The U.S. Economic Development Administration may designate a region as an Economic Development District (EDD) if a region requests it and the area meets certain qualifications as outlined in U.S. Code 13 CFR 304.1. These federally designated EDDs are incorporated throughout StatsAmerica and Innovation 2.0, based on unique codes we have ascribed to them. We utilize the names defined by the districts themselves.
There are 384 EDDs, most of which combine counties to form a region (or district). For those districts that include parts of counties, we must utilize the entire county for purposes of Innovation 2.0 (which uses counties as the building block and for which most federal data are available as relates to our measures of innovation).
As a result, there may be an overlap of counties for some districts. View the full listing of EDDs and their county components »
More information on Economic Development Districts is available from the U.S. EDA website: https://www.eda.gov/ceds/