Monday, August 27, 2012

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

From our friends at the USDA, below are numerous tools, development and funding opportunities to benefit your community and/or organization!




Partnerships between Regional Development Organizations and Community Foundations

The NADO Research Foundation has released a new report, Collaborative Leadership: Partnerships between Regional Development Organizations and Community Foundations. In an era of tightening government budgets, regional planning and development organizations need to think creatively about developing and funding initiatives that improve communities’ quality of life. One way that communities have diversified their strategies is by working with community foundations in dynamic partnerships. Through these partnerships, both regional development organizations and foundations have leveraged community and external funds, accessed knowledge and skills beyond their own areas of expertise, broadened their networks, and aligned work programs to best meet community needs. This report explores the strategies and rewards behind eight partnerships, with case studies from Alabama, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. These stories demonstrate how foundations and regional development organizations can help each other leverage resources, expand their toolkits, broaden their networks, and align their work programs. Read the full report here.


Locating American Manufacturing: Trends in the Geography of Production

The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. released the above titled report in May 2012. According to a study, an analysis of data on employment, earnings, and the number of business establishments engaged in U.S. manufacturing finds that: 

·         Metropolitan areas, especially large metropolitan areas and central metropolitan counties, contain the great majority of manufacturing jobs and nearly all very high-technology manufacturing jobs, reflecting the advantages they provide to manufacturing in general and very high-technology manufacturing in particular. In 2010, metropolitan areas contained 79.5 percent of all manufacturing jobs, 78.6 percent of moderately high-technology manufacturing jobs, and 95 percent of very high-technology manufacturing jobs.

·         For the rest of the findings - here


Homeownership in Rural America - Fifth document in a series of Rural Research Notes discussing homeownership in rural America using data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey (ACS). Organization: Housing Assistance Council  Date: 07 / 2012


Poverty in Rural America - Sixth document in a series of Rural Research Notes presenting data and findings from the recently released 2010 Census and American Community Survey (ACS).
Organization: Housing Assistance Council.  Date: 06 / 2012


Rural Economies and Industry - Seventh document in a series of Rural Research Notes presenting employment data and maps that highlight the similarities, and differences, between rural America and more densely populated regions. Additionally, the effects of large agribusiness are explored within the context of small family farming.
Organization: Housing Assistance Council. Date: 07 / 2012


A New Mexico Experiment Aims to Fix the Doctor Shortage – No New Doctors Required
Aug 9, 2012 -- Washington Post, (DC) article reports that a physician in New Mexico started an experiment in medical learning collaboratives that rethinks how health care can best be delivered from a distance that is now used by everyone from the Department of Defense to the Brazilian health-care system.


FCC Seeks Further Comment on Proposed Rule for Rural Health Care Program
Jul 24, 2012 -- The Federal Communications Commission will accept additional comments through Aug. 23 on a 2010 proposed rule to reform its Rural Health Care program, which uses universal service fees to support expanded broadband access in rural areas.





The Province of Ontario has an excellent tool called TREIM, which is a tourism economic impact modeling system. You enter the inputs (ie: attendance, if people stay overnight, etc.) and the system does the rest. You can find it at


Fundraising and Next Generation Giving - Shared by EDA Consulting (Free)


Evaluation - If you're new to program evaluation and have a program that's never been assessed, read Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation's article Thinking about Evaluating Your Program? These Strategies Will Get You Started. Community Solutions Planning & Evaluations has shared Evaluation Do's and Don'ts for Program Managers, which is full of helpful advice for beginners. They have shared many other creative and inspiring documents on evaluation, including a Reporting Cube Template, for an innovative way to display your program's results.





·         Webinar:  Green Business Development for Native American and Latino Entrepreneurs, Thursday August 30th at 2:00 pm EDT/1:00 pm CDT/11:00 am

sponsored by the Academy for Green Microenterprise Development


Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  


How are small business CDFIs helping Native Americans and Latinos capture opportunities in the Green Economy? We'll visit with the Latino Economic Development Center in Minneapolis, M.N. and Four Bands Community Fund in Eagle Butte, S.D. Both organizations have developed innovative approaches for "green" entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and access to capital. Join us as we walk through how they designed and developed these programs; their challenges and initial results!    

Host: Jason Friedman, Friedman Associates

 Guest Presenters:   

Lakota Mowrer, Assistant Director, Four Bands Community Fund and  

Matt Kazinka, Green Initiative Coordinator, Latino Economic Development Center.


This webinar is provided by Access to Capital/Georgia Green Loans and Friedman Associates and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration PRIME Program.     


·         WEBINAR: Building Food Value Chains: Midwest Lessons Learned for Wealth Creation, Thursday September 20, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

Rich Pirog and Nick McCann will be sharing lessons from their long-term work in Iowa and new work in Michigan. Deb Markley
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.  919-932-7762
Registration -

·         Webinar: First Impressions, October 2, A.M. 11 a.m. Central Time

First Impressions was a program developed in Grant County 21 years ago to help the communities determine how visitors perceived the communities in that County. It had humble beginnings, but has now been used by hundreds of communities in many states and several countries.

On Tuesday, October 2, from 11 a.m. to noon, there will be doing a free webinar for the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development on the topic of First Impressions with Myra Moss at Ohio State and Kelly Nix at West Virginia. For more information on this free webinar, please see:

The manual and materials for the program were written in a way that would allow just about anyone to carry out the program. However, over the past few years, we have really not provided any training or information about the program. For those that are new to the program, the following information on the recently revamped CCED blog might be helpful:

I would also encourage you to join us on October 2. You could consider inviting representatives from your local Chamber of Commerce, Main Street program, or Economic Development organizations to join you. For those of you that have used the program, this would also be an opportunity for you to learn how other states have been using the program. Myra Moss, for example, has a version for Main Streets, and Kelly Nix will be sharing the findings from her recent evaluation of the program in West Virginia.

·         WEBINAR: Matchmaker, Matchmaker... : Finding and Vetting Network Partners, Thursday, August 30, 3:30-4:30 pm EDT / 12:30-1:30 pm PDT

IDA Network programs present an opportunity to increase outreach to more low-income households while simultaneously increasing efficiencies and easing the fundraising burden for local organizations. They are, however, complex to implement and require a good match between network administrator and partners.

Whether you are or want to be a network administrator, are currently a network partner or are searching for a network to join, this webinar will help you to better understand the different types of relationships that exist between network administrator and partners, what the “getting to know you” process can look like, and best practices for maintaining a successful partnership.

The hour-long webinar will cover:

  • What are the types of organizations networks partner with? What are the different models for these partnerships?
  • What are network administrators looking for in their partnerships?
  • How do network administrators measure the success of the partnership?
  • What happens when things go wrong? What are the opportunities to get back on track?

Presenters include:

  • Leigh Tivol, AFI Resource Center (moderator)
  • Martha Wunderli, State Director, Utah IDA Network; AAA Fair Credit Foundation
  • Jacqueline Troy, Savings & Financial Capabilities Manager; Director, Indiana HELPs - Indiana Housing and Community Development
  • Toby Berry, Community Development Director, Community Action Agency of Jackson, Michigan

Click here to register now! The webinar is free to all interested participants. In advance of the webinar, please send any questions you would like our panelists to address during the session to Kate Griffin, or call 202.207.0117.


·         WEBINAR:  Heritage Tourism for the North Central Region, September 20, 2012 (2:00 PM – Eastern Time)

This initial webinar will overview the Heritage Tourism Initiative, discuss the seven heritage tourism modules, and focus on Module 1. This first session will introduce heritage tourism as a new concept, the importance of heritage tourism, and regional approaches. There will be a brief introduction of the Heritage Tourism resources (coming soon via web), ways to network and share resources, and a question and answer session. This is the first module in a series of 7 modules.


About the Speakers:

Julie Avery, cultural community and economic development specialist with Michigan State University Extension and curator at the MSU Museum has worked with cultural as a strategy for rural communities in community and economic development; curriculum development; and project coordination. Her museum work is focused on rural life and culture.

Francis Boggus, principal of Francis O. Boggus & Associates, LLC, provides direction and assistance for community planning and development. Francis led Iowa's Great Places Initiative at the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for five years before establishing his own firm.

Larry Dickerson, community development specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, Boone County, has 40 years’ experience working in community, economic and organizational development in Alaska and Missouri.  Larry is co-author/editor of "Building A Strong Community" to be published by University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Press, fall of 2013.


Registration:  There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. 


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USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Accepting Applications for Value-Added Producer Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) has announced the availability of grants through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program for fiscal year 2012.  Approximately $14 million in competitive grant funding is available to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities.  Awards through this opportunity may go to economic planning or working capital activities related to the processing or marketing of value-added agricultural products.  The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $300,000 and there is also a matching funds requirement.  Applications are due by October 15.  Complete information about this announcement can be found here.


2012 Hunger Champions Award Program - Application deadline: Aug 31, 2012
Honors local county assistance offices that provide exemplary service in assisting eligible clients to obtain benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Job Access Mobility Institute Call for Community Teams - Application deadline: Aug 31, 2012
Funding for communities to join a team-based research, design, and implementation process to develop and test transportation services as it relates to employment.


Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs Opportunity - Application deadline: Sep 14, 2012
Grants for rural and urban communities to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies.


Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing - Application deadline: Sep 17, 2012
Loans and grants to increase the number of available housing units for domestic farm laborers.


AARP Foundation InnoCentive: Drive to End Hunger - Elimination of Food Deserts - Application deadline: Sep 20, 2012
Awards for innovative solutions to the challenge of eliminating and reducing areas where low cost, healthy food is not easily obtained.


AARP Foundation InnoCentive: Drive to End Hunger - Sustainable Solutions - Application deadline: Sep 20, 2012
Awards for innovative solutions to the challenge of preventing older adults from experiencing food insecurity.


Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Provides grants to assist in the creation of regional economic development plans, designed to increase the economic development efforts of a community or region.


Wells Fargo Homeownership Grant Program - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Provides funding to local nonprofit housing organizations to create sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-to-moderate-income people.


National Environmental Education Foundation Announces America's Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors Grant Program
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management units and nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, or tribal groups that partner with these agencies for youth programs on public lands.... Deadline: September 19, 2012


Abe Fellowship Offers Support for International Multidisciplinary Research on Topics of Pressing Global Concern
Fellowships provide between three and twelve months of support over a twenty-four month period to enable scholars and non-academic research professionals from the United States and Japan to research policy-relevant topics of long-range importance.... Deadline: September 1, 2012


Nathan Cummings Foundation Launches New Fellowship Program - One-year grants of $100,000 will be awarded to three individuals seeking to implement projects relevant to the foundation's mission or program areas (arts and culture, contemplative practice, the environment, health, and Jewish life and values).... Deadline: September 14, 2012


Hearst Foundations Grants - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of Education, Health, Culture and Social Service.


HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.  Awards to recognize exemplary implementations of electronic health records (EHRs).


FirstEnergy Accepting STEM Grant Applications From Educators - Grants of up to $500 are available to educators and youth group leaders to fund creative STEM projects for pre-K-12 students in areas where FirstEnergy does business.... Deadline: September 17, 2012


EarthEcho International and NEA Foundation Invite Applications for Water Planet Challenge Grants - Grants of $2,000 are available to middle and high school educators for programs utilizing EarthEcho's Water Planet Challenge Action Guides to involve their students in environmental awareness and conservation of water resources.... Deadline: October 15, 2012


National Science Teachers Association Accepting Entries for Shell Science Lab Challenge - More than $90,000 in equipment, cash grants, and other resources will be awarded to middle and high school science teachers in the U.S. and Canada who have created replicable approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited resources.... Deadline: November 12, 2012


NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants Available to K-8 Public School Educators - Grants of up to $5,000 are available to educators at K-8 public schools for the development and implementation of approaches to four key concerns — environmentalism, health and wellness, students' rights to a quality education, and community involvement.... Deadline: October 15, 2012


Southwest Airlines Accepting Applications From Hospitals and Charities to Participate in 2013 Medical Transportation Grant Program - Roundtrip airline tickets will be donated to nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation charities in the United States for patients and their caregivers who must travel for medical care.... Deadline: September 30, 2012


Living Economies Fellowship - Are you a passionate local innovator?

BALLE is accepting applications for our 2013-2014. Local Economy Fellowship.


Applications are due October 1, 2012.  Download for details and application.




The BALLE Local Economy Fellowship is the premiere learning and leadership community dedicated to connecting the most innovative and visionary local leaders. BALLE Fellows are those rare individuals who see the big picture in their communities, have an eye for spotting win-win-win opportunities across sectors and the character and dedication to bring businesses together and make things happen. Take a look:  Meet the Current Fellows


For more information on becoming a BALLE Fellow, or funding a Fellow  please contact Christine Ageton, Managing Director at christine[at]

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Rural Development | Community and Economic Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Phone: 202.401.1922 | Fax: 202.401.7311

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Legacy webinars

Last email today – promise! Below are two webinars that may be of interest to your communities and/or individuals within them. The first looks at family business succession for cooperatively owned businesses, while the second is focused on the potential (current and future) impacts of sequestration.


Webinar:  Help Your Co-op Legacy Live On! Webinar on Family Business Succession & Retirement Planning, Thursday, August 23, 2-3 p.m., Eastern

You’ve worked hard to run your business the right way — by investing the time, effort and money to not only succeed, but also support the cooperative way of life. You may have already prepared a will covering your personal assets — but what will happen to the co-op business you nurtured all those years?

In this webinar, Gary Pittsford, CFP®, president and CEO of Castle Wealth Advisors, will provide insights into the simple steps you can take today to ensure that your commitment to the co-op cause will live on. With over 40 years of experience helping business owners in the co-op community, Gary will share proven tips and strategies for protecting the legacy you’ve worked so hard to build. Participants will:

  • Learn valuation techniques for family businesses
  • Get proven techniques for protecting family’s net worth
  • Gain insights into succession planning (for your children and others)
  • Hear expert advice on reducing income taxes and generating retirement income

Who Should Participate?

  • Business owners belonging to co-ops
  • Members of co-ops ages 50 to 70



WEBINAR: August 13 NADO Webinar Explaining Sequestration and Potential Impacts on Regional Development Organizations and Local Governments

On August 13 at 3:00 p.m. EST, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center, will host a free webinar on the topic of sequestration and the potential impact on regional development organizations and local governments. Loren Adler and Shai Akabas, senior policy analysts from the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, DC-based think tank that promotes bipartisanship and works to address key challenges facing the nation, will provide an in-depth look at sequestration and the impact that it could have on the economy as a whole, and federal government spending and programs. Click here to register.



Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078


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funding rural development webinars and opportunities

Webinar:  Sustainable Rural Development Funding: Lessons from the Field, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

The funding environment for rural development is changing dramatically. In an upcoming webinar sponsored by the National Consumer Law Center - Sustainable Rural Development Funding: Lessons from the Field - Don Macke will share the Center's experience with robust and sustainable funding strategies. He will weave three stories from the field that illustrate a new framework for visioning, designing and executing capitalization game plans in support of regional rural development. Don will then summarize the key building blocks of robust and sustainable funding in the Post-Great Recession environment.  There will be time allocated during the webinar for discussion and questions. The webinar is free and will take place on Tuesday, August 14 at 1 pm ET. Space is limited so reserve your Webinar seat now at:   


Webinar: Building Rural Networks for Wealth Creation with Thomas Watson and Mary Snow from Rural Support Partners - August 16, 2012, 1 pm Eastern Time.  To view the profile, click here. To register for the webinar, click here.


Kids In Need Foundation Offers K-12 Teacher Grants to Support Innovative Classroom Projects - Approximately two hundred and fifty grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to accredited K-12 teachers in the United States for classroom projects to be completed during the 2012-13 school year.... Deadline: September 30, 2012


Support for Projects That Are Led By and Benefit Women and Girls, Deadline: August 15, 2012 Funder: The Open Meadows Foundation


CTAA to Hold Mobility Institute

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is inviting RPOs, EDDs, and their partners to apply to participate in its Job Access Mobility Institute.  CTAA’s Joblinks Employment Transportation Center is looking to support five communities in designing new and improved on-the-ground transportation services that respond to a key transportation challenge facing job seekers, trainees, and employees in their locale. The Job Access Mobility Institute is a multi-month, team-based research, design, and implementation process in which teams will develop and test a transportation service that solves a key challenge of their constituents. This opportunity will bring together innovative thinkers from the transportation, employment and training, and business sectors to solve their community's unique mobility challenges. Applications are due Friday, August 24.  For more information, contact CTAA Joblinks Director Carolyn Jeskey at and visit the following links:  Overview of the Job Access Mobility Institute and Team Application


Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078


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Friday, August 3, 2012

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

USDA has provided a wide-variety of resources, tools and funding opportunities spanning rural housing, underserved banking regions in rural America, reports on the earned income tax credit and payday lending, and more!  Check out the information below:


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CFED Releases Head Start Integration Guide - CFED releases the first in a series of guides exploring how the delivery of services that emphasize asset building can be integrated into other types of human and social service delivery programs. Getting a Head Start on Financial Security, co-authored by Leigh Tivol and Jennifer Brooks, examines a range of strategies that stakeholders in the Head Start community can use to engage asset-building practitioners in their work to strengthen the overall household financial security of the families they serve.

Because Head Start reaches nearly one million children annually, it is a logical venue for connecting low-income families with programs and services that improve long-term economic prospects. Built on this notion, Getting a Head Start on Financial Security is broken down into seven main categories that correlate to the activities around which Head Start and asset-building practitioners can collaborate. Specifically, these communities should work together to inform and empower children and adults through financial education, facilitate family access to public benefits, link families to EITC and free tax preparation, get families banked, encourage savings by matching deposits, help families buy and keep homes, and advocate for policy change at the state and federal levels.

To read more about how asset-building approaches can be integrated into Head Start service delivery, visit CFED's Knowledge Center and download Getting a Head Start on Financial Security today.


Price impacts of 2012 drought expected to be larger in 2013 for most foods

Overall food prices remain on track to increase by 2.5 to 3.5 percent in 2012, but are forecast to increase 3 to 4 percent in 2013. Food price inflation in 2013 is expected to be higher than normal due to the ongoing drought in the Midwest. The drought has driven up commodity prices, particularly field corn, used as animal feed and a food ingredient. Higher feed costs are expected to push up retail prices for beef, pork, dairy products, and eggs in 2013.  ERS expects poultry prices to increase more in 2012 than in 2013, as feed costs impact prices for smaller animals faster. Price inflation for packaged and processed foods (other foods) is forecast to be in the 3.5 to 4.5 percent range for 2013, as higher corn prices are transmitted over the coming year into higher prices for corn flour and corn syrup-common ingredients in processed foods. More expensive high fructose corn syrup is expected to boost non-alcoholic beverage prices in 2013 as well. More information on food price changes and forecasts can be found in the Food Price Outlook data product on the ERS website, updated July 25, 2012.


"The Effects of State EITC Expansion on Children's Health" is a brief examining the impact of state-level adoption of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) on a set of health-related outcomes for children, including: (1) health insurance coverage, (2) use of preventive medical and dental care, and (3) health status measures including maternal reports of child health and body mass index. It also considers the possibility that the effect of the EITC on these outcomes may vary depending on where a child lives. Get the brief here.

Rural poverty resources. Housing Assistance Council has released a decennial rural poverty map (get it here), and a Rural Research Note on "Poverty in Rural America" (available here).  It has also posted a recording of a recent webinar on the subject which you can listen to here.


The Pew Charitable Trusts has published a brief on payday lending titled "Who Borrows, Where They Borrow, and Why" that answers questions about what drives people to borrow money, and why they use payday loans. To download a copy of the report, click here.


Community has launched Evergreen Cooperatives website, a resource for community wealth building efforts in many localities. The site contains information about the overall Evergreen strategy as well as detailed information on individual Evergreen companies. Visit the website here.

Philanthropy and Voluntarism. While people between the ages of 20 and 35 tend to interact with nonprofit organizations in impulsive, immediate ways, they also value authentic, personal connections with the nonprofits they support, a report from Achieve and Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates finds. Download the report here.  


The Community Transportation Association of America has published "Putting Transit to Work in Main Street America: How Smaller Cities and Rural Places Are Using Transit and Mobility Investments to Strengthen Their Economies and Communities". This paper describes how small and rural communities are using public transportation investments and partnerships to help address the challenges of limited resources, populations both shrinking and growing older, industrial decline and the loss of farmland. To get a copy, click here.  


A mixture of trees and open area is most appealing

The attractiveness of an area as a place to live and work depends partly on how land is used. Landscape preferences research confirms that water and varied terrain are attractive features, but also shows that scenery with a mix of forest and open country is attractive to people, much more so than scenery that is either largely treeless or extensively forested. Rural migration patterns suggest that people have followed these preferences in choosing where to live.  The population of the typical nonmetro county with between 60 and 70 percent of its land are covered by trees grew more than other nonmetro counties over the 1970-2010 period-increasing by nearly 50 percent. The chart is from the Natural Amenities topic page on the ERS website, updated May 26, 2012.


Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Newsletter - Indicators of economic and financial conditions in the Tenth Federal Reserve District's low- to moderate-income (LMI) community show little change in the second quarter following two quarters of substantial gains.





Quick Fes􀆟val Survey to Measure Economic Impact - CEDIK has put together a simple survey you can use to measure the economic impact of your county's fair or festival.

Visit our website to download the postcard:  Page 2 of this newsletter explains more - 


The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have released the 2012 list of distressed or underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies, in which bank revitalization or stabilization activities will receive Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) consideration as "community development". The criteria for designating these areas, and the list of geographies are available on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) website here.  





Webinar: Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants: Opportunities for Local Governments and Nonprofits, August 9, 2012, 3:00-4:00 Eastern - Conducted with the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, this webinar will focus on the benefits of area-wide planning for brownfields development and a new grant opportunity for local governments and nonprofits. The webinar will feature Drew Curtis of the Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, NJ and Jim Gulnac of Sanford, ME, who will discuss pilot projects and lessons learned in their communities. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance credits for this activity.

To join this webinar, click on No pre-registration is required.

No phone call is required. Participants will be able to hear the meeting audio through their computer speakers.

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Webinar: Essential Smart Growth Fixes: Ideas for Rural Communities, Thursday, August 16, 2012, 2:00-3:00 Eastern - This webinar will focus on tools and strategies that can help rural communities spur economic growth while maintaining their rural character. Presenters Ben Herman (FAICP and Principal of Clarion Associates, a national land use firm) and Dean Severson (AICP and Principal Agricultural and Rural Planning Analyst for the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Planning Commission) will highlight zoning strategies from EPA's recent publication, "Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Zoning and Development Codes," and provide tips for implementation. Download the report from  AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance credits for this activity. Please note this is a repeat of the webinar held on July 19.

No pre-registration is required.

No phone call is required. Participants will be able to hear the meeting audio through their computer speakers.

  • Please test your computer prior to attending a meeting at
  • The Connection Test checks your computer to make sure all system requirements are met. If you pass the first three steps of the test, then you are ready to participate in a meeting.
  • If you do not pass the test, perform the suggested actions and run the test again.


Webinar: Bringing Microenterprise Resources to Your State with the Self-Employment Assistance Program, Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 3:30 - 4:30 pm EDT.  Presented by CFED's Federal Policy Team.  Small businesses not only drive the economy and job growth, they also provide a pathway for business owners to join America's middle class and build wealth. In the current economic environment, entrepreneurship is, for many unemployed workers, the best opportunity to recover. Indeed, starting a business allows them to create their own new jobs.

The federal Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) Program allows unemployed workers who are interested in entrepreneurship to receive unemployment insurance benefits while they get their businesses started and participate in training to help them succeed. This webinar will review the recent expansion of SEA and explain how microenterprise and asset-building organizations can effectively advocate to state legislators, governors, and economic development and employment agencies. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Presenters will include:

  • Katherine Lucas-Smith - Senior Policy Analyst, CFED
  • Claudia Viek - CEO, California Association of Microenterprise Organizations (CAMEO)
  • Martin Burrows - Assistant Director, Employment Department, State of Oregon
  • Teresa Lemmons - Executive Director, Washington State Microenterprise Association


Click here to register now!  Did you know you can listen through your computer? Connect your speakers or a headset to your computer. For more information, contact Katherine Lucas-Smith


Virtual Incubation Network Toolkit Series of Webinars – On the webpage below is a schedule of webinars to discuss each of the tools in the Virtual Incubation Network(VIN) Toolkit. Each webinar will feature interactive discussion time with AACC, NACCE and the VIN schools to help you discover which tools can work best on your campus and in your community.


Webinar: Social Enterprise, August 23, 2pm EDT - Bank of America will host a webinar in its Nonprofit Impact Series on Thursday, August 23rd at 2 p.m. (EDT). Renee Baiorunos (Community Wealth Ventures) will present a program entitled "Social Enterprise" to help leaders think in new ways about how to diversify their funding stream by generating their own revenue. The presentation will provide an introduction to social enterprise, outlining why and how organizations pursue social enterprise and providing an overview of the process for developing a social enterprise. To register, click here.


Webinar offered by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities on August 8, 2012 at 1 pm ET. The webinar will discuss the new program and RFP announced in a blog on this site last week (click here for more information on the RFP). For more on the webinar, click here


Webinar: Engagement 3.0: New Frontiers in Public Participation Thursday, August 9, 2012, 4-5 PM EDT

If you're serious about engagement, you stopped expecting people to just come to your meetings a long time ago. And if you're really serious about engagement, you know that even social media and block parties can't help you reach all the people in your community. Join us to explore the next frontiers in innovative public engagement, which include everything from games to placemaking to flash mobs - and perhaps most critically, combinations of methods old and new, high-tech and low-tech, creative and everyday.



  • Larry Schooler, Community Engagement Consultant for the City of Austin and US President-Elect of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)
  • Eric Gordon, Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College and Director of the Engagement Game Lab

We'll hear how Larry has combined brand new methods with the tried-and-true to engage Austin citizens in unprecedented ways, and about the range of participation techniques currently showing up in communities across the country. And we'll dive into the exciting new discipline of engagement games with Eric, and hear how he's built digital and low-tech games to engage a wide range of residents in conversations about the future of their communities.  Read more on our blog and register now!





THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies to prepare, motivate and assist military veterans in the development of academic and other skills necessary for acceptance into and success in a program of postsecondary education. Deadline to apply: 8/9/2012. For an application, click here.


USDA has re-issued a NOFA from 2011 for the Section 515 Multi-Family Housing Preservation Revolving Loan Fund: Demonstration Program because it did not receive enough applications to utilize all available funds. Grants may be used to carry out a demonstration program to provide revolving loans for the preservation and revitalization of low-income multi-family housing in rural areas. Deadline: 8/17/2012. Click here to read the NOFA.


THE TD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION is offering grants to nonprofits working to provide transitional housing and homeless shelter services to low- to moderate-income individuals or families in communities where TD Bank does business. Deadline: 8/31/2012. To learn more, visit the Foundation's website here.  


THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Community Development Financial Institutions Fund has issued a notice of allocation availability inviting applications for the CY 2012 Allocation Round of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. Deadline: 9/1/2012. To go to the CDFI website, click here.


THE OPEN MEADOWS FOUNDATION is a grant-making organization seeking projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Deadline to apply: 8/15/2012. For more information, click here.


THE HEINEMAN FOUNDATION has funding available to provide seed money to nonprofit organizations in eight states for start-up projects and new projects for a maximum of three to five years. The deadline to apply: 9/1/2012. The Foundation's areas of interest include programs that enable economically challenged women to enter and remain in the workplace; on-site day care centers for women in the workplace, job training programs, etc. For an application, click here.


THE CALVIN K. KAZANJIAN ECONOMIC FOUNDATION offers funding to nonprofit organizations for programs that increase economic literacy. Deadline: 9/15/2012. To learn more about this organization, click here.


THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service has issued a NOFA for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. Pre-application deadline: 9/17/2012. These loans and grants are for the construction of new off-farm housing units and related facilities for domestic farm laborers and for the purchase and rehabilitation of existing non-farm labor housing. To read the Federal Register notice, click here.


Resources for helping children succeed - The W.K. Kellogg Foundation accepts applications year-round for grants for projects within the framework for educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and civic engagement.

Seed grants to jump-start your efforts - Looking for some funding to get started on your action ideas? Check out seed grants from Here are the judging criteria for these grants: youth driven, measurable change, community focus, long-term problem-solving, creativity, and diversity.


Institute of Museum and Library Services Accepting Applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program - Matching grants of up to $500,000 are available to government entities and nonprofit organizations, including libraries, academic institutions, and library associations, for projects to address the education and training needs of library professionals.... Deadline: September 17, 2012


Fitch Charitable Foundation Offers Project Grants to Mid-Career Professionals in Preservation and Related Fields - Grants of up to $15K will be awarded to mid-career professionals working on preservation-related projects in a range of fields, including landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, decorative arts, and architectural design/history.... Deadline: September 15, 2012


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Applications for New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming Midcareer Consultant Program
As many as three grants of up to $100K will be awarded to scholars who have between 10 and 15 years of experience and who are from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities to address RWJF program priorities over a twelve-month period.... Deadline: August 29, 2012 (Brief Proposals)


THE WELLMARK FOUNDATION is offering funding to nonprofits in Iowa and South Dakota to improve the health of their communities. Deadline: 8/14/2012. For an application, click here.


Suzette M. Agans
Rural Development | Community and Economic Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Stop 3254 | Washington, D.C. 20250
Phone: 202.401.1922 | Fax: 202.401.7311

"Committed to the future of rural communities"
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Business tips from an old friend

Attached is the monthly newsletter from Glenn Muske, who used to serve as Oklahoma Extension’s entrepreneurship guru. He now serves in this role in North Dakota. He’s got some great resources and information in this issue – everything from marketing pointers, mobile payments, tips on social media, importance of a local lawyer to small business owners, and more! Check it out!


From: Muske, Glenn []
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:11 PM
Subject: July newsletter


Hope you enjoy this month’s edition of the NDSU Extension Small Business Newsletter.


Glenn Muske

Rural and Agribusiness Enterprise Development Specialist

NDSU Extension Service - Center for Community Vitality


2718 Gateway Ave, #104 / Bismarck, ND  58504



“Supporting  entrepreneurs and their communities through education”




We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit - Aristotle


Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself - Groucho Marx


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