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June 13, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Need an Economic Development Fellow?

The new "Economic Recovery Corps" program from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will place up to 65 individuals with economic development organizations for 30 months.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has launched a new program that will recruit and place up to 65 trained individuals in economic development organizations throughout the nation.

It is part of an initiative named the “Economic Recovery Corps” (ERC) that is designed to create a connected network addressing the resource gap between planning and implementation, boosting the capacity of communities to implement locally-driven economic development strategies. Through a $30 million cooperative agreement with the International Economic Development Council, the manager of the program, Fellows, as the individuals are known, will be placed for two-and-a-half year terms.

Prospective host organizations should be collaborative and poised to implement an economic development strategy, project, or plan with added support and expertise from an ERC fellow. Hosts will reflect the entire community and economic development field spectrum, from city and county government to regional coalitions, economic development organizations, economic development districts (EDDs), and entrepreneurial technical assistance providers.

Host organizations have until June 30 to submit their expression of interest and initiate the application process. There is no cost to an organization or community to host a fellow. Applications from those interested in being considered as a Fellow will open in mid-June and run through mid-August. Host placements will finalize in December 2023, with Fellows beginning work with their communities starting in January 2024 and ending in June 2026.

More information can be found here.

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