Economic Development Program

US Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Since 1986, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has been designated as an Economic Development District (EDD) by the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA). This designation allows TCRPC to receive planning grant dollars from EDA and provides every municipality within the three-county region eligibility for EDA's different investment programs (if they meet EDA qualifications):

  • Public Works and Economic Development
  • Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA)
  • Research and National Technical Assistance
  • Local Technical Assistance
  • Planning Program
  • University Center Economic Development, and
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms

As the EDD for the region, Tri-County develops a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) every five years to provide goals and actions for communities within the region that promote economic prosperity and improve quality of life. Management of the CEDS enables municipalities in the tri-county region to compete for federal project funding. To complete the CEDS, economic development professionals collaborate with transportation and land use planners, tourism experts, environmental groups, elected officials, universities and colleges, not-for-profits, and community and business leaders to outline and annually update the region's planning strategy for community and economic vitality, prosperity, growth, and sustainability.