The EDD offers a wide range of economic development planning services to area governments, agencies, organizations, and community groups. To support the program, a small fee is required for services rendered for organizations that are not investors in the EDD. To find out more contact us today.
- Advise local municipalities in reviewing economic development planning projects
- Collaborate with community partners to secure external funding for various planning, civic design, and economic development initiatives
- Assist area member governments and nonprofits with developing economic development...
- graphic materials
- website design and development
- maps (GIS and graphic design)
- fact sheets
- research economic information
- Align area governments and nonprofits with economic development planning priorities and work on initiatives from an intra-MSA area to the Tri-State Region
- Provide a public forum for the discussion of economic issues related to regional sustainability
- Facilitate collaboration between multiple disciplines for the purpose of promoting good civic design as it relates to economic wellbeing
- Exhibit educational information and graphical work related to economic development planning generated by local municipalities, community groups, and individuals
- Work with community groups interested in improving the quality of the built environment and economic issues
- Strategic plan development
- Run the Rockford Region Vital Signs project (See pages 5-6 of this brochure.)
- Provide data tracking and reporting services (including demographic and economic data)
- Research opportunities to grow emerging and evolving industry clusters
- Community and regional profiles
10 Local Steps to an EDA Grant Application
- Local agency or organization identifies potential project.
- Local agency or organization staff meet with EDD staff to discuss project. Identify with staff:
- Alignment with EDA funding goals/priorities
- Readiness to apply to the EDA grant program
- Readiness to implement locally
- EDD staff work with project leaders to present project to EDA to determine best grant program to apply for.
- EDD staff works with project leaders and/or property owners to prepare project for EDA application readiness.
- Project leaders prepare and obtain all necessary paperwork needed for application. This includes (but is not limited to): Local match (typically 50% needed locally)
- Engineering completed for public infrastructure
- Environmental assessment complete
- Company commitment stating number of jobs to be created or retained
- Present project to the EDD Governing Board for review.
- Receive approval from the EDD Governing Board to apply to EDA grant program.
- Local agency/municipality, or non-profit works with EDD staff to apply to EDA grant program through www.grants.gov.
- Project leaders work to provide additional documentation throughout the EDA’s review process.
- Expect EDA review of grant application to take anywhere from 3-12+ months.