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Innovation Center Letter, October 15, 2019

Publications

For Co-op Conversions, It’s All in the Timing
A success story about an employee ownership conversion – turning established businesses into worker cooperatives or other kinds of employee-owned businesses.

You’ve Got Your Market Study, Now What?
The Food Co-op Initiative provides free resources to individuals working to start a retail food or grocery co-op. 

Cooperative Educators Network – ed.coop
A free and open hub for educational resources for teaching and learning about cooperative enterprises. Services are offered in English, Spanish and French.

National Tribal Energy Summit: Recorded Sessions
Access videos from the plenary sessions regarding tribal energy issues.

Study: Broadband a Boost for Rural Telemedicine Use A new study shows that people in counties with poor broadband access are less likely to be treated via telemedicine.

Event Opportunities

Small & Strong Food Co-op Conference
October 26, 2019 | Bloomington, MN
A networking and training event for staff and board members of small and startup food co-ops offering sessions on financial training, community impact and strategies for saving the small-town grocery store through conversion to cooperative ownership.

Toolkit Implementation:  Practical Application of Tools and Skills for Cooperative Developers
November 4-7| Madison, Wisconsin
A workshop that builds upon basic concepts to then dive deeper into co-op business planning tools, like feasibility, to support in stable business development. Scholarships available.

Utilizing USDA’s Loan Guarantee Program to Finance Tribal Projects
November 6, 2019 | Free Webinar
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and USDA Rural Development provide a tribal learning event to examine the USDA’s Loan Guarantee Programs from a banker’s perspective.

National Rural Economic Developers Association Annual Conference
November 6-8, 2019 | Kansas City, Missouri
The conference features discussions about the advancement of rural development and the achievement of social and human service objectives in rural areas.

National SBIR Road Tour Schedule 2019
November 13–15 | Miami, Florida and Puerto Rico
Small Business Administration Road Tour connects entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early stage funding with a focus on next generation research and development.

2019 National Homecare Cooperative Conference
November 19-22|Dulles, Virginia
Homecare worker cooperative members and developers from across the country will gather at the fourth annual National Homecare Cooperative Conference.

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

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

USDA Rural Development Innovation Center

1400 Independence Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20250

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Webpage: usda.gov/rdinnovation

www.rd.usda.gov

SUBSCRIBE

Innovation Center Letter, September 24, 2019

Publications

https://tribalhub.com/magazine/Fall-2019/#page=54">Expanding Broadband Service in Rural Areas
TribalNet Magazine
USDA encourages tribal communities to learn more about the ReConnect Program to determine how it can help address broadband infrastructure needs.

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/can-philanthropy-become-a-true-partner-in-indian-country/?utm_source=NPQ+Newsletters&utm_campaign=b940116c96-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_11_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_94063a1d17-b940116c96-13014037&mc_cid=b940116c96&mc_eid=a71a7238a7">Can Philanthropy Become a True Partner in Indian Country?
Non Profit Quarterly
Nonprofit Quarterly publishes a comprehensive piece that highlights various sources on the giving patters of Philanthropic entities, and data supporting giving patterns, for the Tribal communities.

https://www.naswa.org/system/files/2019-09/naswastateoftheworkforce2019fullreport.pdf">2019 State of the Workforce Report
National Association of State Workforce Agencies
Report highlights innovations  to serve the workforce with the latest key labor market information, workforce agency profile and “State Innovations” to further support their local labor force.

Event Opportunities

http://rockefellerinstitute.org/institute-programs/rwd">Rural Workforce Development Southern Region Summit
October 2 – 4, 2019 | Morrilton, Arkansas

A convening for rural partners to share solutions to complex issues, identify available resources, and increase access to workforce opportunities in the southern region. Co-hosted by Winthrop Rockefeller Institute at the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.

https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nawdp.org%2Fpage%2FOnlineLearning&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cc12b2faf012b41f516bb08d7330b8f1e%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637033997135987158&sdata=LhnkPerO7%2BqmbVg9nAOBIlqGJxlYZG1YUyOZ5wEGm%2Bo%3D&reserved=0">Be a Change Agent!  How to Improve Employment Motivation in the Hard-to-Employ
October 8 | Free Webinar
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals offers free motivation labor centered workshop.

https://extensiontourism.net/">Sustainable Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Conference
October 8–11, 2019 | Astoria, Oregon
Conference designed to enhance sustainable tourism development nationally by providing relevant research, training, resources and networking opportunities in tourism and recreation marketing, management and development.

https://rcap.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019Q3.RCAP_.RuralHomecomingPressRelease.FINAL-1.pdf?mc_cid=189766af89&mc_eid=83071a01a4">Rural Homecoming
October 18 - 20 | Various locations
This fall, communities will come together to celebrate and give current and former residents a reason to reconnect with their hometown and the innovation and unique attributes that make their community so special. Rural Homecoming was developed by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) in partnership with the LOR Foundation, and today the organizations are  launching the program by inviting any rural community across the country to participate, free of charge. https://rcap.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad0367770c778e9bb4f6f629c&id=92d6f0edb4&e=83071a01a4">Sign up.

https://www.sbir.gov/sbir-road-tour">National SBIR Road Tour Schedule 2019
November 13–15 | Miami, Florida and Puerto Rico
SBA Road Tour connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early stage funding with a focus on next generation research & development led by the SBA with 11 participating federal agencies.

https://www.nreda.org/Online/Events/Annual_Conference.aspx?WebsiteKey=d32e3ab2-19ed-4d37-bce2-a7a1e3d07f44">National Rural Economic Developers Association Annual Conference
November 6-8, 2019 | Kansas City, Missouri
Conference features discussions relating to the advancement of rural development and the achievement of social and human service objectives in rural areas.

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

  • USDA Rural Development’s full https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RD_ProgramMatrix.pdf">Catalog of Programs
  • http://www.grants.gov/">Grants.gov
  • Foundation Center
  • The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Pew Research Center
  • Philanthropy News Digest 
  • Rural LISC e-newsletter
  • National Association for Development Organization

USDA Rural Development Innovation Center

1400 Independence Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20250

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Webpage: https://www.usda.gov/topics/rural/rural-development-innovation-center">usda.gov/rdinnovation

http://www.rd.usda.gov">www.rd.usda.gov

https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDARD/subscriber/new?topic_id=USDARD_884">SUBSCRIBE

Innovation Center Letter, August 12, 2019

Publications

https://ion.workforcegps.org/resources/2019/05/13/15/13/Call-to-Action-for-Workforce-Development-Boards">A Call to Action for Workforce Development Boards
The U.S. Department of Labor is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource for State and Local Workforce Development Board members and staff. A Call to Action for Workforce Development Boards translates the substantial statutory strategic and operational functions of workforce boards into a holistic overview of the major roles of board members. https://ion.workforcegps.org/resources/2016/06/27/11/23/Strategic_Boards_Materials">Strategic Boards Toolkit .

https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/assets/2965-11674/2019-network-sustainability-toolkit-launch.pdf">Rural Health Innovations Launches Network Sustainability Toolkit
Rural Health Innovations published a toolkit to help leaders sustain their networks and increase their impact in rural health networks.

https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/177222">Community Lifelines Implementation Toolkit
FEMA’s Community Lifelines Implementation Toolkit provides community partners the information and resources to understand lifelines, coordinate with entities using lifelines, and serve as basic guidance for how to implement the lifeline construct during incident response.

https://census.gov/library/stories/2019/07/where-do-new-businesses-emerge.html">The Business Formation Statistics (BFS)
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies offers a timely and high frequency tool to glean information on new business applications and formations to help policymakers and other users search data when deciding how to best promote new businesses and what can attract new startups to a region and make them thrive!

Event Opportunities

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/79145e7609c1b55e66858a512be5123a">Funding Food Sovereignty - An Introduction to Oweesta's New Ag Lending Opportunity
Aug 21, 2019
2:00 PM Mountain Time | Free Webinar
Join the webinar to learn about Oweesta’s new exciting lending capital opportunity for Native CDFIs to support the production, processing, marketing, and/or distribution of agricultural products, including food, fiber, forest products, and horticultural crops.

https://2019.ssticonference.org/">An Ocean of Opportunity: Transforming Regional Economies
September 9 – 11, 2019 | Road Island
Each year, the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) conference covers issues related to tech-based economic development, including capital access, regional systems, tech transfer, workforce development, and inclusive entrepreneurship.

http://www.cvent.com/events/national-rtap-2019-technical-assistance-conference/event-summary-d36eb0ba0ccf47e280033c1f46e01d0c.aspx">National Rural Transit Assistance Program Technical Assistance Conference
September 15 – 18, 2019 | Portland, OR
The National Rural Transit Assistance Program’s 4th Biennial Technical Assistance Conference offers conveying and learning from industry experts and peers. https://files.constantcontact.com/7bcb0b81101/37303c24-c96b-4141-a0be-c8ceabddcab0.pdf">Tribal Scholarship available to attend.

https://www.sbir.gov/node/1584185">NATIONAL SBIR ROAD TOUR SCHEDULE 2019
September 16- 20, 2019 | Various
Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; New Brunswick, NJ; State College, PA; and College Park, MD
The Small Business Administration (SBA) Road Tour connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early stage funding with a focus on next generation research & development led by the SBA with 11 participating federal agencies.

https://windexchange.energy.gov/events/6987">2019 National Tribal Energy Summit (NTES) Tribal Energy: Powering Self-Determination
September 24-26, 2019 | Washington, DC
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy, in coordination with the National Conference of State Legislatures, will host this event to convene Tribal leaders and representatives from federal agencies, state governments, private industry, utilities, and academia to build networks and explore cross-cutting and cost-effective solutions to national energy interests.

Innovation Center Letter, July 30, 2019

Publications

https://ion.workforcegps.org/resources/2019/05/13/15/13/Call-to-Action-for-Workforce-Development-Boards">A Call to Action for Workforce Development Boards
The U.S. Department of Labor publishes a https://ion.workforcegps.org/-/media/Communities/ion/Files/WDB-Guide-508.ashx">guide, in conjunction with a https://ion.workforcegps.org/resources/2016/06/27/11/23/Strategic_Boards_Materials">Strategic Boards Tool-kit for State and Local Workforce Development Board members and staff to use to strategize and apply continuous improvement.

https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2019/adrm/2018-ces-annual-report.html">Center for Economics Studies and Research Data Centers Research Report: 2018
New Census publication offering an overview of the Center for Economic Studies and the Research Data Center program, including news, research publications, data releases, and ongoing research including https://www2.census.gov/library/publications/2019/research/2018-ces-annual-report.pdf">new data and research on Intergenerational Mobility and Business Formation statistics.

https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.workforcegps.org%2FEmailAnalytics%2FEmailLink%3FEmailId%3D16035053%26LinkId%3D1035506%26RedirectUrl%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fyouth.workforcegps.org%2Fresources%2F2019%2F06%2F28%2F11%2F31%2FRetention-Recruitment&data=01%7C01%7C%7Cbb235351025942e179a108d6fef9d9ee%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C1&sdata=l%2B4onb0YcpUUOQaa%2FcWKsTprorfXObQ7Y3PvAiEerjY%3D&reserved=0">WIOA Youth Retention & Recruitment Resources
Many young people being served by WIOA Youth Programs have various challenges preventing them from their full participation. Developing strategies is key to enrolling young people and keeping them engaged and retained is critical to their success.

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/co-op-fever-comes-to-butte-montana/">Co-op-fever Comes to Butte Montana
This Non-profit Quarterly article highlights a town’s journey using Cooperatives to strengthen economic development and add value to their local economy during a time of recovery after a local food market failed.

https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ruralhealthinfo.org%2Fupdates%2Fforward%3Futm_source%3Dracupdate%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dupdate070319%26item%3Dn29048%26url%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.forbes.com%252Fsites%252Fmadisonfernandez%252F2019%252F07%252F01%252Flocal-colleges-may-be-a-panacea-for-rural-americas-healthcare-gap%252F%2523459c9ad41dd6%26k%3DU.53o&data=01%7C01%7C%7Ccf7495ea9737454c33be08d6ffcdd479%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C1&sdata=jgEKbW89rYtXg4ZKnQmC%2FMn%2F%2Fv8c23Q9JL2Nz4hjhwo%3D&reserved=0">Local Colleges May Be A Panacea for Rural America's Healthcare Gap
Forbes article weighs in on a multitude of advantages on why rural areas benefit with partnerships of higher education institutions and local health services to address rural healthcare workforce shortages.

Event Opportunities

https://www.agrisafe.org/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=101&Itemid=125&year=2019&month=08&day=12&title=webinar-proactive-and-reactive-society-focus-on-rural-mental-health&uid=11ae0f6a4e7e6c6271990e2d2a2a299c">Proactive and Reactive Society: Focus on Rural Mental Health 
Aug 12, 2019 | Webinar

AgriSafe Network provides free webinar focusing on the Rural community to share simple tools to help break a stagnant cycle and strengthen relationships.

https://www.sbir.gov/node/1584185">NATIONAL SBIR ROAD TOUR SCHEDULE 2019
August 12 – 16 | Tucson, AZ; El Paso, TX; Albuquerque, NM and Boulder, CO
September 16- 20 | Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; New Brunswick, NJ; State College, PA; and College Park, MD
SBA Road Tour connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early stage funding with a focus on next generation research & development led by the SBA with 11 participating federal agencies.

https://www.countyhealthrankings.org/learn-from-others/webinars/improving-health-equity-through-rural-economic-development">Improving Health Equity through Rural Economic Development 
Aug 13, 2019 | Webinar

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps offers free seminar featuring discussion on the connection between economic development and health equity feature true stories how specific efforts like food availability and exercise have had a specific positive impact on health factors in rural areas.

https://windexchange.energy.gov/events/6987">2019 National Tribal Energy Summit (NTES) Tribal Energy: Powering Self-Determination
September 24-26, 2019 | Washington, DC
Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy, in coordination with the National Conference of State Legislatures, host this event that will bring Tribal leaders together with representatives from federal agencies, state governments, private industry, utilities, and academia to build networks and explore cross-cutting and cost-effective solutions to national energy interests.

https://www.nreda.org/Online/Events/Annual_Conference.aspx?WebsiteKey=d32e3ab2-19ed-4d37-bce2-a7a1e3d07f44">National Rural Economic Developers Association Annual Conference
November 6-8, 2019 | Kansas City, Missouri
Conference features discussions relating to the advancement of rural development and the achievement of social and human service objectives in rural areas.

  

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