Appropriations Bills Contain Increased Funding for EDA Partnership Planning Grants

Draft FY23 Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations legislation released in the Senate in August 2022 contains $450 million for the US Economic Development Administration (EDA), a $76.5 million increase above the enacted FY22 funding level of $373.5 million. This includes a proposed level of $38 million for EDA Partnership Planning Grants, a $3.5 million increase. By contrast, the House-passed spending bills for FY23 included $510 million for EDA overall (a $137 million increase), and $36 million for Partnership Planning (a $1.5 million increase). Appropriators are continuing to negotiate as the September 30 fiscal year end draws nearer.

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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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