ETCOG administers the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Public Works and Economic Development Program. This program is designed to enhance regional competitiveness and promote long-term economic development in regions experiencing substantial economic distress. Through the program, EDA provides Public Works grant assistance to support the construction or rehabilitation of essential public infrastructure and facilities necessary to generate or retain long-term private sector jobs and investments, attract private sector capital, and promote regional competitiveness.
Grants may be used for projects such as expanding and upgrading infrastructure to attract new industry, supporting technology-led development, redeveloping brownfield sites, promoting eco-industrial development, and supporting heritage preservation development investments such as those promoted by the Executive Order on Preserve America.
Eligible activities include the acquisition or development of public land and improvements for use in public works, public services, or development facilities. Other appropriate activities include acquisition, design and engineering, construction, rehabilitation, alteration, expansion, or improvement of publicly-owned and operated development facilities, including related machinery and equipment. Characteristic projects include grants in facilities such as water and sewer systems, industrial access roads, industrial and business parks, port facilities, railroad sidings, distance learning facilities, skill-training facilities, business incubator facilities, brownfield redevelopment, eco-industrial facilities, and telecommunications and broadband infrastructure improvements necessary for business creation, retention and expansion. The project must fulfill a pressing need of the region and must: (a) improve the opportunities for the successful establishment or expansion of industrial or commercial plants or facilities in the region; (b) assist in the creation of additional long-term employment opportunities in the region; or (c) primarily benefit the long-term unemployed and low-income residents.
Eligible applicants for and recipients of EDA grant assistance include a State, city, county, or other political subdivision of a State. For-profit, private-sector entities do not qualify for Public Works assistance. EDA will fund up to 90% of the total project costs.
When working on a Public Work and Economic Development Grant, ETCOG will work closely with the applicant and will assist in the writing of the application to submit to EDA.
If you have any other Economic Development need that ETCOG can assist with, we will create a “team” of staff experts to work with you to attain your goals. We will designate a “point of contact” staff person for you to work closely with during the process. With the staff knowledge and expertise of the many different programs at ETCOG we will do everything possible to help you achieve the ultimate success.