September 28, 2023

EDA: Grantees Announced Under the 2023 University Center Competition

23 Colleges and Universities in EDA’s Austin and Denver Regions Selected as EDA University Center Economic Development Technical Assistance Programs

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the grantees of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) 2023 University Center Economic Development Program Competition. EDA is providing a total of $16.5 million in grants to 23 colleges and universities in 14 states to administer programs to leverage their assets, promote innovation, and strengthen regional economies.

“As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the Biden-Harris Administration is committed to growing the nation’s economy through research and innovation,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “With support from the Biden-Harris Administration, these institutions of higher education will help to develop resilient innovation ecosystems and equitably expand economic opportunity for communities across the country.”

EDA prioritizes economic development planning or implementation projects that advance equity across America through investments that directly benefit traditionally underserved populations. The 23 University Centers announced today include a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTIs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI).

“The Economic Development Administration is dedicated to boosting regional economies through place-based, locally led strategies.” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “EDA is pleased to support the institutions designated or redesignated as University Centers as they help us invest in America’s future and grow opportunities to increase equity in American research institutions. Their existing university resources will be bolstered to build regional economic ecosystems that support resiliency and inclusiveness.”

EDA’s University Center grants are 5-year awards and each University Center will receive funding annually to support programs.

The grantees from EDA’s Austin Regional Office are:

The grantees from EDA’s Denver Regional Office are:

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

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