Episode 40

With Alejandra Castillo, US Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development


March 6th, 2022

37 mins 28 secs

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About this Episode

In this episode, Dane talks with Alejandra Castillo, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and the head of the Economic Development Administration.

We discuss:

  • Ms. Castillo's background and how she became the country's chief economic developer
  • The Economic Development Administration and the US Commerce Department
  • The Build Back Better Regional Challenge
  • Supply chains
  • Worker training and workforce development
  • Regional, cluster-based, and place-based economic development
  • Infastructure
  • Building capacity at the local level
  • Recovery and resiliency in your local community
  • Making your community more competitive globally
  • Collaboration in economic development, and who the EDA collaborates
  • What the EDA is doing to promote diversity, equity and inclusion

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