Publications

Recreation Economy at USDA: Economic Development Resources for Rural Communities
This USDA resource guide addresses key factors necessary to build a sustainable recreational economy including natural resource management, conservation activities, infrastructure investment, business development and more.

Living at Home in Rural America: Improving Accessibility for Older Adults and People with a Disability
USDA, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a joint informational bulletin on improving accessibility for adults and people with a disability in rural America.

Food Expenditure Series
USDA Economic Research Service provides comprehensive data on the U.S. food system with research quantifying the value of food acquired by type of product, outlet, and purchaser.

Technology Based Learning in Workforce Development & Education: A Review of the Research Literature
U.S. Department of Labor published a workforce report that explores technology-based learning in the public workforce system with highlights on employability, basic literacy, technological literacy, job search skills and occupational training and certification availability.

Educational Resource Library
The U.S. Census Bureau published a virtual library housing a variety of training resources including presentations, recorded webinars and tutorials.

Event Opportunities

NTIA’s Minority Broadband Initiative-USDA Rural Utilities Service Technical Assistance Webinar Series
This technical assistance webinar series will provide Historically Black Colleges and Universities with an overview of the grant application process, guidance for narrative preparation, and how to prepare budget/financial statements in an application for USDA’s Distance Learning & Telemedicine, Community Connect, and Reconnect programs. Register for each webinar below. Recordings will be provided in a later issue of Innovation Matters.

How to Supercharge Your Grant Research
September 15 | Webinar
CharityHowTo offers this free webinar to strengthen grant research skills and discuss the best use of tools to create and support a grant seeking plan and winning strategy.

Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities
September 17 | Webinar 
HHS Office of Minority Health will host a virtual symposium to highlight state, Tribal, territorial, and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations.

National Tribal Broadband Summit
September 21 – 25, 2020 | Virtual Summit
The Department of the Interior, in collaboration with USDA and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will showcase creative solutions to support tribal broadband development by connecting community leaders with information and resources to help identify opportunities for public and private sector solutions on tribal lands.

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities
November 9-13, 2020 | Virtual Conference
Hosted by a team of University Extension Offices, this community development initiative brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, economic development professionals, decision makers, and community champions to strengthen and broaden regional entrepreneurial networks.

Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas
Pre-recorded | Webinars
The U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institute Fund (CDFI) offers a practical guide to market analysis including reasons and timing for doing one and the steps to take in conducting a successful analysis include defining research goals, scoping the target market, understanding the research design and methodology, setting concrete timelines and budget, and implementation goals.