EDA Public Works Funding, Rolling Deadlines

Under this announcement, EDA solicits applications for the following programs under PWEDA:

Public Works

EDA will provide Public Works investments to support the construction or rehabilitation of essential public infrastructure and facilities necessary to generate or retain private sector jobs and investments, attract private sector capital, and promote regional competitiveness, including investments that expand and upgrade infrastructure to attract new industry, support technology-led development, accelerate new business development, and enhance the ability of regions to capitalize on opportunities presented by free trade. The Gaylord Industrial Park, designed by GFA, was EDA funded.


The Planning Program helps support planning organizations, including District Organizations and Indian Tribes, in the development, implementation, revision or replacement of comprehensive economic development strategies (CEDS), and for related short-term planning investments and State plans designed to create and retain higher-skill, higher-wage jobs, particularly for the unemployed and underemployed in the nation’s most economically distressed regions.

Local Technical Assistance

The Local Technical Assistance Program helps fill the knowledge and information gaps that may prevent leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors in economically distressed regions from making optimal decisions on local economic development issues.

Economic Adjustment Assistance

The Economic Adjustment Assistance Program provides a wide range of technical, planning and infrastructure assistance in regions experiencing adverse economic changes that may occur suddenly or over time. This program is designed to respond flexibly to pressing economic recovery issues and is well suited to help address challenges faced by U.S. communities and regions.

Eligible Applicants:

  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Be market-based and results driven. An EDA investment will capitalize on a region’s competitive strengths and will positively move a regional economic indicator, such as: an increased number of higher-skill, higher-wage jobs; increased tax revenue; or increased private sector investment resulting from the EDA investment.
  2. Have strong organizational leadership. An EDA investment will have strong leadership, relevant project management experience, and a significant commitment of human resources talent to ensure a project’s successful execution.
  3. Advance productivity, innovation and entrepreneurship. An EDA investment will enable entrepreneurship, enhance regional industry clusters, and leverage and link technology innovators and local universities to the private sector to create the conditions for greater productivity, innovation, and job creation.
  4. Look beyond the immediate economic horizon, anticipate economic changes, and diversify the local and regional economy. An EDA investment will be part of an overarching, long-term comprehensive economic development strategy that enhances a region’s success in achieving a rising standard of living by supporting existing industry clusters, developing emerging new clusters, or attracting new regional economic drivers.
  5. Demonstrate a high degree of local commitment by exhibiting: High levels of local government or non-profit matching share funds and private sector leverage; Clear and unified leadership and support by local elected officials; and Strong cooperation among the business sector, relevant regional partners and local, State and federal government

Funding Priorities

1) Investments in support of long-term, coordinated and collaborative regional economic development approaches:

  • Establish comprehensive regional economic development strategies that identify promising opportunities for long-term economic growth.
  • Exhibit demonstrable, committed multi-jurisdictional support from leaders across all sectors:
    • i. Public (e.g., mayors, city councils, county executives, senior state leadership);
    • ii. Institutional (e.g., institutions of higher learning);
    • iii. Non-profit (e.g., chambers of commerce, development organizations); and
    • iv. Private (e.g., leading regional businesses, significant regional industry associations).
    • Generate quantifiable positive economic outcomes.

2) Investments that support innovation and competitiveness:

  • Develop and enhance the functioning and competitiveness of leading and emerging industry clusters in an economic region.
  • Advance technology transfer from research institutions to the commercial marketplace.
  • Bolster critical infrastructure (e.g., transportation, communications, specialized training) to prepare economic regions to compete in the world-wide marketplace.

3) Investments that encourage entrepreneurship:

  • Cultivate a favorable entrepreneurial environment consistent with regional strategies.
  • Enable economic regions to identify innovative opportunities among growth-oriented small and medium-size enterprises.
  • Promote community and faith-based entrepreneurship programs aimed at improving economic performance in an economic region.

4) Investments in support of strategies that link regional economies with the global marketplace:

  • Enable businesses, local governments and key institutions (e.g., institutions of higher education) to understand and take advantage of the numerous free trade agreements.
  • Enable economic development professionals to develop and implement strategies that reflect the competitive environment of the 21st Century global marketplace.
  • Build strategies to help regional economies boost exports.
  • Promote foreign direct investment.

5) Additional considerations:

  • Respond to sudden and severe economic dislocations (e.g., major layoffs, plant closures or disasters).
  • Enable BRAC-impacted communities to transition from a military to civilian economy.
  • Advance the goals of linking historic preservation and economic development as outlined by Executive Order 13287, “Preserve America.”
  • Support the economic revitalization of brownfields.
  • Implement the Global Climate Change Mitigation Initiative as described in section II.A.5 of this FFO.

“Special Need” Criteria
The following criteria are published in accordance with 13 C.F.R. § 301.3(a)(1)(iii) and define what may constitute a “Special Need” (as defined in 13 C.F.R. § 300.3) sufficient to make a project eligible for Public Works or Economic Adjustment investment assistance, as described in section III.B. of this announcement. Only applications for Public Works or Economic Adjustment investment assistance may be found eligible under a “Special Need,” and EDA will determine the maximum allowable investment rates for such projects. The applicant will be asked to present appropriate economic or demographic statistics to demonstrate a “Special Need.”

A project is eligible pursuant to a “Special Need” if the project is located in a region that meets one of the criteria described below:

  1. Closure or restructuring of industrial firms or loss of a major employer essential to the regional economy. A region has experienced either:
  • an actual closure or restructuring of a firm(s) within the past 12 months prior to application, resulting in sudden job losses and meeting the following dislocation criteria; or
  • a threat of closure that results from a public announcement of an impending closure or restructuring of a firm(s) expected to occur within two years of application; AND
  • such actual or threatened closure results in sudden job losses meeting the following dislocation criteria:
  • i. For regions with a population of at least 100,000, the actual or threatened dislocation is 500 jobs, or one percent of the civilian labor force (CLF), whichever is less.
  • ii. For regions with a population up to 100,000, the actual or threatened dislocation is 200 jobs, or one percent of the CLF, whichever is less.
  1. Substantial out-migration or population loss. An applicant seeking eligibility under this criterion will be asked to present appropriate and compelling economic or demographic data to demonstrate the special need.
  2. Underemployment, meaning employment of workers at less than full-time or at less skilled tasks than their training or abilities permit. An applicant seeking eligibility under this criterion will be asked to present appropriate and compelling economic and demographic data to demonstrate the special need.
  3. Military base closures or realignments, defense contractor reductions-in-force, or Department of Energy defense-related funding reductions.
  4. A military base closure refers to a military base that was closed or is scheduled for closure or realignment pursuant to the base closure and realignment process or other Department of Defense (DOD) process. Unless further extended by the Assistant Secretary, the region is eligible from the date of DOD’s recommendation for closure until five years after the actual date of closing of the installation.
  5. A defense contractor reduction-in-force refers to a defense contractor(s) experiencing defense contract cancellations or reductions resulting from official DOD announcements and having aggregate value of at least $10 million per year. Actual dislocations must have occurred within one year of application to EDA and threatened dislocations must be anticipated to occur within two years of application to EDA. Defense contracts that expire in the normal course of business will not be considered to meet this criterion.
  6. A Department of Energy defense-related funding reduction refers to a Department of Energy facility that has experienced or will experience a reduction of employment resulting from its defense mission change. The area is eligible from the date of the Department of Energy announcement of reductions until five years after the actual date of reduced operations at the installation.
  7. Natural or other major disasters or emergencies, including terrorist attacks. Unless further extended by the Assistant Secretary, a region that has received one of the following disaster declarations is eligible to apply for EDA assistance for a period of 18 months after the date of declaration:
  8. A Presidentially Declared Disaster declared under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. § 5121 et seq.); or
  9. A Federally Declared Disaster pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act , as amended (16 U.S.C. § 1861a(a)); or
  10. A Federally Declared Disaster pursuant to the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended (7 U.S.C. § 1961); or
  11. A Federally Declared Disaster pursuant to the Small Business Act, as amended (Pub. L. No. 85-536, 72 Stat. 384 (1958)).
  12. Extraordinary depletion of natural resources or other impact attributable to a new or revised federal regulation or policy that will have a significant impact on a community to avoid an extraordinary depletion of natural resources.
  13. Communities undergoing transition of their economic base as a result of changing trade patterns. An area certified as eligible by the North American Development Bank (NADBank) Program or the Community Adjustment and Investment Program (CAIP).
  14. Other special need. The area is experiencing other special or extraordinary economic adjustment needs, as determined by the Assistant Secretary.

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EDA Public Works Funding, Rolling Deadlines

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