Monday, October 28, 2013

JumpStart Coalition Annual Conference: Nov 6!

Into the Recovery: Rebuilding Financial Strength and Resilience
The 2013 Financial Education in Oklahoma Conference
Register online here by Thursday, Oct. 31

Have you asked any of these questions lately?
·         What are the financial effects of natural disasters on families and communities?
·         How can you prepare financially to withstand natural disasters?
·         What can be done in the face of furloughs, sequestrations and uncertainty?
·         How can you protect yourself from financial crises?

Join the Federal Reserve Bank and the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition to explore how these questions affect you and the stakeholders you serve at the statewide conference, Into the Recovery: Rebuilding Financial Strength and Resilience.

You will benefit from this conference as an educator, employer, advocate or community leader - financial education and consumer credit issues effect everyone and all of our communities.

By attending this conference, you will gain:
- Knowledge, insights and tools about disaster preparedness and response and how it affects our communities,
- Understanding of the history and context of financial crises and asset bubbles
- Information on how to prepare small business owners to weather natural disasters
- Insights on how America’s household balance sheets can be strengthened, and
- New contacts with other financial educators.

Speakers include:
- Ray Boshara, Senior Adviser and Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
- Mary Jane Coffman, Community Recovery & Resiliency Manager, American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma
- Dr. Kevin Simmons, Professor of Economics at Austin College and author of Deadly Season: Analysis of the 2011 Tornado Outbreaks
- Jason Yancey, Director of HOPE Coalition of America

When: November 6, 2012 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus, Oklahoma City

Who Should Attend:  Financial educators, teachers, bank and credit union staff, United Way and charitable foundation staff, business and civic leaders and individuals interested in improving financial education opportunities for Oklahomans.

Sponsored by:  The Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch

Registration information:
Register online or contact Annette Phillips at 405-270-8404 by Oct. 31, 2013. The $25 registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch buffet.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Community Snapshot


Attached you will find the updated brochure for the Community Snapshot workshop that is planned for November 13th. Please let me know if you have any questions!


Cherie Shupert

Administrative Assistant

Agricultural Economics

310 Ag Hall

405 - 744 - 8792


FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA!


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 7:34 AM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding




Comment sought onFederal Transit Administration Publishes Proposed Formula Grants for Rural Areas
On September 26 the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published the proposed Formula Grants for Rural Areas: Guidance and Application Instructions for Notice and Comment. The purpose of this proposed circular is to provide recipients of FTA financial assistance with updated instructions and guidance on program administration and the grant application process. The proposed revisions to the existing circular are a result of changes made to the Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Public comments will be accepted through November 25. Click here to view the proposed circular


EPA Report Covers Stormwater Management Practices for Vacant Lots and Brownfields
This EPA report presents information to assist communities, developers, and other stakeholders in determining the appropriateness of implementing stormwater management practices that promote infiltration at vacant parcels and brownfield sites. The new guide walks decision-makers through a series of questions to determine whether infiltration or other stormwater management approaches are appropriate for a specific brownfield property. Strategies for reducing or eliminating these risks can include removing contaminated soil or waste materials, treating soils on site, placing a cap or barrier over contaminated areas, bioremediation, or monitored natural attenuation. Click here to download the report. 


Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models Innovations to Strengthen Rural Health Care: Technology, Quality Improvement, Collaboration, and Training - Summaries of innovative programs occurring in rural areas, featuring a medical home model, a Lean/Six Sigma hospital program, a community health center telehealth program, and a statewide behavioral health network. Organization: National Rural Health Association. Date: 2013


GME in the United States: A Review of State Initiatives
Reports results from a study examining what states are doing to address issues affecting the physician workforce, including shortages in rural areas. Report introduces maps and charts showing demographics and health care workforce data by state. Organization: Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Date: 09 / 2013


Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012
Report presents data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States in both rural and urban areas based on information collected in the 2013 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC). Includes metropolitan and outside metropolitan comparisons. Organization: U.S. Census Bureau. Date: 09 / 2013


Mobilizing Community Partnerships in Rural Communities: Strategies and Techniques
Describes how rural communities can develop and maintain organizational and community partnerships with local health departments, community health centers, healthcare organizations, offices of rural health, hospitals, and non-profit organizations. Includes stories from ORHP grantees.
Organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials. Date: 07 / 2013





Directory of Veterans and Military Service Organizations and State Directors of Veterans Affairs
A list of chartered and non-chartered organizations representing the needs and interests of veterans. Information provided includes the organization's status, address, phone number, fax number, website, e-mail address, and key officers. Organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


FastStats: Health of American Indian or Alaska Native Population
Contains health-related statistics for the American Indian or Alaska Native population. Statistics include: population, live births, health status, health risk factors, access to health care, mortality rates, and more. Organization: National Center for Health Statistics


New NACo Report: Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience

The National Association of Counties’ new report, Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience, provides an overview of Digital Coast, a suite of tools that can be used to analyze and communicate about coastal natural resource management issues.  Digital Coast, developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center, offers powerful tools to assist users in accessing data on coastal vulnerability, simulating projections of impacts, creating visualizations of potential future scenarios, and more.  The report goes in-depth on specific Digital Coast tools that address needs related to natural resource management and habitat restoration, land use and planning, and outreach and communication.  It closes with an exploration of emerging trends and public policy initiatives in coastal communities and next steps for counties interested in putting Digital Coast tools into action.  Click here to download the report.





Webinar to Discuss the Impact of Downtown on Economic Development, October 23, from 2-3pm ET
Downtown is the heart of any community, and public spaces can provide fun, safe, gathering areas in any city center. But when these spaces are not well-maintained, they can fall into disrepair, becoming less welcoming to visitors and residents.  In this webinar hosted by Community Builders, Lisa Harmon, Executive Director of the Billings Downtown Association in Billings, Montana will share her experience in public space management. She will discuss success stories and lessons learned, covering topics including: the role of Business Improvement Districts; Public Space Beautification; Cooperative safety programs; Creating grassroots committees for lasting impact; and more. .  Click here to register.   





Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot - Application deadline: Oct 4, 2013 [check the veterans site to see if extended]
Funding for organizations that will assist veterans and their families who are transitioning from military service to civilian life in rural or underserved communities.  Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas - Application deadline: Oct 9, 2013 [check the veterans site to see if extended]
Awards grants to organizations that assist veterans in rural areas with transportation to VA medical centers and other VA and non-VA facilities for medical care.  Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Innovations in Rural Health Award - Application deadline: Oct 31, 2013
Award for original, innovative solutions to drive health improvement in rural communities. Source: Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust


Perlman Foundation Announces Second Annual Bridging The Gap Awards
One-time matching grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to smaller organizations working to positively impact individuals in low-income communities in Alabama, California, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Texas.... Deadline: October 31, 2013


Foundation for Rural Education and Development Revises Eligibility Guidelines for Fall Technology Grants - Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to rural public schools for projects that enhance learning by increasing the use of technology in the classroom.... Deadline: November 15, 2013


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Invites Entries From Creative Teens
Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available to talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada in twenty-eight art and writing categories, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.... Deadline: Various


Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Seeks Proposals to Strengthen Secondary Education -Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to support innovative professional development programs that strengthen teachers, and their teaching, in grades 9-12.... Deadline: Ongoing


New Music USA Invites Submissions for New Music Project Grants
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to musicians or organizations with music projects that involve premieres of new music through a live performance or recording.... Deadline: November 4, 2013


National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) - Application deadline: Nov 14, 2013
Provides loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO) who agree to provide primary care health services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need. Source: National Health Service Corps


Rural Health Network Development Grant Program (RHND) - Application deadline: Nov 22, 2013. Grants for health care networks in rural areas to assist with increasing access to and maintaining the quality of health care services. Source: Office of Rural Health Policy


E3 — Effectiveness, Efficiency and Excellence in Healthcare - Application deadline: Dec 6, 2014
Supports programs that help healthcare providers implement best practices that can transform patient care. Sponsor: Cardinal Health Foundation


Fiskars' Project Orange Thumb Seeks Applications for Community Garden Grants and Makeovers - Ten organizations in the United States and Canada will receive $5,000 in cash and tools for neighborhood beautification projects, while one applicant will receive a complete garden makeover.... Deadline: December 31, 2013


Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries Accepting School Library Grant Applications - Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to help school libraries in disadvantaged communities expand, update, and diversify their book collections.... Deadline: December 2, 2013


National Forest Foundation Accepting Applications for 2014 Matching Awards Program
Matching grants ranging from $500 to more than $100,000 will be awarded for direct on-the-ground and citizen-based monitoring projects benefiting America's national forests and grasslands....Deadline: January 14, 2014


National Endowment for the Arts Releases Funding Guidelines for Our Town program

Now available on the National Endowment for the Arts website are the guidelines and application materials for Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000.  Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with arts and/or design organizations and artists, seek to: improve their quality of life; encourage greater creative activity; foster stronger community identity and a sense of place; and revitalize economic development.  Click here to learn more about the types of arts engagement, cultural planning, and design activities will be considered.  The application deadline is  January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET. A webinar will be held on November 4 2013, 2:00pm EST to provide more information. Click here for Q&A’s about Our Town. E-mail any inquiries to


IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Open for Applications

The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge 2014 is open for applications now through November 8.  The Smarter Cities Challenge brings the skills and expertise of teams of top-talent IBMers to address the key challenges facing cities around the world.  Over the past 3 years, 100 cities have been selected to receive grants.  For the 2014 cycle, the Smarter Cities Challenge is open to local and regional general-purpose governing bodies, including cities, counties, prefectures, boroughs, and districts.  Special districts, such as port authorities, school districts or utility districts, are not eligible for the program at this time. 

Cities and regions apply to the Smarter Cities Challenge by identifying a top strategic challenge that they propose to address with IBM's support.  Winning cities and regions receive a team of 5-6 IBM experts to work closely with them for a 3-week period on their proposed challenge.  During the project, the IBM team gathers and analyzes all available data; meets with dozens of stakeholders in government, businesses, not-for-profits, and other organizations to gather diverse perspectives about root causes and potential solutions to the challenge at hand; and assesses success stories from other cities that might be applicable.  At the end of the engagement, the IBM team delivers strategic recommendations and an implementation plan in a presentation and a written report that draw upon the technical experience and strategic insight of the IBM team, city staff, and community members. 


The application consists of essay questions and a brief letter signed by the mayor or equivalent executive officer certifying the submission and designating the project as a high priority.  The applicant must describe an important challenge whose solution will tangibly improve residents’ lives and is implementable by local and regional authorities, and demonstrate local commitment and capacity to engage in the Smarter Cities Challenge.    Click here for more information on the program, past projects, and sample applications.


New Grants and Scholarships Available from the Foundation for Rural Education and Development   
The Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED) has  launched its new year of programs that benefit rural communities.  Three programs are offered with up to $5K available for individual grants and scholarships.   Total funding available for the upcoming year will be $125K.  The Technology Grants for Rural Schools program helps meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom.  The grants strive to help rural, public schools connect to high speed broadband, bring modern computers to every classroom, and ensure effective, engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the curriculum.  Grants range from $1K - $5K.  The deadline to apply is November 15The Ethyl Grant program provides matching grants to fund projects aimed at bettering the educational and community development efforts of rural communities.   The grants, ranging from $500 - $2,500, are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year and must be matched by the community.  $16K in funding is available.  Bennet & Bennet, PLLC and Ericsson are the sponsors of the 2014 Ethyl Grant Program.  The FRED Scholarship program, now in its 22nd year, awards $75K in scholarships to rural America's most accomplished and intelligent students.  Scholarships range from $1K - $5K and are available to high school seniors and college students who are from rural communities.  The deadline to apply is February 14, 2014.  For more information about the FRED programs and how to apply, visit or contact Melissa Korzuch, Executive Director, at 202.660.2899 or


A Blade of Grass Invites Letters of Interest for Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art - ABOG fellowships support individual artists and artists collectives working on projects that promote art as a catalyst for social change.... Deadline: December 2, 2013 (Letters of Interest)


U.S. Soccer Foundation Invites Letters of Interest for Safe Places to Play Grants - Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to organizations interested in building or enhancing a field space for children in underserved communities.... Deadline: Rolling


Needmor Fund Offers Support for Community Organizing Efforts
Core operating support ranging up to $40,000 is available to community organizing groups in the United States working to address social, economic, or political conditions that bar or restrict participation in democratic society.... Deadline: January 10, 2014




Suzette M. Agans

Community and Economic Development
Rural Development | U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. | Washington, D.C. 20250-3253
Phone: 202.401.1922 | Fax 202.401.7311


"Committed to the future of rural communities"
"Estamos dedicados al futuro de las comunidades rurales"


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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Affordable Care Act and Small Businesses Webinar

See details below for a FREE webinar on how the Affordable Care Act might impact small businesses in your community!


October Webinar - Affordable Care Act and Your Small Business

Contact: Mary Peabody, Email:

Plan to join us for the eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar on Thursday, October 10, 2013. All webinars air on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); 1:00pm (CT); 12:00pm (MT); 11:00am (PT) at

On Thursday, October 10, 2013 we host a presentation on the Small Business Health Options Program with presenters Marilyn Schlake and Carol Welte, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) large employer (play or pay) mandate has been delayed until 2015, other ACA regulations are steadily moving forward, including opening of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) on October 1st.  There are many ACA regulations that have and will continue to impact small and large businesses.   This webinar will highlight the different regulations and strategies businesses can use to manage the ACA.

No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your full name then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers.


Federal Reserve's Investment Connection Online

The letter below is meant to introduce you to an exciting program from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City: Investment Connection Online. This program seeks to match community organizations seeking funding for a project with potential funders! Please share this with any organizations that might benefit!


From Steve Shepelwich:

Dear Community Partner,


The Federal Reserve is requesting funding proposals from community organizations as part of its new program Investment Connection Online. The proposal process is simple, quick and online. Proposals submitted to Investment Connection Online will be shared with a range of potential funders through a new online platform.


Since 2011, Investment Connection has connected non-profits with more than $23 million in new funding. Now, your organization can be a part of Investment Connection Online. With many funders visiting this online location, Investment Connection is an efficient way to reach funders interested in your proposal.


Proposals can address a wide range of development issues. The primary consideration is that the proposal be eligible under the Community Reinvestment Act, and benefit populations below 80 percent area median income.


Submit your proposal at:


If you have any questions feel free to contact Ariel Cisneros, director of Investment Connection Online, at or (303)572-2601.  I would also be glad to discuss any questions you might have.



Steve Shepelwich