Economic Development

Economic Development District

Eastgate is an Economic Development District (EDD) under the U.S. Depart of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). As an EDD, Eastgate plays a key role in local economic development by allowing the region to establish priorities for projects and investments. This process helps EDA more effectively invest federal dollars in sustainable job growth opportunities. EDA supplies a wide range of flexible technical assistance and expertise in its toolbox to allow regions to innovate and respond to changing economic needs and conditions that local governments face.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a legal requirement by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) that officially designates the Economic Development District (EDD) as eligible for EDA funding of public works and development projects for a five-year period of time. The CEDS contains a descriptive analysis of the region’s economic health, its demographic features, and its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The CEDS may be used to update and refine local planning documents, prioritize and fund projects and improvements, and identify opportunities for collaboration.

For more information about the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) or if you wish to be involved in the CEDS Advisory Council (CAC), please contact Mark Ragozine.

EDA Technical Assistance

Using CARES Act funding received from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments will utilize these resources to assist Eastgate staff and members to seek out and submit economic development and infrastructure proposals that align with funding source investment criteria and priorities.

Technical Assistance will include the following scope of services:

  • Project Identification. Assist Eastgate staff, including the Eastgate Economic Recovery Planner, and Eastgate Disaster Recovery Coordinator, in identifying projects of regional significance that are most competitive for state and federal funding.
  • Funding Source Identification. Align potential project proposals with state and federal funding sources.
  • Grant Writing Services:
    • Work closely with community partners and Eastgate staff to understand the value of the funding request, including impact, benefits, outcomes, and potential for expanded partnerships.
    • Develop, write, edit, and submit grants.
  • Miscellaneous. Meeting coordination, presentation preparation, project summation, etc.

Should you have projects that require such assistance, first review the following funding source information provided for project eligibility and then complete the EDA Project Submission Form, which will enable Eastgate to understand the project rationale and scope, as well as your need for assistance. Eastgate staff will determine if the projects meet the criteria below and what type of assistance we can provide.

Types of Eligible Projects for EDA funding:

  • Construction
  • Non-Construction
  • Planning
  • Technical Assistance
  • Revolving Loan Funds (RLF)

EDA Investment Priorities:

  • Recovery & Resilience
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Workforce Development & Manufacturing
  • Exports & Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • Opportunity Zones

The EDA’s Public Works program and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program solicits grants and cooperative agreements under these programs to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

For further information on the EDA’s Investment Priorities and the full Public Works and EAA Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) please visit the following links:



Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs

Eastgate has convened a broad array of small business assistance providers across the region to develop Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs. We are working with our local partners to shore up our network of technical and financial assistance, track trends, and make sure aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small businesses are supported and receiving timely and accurate information. Please click here to learn more and visit Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs on Facebook for programming updates and resources.