Carroll County Growth Partnership introduces new Economic Recovery Corps Fellow
5 Feb 2024
Jennifer Luengas-Otto matched to HUB 712 project
The Economic Recovery Corps (ERC) Fellowship program aims to build capacity in economically distressed areas across the U.S. while cultivating the next generation of economic development leaders. The program connects 65 host sites nationwide with diverse practitioners and leaders with the passion, skills, and vision to create new ways of doing economic development. The ERC Fellowship was launched in 2023 through a $30 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). It is led by the International Economic Development Council and supported by six other national economic development organizations.
From over 500 hosts applications, Carroll County Growth Partnership is among 65 host sites selected to receive help in advancing a project critical to the economic recovery of our community. ERC projects represent the interconnectedness between economic development and the pressing needs in communities of all sizes, including workforce development, entrepreneurial ecosystem building, housing, childcare, climate resiliency, broadband, and access to capital. Each project across the U.S. receives a dedicated fellow, fully funded for 2.5 years from the ERC
program, who serves as a field catalyst to enhance, strengthen, and coordinate relationships and local efforts alongside the host community.
Carroll County Growth Partnership is delighted to be matched with Jennifer Luengas-Otto, who brings a wealth of expertise and passion to help local stakeholders on the HUB 712 project for the next 2.5 years. Luengas-Otto, who lives in Carroll, will be working in our communities and embedded in the local fabric of our entire region. Fellows will receive robust professional development and training, equipping them with the network and tools to usher in a new era of economic development centered on equity.