Publications and Resources

Sign Up to Receive Updates and Resources to Support the Recreation Economy
Subscribe to updates and resources from USDA Rural Development that can be used to support recreation economies in rural America. 

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Final Rule
USDA Rural Development removed provisions relating to guaranteed loans under the REAP program to enhance program delivery and customer service to support a greater distribution of funds and to clarify processing and servicing provisions. This rule is effective on July 26, 2021. Interested parties may submit comments at https://www.regulations.gov by June 28, 2021.

Solar Energy Resources for Job Seekers
U.S. Department of Energy offers solar workforce development resources to prepare workers for solar energy careers, advance their skills and educate them on the ways solar energy impacts their jobs. Learn more about how solar energy works, the DOE’s solar workforce development efforts and the Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Broadband in Rural America: Faster Speeds for Home and Healthcare
Rural Monitor provides research on how reliable broadband is essential for people to access telehealth and patient portals as well as work and study from home while rural and tribal areas still fall behind urban and suburban areas in deployment and speed.

Event Opportunities

A Discussion of Federal Resources on Addressing Anti-Asian Racism
May 11 | Webinar
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is hosting a conference to discuss programs available to support the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

SBA Chapter Celebrates Asian Pacific American Month
May 13 | Webinar
North Florida Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida offer this webinar to honor Asian and Asian Pacific American business leaders, hear their true stories and get their advice on how to build a successful business.

Rural Workforce Innovation Network (RWIN) Workshop: Rural Apprenticeship Programs
May 13 | Webinar
Representatives from USDA Rural Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Rural Water Association will participate in a panel discussion on how to develop and manage an apprenticeship program.

Rural Workforce Innovation Network (RWIN) Workshop: Entrepreneurship and Workforce Training Opportunities for Tribal Communities
May 19 | Webinar
Representatives from USDA Rural Development and the National Center for American Enterprise Development will share resources and funding opportunities that can help create entrepreneurship and workforce training programs for tribal members.

Meeting the Financial Services Needs of Native Americans: Native Bank On ONAC
May 20 | Webinar
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is hosting this webinar to offer strategies for reaching unbanked Native American households, which have the highest unbanked percentage of any population.

Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair
May 26 | Virtual Conference
U.S. Department of Agriculture will showcase investments in reducing food loss and waste. This far will feature organizations such as the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions that are developing or marketing food loss and waste reducing technologies.

BroadbandUSA Webinar Series: NTIA Broadband Grant Programs
Various Dates | Webinar Series
National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) offers dedicated webinars covering their 3 new broadband grant programs: The Broadband Infrastructure Program, The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, and The Connecting Minority Communities Program. To learn a brief overview of each new program, view this previously recorded webinar on the NTIA YouTube channel. Transcripts and slides are available on BroadbandUSA website.

The Broadband Infrastructure Program

The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

Money Smart for Small Business Town Hall
June 17 | Webinar
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will showcase their Money Smart Program which provides education to help people of all ages enhance their financial skills and create positive small business banking relationships.