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About the UNI EDA University Center

EDA’s University Center Economic Development Program makes the resources of universities available to the economic development community.

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About EDA Funding and Investment Priorities

The U.S. Economic Development Administration’s investment policy is designed to establish a foundation for sustainable job growth and the building of durable regional economies throughout the United States. This foundation builds upon two key economic drivers – innovation and regional collaboration. Innovation is key to global competitiveness, new and better jobs, a resilient economy, and the attainment of national economic goals. Regional collaboration is essential for economic recovery because regions are the centers of competition in the new global economy and those that work together to leverage resources and use their strengths to overcome weaknesses will fare better than those that do not. EDA encourages its partners around the country to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.

This project supports several of EDA’s national strategic priorities.

  • Collaborative Regional Innovation

  • Public/Private Partnerships

  • National Strategic Priorities (Advanced Manufacturing)

  • Global Competitiveness

  • Environmentally-Sustainable Development

  • Economically Distressed and Underserved Communities