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Innovation Matters - June 2020 - Issue 2



Opportunity Zones Toolkit Volume 2: A Guide to Local Best Practices and Case Studies
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a second volume of the Opportunity Zones Toolkit featuring new case studies and resources for state and local economic development organizations, communities, philanthropies, impact investors and other stakeholders. Also see HUD’s Federal Actions Taken to Support Opportunity Zones.

Talent Pipeline Management® Resource Guide
This U.S. Chamber Foundation resource provides strategies to support workforce development and partnership development to best leverage ideas and resources and generate a return on investment.

The 2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report (USEER)
The National Association of State Energy Officials launched the 2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report to provide a consistent tool for states, trade associations, labor unions, and other stakeholders to track changes in energy and energy-related employment during a time of continued change in energy markets.

Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program: Job Quality Tools Library
Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program launches a resource library to help workforce development organizations and employers engage in practical actions to improve jobs.

Event Opportunities

Business & Industry CARES Act Program Webinars
Pre-recorded |
Webinar for Lenders
Pre-recorded |
Webinar For Businesses and Producers
USDA held two webinars for external stakeholders to provide an overview of the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee CARES Act Program requirements. Recordings are now available to watch at your convenience.

CDFA-ARI Rural Finance Webinar Series: Building the Road to Recovery
July 8 | Webinar
CDFA-ARI is partnering with the Alliance for Rural Impact to offer this Rural Finance Webinar Series to discuss financial tools that can help rural communities implement successful economic development strategies.

AIANTA: USDA Opportunities and Financing to Support Tribal Tourism and Recreation
July 14 | Webinar at 10 a.m. MT
The American Indian/Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) offers this webinar with staff from the US Forest Service and USDA Rural Development to highlight opportunities and resources for Tribes to help create jobs, improve the economy and expand tourism and recreational economy programs.

Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference
July 14 - 16 | Virtual
US Chamber Foundation is hosting their annual conference virtually to discuss building resilience while looking ahead and collaborating across sectors. 

CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series
July 30 | Neighborhood Revitalization Through Food Systems Finance
Sept 29 | Financing Food Systems Entrepreneurs
Council of Development Finance Agency (CDFA) is providing a free online series to advance opportunities and leverage capital financing that scale local and regional food systems, increase access to better food, and create new living wage jobs in communities across the country.




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