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Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 4/9/2020

Publications

COVID-19 and the Workplace
U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19.

New Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities During Covid-19 Outbreak
U.S. Department of Labor announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

County Response Efforts and Priorities
National Association of Counties developed a resource landing page specific to counties with respect to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

Resources for Regions
National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) developed a comprehensive resource page for regional organizations to support as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Event Opportunities

Small Water Systems Webinar: Drinking Water Regulations 101 and Best Practices for Training Utilities
March 31 | Free Webinar
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development and Office of Water will host this webinar series to communicate the latest information on solutions for challenges facing small drinking water systems.

Job Quality in the Age of COVID-19: Strengthening Frontline Management and Supporting Workers
March 31 | Free Webinar
The Aspen Institute will convene workforce leaders for a conversation on strategies for strengthening supervision of frontline workers

Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 3/13/2020

Publications

Investing in What Works for America’s Communities
This resource is a joint project by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Low Income Investment Fund calling on leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build on what we know is working to move the needle on poverty.

Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Annual Report
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 50th anniversary celebration, the Agency has released its first-ever Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program annual report.

Rural Poverty and Well-Being
USDA Economic Research Service resource provides factors that affect poverty status of rural residents from using Census data to track poverty over time, analyze the severity and persistence of poverty over decades, and provide a rural/urban breakdown by race, family structure and age.

Event Opportunities

Community Facilities: Technical Assistance and Training Program Application Webinar
March 18 | Webinar
USDA Rural Development will host a webinar to provide an overview of the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant program the application process, and special disaster recovery designation.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tools & Resources Webinar: Regional Sustainability & Environmental Sciences Research Program
March 18 | Webinar
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development will host a webinar series to share various tools and resources that can be used by representatives of state environment and health agencies, tribes, local governments, communities, and other decision-makers.

March 2020 Webinar: American Broadband Initiative – One Year Update
Mar 18, 2020 | Webinar
Join BroadbandUSA on this free Webinar covering how many federal agencies have made significant progress across government to improve broadband access for Americans and milestones reached since the American Broadband Initiative released the Milestones Report a year ago.

Small Water Systems Webinar: Drinking Water Regulations 101 and Best Practices for Training Utilities
March 31 | Webinar
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development and Office of Water host this webinar series to communicate the latest information on solutions for challenges facing small drinking water systems.

Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 2/28/2020

Publications

USDA and EPA Announce Continued Commitment to Support Rural Water Systems
USDA announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will help rural water systems face the challenges of aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs, limited management capacity and declining rate bases. Through this MOA, USDA and EPA will conduct joint activities to help rural water systems continue to provide access to safe drinking water.

USA Opportunity Zones
U.S. Economic Development Administration provides this new web-based tool to assist more than 390 EDA-designated Economic Development Districts (EDDs) across the nation, as well as local economic and community developers and investors, target private investment to economically-distressed areas where private investment may be eligible for capital gain tax incentives under the Opportunity Zones initiative.

Rural Voices: Hope After Disaster: Rural Resilience and Recovery
The Housing Assistance Council provides perspectives on disaster recovery contributed by entities ranging from local housing organizations to national lenders and offers resources for affected families, lessons learned and policy solutions.

Low-income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provide this tool to help states, communities and other stakeholders create better energy strategies and programs by improving their understanding of low-income housing and energy characteristics.

Event Opportunities

Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grant Program Webinar
March 3 | Virtual
This webinar will inform participants about the major eligibility and regulatory requirements of the program and will provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful grant application.

Department of Energy's LEAD Tool Enhanced Features Webinar
March 4 | Virtual
The Low-income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been enhanced with new features and capabilities. DOE has made updates based on feedback from stakeholders about ways to increase the functionality of the tool.

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Webinar
March 12 | Virtual
Learn how to apply to receive SECD funding for rural projects that support regional economic and community development planning.

The Council of Development Finance Agencies Federal Policy Conference
April 14-15 | Washington, DC
This conference will feature development finance experts and practitioners from key federal agencies, congressional offices, and policy organizations and will feature an opportunity for attendees to network.

Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 2/11/2020

Publications

Rural Development HUBS: Strengthening America’s Rural Innovation Infrastructure
This Aspen Institute summarizes how Rural Development Hubs, build a stronger rural economy and using economic development practices that advance equity, health and prosperity.

GAO Report on Alternative Drinking Water Systems for Very Small Communities
The Government Accountability Office provides an overview of five alternative drinking water systems used by communities with fewer than 500 people. It examines the barriers to implementing new systems and technologies. It also identifies four federal funding systems that support technical assistance and training for small drinking water systems serving communities of fewer than 10,000.

Funding Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building
e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems resource on the current state of economic development funding to build and retain an effective entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities
The National Drug Control Policy’s action guide assists rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction, complementing the Community Assessment Tool and the Federal Rural Resources Guide.

Event Opportunities

2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum
February 20 - 21 | Arlington, VA
This year’s plenary panel and several breakout sessions will focus on science and innovation as a driving force with future growth as well as challenges facing farmers.

Rural Child Hunger Summit 
March 31 - April 1 |
 Columbus, OH
No Kid Hungry is hosting a strategic summit for stakeholders who are leading change to reduce child hunger in rural communities. 

Rural Youth Assembly
April 2 - 5 | McAllen, TX
The Rural Assembly will host rural and native young adults from across the country to discuss issues critical to quality of life.

CDFI Symposium
May 19 - 20 | St. Louis, MO
The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Symposium will showcase data, research and policy studies that increase understanding of the roles, impact and activity of CFDIs.

The Roaring 2020’s: Mobilizing Your Talent and Economy for the New Decade
June 3 - 5 | Columbus, OH
Council for Community and Economic Research & Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute offers this annual forum to share how researchers are moving local, regional, and state economies and their workforce forward.

  

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