Economic Development creates the conditions for economic growth and improved quality of life by expanding the capacity of individuals, firms, and communities to maximize the use of their talents and skills to support innovation, and responsibly produce and trade valuable goods and services. Economic Development requires effective, collaborative partnerships focused on advancing mutual gain for the region.
Economic Development Districts (EDDs) are multi-jurisdictional entities, commonly composed of multiple counties and in certain cases cross-state borders. They help lead the locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning process that leverages the involvement of the public, private and non-profit sectors to establish a strategic blueprint (i.e., an economic development roadmap) for regional collaboration.
The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments is a designated EDD as recognized by the federal Economic Development Administration and can aid in the preparation, submission of applications, and awards management. The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides monies for construction and technical assistance projects that advance economic development activities.
EDA can support the construction of new public assets or the renovation of existing public assets that support job creation or job retention. Additionally, EDA provides resources to help communities with technical assistance projects that help inform economic development decisions.
The Economic Development Administration accepts proposals and applications throughout the year. To discuss potential projects and learn more, please contact Stuart W. Bass at 252 234 5966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.