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Innovation Matters Education Opportunities August 4, 20202

  • Publications

Community Prosperity Resource Matrix
The Centers of Community Prosperity offers a resource to provide easy access to information about USDA programs, tools, and data sources that foster hope and opportunity, asset building and wealth creation in rural and underserved communities.

Pathway to Recovery
The U.S. Department of Labor, through WorkforceGPS, offers workforce tools and tips for communities, business, individuals and stakeholders to support job creation, job stabilization, infrastructure and workforce support. Quick Start Action Planner.

The Wind Energy Workforce in the United States: Training, Hiring, and Future Needs
National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s technical report outlining evidence that there are dynamics beyond supply and demand at play, there is a Workforce Gap. Collegiate Wind Competition.

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) - Tools and Resources
U.S. Department of Treasury online resource offering tools and links and a list of current certified CDFIs, many of which make loans to small businesses and provide technical assistance.

Event Opportunities

USDA Resources in Agriculture: Supportive Options for Native Farmers & Ranchers in the Time of COVID-19
August 5 | Webinar
Oweesta Corporation is hosting a panel discussion highlighting USDA resources that can be used to support Native farmers and ranchers during this pandemic.

Connect Americans Now: Bridging the Digital Divide for Rural & Underserved Communities
August 5 | Webinar
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health offers this session for State Offices of Rural Health and their stakeholders interested in forming health partnerships with the community development sector to support positive impacts with rural health initiatives.

Building Community Capacity Around Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
Session 1 | August 5 at 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT / 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
Session 2 | August 6 at 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT / 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
USDA’s Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement, in collaboration with the Regional Rural Development Centers and the Rural Development Innovation Center, offers a multi-day virtual workshop on Building Community Capacity around Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers.

Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: New Businesses Statistics
August 11 | Webinar

Census Bureau’s subject matter experts will provide practical ways to use our business data from economic programs to dive into business expansions and contractions.

National Tribal Broadband Summit
September 21 – 25, 2020 | Virtual
The Department of the Interior, in collaboration with USDA and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will offer a unique opportunity to showcase creative solutions to some of the biggest barriers to tribal broadband development to move to close the digital divide in Indian Country by connecting community leaders with information and resources to identify opportunities for public and private sector solutions on tribal lands.

Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 07/22/2020

Publications

USDA Podcast: Food Safety During the Coronavirus
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue talks about the safety of America’s food amidst the coronavirus pandemic with the Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas and USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears on this podcast episode of The Sonnyside of the Farm. USDA offers additional food resources on their Nutrition.gov site including a Recipe Collection, Farmers Markets site and the Food Storage and Preservation guide for tips to find, taste and keep food fresh.

Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America
USDA’s Economic Research Service resource has been updated to feature broad categories of socioeconomic factors to view the diversity of challenges and opportunities across America's counties.

State of the Cities Report 2020
National League of Cities report offers an analysis on how cities plan to continue to provide residents and businesses the tools and targeted investments needed to sustain and strengthen their economies to best serve residents.

Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool fact sheet
U.S. Department of Energy provides this interactive platform to help stakeholders make data-driven decisions on their energy goals. This platform offers household energy characteristics and downloadable visuals based on income, energy expenditures, fuel type, and housing type.

Community Innovation Stories
FEMA captures how many communities are responding to COVID-19 in innovative ways that highlight the best of American ingenuity and highlighting excellent links to share resources.

Event Opportunities

Still Open for Business: Working with Minority-Owned Rural Firms
July 22 | Webinar
The Aspen Institute offers this session as a part of their Rural Opportunity and Development (ROAD) series targeting minority entrepreneurs to share their recent experiences, in partnered conversation with the regional intermediaries who have been helping them with technical assistance, funding and advocacy.

Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Virtual Listening Sessions 
Register - July 28 at 2 p.m. EDT
Register - July 30 at 2 p.m. EDT
USDA is seeking feedback to launch a new program to help create high-wage jobs in rural communities and strengthen regional economies. Under the Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) program, USDA intends to make grants available to help eligible entities build, finance and improve Innovation Centers to support the rural workforce.

USDA Assistance for Small Scale Meat Processing
July 28 | Webinar
Join USDA for an overview of programs and funding options to support small scale meat processing. Rural Development offers loans, grants, and loan guarantees and Food Safety and Inspection Service provides inspection services that broaden the marketplace for processors who are looking for more retail and commercial outlets.

“Responding to COVID-19, A Webinar Series for Local Governments Serving Small Communities – Summer 2020”
July 28 | Webinar 
HUD’s Distressed Cities Technical Assistance Program offers a unique opportunity for rural communities featuring webinars to provide digestible information to small and local governments regarding access to public funding, data, and other resources.

How to Create Partnerships to Advance Tribal Energy Projects
July 29 | Webinar
The Office of Indian Energy is hosting a free webinar on how to create partnerships to help tribes meet their energy goals.

Council of Development Finance Agency (CFDA) Food Systems Finance Webinar Series
July 30 | Neighborhood Revitalization Through Food Systems Finance
Sept 29 | Financing Food Systems Entrepreneurs
CDFA is providing a free online series to advance opportunities and leverage capital financing that scale local and regional food systems, increase access to better food, and create new living wage jobs in communities across the country.

Connect Americans Now: Bridging the Digital Divide for Rural & Underserved Communities August 5 | Webinar
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health offer this session for State Offices of Rural Health and their stakeholders interested in forming health partnerships with the community development sector to impact rural health initiatives.

Building Community Capacity Around Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
Session 1 | August 5 at 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT / 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
Session 2 | August 6 at 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT / 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
USDA’s Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement, in collaboration with the Regional Rural Development Centers and the Rural Development Innovation Center, is inviting you to join a multi-day virtual workshop on Building Community Capacity around Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers. This event is designed for community organizers and planners that work on this important topic on a state or community level, such as: Community Planners/Organizers, Cooperative Extension Service Professionals, Elected/Appointed County and City Officials, National/State Forestry Associations, 2501 Recipients Working with Landowners and Land Trust and Conservatory Organizations.

Innovation Matters, Educational Opportunities, July 7, 2020

Publications

COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources Using Census Data
The Census Bureau launched an interactive data hub featuring COVID-19 data to assist federal agencies, businesses and communities better plan with current information.

The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey  
This resource created by the Appalachian Regional Commission provides data on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, disability, and veteran status for the 13 Appalachian states.

How Digital Training Can Help States and Cities Build their Public Health Workforce
This Aspen Institute provides ideas for training public health workers and how digital education may support this effort.

Observations on Past and Ongoing Efforts to Expand Access and Improve Mapping Data
The Government Accountability Office published information on previous and ongoing industry and federal government investments in the deployment of broadband. It compares the availability of fixed broadband services in urban, rural and tribal areas.

Event Opportunities

Business & Industry CARES Act Program Webinars
Pre-recorded |
Webinar for Lenders
Pre-recorded |
Webinar For Businesses and Producers
USDA held two webinars for external stakeholders to provide an overview of the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee CARES Act Program requirements. Recordings are now available to watch at your convenience.

Workforce Central
Podcasts
The National Association of Workforce Boards offers informative podcast recordings sharing the latest tips, trends and resources around workforce development.

CDFA-ARI Rural Finance Webinar Series: Building the Road to Recovery
July 8 | Webinar
CDFA-ARI is partnering with the Alliance for Rural Impact to offer this series to discuss financial tools that can help rural communities implement successful economic development strategies.

Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference
July 14 - 16 | Virtual
The U.S. Chamber Foundation is hosting its annual conference virtually to discuss building resilience while looking ahead and collaborating across sectors. 

CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series
July 30 | Neighborhood Revitalization Through Food Systems Finance
Sept 29 | Financing Food Systems Entrepreneurs
The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is providing a free online series to advance opportunities and leverage capital financing that scale local and regional food systems, increase access to better food, and create new living-wage jobs in communities across the country.

Newsletters, websites and emails from which we gather this information include:

  • USDA Rural Development’s full Catalog of Programs
  • Grants.gov
  • The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Aspen Institute
  • e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Pew Research Center
  • Philanthropy News Digest 
  • Rural LISC e-newsletter
  • National Association of Development Organizations

Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 6/23/2020

Innovation Matters - June 2020 - Issue 2

 

Publications

Opportunity Zones Toolkit Volume 2: A Guide to Local Best Practices and Case Studies
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a second volume of the Opportunity Zones Toolkit featuring new case studies and resources for state and local economic development organizations, communities, philanthropies, impact investors and other stakeholders. Also see HUD’s Federal Actions Taken to Support Opportunity Zones.

Talent Pipeline Management® Resource Guide
This U.S. Chamber Foundation resource provides strategies to support workforce development and partnership development to best leverage ideas and resources and generate a return on investment.

The 2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report (USEER)
The National Association of State Energy Officials launched the 2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report to provide a consistent tool for states, trade associations, labor unions, and other stakeholders to track changes in energy and energy-related employment during a time of continued change in energy markets.

Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program: Job Quality Tools Library
Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program launches a resource library to help workforce development organizations and employers engage in practical actions to improve jobs.

Event Opportunities

Business & Industry CARES Act Program Webinars
Pre-recorded |
Webinar for Lenders
Pre-recorded |
Webinar For Businesses and Producers
USDA held two webinars for external stakeholders to provide an overview of the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee CARES Act Program requirements. Recordings are now available to watch at your convenience.

CDFA-ARI Rural Finance Webinar Series: Building the Road to Recovery
July 8 | Webinar
CDFA-ARI is partnering with the Alliance for Rural Impact to offer this Rural Finance Webinar Series to discuss financial tools that can help rural communities implement successful economic development strategies.

AIANTA: USDA Opportunities and Financing to Support Tribal Tourism and Recreation
July 14 | Webinar at 10 a.m. MT
The American Indian/Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) offers this webinar with staff from the US Forest Service and USDA Rural Development to highlight opportunities and resources for Tribes to help create jobs, improve the economy and expand tourism and recreational economy programs.

Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference
July 14 - 16 | Virtual
US Chamber Foundation is hosting their annual conference virtually to discuss building resilience while looking ahead and collaborating across sectors. 

CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series
July 30 | Neighborhood Revitalization Through Food Systems Finance
Sept 29 | Financing Food Systems Entrepreneurs
Council of Development Finance Agency (CDFA) is providing a free online series to advance opportunities and leverage capital financing that scale local and regional food systems, increase access to better food, and create new living wage jobs in communities across the country.

 

  

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