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Suzette Letter November 14

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Cultivating a Competitive Advantage: How Rural Counties Are Growing Economies with Local Assets and Regional Partners Case studies of rural counties using creative methods to improve their economies. Includes examples that involve the healthcare sector and address issues that impact health. Organization: National Association of Counties. Date: 11 / 2014

Rural America at a Glance, 2014 Edition Highlights indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas. Focuses
on employment trends, poverty, population trends and educational attainment in rural versus urban areas. Organization: USDA Economic Research Service. Date: 11 / 2014

Encourage Community College Innovation To Promote Middle-Skill Career Pathways, According to Report A more innovative economy does not have to lead to greater inequality, as long as educational pathways exist for middle-skill workers, according to a new report from Jobs for the Future and Achieving the Dream. The groups' Middle-Skill STEM State Policy Framework provides a set of strategic goals for states to link the community college experience with the

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HUD Promise Zone Bullentin 11/7/14

Funding Opportunities Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve the following three core goals:

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Suzette Letter November 7, 2014

Federal and State institutions fund and conduct public agricultural R&D

In 2012, U.S. public sector agricultural research and development (R&D) investment totaled about $4.7 billion. After adjusting for inflation, this represents a decline of nearly 25 percent since the mid-2000s. Expenditures for State Agricultural Experiment Stations and other State-based cooperating institutions accounted for a little under two-thirds of
all public agricultural R&D, while USDA agencies accounted for the remaining third. Internal funding sources account for almost all of USDA's in-house R&D expenditures while State institutions rely on a variety of funding sources. USDA-administered funding to States was about $660 million in 2012. Of this, there were two notable funding streams: $284 million in "formula funds," and $189 million in competitive grants for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. In 2012, State appropriations provided $1.1 billion in State R&D funds, while non-USDA Federal agencies provided about $550 million, and private industry, product sales, and other non-Federal sources provided about $750 million. A chart updates can be found in the Amber Waves finding, "Sources of Public Agricultural R&D Changing," June 2007.

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Suzette Letter October 31, 2104

FTA Publishes Guidance on Implementation on Section 5311 Rural Area Formula Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site, guidance in the form of a circular to assist grantees in implementing the Section 5311 Rural Area Formula Program. The purpose of the circular is to provide recipients of FTA financial assistance with updated instructions and guidance on program administration and the grant application process. The revisions to FTA Circular 9040.1F are a result of changes made to the Rural Area Formula Program by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

The final circular becomes effective November 24, 2014. The Section 5311 Program, as amended by MAP-21, provides for expanded eligible activities and set-asides that support rural transit program such as the Appalachian Development Public Transportation Assistance Program, the Rural Transit Assistance Program, and the Tribal Transit Program. The

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