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Innovation Center's Letter, June 7, 2019


https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2019/subcounty-population-estimates.html?utm_campaign=20190531msdvzs1ccdtanl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery">Where Housing Units Are Changing
The Census publishes key housing changes as the nation’s housing stock increased by 6.8 million units since April 1, 2010, showing North Dakota as the fastest-growing state, in terms of housing units.

https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pub-details/?pubid=93025">Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2019
USDA, https://www.ers.usda.gov/">Economic Research Service’s new Publication describes trends in economic, structural, resource, and environmental indicators in the agriculture sector which provide assessments of important changes in U.S. agriculture industry development and implications for economic, social, and environmental sustainability. 

https://www.ntia.gov/press-release/2019/ntia-releases-comprehensive-guide-federal-broadband-funding">NTIA's New Comprehensive Guide to Federal Broadband Funding
The NTIA introduced a new https://www.usda.gov/topics/rural/rural-development-innovation-center">searchable database of 50 federal broadband programs, spanning a dozen federal agencies with billions of dollars for broadband grants, loans and other resources. The database, created with help of participating federal agencies, fulfills a goal set out in the American Broadband Initiative announced in February to make it easier for community leaders to find federal funding and permitting information.

https://www.minneapolisfed.org/indiancountry/resources/reservation-profiles">The Center for Indian Country Development Reservation Profiles
The Center for Indian Country Development updated its http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001lI9uTkzi957mN-KpYT2l0mqPEnOTHAyneNIxG4tvT-zv62cbNOdDqaYcvO5885ZTT8xvxYLChVE5TfWaTXQ1YZlbUrjCFOrOYtvh-8sd_fvIzkGa3WNBx4dc5-KNraA_hABn6o1dy0UbY0c9IZxd3IiYTu3EPvNKkHNVajxFeNCVwXEgZ9uDqIx6e0kkL4dTUjByPMXF-qSZf8L_AY2904IMNuRe783Ma1vng5Zk77r88Cnv8w1eXA==&c=Vk00Pf_Nl8WUKJ_Q4KVSXu11s1N4lbxRFpjcJAtdSOM4ekRhgwGAuQ==&ch=5AvpIvJ4OXnWdLNEIB3wDGd44bLXco8AVwN2x-fuzQbbVcxYl20VDw==">Reservation Profiles with new data from the American Community Survey (ACS) (2013-2017) and its broadband usage rates.

Event Opportunities

https://rossstrategic.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ywOL52ZPQGWM1xvD9za79Q">Federal Financing for Nutrient Reductions: Grants and Lending Opportunities
June 12, 2019 | Free Webinar (space is limited)
USDA and EPA will be co-hosting a 4 part webinar series on federal grants and innovative financing options including approaches for funding point source and non-point source control for nutrient reductions.  

https://www.census.gov/data/academy/webinars/2019/income-poverty/06-13-2019.html">Income & Poverty Related Statistics
June 13, 2019 | Free Webinar
Learn how to use the Census’ Income & Poverty data along with an illustration outlining easy-to-use tools including maps to capture key statistics related to income & poverty.

https://readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1245375&sti=sba-newsletter-promo&tp_key=8ddf21ea36&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery">Understand Basic Financial Statements to Better Your Business
June 13, 2019 | Free Webinar
SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, explains how to become more informed and make better financial decisions simply by understanding these 3 basic financial statements: profit & loss, balance sheet and cash flow statements.

https://www.cham.us/2019-annual-conference">The Consortium for Housing and Asset Management 2019 Annual Conference
June 18-19, 2019 | Nashville, Tennessee 
Leaders from across the affordable housing industry will gather to explore and discuss emerging topics and trends within the asset management discipline.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rural-homeless-conference-tickets-59004272367">Rural Homeless Conference
June 19, 2019 | Oak Ridge, Tennessee

https://ruralhomeless.org/">Rural Homeless Institute is offering an opportunity to meet and develop fresh ideas for securing housing and health care for those in rural areas.

GovDelivery, February 25, 2019

American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report 
USDA highlights steps for the federal government to take to increase broadband access and increase private-sector investments in broadband. Discusses broadband and mobile broadband deployment and adoption in the U.S. and offers statistics by urban, rural, and tribal lands. Provides recommendations discussing strategies, objectives, and overcoming barriers to increase broadband in urban and rural areas and tribal lands.

USDA Launches High-Speed Broadband e-Connectivity Resource Guide 
This e-Connectivity Toolkit features 27 USDA programs that support broadband deployment. The easy-to-use resource is a simple guide that allows customers to identify their type of e-Connectivity project and locate resources the federal government offers for planning, equipment, construction, research and other e-Connectivity projects. A resource matrix illustrates resources such as grants, loans and technical assistance that are available from multiple Mission Areas at USDA, including Rural Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Forest Service. The toolkit also highlights examples of how e-Connectivity resources are being used to increase access to broadband services in rural communities.

Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia
 A new study released by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently identifying factors common across communities experiencing persistent economic growth in the aftermath of the 2008 Recession and other economic disruptions. The research includes a statistical analysis of key factors common to economic resilience, as well as a guidebook featuring ten communities that have rebounded after experiencing significant economic shocks. In the accompanying Guidebook for Practitioners, case studies from counties in the Region and across the country offer additional insight into how communities have rebounded from the Recession and other economic disruptions in mining, manufacturing, hospitality, education, transportation or similar industries.

Measurement and Verification Made Easy with Three New DOE Publications supporting energy savings. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) developed three technical assistance resources in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) to help state and local governments achieve successful ESPCs with effective M&V: Get all these resources on the Evaluating ESPC Results web page and Better Buildings ESPC Toolkit.

The Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development (WIRED) Workshop Report summarizes perspectives from participants and key findings. The DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) held a workshop to better understand how the office can best support rural electric utilities and communities with evaluating and integrating distributed wind systems. The Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development (WIRED) Workshop invited representatives from the U.S. government, national laboratories, rural electric utilities from around the country, national associations, the wind energy industry, and the financial community to participate and share information about their unique needs, challenges, and experiences with distributed energy resources and distributed wind energy systems, especially in rural areas.

Chambers of Commerce and Entrepreneurship, 
Community or regional entrepreneur-led development and entrepreneurial ecosystem building requires host organizations. Historically local chambers of commerce have played this role of supporting local businesses and growing a supportive business climate. Download this month's white paper, which explores how today’s chambers of commerce can become the hub for entrepreneur-focused development and entrepreneur ecosystem building.

USDA launched the Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox. This initiative includes the Community Resource Guide, a comprehensive directory of federal resources that can help rural communities address the opioid crisis, and the Community Assessment Tool, an interactive database to help community leaders assess how and why the opioid epidemic is impacting their regions. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/topics/opioids.

Filling the Rural Gap With Good Recruiting, Telemedicine
This story focuses on the rural health workforce shortages and touches on the impact of telemedicine and the launch of the AAFP's Rural Health Explorer, which includes a rural population health mapper and a healthcare workforce mapper.

Data Points:

  • Long-term Population Loss. New research from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire finds that a third of rural counties in the United States have experienced protracted and significant population loss over the last century.
  • The Geography of America's Distressed Communities. This articleby Visual Capitalist shows the states and major metro areas that are struggling the most. Locate your distressed communities index by zooming in on your zip code on the interactive map.
  • Richest and Poorest Counties in the U.S. Find your state's counties and how they rank based upon median household income on this map created by Visual Capitalist.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau has announced updates to the 2019 economic indicator release schedule in coordination with other agencies and the Office of Management and Budget.
  • USDOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program created a set of maps and data for hurricane flood zones on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Also see the flood zone FAQ page.

Innovation Center's Letter December 2018


https://www.njit.edu/tab/tools-and-guidelines/">“Implementing Infill Development on Brownfields in Rural Areas and Small Towns.” The New Jersey Institute of Technology Technical Assistance for Brownfields team has released a new resource to support Brownfields development. This source contains information about the economic, environmental, health, and social benefits of brownfields redevelopment. It includes steps for implementing infill development including best practices.

https://www.rwjf.org/en/blog/2018/12/healthier-communities-start-with-kids.html">Healthier Communities Start With Kids Focusing on our community’s youngest residents can spark broad vision and change. Hudson, New York did just that. Hudson is home to fewer than 7,000 people. The city was hit hard by deindustrialization in the late 20th century, facing economic decline as factories closed and industry jobs left. In recent years development has surged, with the opening of antique stores, restaurants and art galleries. The city has become a popular destination for tourists and second-home owners. Read how they focused on youth and sparked some change.

A new report from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, https://www.brookings.edu/research/countering-the-geography-of-discontent-strategies-for-left-behind-places/">“Countering the Geography of Discontent: Strategies for Left-behind Places,” provides recommendations to improve outcomes of economically struggling regions. These include: boosting digital skills; ensuring businesses in lagging regions have access to capital; reducing gaps in broadband; identifying “growth poles” that can support regional growth; and helping Americans move toward opportunity.

https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml">Census Spotlight:

Events and Learning

The National Association of Workforce Boards has recently featured https://www.nawb.org/WorkforceCentral">“Emerging Trends and the Future of Work” in its podcast series. Features teachings on how to separate out "noise" from truly important data and how to sift through various information sources. https://ion.workforcegps.org/">The Innovation and Opportunity Network offers an inventory of https://ion.workforcegps.org/resources/2016/02/02/11/26/Inventory_of_Program_Toolkits_Design_Service_Delivery">Program Toolkits to help design service delivery for your Workforce. This free learning tool includes a wide variety of Labor related resources.

https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/10/25/usda-announces-2019-agricultural-outlook-forum">USDA's 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum takes place on Feb. 21-22, 2019, in Arlington, VA, with the theme “Growing Locally, Selling Globally,” and highlights current issues and trends affecting agricultural production and global markets.

http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/">The USDA National Farmers Market Directory, maintained by AMS Marketing Services, is designed to provide members of the public with convenient access to information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment. Visit your local market this week and support your local growers!

 https://www.fci.coop/">Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) shares a https://www.fci.coop/about-us/food-co-op-development-model/">model they boast as “proved to be the basis of successful retail food co-op development” and other https://www.fci.coop/category/news-events/">resources for the public to support Coop success! The FCI supports the http://icdc.coop/up-coming-2019">Up and Coming, a Food Coop Conference on March 1 -2 in Milwaukee, WI.

Innovation Center's Letter, November 19, 2018


https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pub-details/?pubid=42892">Rural Veterans find themselves in a better employment position today than they did in the years following the Great Recession.
The unemployment rate for rural veterans has declined since peaking at 10.3 percent in 2010. In 2017, it stood at 4.6 percent, its lowest rate in the last decade. The unemployment rate for young rural veterans (ages 18 to 34) has seen a large decline too—from a high of 15.7 percent in 2009 to 7.1 percent in 2017. Young transitioning veterans can face high unemployment due to service-related disability or a lack of civilian work experience, which become greater obstacles when the economy is weak. Although the post-recession national economic upturn is driving a drop-in unemployment for all veterans, a concerted national effort to hire veterans also appears to be helping close the employment gap for young veterans. This chart provides an update to the ERS report, https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pub-details/?pubid=42892">Rural Veterans at a Glance.

https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readiness/hurricane_messages.htm">Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters
CDC developed a reference document that contains key messages on hurricane and flood related health threats. The right message at the right time from the right person can save lives. Every natural disaster is unique and emergency responders must quickly adapt to the ever-changing nature of a crisis. To be able to more quickly and effectively disseminate messages before, during, and after an emergency, many key messages can be written in the preparedness phase. The https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readiness/00_docs/CDC_Hurricanes_PreparednessSafetyMessaging_July2018_508.pdf">Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters (https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readiness/00_docs/CDC_Hurricane_PreparednessSafetyMessaging_July2018_Spanish_508.pdf">Spanish) can help local responders quickly create and adapt health communication products for affected communities. The document contains messages on various topics including food safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, waterborne diseases, and mold.

https://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2018/november/educational-attainment-a-key-factor-in-rural-patient-uptake-of-telehealth-activities/">Educational Attainment a Key Factor in Rural Patient Uptake of Telehealth Activities
Compared to traditional medical delivery systems, telehealth allows people to actively participate in health care activities timelier and with improved convenience. An https://www.ers.usda.gov/">ERS study found that education is strongly associated with telehealth participation, which increased with each successively higher level of educational attainment in 2015.

https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/updates/forward?utm_source=racupdate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=update103118&item=27801&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.usda.gov%2Fmedia%2Fpress-releases%2F2018%2F10%2F30%2Fusda-and-ondcp-unveil-latest-tool-help-rural-communities-address&k=6StBW">USDA and ONDCP Unveil Latest Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Epidemic White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Deputy Director Jim Carroll and U.S. Department of Agriculture Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett have unveiled a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RuralResourceGuide.pdf">Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse (PDF, 1.7 MB) is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop-shop for rural leaders looking for Federal funding and partnership opportunities. The departments and agencies represented on the Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group include the Departments of Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing, Justice, Labor, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs; the Corporation for National and Community Service; and the Appalachian Regional Commission. USDA launched the https://opioidmisusetool.norc.org/">Community Assessment Tool, an interactive database to help community leaders assess how and why the opioid epidemic is impacting their regions. USDA’s Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox is free and available to the public. It can be accessed on https://www.usda.gov/opioids">USDA’s Rural Opioid Misuse Webpage.

https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/toolkits/rural-toolkit">Rural Community Health Toolkit
Rural Community Health Toolkit. This toolkit provides rural communities with the information, resources, and materials they need to develop a community health program in a rural community. Each of the toolkit's six modules contains information that communities can apply to develop a rural health program, regardless of the specific health topic the program addresses. The toolkit also links to https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/toolkits">issue-specific toolkits for more in-depth information.

Events and Learning

https://chrr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hJVrY2a3QzyUQIPblyZtPA">“Partnering with Community” a webinar sponsored by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, In 2017, Allen County, Kansas was recognized for their community transformation with a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. At the heart of a communities’ efforts to improve health, is a commitment to authentically engage and partner with the community’s best asset – its people. Allen County offers an example of how a community working together to harness the collective power of leaders, partners, and residents can create the conditions to give everyone a fair and just opportunity for health. For a sneak peek, watch a short video https://rurallisc.cmail19.com/t/r-l-jjuljihy-hikdlkyuih-jj/">here. To register for the webinar, click https://rurallisc.cmail19.com/t/r-l-jjuljihy-hikdlkyuih-jt/">here. Held November 20, 2018, at 3:00 PM EST.

https://www.usda.gov/topics/rural/rural-development-innovation-center">Rural Energy Savings Program and Manufactured Housing Roundtable
USDA Rural Development solicits input from its partners to expand access to capital, improve effective and efficient delivery of programs. The Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) provides funding to electric service providers for re-lending to consumers and small businesses implementing energy efficiency measures. This 2014 Farm Bill program will help lower energy bills for rural families and businesses. Recent changes through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 authorized RESP funding, for the first time, to be used to replace manufactured housing units with more energy efficient units to result in energy savings. Please join us at a USDA RD RESP and Manufactured Housing Roundtable. This round table is designed to solicit comments, ideas, and input related to the RESP program in general, and especially related to the implementation of the manufactured housing will enlighten USDA leadership and help ensure seamless program delivery. RD solicits input from its partners as we work together to expand access to capital, improve effective and efficient delivery of programs—and most importantly—facilitate rural prosperity and economic development.

  • To attend you must contact the USDA Rural Development Innovation Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by COB Wednesday, November 21, 2018. (Once confirmed, agenda, directions, and other additional information will be provided)
  • Event Date: November 27, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Location: U.S. Department of Agriculture Jamie L. Whitten Building 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. Registration is required. (This is a live event).

https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=5jwe0xa4al5z&campaign=f8iq2x56d289">Webinar on Inclusive Development in Opportunity Zones On November 26, 2018, from 3PM-4PM ET, the Aspen Institute in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation present a webinar on:  http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001cfDu4L7lb7LcySj5ZcgYHU3biP5V2d5QFCdUUUgsv52keiezFVBLCERTW0iJaym-_zDgq2XcwRQVgYNQA4IffVydhCikZ_yNthSBEUAV9yLFMTkhHtYl4E85ovbzkBazt7ZXRPQb3jekmrBqckBZLB8AmNBLXUS0wFmTeoa7a8A2U6Gfz5_9Ng==&c=DhgazPPwL6-CYqdDdLTVvijCfzXSIGEFLtPC4rpxuqT0qWpgeHTcPA==&ch=GpV5H63LvpX7Gjqm6O9RnmHrsoXgC1zHrClWycRgOul8SyfA7On_zA==">Expanding inclusive development through employee ownership in opportunity zones. If your organization has been thinking about whether and how Opportunity Zones might achieve the goals of economic transformation in communities that have been left out of American prosperity, http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001cfDu4L7lb7LcySj5ZcgYHU3biP5V2d5QFCdUUUgsv52keiezFVBLCERTW0iJaym-_zDgq2XcwRQVgYNQA4IffVydhCikZ_yNthSBEUAV9yLFMTkhHtYl4E85ovbzkBazt7ZXRPQb3jekmrBqckBZLB8AmNBLXUS0wFmTeoa7a8A2U6Gfz5_9Ng==&c=DhgazPPwL6-CYqdDdLTVvijCfzXSIGEFLtPC4rpxuqT0qWpgeHTcPA==&ch=GpV5H63LvpX7Gjqm6O9RnmHrsoXgC1zHrClWycRgOul8SyfA7On_zA==">join the Aspen Institute to learn why employee ownership is a central part of an inclusive development strategy.https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=5jwe0xa4al5z&campaign=f8iq2x56d289"> Click here for a Registration link. http://www.canr.msu.edu/ncrcrd/uploads/Quinoes%20RHSE%20Dec%207.pdf">Purdue Extension and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Join them for this free webinar “Dreamland: America's Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here,” presented by Sam Quinones, journalist and author on December 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST.

To join, click https://rurallisc.cmail19.com/t/r-l-jjuljihy-hikdlkyuih-jd/">here.  

https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-new-medicaid-demonstration-opportunity-expand-mental-health-treatment-services">New Medicaid Demonstration Opportunity to Expand Mental Health Treatment Services 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced existing and new opportunities for states to design innovative service delivery systems for adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and children with serious emotional disturbance (SED). This includes the ability for states to receive authority to pay for short-term resident treatment services in an institution for mental disease (IMD). Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/news/27858">view details. https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/">Broadband USA Webinar Series The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) continues to host a series of webinars to engage the public and stakeholders with information to accelerate broadband connectivity, improve digital inclusion, strengthen policies and support local priorities. The Practical Broadband Conversations webinar series will provide an ongoing source of information including broadband deployment, digital inclusion, workforce skills, and e-government. https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/">BroadbandUSA will hold the webinars from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the third Wednesday of every month through September 18, 2019.

https://vimeo.com/300425240">“Strategies to Support Economic Diversification” Webinar Tutorial
Presented by https://www.nado.org/about/">The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). This free webinar covers planning for economic diversification to explore through http://www.cedscentral.com/">Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. NADO notes: “Economic diversification helps support https://www.cedscentral.com/resilience.html">regional resilience, a concept that should be woven into all aspects of your CEDS and can serve as a guiding framework for how your district approaches regional planning and economic development. Regions and communities that diversify their economies are much better positioned to face a mix of inevitable future shocks and disruptions.”

https://www.investinwork.org/book">Investing in America's Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers.
Explore contemporary research, best practices, and resources in this book. The book is divided https://www.investinwork.org/book">into three volumes: Investing in Workers, Investing in Work, and Investing in Systems for Employment Opportunity. Each volume highlights workforce development programs and/or policies supporting positive investments.  



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