Blog Posts

Several blog posts have been developed to summarize programs, policies and events that highlight state economic development activity:

Showing Impact: Reporting on Federal Funds for Community Development

by Ellen D. Harpel | Dec 4, 2022 | Funding associated with federal recovery and investment initiatives has provided unprecedented resources to states and communities. These initiatives are expected to create benefits for people and places across the country. How will these benefits be measured? What metrics will state and local governments use to determine program effectiveness? The Center […]

Compliance Data Drives Smart Incentive Programs

by Ellen D. Harpel Incentives are part of a process, not just a point in time transaction. We can use data and analytical techniques throughout the process to make sure we are using incentives effectively and responsibly. Compliance is one of the four key elements of the incentive process in our 4×4 framework. It is an […]

SIDO Promotes International Engagement and Integration to County Leaders

On July 21, Andy Karellas, the Executive Director of the State International Development Organizations (SIDO), moderated a panel on how county leaders can engage in international economic development at the 2022 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.  The annual conference is the largest meeting of county officials from across the country, […]

State Incentive Program General Trends

This article was written by John Ponder White, Economic Development Research Intern, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. It first appeared on the Council for Community and Economic Research blog. With the conclusion of the State Business Incentives Database summer update, the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) will be publishing a series of blog posts. These […]

EDA’s $1 Million Statewide Planning Grants: How Did the States Use It?

Through the American Rescue Plan (ARPA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is supporting states in economic planning efforts by allocating $59 million in grants through the Statewide Planning, Research & Networks program. To better understand how states are using these funds, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), in partnership with the State Economic Development […]

DEI in Manufacturing

Briefing On Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Manufacturing America’s strength and sustainable development in the 21st Century depends upon a thriving manufacturing sector.  That means we need far more progress aligning efforts to include those between states and Economic Development Districts.  More coordinated capacity to advance manufacturing helps the sector be 1) more economically […]

Briefing On Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Manufacturing

America’s strength and sustainable development in the 21st Century depends upon a thriving manufacturing sector.  That means we need far more progress aligning efforts to include those between states and Economic Development Districts.  More coordinated capacity to advance manufacturing helps the sector be 1) more economically competitive making solution oriented products, 2) in a environmentally […]

New Findings on Remote Worker Attraction Programs & Lessons for Communities Striving to Attract Remote Workers

Report from the April 5, 2022, SEDE Network Incentives Roundtable Remote worker attraction programs represent an exciting innovation for state and local economic development. Recent studies examined two of the longest-standing remote worker attraction programs: the Vermont New Remote Workers Grant Program and Tulsa Remote. Panelists at a recent roundtable shared their findings on the […]

State Trade Directors Discuss Coordinating Economic Development Strategies with Regional Partners

On March 15-17, the State International Development Organizations (SIDO) held their Washington Leadership Forum where over 40 state international trade directors convened for high level meetings with key federal officials. The session centered around our current project with the Economic Development Administration (EDA) focused on enhancing state and local EDO engagement to support Covid-19 recovery […]

Highlighting Opportunities for States and Economic Development Districts (EDDs) to Better Align Economic Development Planning Strategies

March 2022 Project Presentation at NADO’s Washington Policy Conference: Highlighting Opportunities for States and Economic Development Districts (EDDs) to Better Align Economic Development Planning Strategies At the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Policy Conference in March, the EDA, CREC, and Economic Development Districts (EDDs) from Arkansas and New Mexico discussed approaches to improved collaboration […]

How States are Using EDA Statewide Planning and Tourism Grants

How States are Using EDA Planning and Tourism Grants Hockey sticks. Good for handling pucks but also for describing rapid revenue growth. Under the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic and build local economies that will be […]

Learning Local Perspectives on State and EDD Alignment

At the October 2021 NADO Annual Training Conference, Bob Isaacson from the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) had the opportunity to discuss state and local EDD alignment and collaboration with about 23 individuals (generally representing EDDs). The discussion was fueled by a live survey; the survey results and subsequent discussion are below: Survey Results […]