State-Local Alignment

The nation faces complexeconomic challenges and collaboration between state and economic development districts (EDDs) is critical for economic recovery and growth. Creating better alignment between states and EDDs will result in better short- and long-term regional, state and national economic outcomes.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a grant to the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) to improve collaboration among state and EDDs. The National Association of Development Agencies (NADO), State International Development Organizations (SIDO) and American Manufacturing Communities Collaborative (AMCC) have joined CREC to help states and EDDs integrate each other’s efforts in their strategies, planning and investments.

The project has deliverables under three task areas all designed to improve alignment between states and EDDs: