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Suzette's Letter April 22, 2016


USDA Sponsors Cooperative Development and Local Foods Meeting in Kyle, SD

The local food movement is becoming an established part of the overall marketplace, and beyond healthy benefits for human nutrition, provides increased economic health and strength to participating communities.  A local foods conference was held in Kyle, S.D. on March 16, 2016.  The purpose was designed to help area producers, entrepreneurs, communities and consumers explore the many ways to participate in the movement. Read more about the meeting here.


March 2016 Tax Credits & Incentives Update

This post continues a monthly series outlining updates in state tax credits and incentives; included here are legislative, gubernatorial and case law updates.


3 Steps to Take to Prepare for GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures

State and local governments will soon begin disclosing financial information about tax abatements in their annual financial reports. Economic development organizations should consider taking these three steps now to help their communities comply with disclosure rules.

A Rural Healthcare Roadmap
Apr 12, 2016 -- Describes a recent study that finds financial pressures on rural healthcare facilities impact rural healthcare delivery and, in turn, shape the way architects design these facilities. Highlights key principles of rural healthcare design identified by the study, including optimizing accessibility, operating self-sufficiently, standardizing and adapting clinical spaces, and maximizing staff connectivity.
Source: Healthcare Design In Rural States Policy Changes To Improve Access To Home Dialysis Are Vital
Apr 12, 2016 -- This blog post highlights the benefits of and barriers to home dialysis for rural residents with chronic kidney disease; many of whom have to travel many miles to dialysis centers.
Source: Health Affairs Blog

Rural Medicine: Pediatric Care Costly and Complex
Apr 11, 2016 -- Highlights a recent study that found healthcare disparities between rural and urban children. These disparities include differences in rates of medically complex chronic conditions and hospital readmission. (May require free subscription for full access.)
Source: MedPage Today A New Divide in American Death
Apr 10, 2016 -- Reports on recent findings describing mortality rates and the disparities within them; most notably the difference between urban-rural women. Illustrates growing rural mortality rates over the past two decades by providing statistics and graphics.
Source: The Washington Post


Rural Recruiting, Retention Proves Daunting
Apr 7, 2016 -- This blog post shares the thoughts on a young physician who highlights both the positive aspects of practicing rural and the negatives aspects that impact rural facilities' ability to recruit and retain workforce.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians New Stark Law Exception Breathes Life into Primary Care, Especially in Underserved Areas
Apr 6, 2016 -- Describes a regulatory adjustment making hiring practices more flexible for primary care and mental health providers in underserved and rural areas.
Source: JD Supra

Child Poverty in Rural America
A policy brief describing the needs, challenges, and experiences of rural children and families living in poverty, and how poverty affects their health. Offers recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop appropriate and integrated health and human service delivery programs, and to create flexible grant opportunities that will reach children and families in need.
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Date: 12/2015



CDFA and The Kresge Foundation RFP Webinar

This one hour informational webinar will give background to Kresge's partnership with CDFA, and explain the types of projects Kresge wants to fund through Kresge Community Finance.

USDA Seeks Reviewers for Grant Programs Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program and Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking reviewers to evaluate grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP).  Reviewers for both programs will receive a stipend.  Applications to serve as a reviewer are available on the FMLFPP reviewer webpage and the FSMIP reviewer webpage, and are due no later than May 2, 2016. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please visit the FMLFPP reviewer webpage or the FSMIP application reviewer webpage.  AMS will contact selected FMLFPP reviewers in mid-May while FSMIP reviewers will be contacted in early June.

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Development Finance Solutions for Disaster Resiliency

During this CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast, hear from financing experts as they share capitalization options available for resiliency efforts.

Impact Investment in the Municipal Bond Market

Charles Laven and Julijs Liepins provide readers with an introduction to both impact investing and municipal bonds, and explain how impact investments can strengthen the municipal bond market.

Energy Investment Partnerships Webinar Series
April 26, May 19 - 1-4pm Eastern

The Energy Investment Partnerships Webinar Series is a tailored four-part webinar series designed specifically for states and stakeholders working to develop or enhance an Energy Investment Partnership (EIP).

Prospective Applicant Webinar: FY 2016 EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Program

SSTI is hosting with the Economic Development Administration (EDA) an informational webinar regarding the 2016 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. Under the RIS program, the U.S. Department of Commerce is soliciting applications for $15 million in funding awards. These awards are intended to help develop regional innovation ecosystems that provide support and funding to startups engaged in the commercialization process that ultimately lead to high-growth companies – the drivers of regional economic prosperity and job creation.

Date: Thursday, May 5
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. ET

Senior Management Institute
The Senior Management Institute is an eight-month program designed for senior level managers of arts and culture organizations. The Institute provides a cross-disciplinary, supportive yet challenging environment to improve communication skills and to lead high-performing teams. Applications are open through April 12, 2016. Learn more »

Creative Community Fellows
Creative Community Fellows unites a group of twenty-five change-makers throughout the U.S. Over nine-months, Fellows receive tools, training and access to a community of support to activate their ideas and move their projects forward. Fellows jump-start the program by living and learning together for one week in rural Vermont in an incubator-like environment. Fellows take monthly online courses together in topic areas such as community partnerships, finding capital & support, budgeting and more. They share updates on their projects, meet with leaders in the field who serve as mentors and have the rare chance to engage face-to-face with funders to pitch their projects and receive feedback. Applications are now open through April 24, 2016. Learn more »

Webinar: The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices

The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices, developed by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in cooperation with Colorado State University (CSU), uses real-world projects, experiences, and applied research to help community leaders, planners, economic development specialists, public agencies, and private businesses or foundations evaluate the economic benefits of local and regional food systems.

What: Free webinar on how to use The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices. The webinar will last approximately 90- minutes.

When: 3 p.m. E.T., Thursday, April 28, 2016


Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma Grant Program | Pre-application Technical Assistance

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is announcing a series of informational technical assistance conference calls and webinars for applicants interested in applying for the Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma Grants. Conference calls and webinars will be held on the dates and times listed below. Interested parties may participate by using the respective dial-in numbers, pass codes, and links.

April 20, 2016
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT
Dial-In Number: 888-942-9713, Participant Passcode: RECAST
RSVP for this webinar.

May 20, 2016
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT
Dial-In Number: 888-439-9713, Participant Passcode: RECAST
RSVP for this webinar.

Conference Calls

May 6, 2016
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Dial in number: 888-928-9713
Participant passcode: RECAST

May 25, 2016
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Dial in number: 888-928-9713
Participant passcode: RECAST

June 3, 2016
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Dial in number: 888-928-9713
Participant passcode: RECAST

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Suzette's Letter, April 11, 2106


Public-Private Partnership to Strengthen Local Food Systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and fifteen philanthropic organizations have announced an initiative to bolster the supply chain for locally produced food in ten U.S. Cities and regions. With $2 million from philanthropic partners and $850,000 in federal funding, the Food LINC project will work to strengthen each region's local food business sector and increase consumer access to healthy, locally produced food by connecting farmers, ranchers, and entrepreneurs with families and institutional consumers. A full-time Food LINC coordinator will be embedded for up to three years in a host organization in each of the ten cities/regions. Cities or regions participating in the initiative include Albuquerque, New Mexico; Atlanta, Georgia; Central Appalachia; the Chesapeake region; the Delaware Valley region; Jackson, Mississippi; Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Arkansas and northwest Mississippi; Pueblo/Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.


Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Child Nutrition

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement in response to http://frac.org/pdf/take-up-of-cep-report.pdf">a new report done jointly by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) regarding positive outcomes of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which allows eligible high-poverty schools to offer school meals to all students at no charge, so they can focus on serving children the nutritious meals they need to learn, instead of doing paperwork.

"This report is further evidence that schools participating in CEP are making great strides ensuring that all children are well nourished and prepared to learn, especially since many of these students rely on school meals as their best source of nutritious food. CEP is a win for schools, parents and students, and the results we've seen in the first 2 years of nationwide implementation are inspiring. The report also underscores how the 2010 bipartisan child nutrition law has achieved significant positive results for child nutrition and health. It is because of these undeniable results that I urge Congress to stay the course in child nutrition. It would be unwise to roll back standards, saddle parents and school administrators with more paperwork or weaken assistance for our most vulnerable children. USDA stands ready to work with Congress to support the reauthorization of child nutrition programs that continue to improve the health and wellbeing of the next generation."

Time to Think Differently About Brownfields

All of the changes in manufacturing require that American regions change the traditional economic development approach to site development in some significant ways, according to economic developer Mark Barbash.


New Markets, New Opportunities: Strengthening Local Food Systems and Organic Agriculture

USDA’s Office of Communications releases new “USDA Results” page for the month of April focusing on Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food and organic agriculture. This page characterizes the great work USDA has done to support and invest in local and regional food systems across the country since 2009.



Upcoming Webinar: Integrating Health and Human Services in Rural Communities
Join the RHIhub on Thursday April 14th at 1:00 p.m. Central. This webinar will feature the new Rural Services Integration Toolkit on the RHIhub website, along with successful programs funded by FORHP, including lessons learned. Featured speakers include Alycia Bayne, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis; Laura Watters, Network Director of Florissa & Day Services; and Cassalyn David, Mariposa Community Health Center.


Reaching your Redevelopment Goals with Brownfields Revolving Loan Funds

EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund grants enable states, local governments, quasi-governmental entities, and federally recognized tribes to make low to no interest loans or subgrants to carryout cleanup activities at brownfields sites. Through best practices and case studies, this free webinar will examine the RLF structure that has been shown to bring brownfield sites back into productive use. Join CDFA, EPA, and experienced brownfield communities on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:30pm Eastern as we discuss the key features of a successful Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund and the commonalities and challenges associated with implementing this underutilized financing resource. Learn how even the most challenged or understaffed communities can implement RLF loans and sub-grants.

When: April 21, 2016 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern

VAPG Application Webinar

USDA Rural Development invites you to attend our VAPG Application Webinar.  In this webinar, Rural Development staff will walk you through the VAPG application and review the scoring process.  Hear application tips from the Business Specialist who will ultimately be scoring your application and make your project proposal as competitive as possible. 

When: Thursday, April 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

CDFI Fund Releases Final Webinar Schedule for Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas Training

The final five webinars for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund)’s Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas training series have been scheduled. The series, part of the CDFI Fund’s Capacity Building Initiative, provides specialized training and technical assistance to certified and emerging CDFIs to extend their reach into certain underserved communities in the United States that currently lack a CDFI presence.

The free webinars, provided by Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and its partners, are intended to maximize Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) participation in this important training. The Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas webinars are free and open to the general public, but advanced registration is required to access the live presentations. Registration may be completed up until the start time listed for each individual session.

CDFI Fund Resource Bank

The CDFI Fund has added an Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas Virtual Resource Bank to its website. The new Resource Bank supplements the training and webinar series with reference materials for CDFIs, community development practitioners, and the general public. The Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas Resource Bank includes the series’ training materials, additional publications, and tools. The topics covered are relevant for CDFI banks, credit unions, loan funds, and venture capital funds seeking to expand their coverage. Past webinars will also be archived and added to the Resource Bank.  https://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/training-ta/Pages/resource-bank.aspx?Name=Expanding%20CDFI%20Coverage%20in%20Underserved%20Areas">View the Resource Bank here.

To learn more about Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas series and the other training series available under the Capacity Building Initiative, please visit https://www.cdfifund.gov/cbi">www.cdfifund.gov/cbi.

Fundraising on the Move: Crowdfunding for Walkable Communities Webinar

This webinar with the crowdfunding nonprofit ioby will help you learn more about how crowdfunding can be both an effective fundraising and community-engagement tool for walkable community advocates. The webinar will include real-life case studies of successfully-funded walking advocacy projects, crowdfunding myth busting, and best practices for campaign planning, donor prospecting, social media use, and more. You’ll leave with the information you need to decide if, when, and how crowdfunding can best support your goals, and to plan an effective campaign. Material covered is pertinent to volunteers and informal community groups, as well as nonprofits. No prior fundraising experience required.

CDFA and USDA Launch Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are excited to announce the release of the Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit (CFIT), a guide which was developed in collaboration over the past year. The CFIT contains best practices for planning, designing, developing and financing rural community facilities that can be used by nonprofits and public entities. In order to further analyze the Toolkit, CDFA, in partnership with the USDA, is offering a complimentary education webinar to examine how conventional bank loans, bond financing, or state and federal grant and lending programs can be applied broadly across organizations regardless of project type or finance resources.

Making Sure Your Community Benefits from Vacant Land Reuse Strategies

Groundwork USA explores the best practices for implementing adaptive and inclusive processes to achieve more equitable re-development of vacant, underutilized, and sometimes even contaminated properties.

Shared Measurement Training: Accessing and Understanding Secondary Data on Food Access

Join us for a webinar – part of the Michigan Good Food Charter Shared Measurement training series – that will introduce a range of sources for accessing secondary data related to healthy food access and overview the value and limitations of utilizing secondary data.

When: Thursday, April 28th 2:00-3:00pm ET

Suzette's Letter, April 4, 2016


Request for Comment for the Community Development MarketPlace Project Intake Survey

The Community Development MarketPlace (CDM) is a database of community development project data, currently from those communities who have applied for designations under the federal Promise Zones Initiative, and consented to share some of their application material with the public. The CDM provides information that describes community goals, proposed activities to advance their goals, and organizations involved in implementing and supporting these projects. The CDM presents an opportunity for community practitioners to find peers working on similar issues and to share best practices around revitalization efforts. It can also assist other potential partners in identifying opportunities to engage or invest in these communities. HUD is seeking public comment on a draft Community Development MarketPlace (CDM) Project Intake Survey that may be distributed widely and used by respondents who are not part of any application process. Specifically we are asking the public to review the questions in the survey and answer the questions listed below. Please submit any comments and/or your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 24, 2016. Also feel free to submit user questions or information on any technical issues via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


North America Renewable Energy Brief

CohnReznick takes a look at the market potential for community solar, which states will likely see the most projects, community solar project finance, utilities views on this market, and community energy compatibility with rooftop solar.


Tapping into Alternative Ways to Fund Innovative and Multi-Purpose Water Projects

In this report, Water in the West highlights some tools used in the energy sector that could also be used in to help modernize America's water infrastructure.

State Small Business Credit Initiative Report: Over $1.3 Billion Issued for Small Businesses

The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) released a new Quarterly Report detailing how the program continues to help small businesses access capital. More than $1.3 billion has been deployed nationwide, helping boost local economic development efforts and supporting greater levels of private sector lending to small businesses. States have now drawn 95 percent of the nearly $1.5 billion of available funds.


What Makes Economies Resilient? Economic Diversity, Experienced Workforce

What leading indicators allow a national, state, regional, or local economy to rebound from an exogenous shock (e.g., economic downturn or natural disaster)? What risk factors are common among economies that were not resilient to an exogenous shock? Resilient economies are able to absorb an exogenous shock with limited negative impact on economic prosperity and their workforce. The studies have identified leading indicators of economic resiliency including age of workforce, diversification of industries, and other key factors. Researchers also have found several risk factors that place economies at high risk of instability in the face of an exogenous shock including household and public fiscal solvency. Read more...

HHS: Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders
Mar 30, 2016 -- Seeks comments on a proposed rule that will increase the highest patient limit for physicians to treat opioid use disorder. Highlights a treatment access disparity for rural areas and describes how this proposed rule would help address it.

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Additional Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic
Mar 29, 2016 -- Announces federal administrative and private sector actions to address opioid misuse and abuse across the country, including specific funding to address substance use disorder in rural communities.
Source: The White House

Rural women, especially young women, are more likely than rural men to have college degrees

The education of workers is closely linked with economic success. Workers with educations beyond high school degrees are more likely to be employed and earning higher wages than workers with high school degrees or less education. Educational attainment of both men and women in rural areas has grown over time, and rural women are more likely to have some college experience or hold associate or bachelor’s degrees than rural men. For example, the most recent (2014) American Community Survey shows that 63 percent of rural young women (age 25-34) had schooling beyond a high school diploma, compared with less than half (47 percent) of rural young men; nearly a quarter of rural young women held a bachelor’s degree or higher. The gender-education gap beyond a high school diploma for rural young adults has widened, from 11 percentage points in 2000 to 16 percentage points in 2014. This gap is more pronounced in rural areas than in the nation as a whole. This chart is based on the ERS Rural Employment & Education topic page.



Integrating Health and Human Services in Rural Communities

The Rural Health Information Hub and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will introduce a new Rural Services Integration Toolkit designed to help rural communities improve access to health and human services. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the toolkit identifies model programs and resources that will benefit rural communities seeking to implement services integration programs. A key focus area of the toolkit is to provide best practices for implementing services integration programs that support children and families living in poverty in rural communities. This webinar will feature two examples of successful programs funded by FORHP, including lessons learned.

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Development Finance Solutions for Disaster Resiliency
April 19, 2016 - 1:00 pm Eastern

Over the past decade, extreme weather events have caused major catastrophes to cities large and small. During this webcast, explore financing programs and structures for disaster resiliency, partnerships, and collaborative efforts to identify financing solutions.

Energy Investment Partnerships Webinar Series
April 26, May 19 - 1-4pm Eastern

The Energy Investment Partnerships Webinar Series is a tailored four-part webinar series designed specifically for states and stakeholders working to develop or enhance an Energy Investment Partnership (EIP).

Providing Patients with Access to Nutritious Food

Money, distance, and lack of education are just a few barriers between rural Americans and nutritious food. Find out how a Critical Access Hospital, a prescription program, and a research project are creating tangible examples of how to promote nutrition and increase patients’ access to healthy food.

HUD Releases Overview of the Assessment of Fair Housing Webcast

This webcast, published March 24, 2016, provides an overview of the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) including key concepts. View the Overview of the Assessment of Fair Housing Webcast. The webcast is also available to view in sections based on your needs and interests.

Rural Creative Placemaking

The Next Generation Digital Learning Commons, offers a platform for storytelling, research, and best practices that fosters an inclusive space for deeper collaboration and learning exchange. Next Generation has also launched a series of surveys to gain greater national understanding of the depth and breadth of rural creative placemaking dynamics. Responses will help shape mission objectives and the content and objectives of the National Rural Creative Placemaking Summit. Please find the National Survey here. The Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking Summit Save the Date to be held October 12-14, 2016 at the University of Iowa. To learn more, visit: https://ruralgeneration.org/national-summit/

Suzette's Letter March 25, 2016


Service industries account for the largest share of rural and urban employment

Overall employment in rural (nonmetropolitan) areas accounts for between 13 and 14 percent of all U.S. employment. However, the distribution of employment across industries differs between rural and urban areas. Service industries account for the largest share of employment in both rural and urban areas but are more heavily represented in urban areas, where they account for close to three-fifths of all employment. Within the service sector, jobs in finance, real estate, administration, and professional/scientific/technical services were particularly concentrated in urban areas. Rural areas account for 72 percent of the Nation’s land area, and employment in primary extractive industries that depend largely on the distribution of land and natural resources is greater in rural than in urban areas. Nonetheless, these industries—farming and forestry/fishing/mining—accounted for just 10 percent of total rural employment in 2014. Manufacturing employment is also a bigger part of the employment mix in rural areas, largely reflecting past migration of manufacturing activities to lower wage and lower cost locations. Government employment was marginally more common in rural than in urban areas (16 versus 13 percent). This chart is found in the ERS topic page on Rural Employment and Unemployment.

Lawmakers, Bankers Discuss How to Ease Tax Laws for P3s

Municipal finance leaders and a bipartisan group of lawmakers met Wednesday on Capitol Hill to discuss how tax laws might be eased so that more public-private arrangements could be used to finance public infrastructure projects.


P3s Can Spur Economic Development by Providing Good Jobs, Training Opportunities, Study Says

The report, Building American While Building Our Middle Class: Best Practices for P3 Infrastructure Projects, outlines best practices that can be incorporated into P3 agreements, such as the adoption of policies that set job quality and income thresholds, inclusive hiring, apprenticeship and other types of training opportunities and oversight of efforts to ensure fair employment practices. The report also recommends that P3 partners enter into community workforce agreements (CWA), potentially with labor unions, “that establish targeted hiring goals, training opportunities and jobs for communities of need.”

Participation in SNAP falls for the second consecutive year

An average 45.8 million people per month—about 14 percent of the Nation’s population—participated in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in fiscal 2015. This was about 2 percent fewer people than the previous year, and 4 percent fewer than the historical high of 47.6 million participants set in fiscal 2013. SNAP participants in fiscal 2015 received an average of $126.83 per month in benefits to purchase food at authorized food stores. SNAP is one of the Nation’s primary countercyclical assistance programs, expanding during economic downturns and contracting during periods of economic growth. The decrease in SNAP caseloads in fiscal 2014 and 2015 reflects, at least in part, the recovery from the 2007-09 recession reaching lower educated, lower wage workers. This chart appears in ERS’s Food Assistance Landscape: FY 2015 Annual Report, released on March 17, 2016.

Funder Initiative Releases Guide for Water Sustainability

The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation has announced the release of a report aimed at advancing sustainable water management at a scale never before attempted in the field. Produced by the Water Funder Initiative — a collaborative supported and guided by the Mitchell, S.D. Bechtel, Jr., Energy, Hewlett, Packard, Pisces, Rockefeller, Walton Family, and Water foundations — the report, Toward Water Sustainability: A Blueprint for Philanthropy (40 pages, PDF), offers a call to action for collaborative and expanded philanthropic action aimed at making water systems more balanced, resilient, and sustainable. To that end, the document describes the need and opportunities presented by water issues and describes the six priority strategies that emerged from WFI's consultation with experts and stakeholders. In addition to outlining roles for funders and providing examples of near-term opportunities, the report summarizes a set of funding action plans that detail how philanthropy can address high-priority problems in the field.



Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Webinar

This webinar will provide an overview of SECD and the applicable Rural Development Programs.  Please join us in this opportunity to learn more about SECD and how it can benefit rural communities. 

When: Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (CDT)


CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Development Finance Solutions for Disaster Resiliency
April 19, 2016 - 1:00 pm EDT

Over the past decade, extreme weather events have caused major catastrophes to cities large and small. From vulnerable energy grids to aging infrastructure, communities are susceptible to disasters in multiple ways, and the aftermath of the clean-up and redevelopment can affect a region for years. During this webcast, explore financing programs and structures for disaster resiliency, partnerships, and collaborative efforts to identify financing solutions.

Energy Investment Partnerships Webinar Series
April 26, May 19 - 1-4pm Eastern

The Energy Investment Partnerships Webinar Series is a tailored four-part webinar series designed specifically for states and stakeholders working to develop or enhance an Energy Investment Partnership (EIP). The webinar series will provide research-based education on EIPs and how development finance agencies, public entities, foundations, energy organizations, and the financing community can work together to achieve greater program and project success to drive clean energy deployment.


Rescheduled Date and Time for FY 2016 CDFI Program and NACA Program Credit Union Applicants Webinar

The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has scheduled a new date and time for the FY 2016 Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program) application webinar for credit union applicants. The webinar was originally scheduled for March 23, 2016, but was postponed due to technical difficulties. The new schedule and access information for the webinar is listed below.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
1:00 PM ET
Please call: 1-800-369-1186
Participant Passcode: 5955531
Link to webinar: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PWXW7654863&p=5955531&t=c">https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PWXW7654863&p=5955531&t=c


Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Announces the Power Initiative Webinar Series

Beginning March 23, 2016, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will hold biweekly webinars on POWER Initiative topics. Webinars will be held every other Wednesday at 2:00 PM EDT. The last webinar will be held June 1, 2016. Please join us to learn more about POWER.

Webinar topics and registration instructions are below. The webinars will use the Live Meeting platform.

April 6, 2016, 2:00 PM EDT | The POWER Initiative: A Deeper Dive into Implementation Support
April 20, 2016, 2:00 PM EDT | The POWER Initiative: A Deeper Dive into Technical Assistance
May 4, 2016, 2:00 PM EDT | The POWER Initiative: What the Data and Research Says

May 18, 2016, 2:00 PM EDT| Topic to be announced
June 1, 2016, 2:00 PM EDT | Topic to be announced



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