U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $10 million in grants to the state of Texas to enhance critical port infrastructure to support business development and disaster resiliency following Hurricane Harvey.

One of the manufacturing industry's greatest challenges is inspiring young people to consider working toward a career in equipment manufacturing. A new initiative led by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)'s Ag Sector Board aims to change that fact by increasing the number of equipment-specific courses being taught in high schools today to help expand awareness of and enthusiasm for the equipment manufacturing industry.

U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in announcing $1.6 million in federal funding to upgrade key infrastructure at the Port of Galilee in Narragansett to help protect jobs and promote investment at Rhode Island's busiest commercial fishing port.

The Equipment Dealers Foundation (EDF), the charitable organization of the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) has selected 15 men and women to receive a scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. The objective of EDF's scholarship program is to support the education, training and advancement of current and potential employees in the equipment industry.