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The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments (UCPCOG) was designated as an Economic Development District (EDD) by the United States Department of Commerce - Economic Development Administration (EDA) on June 26, 1996.  This designation helps the region to work together for greater prosperity and for both the COG and member local governments to access to EDA funds for public works and other key projects when jobs are being created and/or saved.

Since 1998,  the Planning & Development Services Department has helped 24 projects acquire over $23 million in grant funds that have leveraged an additional $64 million of public project investment resulting in $975 million in private investment and the creation of over 8,100 jobs.

In the past year, 8 projects were worked on containing $5,627,225 worth of investment during the period, leveraging an estimated $150 million of additional private and public investment and creating or anticipated to support approximately 500 construction jobs in the near-term future and creating over 1,000 permanent jobs when projects are complete. 

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