The Gulf Coast Economic Development District (GCEDD or the “District”) is the federally designated economic development planning body for the 13-county Gulf Coast State Planning Region. The District’s primary functions are to coordinate the economic development activities of the planning region, provide technical assistance to economic development organizations of the region, and maintain the region’s eligibility to apply for economic development grants and assistance from the Economic Development Administration (EDA).
The GCEDD was incorporated in the State of Texas as a non-profit corporation on June 10, 1988. The EDA officially designated the GCEDD as an Economic Development District (EDD) in January 1991, and the District became an IRS 501(c) (3) in 1995.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council provides administrative and operational staff support for the District. Their work is directed by the District's Board of Directors, which is composed of 28 representatives from local governments, businesses, economic development organizations, and minority interests. The Board of Directors meets quarterly and the Board's five-person Executive Committee meets monthly.
As the District updates its website, information and materials may be temporarily unavailable. If you have any questions concerning GCEDD activities, policies, or documents please contact Josh Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your convenience, listed below are some of the District’s primary documents:
GCEDD Board of Directors - 2013
GCEDD 2014-2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
Business Loan Fund Pre-Application
Business Loan Fund Full Application
GCEDD - Local Government Loan Application