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Communities to Build Resilience

– Private Partnership Launches New AmeriCorps Program to Help Communities Build
Federal agencies, The
Rockefeller Foundation, and Cities of Service announce Resilience AmeriCorps
initiative as part of Administration’s effort to build climate resilience
– Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan, today the Corporation for
National and Community Service (CNCS), the Department of Energy (DOE), the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), The Rockefeller Foundation, and Cities of Service,
announced a new commitment to launch a Resilience AmeriCorps pilot program.Resilience AmeriCorps will help communities plan and implement efforts
necessary to become more resilient to shocks and stresses, including extreme
weather and other impacts of climate change. Through the pilot program,
AmeriCorps VISTA members will serve in up to 12 communities in 2015-2016 to
support the development of resilience strategies that will both help
communities better manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable. 
AmeriCorps VISTA members will build volunteer networks to carry out program
initiatives, and create education and outreach materials to strengthen
awareness and citizen engagement in low-income communities.“EPA understands that environmentally overburdened communities are often those
most in need of resources to help prepare for and respond to climate change,”
said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “We are excited to support the new
Resilience AmeriCorps pilot program and look forward to its potential for
encouraging service opportunities that will meet local needs.”“National service is a powerful and proven solution to local issues communities
face today, including making communities more resilient, especially those most
vulnerable in the face of disasters,” said Corporation for National and
Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer. “This partnership will expand the role of
our AmeriCorps VISTA members in strengthening communities and will build on
AmeriCorps VISTA’s long history of partnering with federal agencies,
philanthropy, and city leadership. I am confident that the work of our
AmeriCorps members will have a significant impact on these communities and its
residents.”“At the Department of Energy, we are strong advocates for public-private
partnerships to enhance the resilience of our Nation," said Deputy Energy
Secretary Liz Sherwood-Randall.  “Through this initiative, we will help
some of our most vulnerable communities become more resilient and get better
prepared to meet the challenges of climate change and extreme weather.”"Crisis is increasingly part of the 21st century, which is why it is
imperative that communities – large and small – place a premium on building
resilience. With collaborative efforts across all sectors we can ensure our
country is prepared for the inevitable shocks and gnawing stresses so that
disruptions no longer become disasters,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of
The Rockefeller Foundation. “The new Resilience AmeriCorps program will create
a new generation of talented individuals who are committed to building
resilience, and who can support cities today while deepening the bench for
innovative leadership in years to come. Resilience is a journey, not a
destination, and the time to embark on it is now.”"As communities around the nation become more vulnerable to severe extreme
weather and climate related events, NOAA and its partners are working to build
resilient communities and economies," said Holly Bamford, Ph.D., assistant
NOAA administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service performing duties of the
assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management. 
"These pilot projects are an exciting step in providing communities with
the tools, information, and services they need to become more resilient."“We are excited to help lead the country’s first Resilience AmeriCorps with our
federal partners and the Rockefeller Foundation,” said Cities of Service
Executive Director Myung J. Lee. “Cities of Service works with our mayors to
help engage their citizens, improve their communities with impact volunteering,
and achieve results. We are glad to be a part of this program that will
strengthen cities structurally as well as socially, toward greater national
resilience."The pilot program is one of a series of actions the White House announced in
support of the Administration’s commitment to building resilience in vulnerable
communities. Resilience AmeriCorps was developed in response to a
recommendation made by the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task
Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.On Wednesday, July 15 at 2 p.m. EDT the White House will host a Google+ Hangout
to discuss the important role of community service in helping vulnerable
communities become more resilient. The event will feature speakers from the
Administration, The Rockefeller Foundation, Cities of Service, and local
communities engaged in building community resilience. Members of the public are
encouraged to ask the participants questions during the livestreamed
conversation using the Twitter handle #ActOnClimate.# # #The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that
engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps,
Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs,
and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours
of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. For more
information, visit NationalService.gov.Cities of Service is a national nonprofit that supports a nonpartisan coalition
of mayors and city executives to design and implement high-impact volunteering
initiatives addressing multiple issues from supporting youth and education, to
disaster preparedness and neighborhood revitalization. It provides technical
assistance, programmatic support, planning resources, and funding
opportunities. Founded by Michael R. Bloomberg in 2009, Cities of Service is
comprised of more than 200 cities in the U.S. and UK whose mayors are committed
to engaging citizen volunteers to solve local pressing challenges. Cities of
Service helps coalition cities share solutions, best practices, and lessons
learned, as well as spreads awareness about meaningful work happening in
cities. Visit citiesofservice.org to get involved, and follow @citiesofservice
on Twitter.For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to
promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller
Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive
economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and
building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare
for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To
achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of
four focus areas – advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and
transform cities – to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create
systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller
Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create
unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot – or will
not. To learn more, please visit www.rockefellerfoundation.org.

Appalachian Community Capital Fund

ARC Announces Successful First-Round Investment Closing of Appalachian Community Capital

June 2015

More than $15 million in new investment capital committed to meet the demands of 165 growing businesses, creating 800 jobs in rural Appalachia.
When fully funded, ACC expects to leverage $233 million in private bank capital and help create 2,200 jobs.

Photo of ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl (at right) at June 10, 2015, announcement of the successful first-round investment closing of Appalachian Community Capital (ACC), a central bank for development lenders. Shown with Gohl are Clinton Global Initiative founding chair President Bill Clinton (middle) and (from left) Bank of America Senior Vice President Susan Harper; Calvert Foundation President and CEO Jennifer Pryce; Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs President/CEO and ACC board member Grace Fricks; Ford Foundation Senior Program Investment Officer Christine Looney; and ACC CEO Lori Glass.
At the Clinton Global Initiative's 2015 CGI America meeting in Denver on June 10, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl (at far right) announced the successful first-round investment closing of Appalachian Community Capital (ACC), a new central bank for development lenders. He was joined by Clinton Global Initiative f

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INSIGHT-In Kentucky, talk of a 'war on coal' gives way to hope for new economy

By Valerie Volcovici

HARLAN COUNTY, KY, June 4 (Reuters) - When Dan Mosley became head of Kentucky's Harlan County government this year, he promised - like those elected before him - to defend the state's beleaguered coal industry. But Mosley also vowed to do something else for his county: help build a new economy based on something other than coal.

"The best business I've seen in town lately has been the U-Haul business because people are moving out," said Mosley, a boyish-looking father of two, speaking after a community meeting in the century-old coal town of Benham. "The time has come to wipe away our tears," he says. "We have no choice but to diversify."

Talk of an economic transition remains difficult in eastern Kentucky, where you can still spot bumper stickers that read "Mine Every Lump" and statues honor coal miners. These are the people Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell says are victims of an Obama administration "war on coal" - hammered by onerous

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Appalshop brings ing $75,000

Kentucky Arts Council receives $708,500 from
National Endowment for the Arts

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council has been awarded $708,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the federal agency’s latest round of state partnership agreement grants.State partnership agreement funding is awarded annually to state-level arts agencies nationwide. The arts council is the only agency in Kentucky designated to receive state partnership funding from the NEA. This year, the NEA will make 1,023 awards in state partnership grants totaling $74.3 million.Funding awarded in fiscal year 2015 will be applied to the arts council’s 2016 fiscal year budget. For the 2015 fiscal year, the NEA awarded the arts council $710,500, which represents a decrease in funding of less than one percentage point from 2015 to 2016.“NEA funding is integral to our mission of encouraging Kentuckians to participate in the arts in their communities,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “These grant dollars will help us pledge support to nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state, which provide arts education opportunities for local children and stimulate the economy through their local arts marketing efforts.”In addition to the arts council’s grant funding, the NEA has awarded seven ArtWorks grants for projects in Kentucky.

  • $15,000 to      Pioneer School of Drama at Pioneer Playhouse, Danville
  • $15,000 to      Lexington Children’s Theatre
  • $15,000 to      Clifton Cultural Center, Louisville
  • $15,000 to      Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville
  • $15,000 to      the University of Louisville
  • $40,000 to      Appalshop, Whitesburg
  • $35,000 to      Appalshop’s Roadside Theater, Whitesburg

“The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States, including in Kentucky,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Funding these new projects represents a significant investment in local communities and the creative vitality of Kentucky.”The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.



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