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Innovation Matter Educational Opportunities November 21. 2022


Resources and Publications

Come to the Table: Bringing Healthcare and Nutrition Together
USDA gathered with partners at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to forge a future without hunger and health disparities to build momentum from the Come to the Table: USDA’s National Nutrition Security and Healthcare Summit where leaders came together to advance goals of ensuring all Americans have the resources necessary to eat nutritious foods that support good health.

RFI: Opportunities and Challenges in Federal Community Investment Programs
This Request for Information (RFI) offers the public the opportunity to provide information on effective approaches for supporting access to affordable capital and financial services in historically underserved communities, including communities of color, rural and Tribal communities. The Interagency Community Investment Committee (ICIC) is focused on the operations and execution of federal programs that facilitate the flow of capital and the provision of financial resources into historically underserved communities. Comments Due By: 12/5/2022

Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) and Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) entered into a Collaborative Workforce Development Agreement
This agreement advances workforce education and training for the broadband communications industry to promote both associations’ workforce development programs: the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program that is nationally sponsored by WIA for broadband and 5G technicians and the Fiber Broadband Association’s Optical Telecom Installer Certification (OpTIC Path™) program that trains fiber technicians. Together they move to promote Registered Apprenticeship, develop world-class curriculum, establish industry-recognized credentials and certifications, and articulate career pathways.

Cooperative Success Story USDA RD Featured Success Story:
Real Pickles Cooperative of Massachusetts
RD assisted with the effort, providing $20,000 through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The 18.06kWH PV Solar System on the roof of the business was installed by neighboring worker owned solar co-op, PV Squared, and replaced 100 percent of the pickle co-op’s energy needs at that time. Read more RD success stories!

USDA Names new Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge Awards (RPIC)
USDA awards RPIC cooperative agreements to 17 rural focused organizations. Placemaking is a collaborative planning and technical assistance process that helps leaders create quality places where people will want to live, work, visit and learn.

Find Shelter Tool
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s offers this tool to provide information about housing, shelter, health care and clothing resources in communities across the country.



12/7: Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program - Presented as part of the Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program, led by the National Endowment for the Arts and Local Initiatives Support Corporation

12/7 through 12/9: Rural Seminar on Workforce & Small Business 2022 by Rural LISC.

12/13: Tools for Economic Growth with Treasury and SBA, Council of Development Finance Agencies

Recorded: Tribal Food Sovereignty a Focus of NAFDPIR Conference: When you recognize the food on your plate, you recall memories of sharing meals with loved ones. 

Recorded: SCORE - 12 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs & Your Marketing Roadmap - Content, Publicity and Personal Branding

Innovation Matters, Educational Opportunities 10/21/2022


Resources and Publications

Mark your Calendars November 17, 2022, is National Rural Health Day (NRHD). The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate NRHD. Other events during NRHD week.

State Cooperative Statute Library
This growing database, curated by USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service and hosted by NCBA CLUSA, is a critical step forward to identifying core pieces of good co-op law that can be adopted by other states, resulting in clearer and more consistent statutes nationwide. It gives cooperative professionals access to comprehensive descriptions of general purpose worker and agricultural cooperatives in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and tribal law.

USDA RADIO: Highlighting the Economic Power of Cooperatives 
In honor of Cooperative Month, USDA Radio offers insight on how the Cooperative business model and its significance to rural economies.

WATCH: Investing in Rural Communities through SECD


USDA Rural Development’s Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Program supports projects that promote and implement strategic community investment plans.




RWIN 2022 Regional Workshops
Federal Grants USDA’s Rural Workforce Innovation Network (RWIN) offers regional workshops on the Federal Grant Process and Grants Management. This collaborative event is presented by USDA Rural Development, U.S. Health and Human Services, U.S. Economic Development Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Housing and Urban Development.

You may register for any workshop. Recordings of past workshops will be located on the RWIN website when available. 

10/27: Registration for the Northeast or

11/17: Registration for the South


10/25: Tools for Rural Communities from USDA, Council of Development Finance Agencies.

10/26: Learn About AmeriCorps Public Health Program, FORHP and the Rural Health Information Hub invite organizations to attend this overview of the new Public Health AmeriCorps Program. This new national service program is with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will recruit and train nearly 3,000 AmeriCorps Members.

10/27: Growing a Green Infrastructure Workforce, EPA insight on planning considerations and practices for developing green workforce programs.


11/2: Food Loss and Waste Successes, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ North America Liaison Office co-host a virtual roundtable session to showcase “Food Loss and Waste Successes from the U.S. and Canada.” 

11/19: NOSORH is partnering with RME Collaborative for Rural Health Clinical Congress offering this FREE virtual CME/CE conference for clinicians who serve rural and underserved communities!

12/7-12/9: Rural Seminar on Workforce & Small Business 2022 by Rural LISC.

Innovation Matters, Educational Opportunities 08/18/2022





Food System Transformation USDA announced a framework to transform the food system to benefit consumers, producers and rural communities by providing more options, increasing access, expand procurement opportunities and creating new, more, and better markets for small and mid-size producers. Video. Subscribe.

USDA Resource Guide for American Indians and Alaska Natives and USDA Native Youth Resource Guide offer a wide array of information and resources supporting American Indians and Alaska Natives. For additional resources visit: USDA Office of Tribal Relations USDA Programs and Services.

Water - Our Most Precious Resource | Department of Energy The United Nations has declared August to be National Water Quality Month. This DOE Energy Saver piece brings awareness of the importance of water including ways to preserve, protect and appreciate it.

Workforce Diversity Area Health Resources Files HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce released a data dashboard to include Health Care Professions, Health Facilities, Population Characteristics, Economics, Health Professions Training, Hospital Utilization, Hospital Expenditures, and Environment at the county, state and national levels, from over 50 data sources. 

Supply Chain Road Map for Offshore Wind Energy | Wind Research | NREL This NREL study evaluates how the U.S. supply chain can evolve to achieve the national offshore wind energy target and create local economic benefits. New Federal-state Partnership to Grow Domestic Offshore Wind Supply Chain.



Recorded: USDA RD: Charging Forward Bringing Electric Vehicles to Rural America

8/25: CENSUS-Data for Congressional and State Legislative Districts-2022 Back to Data Basics Webinar Series

9/2: USDA Agroforestry & Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant Program also see the full schedule in the Agroforestry & USDA Webinar Series  

9/13, 20 and 27: U.S. Department of Interior will host a Virtual National Tribal Broadband Summit

9/14: Internet for All Webinar Series - Review Top FAQs of the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program Application

9/14: 2nd USDA Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair

9/18-24: MBDA-National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference-Washington, DC

9/28: Internet for All – NTIA Local Coordination in NOFOs: What successful coordination activities look like to engage governments, community groups, Tribals and underrepresented populations

9/20-22: North American Wind Energy Academy/Wind Tech 2022 Conference-Newark, DE

Various Dates: FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance 2022 Summer Engagement Series



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