WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project will be awarding Bowling Green State University (BGSU) funding to help the University respond to the unusual and compelling urgency of the coronavirus pandemic.
This funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which passed the House of Representatives with Congressman Bob Latta’s (R-OH5) support and was signed into law in March. Congressman Latta wrote a letter advocating for this grant to be awarded to BGSU earlier this year.
“COVID-19 has changed the way our communities operate, and a collaborative workforce strategy is needed to effectively meet the current and future needs of our citizens and business,” said Latta. “Like universities across Ohio and the country, BGSU is gearing up for the fall term, and this funding will allow them to complete a Workforce Development Strategy and Recovery Plan for Northwest Ohio. Ensuring the success of Northwest Ohio’s workforce effort is a crucial aspect of continuing economic growth for the future. I am proud that with this additional support, BGSU will be better able to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.”
BGSU will be receiving $300,000. According to U.S. EDA, University Centers receiving these supplemental awards are required to implement one or more scope of work activities that have been pre-approved by EDA:
(1) providing technical assistance to entrepreneurs, businesses, and communities to assist in economic recovery efforts,
(2) assisting with solutions to move courses to an on-line platform to support the business and entrepreneurial community,
(3) supporting technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, product development and manufacturing aimed at the prevention of, preparation for, or response to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic,
(4) conducting, sharing and disseminating applied research to address challenges resulting from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and
(5) assisting communities in identifying and supporting workforce talent through workforce training and other professional development programs.