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Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 06/22/2021

Publications and Resources

USDA Resource Guide for Rural Workforce Development
USDA unveiled a resource guide to help rural community leaders start and expand employment opportunities and access resources to train, recruit and create a sustainable rural workforce.

USDA Publishes Federal Register Notice for Public Input on Racial Justice and Equity
USDA published a notice requesting public input on its efforts to advance racial justice and equity across the Department. It will be available for public input until July 15, 2021, via the Federal Register.

Top Tips for Helping Your Small Business Survive a Disaster or a Crisis
Natural disasters can be a nightmare for small businesses. SCORE outlines tips that can help you take step-by-step approach to survive and rebuild a business after any kind of calamity.

Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America
View the diversity of challenges and opportunities across America's counties. View indicators about people, jobs, income, veterans, and county types. The atlas has been updated to include annual unemployment/employment data for 2020; earlier estimates were revised. 

NTIA Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the Country NTIA map links poverty usage and broadband access by compiling data sets to show where high-poverty communities are located with relation to internet usage patterns and access to computers and related equipment

Event Opportunities

OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative Quarterly Lender Feedback Forum  
June 23 | Virtual Forum
USDA Rural Development invites lenders to join the second session of a quarterly feedback forum who are interested in applying to, or have applied to, programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative.

BroadbandUSA Webinar Series: NTIA Broadband Grant Programs
National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) offers various workshops to discuss the three new broadband grant programs: 

Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grants Program

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants Program

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar: Best Practices for Rural Development Finance Agencies
Aug. 31 | Webinar
Discover best practices of development finance agencies to help you identify the right partner for your projects.

Cooperating to Enhance Native American Food Economies
Aug. 2- 5 | Virtual

This webinar series will explore the role of cooperatives in developing agriculture infrastructure and food systems in Indian Country.

Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 06/08/2021

Publications and Resources

A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021
President Biden proclaims June 2021 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month.

Housing Assistance Council (HAC)
HAC has flexible loan capital available to support preservation of USDA Section 515 properties, HUD-subsidized properties, and naturally occurring affordable housing in rural places.

Community Capacity Building, Shaping the Future of Hometowns
This paper published by e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, within their Rural Community Prosperity Development Framework, offers capacity building assistance to communities to lead in successful economic development.

Recovery Housing Program (RHP) Quick Guides
HUD provides rules and requirements for implementing the RHP program, examples of nationally recognized models for implementing recovery housing, best practices for forming partnerships across sectors, and guidance for accessing peer-to-peer support.

A New Path Forward: Place-Based Solutions for a Stronger Workforce Ecosystem.
Accelerator for America, with funding from the Kauffman Foundation, released a guide to help develop a workforce that meets the current needs of businesses and aims to alleviate chronic unemployment. The guide includes three pathways and four best practices to develop a dynamic “workforce ecosystem.”

Mobilizing Health Care Workforce via Telehealth 
ProviderBridge.org was created by the Federation of State Medical Boards through the CARES Act and the FORHP-supported Licensure Portability Program. The site provides up-to-date information on emergency regulation and licensing by state as well as a provider portal to connect volunteer health care professionals to state agencies and health care entities. 

Event Opportunities

Rural Workforce Innovation Network Workshop: Resources to Support Employees and Employers in the Rural Health Care Industry
June 10 | Virtual Workshop
Interested parties must register by Tuesday, June 8. Registrants will receive a calendar invitation with the Microsoft Teams link 24 hours ahead of the meeting start time.
In this workshop, representatives from USDA Rural Development and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will participate in a panel discussion to share resources to support rural employees and employers in the health care industry.

Annual Native American Economic Development Conference
June 14 - 15 | Conference
Through a variety of panels and interactive discussions, attendees will engage with top experts focusing on economic diversification.

Native CDFI 6th Annual Capital Access Virtual Convening
June 21 - 24 | Virtual Convening
Join a breakout session on June 23 to learn about the RD programs that Native CDFIs most often utilize. USDA will then present information on the process of unregulated lenders becoming an approved lender for the 502 Guaranteed Loan Homeownership Program and the OneRD Guaranteed Loan Initiative.

OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative Quarterly Lender Feedback Forum  
June 23 | Virtual Forum
USDA Rural Development invites lenders to join the second session of a quarterly feedback forum who are interested in applying to, or have applied to, programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative.

BroadbandUSA Webinar Series: NTIA Broadband Grant Programs
National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) offers various workshops to discuss the three new broadband grant programs: The Broadband Infrastructure Program, The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, and The Connecting Minority Communities Program.

Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grants Program

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants Program

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar: Best Practices for Rural Development Finance Agencies
Aug. 31 | Webinar
Discover best practices of development finance agencies to help you identify the right partner for your projects.

Innovation Matters Education Opportunities 05/23/2021

Publications and Resources

Combating Racism Advances Health Equity
In this article, HHS Office of Minority Health's Public Health Advisor Juliet Bui writes about how the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has experienced racism during the public health crisis. Not only are actions motivated by intolerance inherently wrong, but there is also evidence that suggests that they can affect the health and mental health of individuals and communities.

A Proclamation on Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Heritage Month President Biden reminds us, “The American story as we know it would be impossible without the strength, contributions, and legacies of Asian American, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders who have helped build and unite this country in each successive generation."

The Megaphone of Main Street: Unsung Entrepreneurs
This installment of SCORE’s publication focuses on unsung entrepreneurs as critical representatives of the current U.S. small business landscape.

4 Reasons to Value U.S. National Forests
The Pew Charitable Trusts offers key reasons to protect and value our National Forests to support the environment, heritage and the economy.

ERS: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Rural America
USDA offers information on how the pandemic is affecting rural America, including the spread of cases and trends in employment/unemployment among the U.S. metro and nonmetro populations and by ERS' county economic types.

Event Opportunities

Joint USDA & DOI Listening Session: Tribal Bison
June 1 | Virtual Listening Session
Join the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior for the first of a three-part series of listening sessions on Tribal Bison, co-sponsored by the Intertribal Buffalo Council.

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s Annual Conference
June 1-2 | Virtual Conference
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable hosts a virtual venue where stakeholders from federal agencies, businesses and non-profits come together to discuss the future of outdoor recreation.

Rural Workforce Innovation Network Workshop: Rural Health Industry
June 10 | Virtual Workshop

Representatives from USDA Rural Development and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will participate in a panel discussion to share resources to support rural employees and employers in the health care industry. Interested parties must register by Tuesday, June 8. Registrants will receive a calendar invitation with the Microsoft Teams link 24 hours ahead of the meeting's start time.

OneRD Guarantee Lender Feedback Forum
June 23 | Virtual Forum
Join USDA Rural Development for a feedback forum for lenders who have applied or are interested in applying to programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative. The forum will provide lenders the opportunity to share ideas on how USDA can improve the application process and servicing options under the initiative.

BroadbandUSDA Webinar Series: NTIA Broadband Grant Programs
National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) offers various workshops to discuss the three new broadband grant programs: The Broadband Infrastructure Program, The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, and The Connecting Minority Communities Program. Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grants Program

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants Program

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

COVID-19 Recovery Resources

Quick Links to COVID-19 Recovery Resources

To access programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, download the COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide.

Visit www.coronavirus.gov for the latest news from the CDC on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Visit www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for the latest news from Rural Development on how we are helping our partners, customers, and stakeholders impacted by COVID-19.

Educational Opportunities, May 11, 2021

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.

  

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