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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.

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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

Educational Opportunities June 14, 2022



A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, And Intersex Pride Month, 2022 | The White House

ConnectHome Playbook
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers this valuable resource to assist in building a digital inclusion plan for housing communities with topics ranging from resident engagement to developing partnerships with local nonprofits, sourcing devices and more.

Rural America Placemaking Toolkit
USDA Rural Development, in collaboration with the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky offer support with Rural Placemaking with a new interactive, media-focused website based toolkit.

Permanent Housing Placement National Challenge to House 38,000 Veterans in 2022 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has established a nationwide goal to house 38,000 homeless veterans during calendar year 2022, offering targeted resources to support communities.  

NeighborWorks America
This organization creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities offering technical assistance through network organizations.

Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program seeks local partners to implement Workforce Leadership Academies
The Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program seeks partners to implement Workforce Leadership Academies in six cities or regions. Letter of Intent by June 24th.

How to qualify for a Habitat home?
Prospective Habitat for Humanity homeowners must demonstrate a need for safe, affordable housing and perform “sweat equity”. Sweat equity may include taking homeownership classes or performing volunteer work in a Habitat ReStore.

USDA Recent Radio Recordings:


Events and Learning

+You thought leadership video series | Habitat for Humanity

Housing Assistance Council Webinar Series on Subdivision Development for Affordable Housing
Recorded: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

SCORE Recorded Webinar Library: Supporting Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses

Building the Capacity to Invest in Rural Prosperity Part II 
June 16 | Webinar
Past webinars: C-FARE YouTube

Strengthening Co-op Capacity for Historically Underserved Farmers – Invest in agricultural communities and transform America’s food systems
June 23 | Webinar

Oweesta’s annual Native CDFI Capital Access Convening: Amplifying Our Collective Voice
June 28 - 30 | Webinar

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s Equity in Focus: Building a Diverse, Inclusive Clean Energy Workforce
June 29 | Webinar

The Alaska Housing Innovations Summit 
August 9-10: Webinar

Center for Community Progress-Reclaiming Vacant Properties
Sept. 7-9 | Webinar



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