As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment, EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE AND STATES COVERED
The Beltsville Area consists of ARS programs at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Md.; the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington D.C.; and worksites in Chatsworth, N.J.; Presque Isle, Maine; and McMinnville, Tenn. BARC is the largest and most diversified agricultural research complex in the world. Beltsville's record of accomplishments and ongoing programs has made it a world leader in agriculture research. Its international reputation attracts thousands of visitors each year from the United States and abroad.
The Mission of the Southeast Area is to support and direct quality research programs that solve the problems of our customers and stakeholders in the most efficient and effective way possible. We do this by:
Roane State Community College received $1.64 million grant that will fund several initiatives designed to promote the growth of the composites industry in East Tennessee. The grant was awarded as part of a $37 million Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a multi-agency competition to support the advancement of 20- high-growth, regional industry clusters. Roane State's grant targeted composites, with a focus on low-cost carbon fiber technology.
AMP! – The Advanced Manufacturing & Prototyping Center of East Tennessee – is a collaborative venture led by Tech 20/20 in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pellissippi State Community College, and The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services. To develop the Advanced Manufacturing Cluster in East Tennessee, AMP!