Eastgate Receives $600K to Establish Recovery Team

Jun 28, 2019

The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments was awarded a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to establish a recovery coordination team to help the region focus on economic resiliency efforts.

The grant is part of the Economic Development Administration Chicago Regional Office’s Partnership Planning program and funds the Eastgate Economic and Resiliency Project, which includes contracting a dedicated recovery coordinator and supporting team to develop a strategy to guide the region’s economic development efforts. Those efforts are in response to the March closure of General Motors Lordstown Complex, which was placed on “unallocated” status, as well as the “historic downturn of the coal economy,” according to a release from the EDA.

“Eastgate is eager to get to work on recovery efforts. Losing GM, one of our major employers, impacted our community in many ways. This award will give us the capacity to address these impacts by working to diversify our industrial base as well as strengthening our entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Jim Kinnick, Eastgate’s Executive Director. “In addition, we will continue our existing efforts to coordinate the actions of our local economic development partners to provide the greatest possible impact for residents and businesses in our region.”

This EDA investment and local matching funds will help Eastgate contract a dedicated recovery coordinator and a supporting team of individuals. The team will work with experts at Cleveland State University’s Center for Economic Development, an EDA university center, to determine how to focus the region’s economic resiliency efforts today and in the future.