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Publications and Resources

The 90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge
This challenge kicks off on Dec.16 and seeks to promote the apprenticeship model as a solution to get more well-trained drivers on the road. The challenge asks employers who are ready to step up to commit to accelerating the development of new apprenticeship programs and help expand existing ones through new employer and labor partnerships to support recruitment, retention and return on investment in the trucking industry. View the fact sheet

MBDA Request for Comments: Rural Business Center Program
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act included statutory authority within the Minority Business Development Act (the Act) for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to establish a Rural Business Center Program. MBDA is seeking public comment on various issues related to rural areas and rural minority business enterprises to inform the agency and provide fundamental information regarding this sector of the economy. Federal Register NoticeComments accepted on or before January 25, 2022

Action Plan for Climate Adaptation and Resilience
USDA released a framework for how their climate hubs will prepare American farmers, ranchers and land managers for the current and anticipated impacts of climate change.

FEMA Resources for Climate Change
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a publication intended to assist state, local, tribal and territorial partners in navigating their resources regarding climate change.

Join the First-Ever 50001 Ready Wastewater Cohort
Wastewater treatment facilities are invited this new Wastewater Cohort as part of DOE 50001 Ready Program to learn how to implement a robust energy management system based on the global ISO 50001 energy management system standard.

DOE Expands their Weatherization Assistance Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides help to state, local and tribal governments to enhance their residential Weatherization Assistance Program to lower energy costs for consumers.

Events and Learning Opportunities

USDA Rural Development Events:

Jan. 27: USDA Seeks Input from Tribal Leaders: Creating a Tribal Action Plan for Fairer Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Processing

Feb. 8-10: USDA RD Broadband ReConnect Information and Application Process Workshop

Feb. 24-25: Agricultural Outlook Forum

Recorded: USDA RD-Biofuel Producer Program

Recorded: USDA Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program Lender Webinar

Recorded: Rural Matters: Rural Funding (Part IV of Thomas USAF), with Dr. Karama Neal, Jacki Ponti-Lazaruk, and Thomas Kimsey

Find past workshop recordings at the USDA Rural Development YouTube Channel.

Other Learning Opportunities:

Recorded: CDFA’s Preserving Local Food Systems Series

Recorded: CDFA’s Infrastructure Finance Series

Recorded: NTIA Broadband Grant Program Public Listening Sessions

Feb. 1: National Association of Counties (NACo) and KPMG Webinar: “Broadband Program Implementation-Key Considerations”

April 4-7: Appalachian Regional Commission Outdoor Economy Conference

May 2-5: 2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference



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