The mission of the Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority (Tri-Agency) is to promote the economic development opportunities of the County of Del Norte, the City of Crescent City and the Crescent City Harbor District by:
- assisting existing businesses retain their employees as well as expand their businesses
- encouraging new businesses to locate in the community
- coordinating economic development activities with other organizations in the community
For decades since the 1964 tsunami, the Tri-Agency has repeatedly been called upon to assist the greater Del Norte community in issues involving economic development. Tri-Agency has developed a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that allowed it to pursue grant funds from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). These monies were lent to local businesses to assist in expansion, new business startup and creation of new jobs. Today these loans are administered by the Del Norte Economic Development Corporation (DNEDC) through an agreement with Tri-Agency.
In early 2009, the Tri-Agency and Del Norte County started a micro enterprise loan program using money from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Our very low interest (1%) micro enterprise loans are specifically targeted at low income households seeking to start a new business or wanting to expand an existing business. Tri-Agency works closely with the North Coast Small Business Development Center (NCSBDC) to help applicants through the loan process. The SBDC assists entrepreneurs with a wide variety of business classes ranging from creating business plans, to applying for loans, to new business start-up.
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