APA and the Economic Development Administration have partnered to provide content on a variety of economic development topics, including best practices, regional cooperation, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

EDA Announces Strategic Planning Funding

The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced that nearly $37 million in grants is available to help communities suffering from the adverse effects of import competition develop ways to more effectively compete in the global economy. The funding is available under EDA's Community Trade Adjustment Assistance (Community TAA) Program, which was created in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

EDA outlined that these grants will help communities develop strategic plans to respond to their changing economic landscape and to implement those plans by funding infrastructure and other activities.

Funds will be disbursed through EDA's six regional offices in the form of grants to communities (cities, counties, or other political subdivisions of a state or a consortium of political subdivision of a state) to create jobs and generate private sector investment by promoting comprehensive, entrepreneurial and innovation-based economic development efforts.

Applications for the competitive grants will be evaluated based on the extent to which applications address the following six criteria:

  • Support small and medium-sized communities
  • Assist the most severely impacted communities
  • Deliver a high return on investment
  • Support regionalism, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Support global trade and competitiveness
  • Grow the "green economy"

Information about the funding notice and to learn about the application process

Planning and Economic Development

An Economic Development Toolbox: Strategies and Methods

Many of the strategies and methods discussed in this series can be found in more detail in APA's Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Report: An Economic Development Toolbox: Strategies and Methods (PAS 541).

An Economic Development Toolbox: Strategies and Methods

Planner Spotlight

Sustaining Downtown El Paso

Years of slow decline and unrealized revitalization efforts in the 1990s collectively triggered a re-emergence in downtown El Paso that is finally in full swing thanks to the Downtown 2015 Plan

Verónica R. Soto, AICP

Previous Planner Spotlight

EDA Videos for CM Credits

These videos are no longer available from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

If you viewed them in the past and have not yet logged your Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, you may do so now.

Economic Development Toolbox

This is an online series devoted to economic development strategies and methods that APA released monthly throughout 2008 and 2009.

Each part of the series serves as a practical guide for community leaders planning for economic development. This series was developed through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA).

As part of this joint effort, APA offered critical and timely economic development tools and techniques. In addition, APA highlighted discussions among leaders and practitioners through a variety of outlets including a monthly e-newsletter, a quarterly feature story, and several web broadcasts.

2009 Tools of the Trade

2008 Economic Development Toolbox

More information about this partnership and resources