of Arizona economic development partnership, Gov. Ducey said in a release that this is a great day for Uber, for the UA and for the future of innovation in Arizona.

“All Arizonans stand to benefit from embracing new technologies – especially when it means new jobs, new economic development, new research opportunities and increased public safety and transportation options for our state,” added Gov. Ducey.

University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart said in the release that UA’s achievements in advanced optics and imaging technologies in particular will help Uber on the ground in Arizona, and added that UA’s global research leadership allows them to join in a collaborative effort that will have great benefit for the state.

Brian McClendon, vice president of advanced technologies for Uber, said in the release that “It’s clear that Arizona welcomes innovation, and we applaud Governor Ducey and the University of Arizona for their eagerness to embrace new technology.”

In conjunction with the Uber-UA announcement, Gov. Ducey also signed an Executive Order supporting the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles in Arizona.

These announcements follow other Uber and tech-friendly policy decisions made by Arizona that have also led to Uber favoring the state for economic development projects. For instance, the passage of ridesharing regulations by Arizona overturned the ban on the company’s operations in the state, and this was quickly followed by the opening of the Uber Center of Excellence in Phoenix with nearly 300 new jobs.

In a blog post announcing the economic development partnership with UA, the company said that Arizona has been a great home for Uber. They add that it’s clear that Arizona is pro-technology and welcomes innovation, and that’s why they are proud to announce that they are investing further in the technology ecosystem in Arizona.

SBA Awards $17.4M in STEP Grants to Boost Small Business Exports

The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program grants totaling $17.4 million to 40 states and territories to support activities to increase exporting by small businesses.


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This is the fourth round of funding awarded by the SBA under the STEP program authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The program was funded at $30 million per year for the first two years, followed by $8 million for the third year, and $17.4 million this year.

The Federal government typically provides 75 percent of the funding required for the total project, and states provide 25 percent. STEP grants are designed to support activities and programs by states and territories aimed at increasing both the number of small businesses that begin to export and the value of exports for small businesses currently exporting to support activities to increase exporting by small businesses.

This includes support for participation in foreign trade missions and market sales trips, subscription to services provided by the Department of Commerce, design of international marketing products and campaigns, export trade show exhibits, training, and other efforts aligned with STE Program goals.

For example, one of the award recipients this year is the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), which has been awarded $300,000 to continue ongoing initiatives in China and Poland. Supported by the new STEP grant funding, GOED’s International Division plans to sub-fund grants to assist companies with trade mission travel costs related to their participation in state-led trade missions to Poland and China’s Jiangsu Province next year.

Kris Sanchez, director of International Trade for the Nevada GOED, said in a release that “With a targeted focus from GOED of increasing the number of Nevada businesses that export as well as increasing the value of those exports, the STEP grant allocation will make a huge difference in financially assisting our agency’s work in China and Poland on behalf of Nevada’s business community.”

The West Virginia Development Office has likewise been awarded a $200,000 STEP grant to support its First STEP-Next STEP program that provides additional assistance to West Virginia small businesses that export goods to international markets.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said in a release that “It is my hope this grant program will not only support our state’s current exporters, but also those interested in entering the export market for the first time.”

The North Dakota Trade Office, which has been awarded a $287,694 STEP grant, will use the funds to help eligible small businesses participate in international trade and gain access to Big Iron’s International Visitor Program, ExporTech training and market research.

U.S. Senator for North Dakota John Hoeven, who was instrumental in starting the North Dakota Trade Office in 2005 during his term as governor, said in a release that “STEP funds will help North Dakota small businesses continue to be leaders in export and economic growth.”

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DHL Celebrates Economic Development Impact of Americas Hub at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and other state and local officials joined DHL Express company executives at its Americas hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to celebrate the company’s growth at CVG.

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DHL established its principal Americas air hub at CVG in 2009, and has since become a major driver of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati economic development.

DHL has invested $281 million in its Americas hub through eight expansions since 2009, and now has 2,400 employees in northern Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear said in a release that “I’m honored to celebrate the accomplishments of DHL Express since opening its U.S. air hub in 2009.” The Governor added that DHL’s operations are a key piece of Kentucky’s logistics advantage that allows companies of all sizes to easily grow and expand domestically and internationally.

The DHL Express global hub at CVG, along with the company’s other global hubs in Hong Kong and Leipzig, Germany, connects customers from more than 220 countries and territories worldwide to every corner of the United States, handling more than 50 million international shipments annually.

Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, said in the release that their partnership with DHL is one of the important relationships they have at the airport. McGraw added that the additional cargo traffic generated by DHL allows CVG to keep costs low and stable, and DHL’s success brings more jobs to the region and increases the overall positive economic impact.

DHL started with a $19 million investment in July 2009 to refurbish the CVG hub and relocate operations, and its latest $108 million expansion is still ongoing. This new expansion project includes the creation of 40 new jobs and an increase in the number of aircraft gates and more sorting and aviation equipment.

Stephen Fenwick, CEO, Americas, DHL Express, said in the release that this latest $108 million investment is a clear sign of their commitment to the Americas, of their expectations for strong growth and of their dedication to the regional northern Kentucky and Cincinnati economy.

DHL also said that it plans to add 200 additional jobs in the near term. These will be both part-time and full-time jobs to meet the expected surge in year-end volume. DHL is part of Bonn, Germany-based Deutsche Post DHL, which has been working closely with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s European Representative Office in Hamburg, Germany.

To encourage the company’s investment and job growth in Northern Kentucky, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) has approved DHL for tax credits through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA) and the Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) program.

Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, who also chairs the Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Northern Kentucky Tri-ED), said in the release that the entire Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region is benefiting from DHL’s success and growth at CVG.

Moore added that the recent $108 million announcement is truly fantastic and will continue DHL’s ability to assist northern Kentucky to attract new employers and jobs to the region.

Nano Utica Economic Development Initiative Brings 2000 ams and GE Global Research Jobs to New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who traveled to Utica to bring his “Capital for a Day” program to the Mohawk Valley region, announced a 31-point plan to advance the Mohawk Valley region.

The 31-point plan included the launch of the next phase of the Nano Utica economic development initiative. At the campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, Gov. Cuomo announced that ams AG and GE Global Research will create nearly 2,000 jobs under the next phase of Nano Utica.

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ams AG, which manufactures high performance sensor solutions and analog ICs, will initially invest over $2 billion for building a 360,000-square-foot 200/300 mm wafer fabrication facility at the 450-acre Nano Utica site in Marcy, NY.

ams is undertaking this project in partnership with SUNY Poly CNSE, Fort Schuyler Management (FSMC) and Mohawk Valley Edge. As a result of this project, ams will create and retain more than 700 full time jobs. The company also anticipates the creation of at least another 500 support jobs by contractors, suppliers and partners the wafer fabrication facility requires to enable its advanced manufacturing operations.

GE Global Research will become an anchor tenant at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (QUAD C) on the campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Utica. GE is partnering with SUNY Poly to develop a Power Electronics packaging facility at QUAD C.

As a result of this project, nearly 500 jobs are expected to be created in the Mohawk Valley over the next five years by GE and its affiliated corporations, and by SUNY Poly. The project is expected to support the creation of another 350 jobs in the subsequent five years after that.

Announcing these projects, Gov. Cuomo said in a release that “This is a transformative moment that will make a difference in peoples’ lives in the Mohawk Valley for generations to come.”

“With GE and ams joining the Nano Utica initiative, we’re seeing the region’s economy gathering momentum unlike ever before,” added Gov. Cuomo.

Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, president and chief executive officer of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, said in the release that this announcement is a is a tremendous victory for the Mohawk Valley and the entire State of New York. “Governor Cuomo’s pioneering economic development model, coupled with SUNY Poly CNSE’s world class expertise and resources, continues to generate historic investment and job creation throughout the state,” added Dr. Kaloyeros.

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri noted that the Nano Utica initiative is revolutionizing the local economy, bringing global companies, billions of dollars in private investment, and thousands of jobs to the region. Mayor Palmieri added that this is something he couldn’t have even imagined a decade ago.

Nano Utica is a $1.5 billion economic development blueprint unveiled by Gov. Cuomo in 2013 to revitalize the Mohawk Valley. The idea was to establish a dynamic nanotechnology-driven ecosystem by replicating the successful public-private investment model of SUNY Poly’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany.

Based on this model of state investment for building unique state-owned facilities and infrastructure to be used by private companies in partnership with CNSE, New York State committed to investing $250 million into QUAD C and the Marcy Nanocenter to support critical equipment and infrastructure improvements. The result is that the Nano Utica initiative is now projected to create more than 4,000 jobs over the next ten years.

U.S. Economic Development Administration Turns 50

On Aug 26, 2015, the U.S. Economic Development Administration will turn 50. Commerce and EDA officials are celebrating the agency’s 50th anniversary with shared messages and stories about EDA’s work and the impact it has had.

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The Economic Development Administration was established under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, signed into law on August 26, 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson. After 50 years, the EDA still remains the sole federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development.

EDA has a critical role to play in fostering regional economic development efforts, and supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment.

Through six regional offices located in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and Seattle, the EDA works directly with local economic development officials to make grant investments for projects that align with local and sustainable, long-term economic development strategies.

EDA’s investment programs include Public Works, Economic Adjustment, Partnership Planning, Trade Adjustment Assistance, University Centers, Research and National Technical Assistance, and Local Technical Assistance.

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams said in a message that “I am honored and privileged to serve as Assistant Secretary for this incredible agency and to shepherd EDA into its 50th year.”

“EDA has an incredible and storied history, but it’s got an even more promising future…With your continued support and partnership, I can say with certainty that there will be even more to celebrate over the next 50 years,” said Williams.

Assistant Secretary Williams and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker have both issued video messages congratulating EDA on 50 great years. You can see the videos here and here.

“For the past 50 years, EDA has opened the gates of opportunity by designing programs tailored to the unique needs and resources of individual communities…and 50 years later, EDA’s vital and essential work continues,” said Sec. Pritzker in the message.

“To everyone who works at EDA, thank you all for your commitment, your leadership, and your service. Congratulations on your 50th anniversary,” added Sec. Pritzker.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, EDA is seeking stories, pictures, videos, and quotes from communities that have received EDA funding. You can likewise share the impact that the EDA’s investment has had or is having on your community by sending your stories to

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