Fostering economic growth in the community

EDA Center at WSU

About Us

The Washington State University Economic Development Assistance University Center is a program of Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at WSU. The EDA Center is a part of the larger outreach effort of the WSU College of Business. The program is funded by an annual grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and matching funds from state and private sources.

The EDA Center provides services to any community, economic development organization, or individual, with priority given to needs and issues in economically distressed areas. Our objective is to assist in problem solving and human development leading to economic development.

The EDA Center reflects the values of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. These values include a sincere belief in helping individuals achieve their potential, the necessity of life-long learning, and the effectiveness of free market solutions for economic development.

Our Goals:

  • Promote and stimulate economic development in rural Washington State communities.
  • Assist local economic development professionals in job creation and business investment in rural Washington State communities.
  • Make available to local economic development professionals the resources of Washington State University in the accomplishment of their mission.
  • Through cooperation with the Washington State University Technology Transfer Office, promote commercialization of university-developed technology to local Washington businesses.

Client Eligibility:

The EDA Center encourages all interested individuals, economic development organizations or communities in Washington State to apply for innovation research and technical assistance. Acceptance of requests for service is based upon potential for economic benefit and relevance for targeted distressed areas. Following are the criteria used to evaluate requests for assistance:

  • The project must have the potential for creating jobs or strengthening the current employment base over time.
  • Project leaders must demonstrate management or leadership competence equal to the economic development objectives sought.
  • Where primary research is requested, preference is given to projects which assist rural communities with a high level of unemployment; have sponsor or community commitment evidenced by cash or in-kind contributions; are appropriate to the resources of the EDA Center; and have potential for application to the needs of economic development professionals in general.
WSU College of Business. PO Box 644750, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-4750, 888-585-5433.