The EDA program at the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) aims to serve the State of Maryland in advancing entrepreneurship, commercialization, and workforce development through applied research and technical assistance. Directed by C. Scott Dempwolf, the program is funded by a grant from the US Economic Development Administration, where it is known as the University Center at the University of Maryland and Morgan State University. The program is designed to leverage university assets in urban and regional planning to change economic development efforts throughout the state of Maryland. Projects in the EDA program makes use of existing relationships within the University of Maryland, such as the Robert H. Smith School of Business or the College of Information Studies (iSchool). Projects may also leverage entrepreneurship networks of UMD alumni and other networks throughout the state of Maryland.
- Facilitate technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship
- Assist the University System of Maryland in developing a statewide network of university economic developers
- Assist in the development of innovation districts including Baltimore's Innovation Village (Morgan State Lead)
- Provide technical assistance to communities throughout Maryland