THE CENTER’S PROGRAMS
Our programs and structure are such that they enable quick operations and create the foundation for responsiveness to changing economic conditions and necessities faced by our local and state government partners. We offer assistance that is designed to help urban and rural communities evolve through the economic development process to become robust regional mechanisms for business creation and job growth. Our programs include:
Public Works and Economic Development: The Center’s Public Works and Economic Development division helps distressed communities revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure. This program enables communities to attract new industry; encourage business expansion; diversify local economies; and generate or retain long-term, private-sector jobs and investment through the acquisition or development of land and infrastructure improvements needed for the successful establishment or expansion of industrial or commercial enterprises.
Economic Adjustment Assistance: Provides a wide range of technical, planning, and public works and infrastructure assistance in regions experiencing adverse economic changes that may occur suddenly or over time (for example, strategy development, infrastructure construction, and revolving loan fund capitalization).
Planning Assistance: Assists local and regional organizations (such as district organizations, Indian Tribes, and other eligible entities) with their short- and long-term planning efforts.
Economic Development Planning Assistance: Our technical assistance program delivers focused assistance, such as project planning, feasibility studies, and economic impact analyses to nonprofit and public leaders to aid in economic development decision-making processes. This also includes our University Center Economic Development Program, which facilitates the resources of universities to be available to the economic development community.
Research and Evaluation: Supports research of cutting-edge economic development practices, as well as information dissemination efforts to national audiences.
Emerging Leaders University: Emerging Leaders University (ELU) was created to encourage and engage young people in generating and implementing visionary political, social and entrepreneurial solutions for today problems. ELU provides guidance and mentors youths across the country as they develop into future leaders affecting positive change and building a better tomorrow. This initiative pairs young bright minded youths with current leaders in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, law, policy and politics.
Business Development Center: The Center operates a Business Incubator to provide companies with the services accommodations need to run a successful business. If one is an entrepreneur or telecommuter that works from home, a virtual office space can provide them with a reputable location to meet clients and prospects as well as giving them a legitimate business address.
Community Development Center Assistance Program: The Center created the CDC Assistance Program to enhance the quality of community life and achieve neighborhood revitalization through a comprehensive community development program that pursues and balances historic preservation and urban design, economic vitality, increasing job opportunity and support for a diverse, eclectic and successful neighborhood social fabric. This program delivers assistance to local, regional and national organizations with their short-term and long-term urban and rural planning efforts.