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Economic Development Integration (EDI): Breaking Down Silos to Build Up Local and Regional Economies


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This presentation was delivered at NADO's Annual Training Conference, held in Anchorage, Alaska on September 9-12, 2017.

The federal government can be a critical partner as regions work to produce new employment opportunities, expand existing businesses, and contribute to increased regional prosperity. But navigating the muddy waters of federal funding programs can at times be confusing and overwhelming. This session will highlight EDI, the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s initiative to promote the federal government’s various economic development resources that supports the capacity of local and regional stakeholders to invest in dynamic, innovative projects that will lead to enhanced economic growth and diversification outcomes for communities across the country.

Angela Belden Martinez, Regional Director, U.S. EDA, Denver, CO
Linda Cruz-Carnall, Regional Director, U.S. EDA, Philadelphia, PA
Shirley Kelly, EDR, U.S. EDA, Anchorage, AK
Doug Lynott, Director, Economic Development Integration, U.S. EDA, Washington, DC
Matthew Suchodolski, Management Analyst, EDI, U.S. EDA, Philadelphia, PA

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Economic Development Integration (EDI): Breaking Down Silos to Build Up Local and Regional Economies

  1. 1. Economic Development Integration (EDI) National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Annual Training Conference Anchorage, Alaska September 12, 2017
  2. 2. EDI BACKGROUND  Government Accountability Office (GAO) evaluation of the federal government’s economic development program portfolio – Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue: GAO 11-477R, February 2011  Four Primary Agencies: – Commerce (DOC) – Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Agriculture (USDA) – Small Business Administration (SBA)  Program Evaluation Criteria: – Duplication: Overlapping program design – Coordination: Extent of interagency collaboration to achieve common goals – Evaluation: Agency capacity to measure programs effectiveness 2 “Our study suggests that the design of each of these 80 economic development programs appears to overlap with that of at least one other program in terms of the economic development activity that they are authorized to fund.”
  3. 3. EDI MISSION AND METHODS EDI MISSION EDI METHODS  Networking  Content Development and Knowledge Transfer  Aligning Program Requirements  Co-Investment of Program Resources 3 To establish a collaborative platform for the development of knowledge, tools and complementary resources that support locally-identified priorities for increased regional economic diversification, growth and prosperity.
  4. 4. EDI VALUE PROPOSITION 1. Enhanced Service Delivery 2. Efficiency through Collaboration 3. Optimizing Investments in Sustainable Economic Growth and Diversification 4
  5. 5. EDI: EDA’S INTERNAL SUPPORT SYSTEM 5 Integration is EDA’s Official Business Practice For Service Delivery  Facilitation  Federal Interagency Relationship-Building  Consultation  Regional Office “one-stop-shop”  Collaboration  Additional support for project development, collaboration strategies, leveraging additional resources
  6. 6. EDI: DEFINING SUCCESS 6 Integration is EDA’s Official Business Practice For Service Delivery  Strengthening Local and Regional Capacity  Supporting Local Strategies and Priorities  Facilitating Local and Regional Collaboration  Promotion of Federal Interagency Resources  Enhanced Technical Expertise and Network  Impactful Outcomes  Collaborative Investments for Optimized Outcomes
  7. 7. FY17 EDI HIGHLIGHTS FACILITATING INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION AND INVESTMENT  Economic Development Assessment Teams (EDAT) – Recently in Alaska and Maine  Hurricane Harvey Economic Recovery Support Function (ERSF)  EDA Disaster Recovery:  POWER+ (FY15 and 16) / Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017, PROMOTING FEDERAL RESOURCES  Agency-to-Agency Knowledge Exchange  National / Washington, DC  State and Regional Office INTERAGENCY PROGRAM GUIDANCE  EDA CEDS / USDA Rural Development Stronger Economies Together (SET)  Current Example in EDA’s Seattle Region:  Tri-County Economic Development District (Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens Counties, Northeast Washington) 7
  8. 8. INTERAGENCY STRATEGIC PLANNING, SEATTLE REGION Tri-County Economic Development District, Northeast Washington State:  priorities-set/ 8
  9. 9. COMING IN FY18 FACILITATING INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION AND INVESTMENT  Regional Economic Diversifications Summits (REDS)  Focus on Communities and Regions That Have:  Completed Strategic Plans,  Identified Priority Objectives, BUT  Lack Resources for Implementation INTERAGENCY PROGRAM GUIDANCE  EDA CEDS / HUD Consolidated Plan  Practical step-by-step guidance  Comprehensive interagency strategic plans  Incorporate both EDA Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and HUD CPD Consolidated Plan criteria  Main Themes  Reduced Administrative Burden  Increased Local and Regional Collaboration  Program Alignment and Optimized Investments 9
  10. 10. CONCLUSION QUESTIONS? You can forward questions to the EDI mailbox: Contact Your State Economic Development Representative (EDR) or Specialist (EDS) for Further Information about EDA Programs: 10