Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965
The Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (Pub.L. 89−136, 79 Stat. 552) established the Economic Development Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide grants to economically distressed communities to support employment and industrial and commercial growth.
The bill became law on August 26, 1965 and was substantially amended by the Economic Development Administration Reform Act of 1998.