June 30, 2015

Mapping a nation of regional clusters

The U.S. Cluster Mapping Portal (ClusterMapping.us) provides over 50 million open data records on industry clusters and regional business environments to promote economic growth and U.S. competitiveness.  The project is led by Professor Michael Porter through Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Small Business Association Will Invest in Regional Innovation Clusters
The SBA is investing in regional clusters throughout the United States and intends to award a total of three contracts to contractors to head cluster initiatives. Each contract will be for a base year and four option years. If you're involved with a cluster initiative, consider applying! Written proposals are due on August 4, 2015, no later than 3:00PM Mountain Time.   Read more
Success Story: EDA's Revolving Loan Fund
EDA has a number of programs designed to help support economic development and growth. Generally, EDA's investments support communities as they attract businesses, but EDA's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program is different. EDA capitalizes funds that are managed and loaned out by local organizations that serve as RLF operators. RLF funds are specifically intended to create small loans for high-risk projects - people who cannot get a traditional loan.   Read more
Porter Prize India Applications Now Open

The Porter Prize recognizes the strategic acumen of corporations in India and is named after Harvard faculty member Professor Michael E. Porter. Categories include Enabling Social Progress, Creating Shared Value, Leveraging Unique Activities, and more. The award has a robust three-stage process of making an application, followed by a strategy audit and jury evaluation. Organizations participating in the Porter Prize award selection are also automatically qualified for the IFC-Mint Strategy awards. Organizations are invited to apply by July 31, 2015. The awards ceremony will be held on September 25, 2015 in New Delhi.   Read more
View our events list online. Interested in attending an event, or wish to recommend one? Contact us!


July 10-12, Worcester, MA:   2015 Conference (Eastern Conference on Workplace Democracy)   Learn more

July 12-15, Amherst, MA:   2015 ACE Institute (Association of Cooperative Educators)   Learn more

August 16-19, Wilmington, DE:   CSG Eastern Regional Conference 55th Annual Meeting and Regional Policy Forum (Council of State Governments)   Learn more

September 17, Newark, NJ:   2015 CDFA New York/ New Jersey Financing Roundtable Conference (Council of Development Finance Agencies)   Learn more

September 29 - October 2, Buffalo, NY:   AURP 2015 International Conference (Association of University Research Parks)   Learn more


July 10-13, Charlotte, NC:   NACo's 80th Annual Conference and Exposition (National Association of Counties)  Learn more

July 19-22, Lexington, KY:   CDS 46th Annual International Conference (Community Development Society)  Learn more

July 26-28, Savannah, GA:   SEDC 2015 Annual Development Conference (Southern Economic Development Conference)  Learn more

August 9-11, Austin, TX:   2015 Executive Directors Conference (National Association of Regional Councils)  Learn more

September 1-2, Arlington, VA:   2015 APDU Annual Conference (Association of Public Data Users)  Learn more

September 8-11, Orlando, FL:   NBIA's 25th Training Institute (National Business Incubation Association)  Learn more

October 24-27, New Orleans, LA:   NADO Annual Training Conference (National Association of Development Organizations)  Learn more

November 4-7, Nashville, TN:  
2015 Congress of Cities and Exposition (National League of Cities)  Learn more

November 18-19, Washington, D.C.:   Workshop on Workforce Development and Local Job Creation - An International Perspective (U.S. Department of Labor and the Organisation for Economic Co-operative and Development)  Learn more

July 12-15, Bismarck, ND:  2015 MLC Annual Meeting (Midwestern Legislative Conference)  Learn more

August 10-14, St. Louis, MO:  CDFA Summer School (Council of Development Finance Agencies)  Learn more

August 21-25, Madison, WI:  21st Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (Council of State Governments)  Learn more

October 4-7, Indianapolis, IN:  COSCDA Annual Training Conference (Council of State Community Development Agencies)  Learn more

October 26-28, Oklahoma City, OK:  SSTI's 19th Annual Conference (State Science and Technology Institute)  Learn more

July 15-17, Denver, CO:  2015 NREDA Annual Conference (National Rural Economic Developers Association)  Learn more

July 28-31, Vail, CO:  2015 CSG West Annual Meeting (Council of State Governments)  Learn more

August 2-6, Seattle, WA:  NCSL Legislative Summit (National Conference of State Legislatures)  Learn more

September 27-30, Anchorage, AK:  2015 UEDA Annual Summit (University Economic Development Association)  Learn more

September 27-30, Seattle, WA:  101st ICMA Annual Conference (International City/ County Management Association)  Learn more

October 4-7, Anchorage, AK:  IDEC Annual Conference (International Economic Development Council)  Learn more

November 19, Sacramento, CA:  2015 CDFA California Financing Roundtable Conference (Council of Development Finance Agencies)  Learn more


September 22-25, Beijing, China:  TCI 32nd IASP World Conference (International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation)  Learn more

October 21-24, Porto, Portugal:  Future Places Media Lab for Citizenship (UT Austin/ Portugal Program)  Learn more

November 3-6, Daegu, South Korea:  TCI 18th TCI Global Conference - Clusters in a Creative Economy: New agendas for Companies and Policy makers (The Competitiveness Institute)  Learn more

November 17-19, Barcelona, Spain:  2015 Smart City Expo World Congress (Fira Barcelona)  Learn more


July 1, 4:00PM-5:30PM EDT:  2015 Planning Law Review (American Planning Association) Learn more

July 14, 2:00PM-3:00PM EDT:  Competency Model Clearinghouse Models, Tools, and Resources (The Council for Community and Economic Research) Learn more

July 28, 8:30AM-5:00PM EDT:   Improving Productivity in Pharmaceutical Research and Development (Brookings) Learn more

July 29, 3:00PM EDT:  Measuring America on the Move: Free and Accessible Data on Travel Patterns (Association of Public Data Users) Learn more

August 19, 11:00AM EDT:  Understanding the EB-5 Model in Kentucky (Council of Development Finance Agencies) Learn more

Up to $35 Million in Available Funding through POWER Initiative

Up to $35.5 million in funding is now available through the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative. POWER, which was announced at the end of March, is an EDA-led, coordinated effort among multiple federal agencies using existing resources to provide integrated and coordinated investments in communities and workers negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.  Read more
$3 Million Available to Coal-impacted Communities under White House POWER Initiative
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced the availability of $3 million in planning assistance to communities impacted, or which may be impacted, by contractions in the coal economy. These funds are made available as part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative, a new interagency effort to assist communities negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.

Successful applications will enable affected communities to develop detailed strategies to diversify their economies, create jobs in new or existing industries, attract new sources of job-creating investment, and/or how to provide a range of workforce services that result in industry-recognized credentials for high-quality, in-demand jobs. Funding will be available until expended or until September 30, 2015.

For more information, please contact your EDA state representative. To apply for this funding, please follow instructions here.    Read more
EDA's Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs

Under the Planning program EDA assists eligible recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more
BusinessUSA's Access Financing Wizard

To help you identify what government financing programs may be available to help you start or expand your business, check out the "Access Financing" Wizard from BusinessUSA. In a few quick steps, this wizard will guide you to government resources to access financing for your business! Learn more

Partners: MIT Sloan School of Management - Temple University, Fox School of Business - Phase2 Technology
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative - 
University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Oregon Business Council - New Carolina - STATS America - Regional Innovation Acceleration Network