Economic Development

RPC & Economic Development

RPC is designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as the Economic Development District for the five parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany.

RPC’s Responsibilities

Economic Development Administration (EDA)

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) requires the RPC to create and update a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) in coordination with parish economic development organizations and with input from a cross section of business, industry, and civic representatives.

What is a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)?

The CEDS provides a blueprint for developing projects that may be eligible for EDA and Delta Regional Authority (DRA) funding. Competitive projects align with the goals and objectives contained in the CEDS.

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What is the Delta Regional Authority (DRA)?

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents of the Mississippi River Delta region.

Funding Opportunity Notification

The RPC distributes information on funding opportunities with both the EDA and the DRA, and also provides technical assistance in developing competitive applications.

2020 States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)

SEDAP Purpose

SEDAP focuses on job retention & creation with an emphasis in the following areas: Public Infrastructure, Transportation, Business and Workplace Development.

Eligible Project Requirements

  1. Only member states, public agencies, and not-for-profit entities
  2. Project must be sustainable after DRA investment expires
  3. Projects awarded based on level of distress, quantifiable project benefits (number of jobs created, number of people affected), consistency with regional priorities

RPC Economic Development Participants

Eligible entities for EDA and DRA funding are local governments, non-profits and Native American tribes