Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SETAAC)

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The Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SETAAC) provides federal funding to manufacturing firms that have experienced declines in employment and sales as a result of import competition.

As a U.S. manufacturer, your firm is eligible to apply for up to $75,000 of government assistance to help improve its competitive position. A SETAAC project manager will work with your company in a three-step process:

  • No-Cost Certification – The project manager will review your firm’s history and basic data to prepare a “petition” that is reviewed by the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA).
  • Development of an Adjustment Plan – based on a site visit and discussions of ideas and issues, SETAAC will write and submit your firm’s Adjustment Plan, containing recommendations for mission-critical projects, to EDA.
  • RFPs – The project manager will write RFPs and process the related paperwork on your firm’s behalf, and will contract with vendors to implement the EDA-approved projects.

To get started and find out if your firm qualifies for this government assistance grant, complete and submit the two worksheets on the SETAAC website.

Who SETAAC Serves

Manufacturing companies in the southeastern United States. (Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina) and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that have experienced:

  • Approximately a 5% decline in both net sales and employment.
  • Competition from imports that has resulted in the declines above.

To qualify for this manufacturing grant, your company must be headquartered in the United States.

The SETAAC Difference

SETAAC, based out of Atlanta, is part of a national network of 11 centers that manage the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program. Qualifying firms receive up to $75,000 in financial government assistance through a cost-sharing model. Trade adjustment assistance is available for various strategic business projects, including marketing, lead generation, product development, process improvement (lean manufacturing), strategic planning, export assistance, and more.

Firms approved for certification into the TAAF program receive cost-shared technical assistance in the development of business recovery plans, as well as federal matching funds to implement projects outlined in the proposals to expand markets, strengthen operations, and increase competitiveness.  Firms contribute a matching share to create and implement their respective recovery plans.

SETAAC Economic Impact

SETAAC provides hands-on assistance to U.S. manufacturing firms by helping them regain competitiveness in the global marketplace, thereby helping to retain and create U.S. jobs.  On average, clients who participate in the TAAF program realize a:

  • 4% increase in employment
  • 26% increase in sales
  • 21% increase in productivity

SETAAC is part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at Georgia Tech, which helps enterprises improve their competitiveness to significantly impact the economy. SETAAC is a Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program and is administered by the U.S. Economic Development Administration through the Department of Commerce. 

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