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Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance

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    11.300, 11.307

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Economic Development Administration (EDA)


    EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.
    • Public Works - Through the Public Works program, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides catalytic investments to help distressed communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities that will help implement regional development strategies and advance bottom-up economic development goals to promote regional prosperity. The Public Works program provides resources to meet construction and/or the design of infrastructure needs of communities to enable them to become more economically competitive. Prior examples of investments EDA supported through the Public Works program include projects supporting water and sewer system improvements, industrial parks, high-tech shipping and logistics facilities, workforce training facilities, business incubators and accelerators, brownfield development, technology-based facilities, wet labs, multi-tenant manufacturing facilities, science and research parks, and telecommunications infrastructure and development facilities.
    • Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) - Through the EAA program, EDA provides investments that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities (including infrastructure, design and engineering, technical assistance, economic recovery strategies, and capitalization or re-capitalization of Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) projects) in regions experiencing severe economic dislocations that may occur suddenly or over time. EDA utilizes EAA investments to provide resources that help communities experiencing or anticipating economic dislocations to plan and implement specific solutions to leverage their existing regional economic advantages to support economic development and job creation. Like Public Works investments, EAA investments are designed to help communities catalyze public-private partnerships to foster collaboration, attract investment, create jobs, and foster economic resiliency and prosperity. For example, EDA might provide funding to a university or community college to create and launch an economic diversification strategy to promote and enhance the growth of emerging industries in a region facing job losses due to a decline in the regions coal industry. As another example, EDA might provide funding to a city to support the construction of a publicly-owned multi-tenant business and industrial facility to house early-stage businesses
    EDAs investment priorities are designed to provide an overarching framework to guide the agencys investment portfolio to ensure its investments have the greatest impact. Competitive applications will be responsive to the evaluation criteria and will align with at least one of the following investment priorities:
    1. Recovery & Resilience: Projects that assist with economic resilience (including business continuity and preparedness) and long-term recovery from natural disasters and economic shocks to ensure U.S. communities are globally competitive.
    2. Critical Infrastructure: Projects that establish the fundamental building blocks of a prosperous and innovation-centric economy and a secure platform for American business, including physical (e.g., broadband, energy, roads, water, sewer) and other economic infrastructure.
    3. Workforce Development & Manufacturing: 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 -- particularly in the manufacturing sector -- with a specific emphasis on the expansion of apprenticeships and work-and-learn training models. Also includes projects that encourage job creation and business expansion in manufacturing, including infrastructure-related efforts that focus on advanced manufacturing of innovative, high-value products and enhancing manufacturing supply chains.
    4. Exports & FDI: Primarily infrastructure projects that enhance community assets (e.g., port facilities) to support growth in U.S. exports and increased foreign direct investment”and ultimately the return of jobs to the United States.
    Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC) EDA designates a portion of its EAA funding to support communities and regions that have been negatively impacted by changes in the coal economy. To support these projects, EDA prioritizes ACC implementation projects and activities that:
    • Will produce multiple economic and workforce development outcomes, such as promoting regional economic growth and diversification, new job creation, and reemployment opportunities for displaced coal economy workers; and
    • Are specifically identified under local and regional economic development plans that have been collaboratively produced by diverse local and regional stakeholders.

    History of Funding

    For FY16, approximately $100,000,000 was appropriated for the Public Works program and $35,000,000 for the EAA program. Historically, EDA has awarded funds for between 80 and 150 Public Works and between 70 and 140 EAA projects a year.

    Additional Information

    All proposed projects are evaluated to determine the extent to which they align with EDAs investment priorities, create or retain high-quality jobs, leverage public and private resources, demonstrate the ability to start the proposed project promptly and use funds quickly and effectively, and provide a clear scope of work and specific, measurable outcomes.


      H. Philip Paradice

      H. Philip Paradice
      Economic Development Administration (EDA)
      401 West Peachtree Street, NW Suite 1820
      Atlanta, GA 30308-3510
      (404) 730-3002
      (404) 730-3025

    1. Eligibility Details

      Eligible applicants include:
      • District Organizations;
      • Indian Tribes or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
      • State, county, city, or other political subdivisions of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;
      • Institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or
      • Public or private non-profit organizations or associations acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State

      Deadline Details

      All submissions must proceed through the two-phase review process.
      • In Phase I, potential applicants provide EDA with general project information to allow EDA to make a Phase I Determination (Whether the proposed project meets the most essential criteria to be considered fundable).  Proposal packages submitted for Phase I consideration may be presented at any time during the fiscal year.  The applicant will be advised of EDAs Phase I Determination within 30 days of receipt of the proposal
      • If the regional office PRC determines that a proposal is responsive to this grant funding, EDA will inform the applicant that it may submit a complete application to proceed to Phase II of the process. In Phase II, EDA will make a determination on an application within 60 days. 
      EDA strongly encourages applicants to consult with the EDA representative for their state to discuss whether their project is in alignment with EDAs investment priorities, eligibility requirements, cost-sharing requirements, property standards, or other requirements

      Award Details

      For FY18 EDA has been appropriated $117.5 million for the Public Works program, $37 million for the EAA program, and an additional $30 million in EAA funds for ACC.
      Public Works awards range between $600,000 and $3,000,000; the average award being $1,400,000. Up to 150 awards will be granted. Economic Adjustment Assistance awards range between $150,000 and $1,000,000; the average award being $650,000. Up to 140 awards will be granted. Generally, cost sharing/matching of at least 50% is required.

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