Statewide Planning Grants


Statewide Planning Grant Case Studies

In 2023, CREC administered a follow-up to the 2022 survey in conjunction with one-on-one interviews to develop a more comprehensive view of the state of the Statewide Planning Grants. As part of this effort, the team has created a series of case studies of best practices in grant expenditure covering project creativity and alignment with EDA-designated Economic Development Districts (EDDs).

  District of Columbia Case Study

  Louisiana Case Study

  North Carolina Case Study

  Ohio Case Study

  South Dakota Case Study

  Washington Case Study

Statewide Planning Grant 2022 Survey Results

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 Executives (SEDE) Network, conducted a survey of states during the summer of 2022 to learn how the $1 million grant funds were used.  A blog summarizing the results can be found here. You can see how grants were spent at the regional level, below:

 Atlanta EDA Region

 Austin EDA Region

 Chicago EDA Region

 Denver EDA Region

 Philadelphia EDA Region

 Seattle EDA Region

  Statewide Planning and Tourism Grants

CREC conducted research into how states were planning on using the Statewide Planning Grants and Tourism Grants that were awarded as part of the 2021 ARPA legislation.  One focus of the Statewide Planning Grant survey was the coordination between states and local EDOs. A blog on the results is available here.


  Statewide Planning Grant Webinar: Overcoming Roadblocks

  Statewide Planning Grant Topical Webinar: Resiliency

  Statewide Planning Grant Topical Webinar: Industry and Supply Chain

  National State Planning Grant Webinar

 Statewide Planning Grant Topical Webinar: Planning

 Statewide Planning Grant Topical Webinar: Workforce

The materials included on these State-Local Alignment webpages were prepared by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness using Federal funds under award ED21HDQ3070060 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.