EDAThe Economic Development Administration (EDA) is a funding program that assist public and public non-profit organizations with funding for community and economic development.  Projects that can be funded include planning, economic studies, education, health care, alternative energy and infrastructure primarily related to the support of economic development. Examples of such projects are water and sewer improvements, industrial parks, multi-tenant facilities and industrial access roads.

EDA Projects must comply with the Region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) – see table below for more information.  The program is open to States, special units of state or local governments or public or private non-profit organizations

Click here to see some of the previous projects funded throughout the North Central PA Region.

Typical EDA Funding TimelineCEDS cover

  • Applications are accepted on-line through  Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis:
    • March – June – October – December (check for exact due dates)
  • Present your project before the CEDS Committee at North Central.  Meetings are typically held in March, May, July, September and November (Subject to change)
  • Projects must comply with the Region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Eligible Applicants

  • Private institutions of Higher Learning
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • State Governments
  • Native American Tribal governments (Federally Recognized)
  • County, City or Township Governments
  • Nonprofits having 501(c)(3) status with the IRS

If you feel that you may have a qualifying project, please contact Bob Rusiewski @ 814-773-3162

CEDS Planning

The planning process, including engaging a regional CEDS committee, is intended to bring public and private sectors together to provide a baseline of information, set forth goals and establish targeted strategies and performance measures for documenting successful economic and community development.  This integration of coordinated economic development also provides for the sharing of talent and resources and provides the flexibility to adapt to regional economic conditions.  The CEDS is designed to encourage the exchange of meaningful strategies on how communities can soundly manage growth and development to efficiently and effectively link Land Use, Transportation, and Economic Development decision‐making at a regional level.  Click here for a summary of  the CEDS Requirements from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

EDA Application Documents

Category Plan Year File
CEDS Committee North Central CEDS Committee Members 2017  PDF
CEDS Plan Executive Summary 2014  PDF
CEDS Plan Full Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2014  PDF
CEDS Plan Public Survey 2014  PDF