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Federal Alert: We need your help sign our letter supporting EDA!
Matthew Mullin   on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

Thank you to those organizations that have signed onto our letter so far. There’s still time to add your voice – and we need your voice added! – in support of the Economic Development Administration.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • EDA has been marked for elimination, again, in the fiscal 2019 White House Budget proposal
  • EDA wasn’t even mentioned – at all – in the Department of Commerce’s five year strategic plan released last week
  • EDA received a $100 million cut in funding in their House appropriations bill for the current fiscal year

To be brief: EDA remains under attack, despite receiving broad, bipartisan support in Congress in the recent debate over disaster recovery funding. $600 million worth of bipartisan support, in fact. EDA needs our support today and tomorrow and for the foreseeable future.

Click the link below and add your organization to the growing list of supporters. Help us share the message that economic developers want a strong, robustly funded economic development agency. In the weeks and months ahead, IEDC will continue to engage Congress as we wrap up fiscal 2018 funding and dive into fiscal 2019 funding. We can’t do it without you!

Sign the letter today: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfklHLrZkvcTUhG-0fQjc5pmHB_7KyKPDeQwCUAAFY6gEDqTg/viewform

IEDC’s 2018 FED Forum will take place here in Washington in just a few weeks. There’s still time to register and join your colleagues. We’ll be talking access to capital, manufacturing, infrastructure, workforce development, entrepreneurship and federal resources for urban and rural communities. In many cases, we’ll be joined by the top federal officials overseeing these program areas. Check out the conference website for more details and to register.

Please contact Matt Mullin, Senior Director, Public Policy & Strategic Engagement at mmullin@iedcoline.org for questions, comments or concerns.