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Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 6/9/2020


Proclamation on National Homeownership Month, 2020
President Donald J. Trump proclaims June 2020 as National Homeownership Month.

USDA Highlights Programs to Support Rural Housing
USDA kicked off National Homeownership Month by highlighting USDA’s ongoing role in supporting rural homeownership. To assist homeowners facing current hardships, USDA is offering payment moratoriums and modified application processes. USDA Rural Development is also working with new borrowers and their lenders to make special accommodations based on local needs and restrictions.

COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season
This Federal Emergency Management Agency resources site offers tools to help communities better prepare for all-hazards disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

How to Do Creative Placemaking
The National Endowment for the Arts highlights case studies that towns, cities, organizations and artists can use to enhance economic development while preserving and celebrating local places.

Event Opportunities

CDFA-ARI Rural Finance Webinar Series: Building the Road to Recovery
June 10 and July 8 | Webinar
CDFA-ARI partnered 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.

Using Data to Address Income Inequality
June 16 | Webinar
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will share data tools that can be used to identify key social and financial health indicators to help address income inequality at the local level. 

Utilizing Federal Data to Measure the Digital Divide
June 17 | Webinar
BroadbandUSA offers tips on federal data sources and trends, NTIA presents the findings from their 2019 Computer and Internet Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau will highlight the broadband and connectivity data available in its American Communities Survey.

Rural Design Webinar Series
Pre-recorded Webinar
The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design, a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative, offers free webinars to support rural project management, fundraising, predevelopment and action planning.

Virtual Public Assistance Training
Pre-recorded Webinar
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute is making it easier for state, local, tribal and territorial government partners to get remote training by offering daily webinars and independent study courses online.

Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 5/26/2020


COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
The Census Bureau has released an interactive data hub including COVID-19 resources providing users demographic risk factor variables along with economic data on 20 key industries impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households & Supplemental Data from April 2020 The Federal Reserve Board released an annual report that draws from the Board’s seventh annual Survey of Household Economics and Decision Making. This resource also provides data on how households fared near the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and highlights financial concerns for many households that predates the public health crisis.

SCORE Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub
SCORE, funded through U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), offers a variety of business and marketing tools to help small businesses adapt through unprecedented challenges.

U.S. Cluster Mapping Portal
Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, and the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Economic Development Administration provide this tool to illustrate more than 50 million open data records on industry clusters and regional business environments enabling promotion of economic growth.

Feeding Kids When Schools are Closed
USDA provides this resource on nutrition programs and meal service options available for children during the coronavirus pandemic.

Event Opportunities

Too Important to Fail: Minority-Owned Businesses Navigating COVID-19 and Beyond
May 27 | Webinar
Federal Reserve Bank of New York is providing this course on recovery options for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Exploring Census Data: Education Statistics
May 27 | Webinar
The U.S. Census Bureau is providing practical ways to use education data from business and demographic programs.

CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series
May 28 | The Landscape of Food Systems Finance
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 that aims to advance opportunities and leverage existing capital financing streams for rural communities. that scale local and regional food systems and increase access to better food while creating new living wage jobs in communities across the country.

National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Conference

June 8-9 I Virtual Event
NARC will host sessions on economic recovery, public health, transit, and more.

Utilizing Federal Data to Measure the Digital Divide
June 17 | Webinar
National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA is providing this webinar learning opportunity on federal data sources, current trends and how to access local information on broadband efforts. This webinar will feature NTIA and U.S. Census Bureau data findings.


Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 5/11/2020



Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump is Protecting the Native American Community as We Combat the Coronavirus
This resource provides an overview of federal coordination and assistance provided to tribal governments and Indian Country.

USDA Programs in the Local Food Supply Chain Fact Sheet 
USDA Agricultural Marketing Services brochure highlighting where the opportunities and resources fit in the food system supply chain.

COVID-19 Data from the U.S. Census Bureau
This resource provides access to demographic data, economic data and interactive tools.

NIH iSearch COVID-19 Portfolio
The iSearch COVID-19 portfolio is National Institute of Health’s comprehensive, curated source for publications related to COVID-19. This resource is updated daily.

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting
This guidance summarizes how organizations should consider and manage their personal protective equipment needs while ensuring the protection of workers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response.

Event Opportunities

Rural Health and COVID-19
May 12 | Webinar at 4 p.m. EDT
Join Rural Health Information Hub for an overview of the rural health focused efforts by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
May 12 | Webinar at 2 p.m. EDT:
HBIIP Orientation and Enrollment emphasis
May 19 | Webinar at 2 p.m. EDT: HBIIP Fueling Station and Fleet facility emphasis
May 26 | Webinar at 2 p.m. EDT: HBIIP Fuel Distribution Facility emphasis
USDA Rural Development will conduct three webinars to provide an overview of the application process from preparing an application to submitting it online.

Using Smart Technologies to Drive Regional Transformation
May 20 | Webinar
BroadbandUSA webinar featuring smart regional efforts focusing on economic development, water quality and the use of artificial intelligence to create stronger and more resilient communities. 

Economic Census Webinar Series
May 19:
Economic Census Updates for AL, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN
May 21: Data for Services (NAICS 51, 54, 56, 61, 71, and 81)
May 27:
Exploring Census Data: Education Statistics
The Census offers free training to provide tips and tricks on how best to use the materials on the Economic Census web site.


Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 4/28/2020


Teleworking and Accessibility Resource Guide
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology launched a Telework and Accessibility resource page. The resources provide information to help employers ensure that digital communications and platforms are accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting
This guidance summarizes how organizations should consider and manage their personal protective equipment needs while ensuring the protection of workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response.

Minority Business and Technology Initiative
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency announced this new collaboration with Amazon Business that will help thousands of minority entrepreneurs expand their businesses globally and increase sales exponentially through e-commerce technology.

This guide contains information on food planning, including what to buy, how much to buy, and preparation tips.

Growing Through Rural Partnerships
The Western Governors Association highlights how partnerships are vital to promote economic development in rural communities.

Event Opportunities

Rural Energy Savings Program Webinar
April 29 | Webinar
USDA Rural Development offers a webinar to support potential applicants for Rural Energy Savings Program funding where qualified utilities and similar intermediaries can provide loans to rural families and small businesses to help them reduce energy costs and make energy efficiency improvements.

"How Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Can Support Workers Facing Economic Challenges"
April 29 | Webinar
The LEAD Center, a project of the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, hosts this webinar to provide information, financial tools, and strategies that individuals and workforce professionals can use immediately in response to economic challenges.

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health Rural Health Data Institute
May 12 to June 30 | Webinar Series
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health will host a series of weekly webinars to demonstrate collect and clean up data and analyze it. The institute is open to rural health professionals, including clinical, administrative, and academic personnel. Register by May 1. 

USDA Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grant Program Information
May 5 | Webinar USDA Rural Development will host a webinar on how to apply to the second application window of FY 2020 for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program.




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