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Economic Development Administration

Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230


Deputy Assistant SecretaryDennis Alvord

Chief Operating OfficerDennis Alvord

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) was created in 1965 under the Public Works and Economic Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3121) as part of an effort to target Federal resources to economically distressed areas and to help develop local economies in the United States. It was mandated to assist rural and urban communities that were outside the mainstream economy and that lagged in economic development, industrial growth, and personal income.

EDA provides grants to States, regions, and communities nationwide to generate wealth and minimize poverty by promoting an attractive business environment for private capital investment and higher skill, higher wage jobs through capacity building, planning, infrastructure, research grants, and strategic initiatives. Through its grant program, EDA uses public sector resources to cultivate an environment where the private sector risks capital and job opportunities are created.

Sources of Information

Annual Reports

The EDA posts annual reports on its website.

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that EDA records have been assigned to record group 378.

Career Opportunities

The EDA posts information on permanent career and term job opportunities on its website.

In 2020, the EDA ranked 114th among 411 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

Phone numbers for EDA headquarters and its six regional offices are posted online. The Office of Public Affairs handles media inquiries. Phone, 202-482-4085.

Disaster Recovery Support

The EDA supports disaster recovery and resiliency efforts. Media posts highlight EDA assistance to communities that are recovering from years of disasters and EDA efforts to increase the resiliency of those communities.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the EDA recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.


The "Newsroom" web page provides convenient access to blog posts, newsletters, press releases, success stories, Twitter tweets, and the latest news.

Programs / Initiatives

The EDA administrates programs that support the economic development of communities. It also leads initiatives involving multiple agencies.


The EDA maintains a resources directory on its "Resources" web page.

Social Media

The EDA has a Facebook account.

The EDA tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The EDA posts videos on its YouTube channel.