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Economic Development Administration

Since EDA’s inception 52 years ago, EDA has led the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is proud of the investments it has made in economically distressed regions, based on their locally-driven strategies and needs, and the outcomes of those investments which spurred local innovation and entrepreneurship creating and saving jobs and leveraging private investments.

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Dennis Alvord

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer

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