Economic Development_Technical Assistance

EDA oversees three technical assistance programs (National, Local and University Center) that promote economic development and alleviate unemployment, underemployment, and out-migration in distressed regions.

These programs provide grants or cooperative agreements (referred to throughout this
document as investments) to: (1) invest in institutions of higher education to establish and operate University Centers to provide technical assistance to public and private sector organizations with the goal of enhancing local economic development; (2) support innovative approaches to stimulate economic development in distressed regions; (3) disseminate information and studies of economic development issues of national significance; and (4) finance feasibility studies and other projects leading to local economic development.

These programs aid the long-range economic development of regions with severe unemployment and low per capita income.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

University Center projects provide management and technical assistance services to communities, counties, districts, nonprofit development groups, and technology transfer assistance to firms.

Local technical assistance projects help to determine the economic feasibility of various local development projects involving industrial, commercial, and other activities.

National technical assistance projects may fund reports on innovative economic development or the dissemination of economic development information.


Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog for EDA regional office contact information.
Website Address

www.eda.gov