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DoC/EDA University Center

The Economic Development Administration

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) was established in 1965 under the Department of Commerce to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the United States. The mission of EDA is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

Iowa Association of Regional Councils

One mechanism the EDA uses to connect to local constituents is through sponsoring groups called Councils of Government (COGs). Iowa is divided into 16 regions, each of which has a COG. COGs are formed by counties, cities, and towns to serve local governments and citizens across the State of Iowa. Councils address issues facing local government on a cooperative basis and provide coordination of services delivery, planning, advocacy, technical assistance, and project development in areas such as community development, transportation, housing, land use, solid waste, and natural resources. You can find information about the COG for your region on this map of COGs in Iowa. Each region is linked to the COG's website or their contact information.

The University Center Program

In 1966, EDA began offering grants to institutions of higher education to improve the economies and economic development capacity of their service areas with emphasis on economically distressed communities. Economically distressed areas are defined as communities that experience substantial barriers that inhibit the growth of their local economies and limit their ability to compete effectively in regional, national, and global markets.

Iowa University Center

The Iowa EDA University Center has operated within the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) since the program began at Iowa State University in 1980. In 2013, CIRAS was awarded a technical assistance contract under the University Center program to develop and implement the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Network (AMIN) program in the state.

This program applies research-based methods to create an idea incubator supporting technology commercialization and high-wage job growth for the advanced manufacturing industry cluster in Iowa. Specifically, the AMIN activities include: 1) Needs Assessment for existing industry clusters; 2) Innovation Summits to develop innovative solutions to industry needs; and, 3) Idea Incubation to drive technology commercialization.

The focus of this center is regional commercialization, advancing high-growth entrepreneurship, and cultivating innovation.

Publications:

Iowa Plastics and Rubber Industry: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) (2014)

Events:

Plastics & Rubber Manufacturers' Innovation Summit - April 15, 2014

For more information, contact:

Shankar Srinivasan, EDA University Center Program Director
Iowa State University, CIRAS
Extension 4-H Building
Ames, IA 50011-3632
Email: srigshan@iastate.edu
Phone: 515-290-6702
Fax: 515-598-7739

 
 

Last updated: 6/18/2014