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605, 2022

April Jobs Report Shows Policies Have Worked

The jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 428,000 new jobs added to the economy in April, outpacing predictions by economists for 391,000 new jobs, cited by CNN Business. Inequality persists within these numbers, though, with unemployment among Black workers (5.9 percent) nearly double that among White workers (3.2 percent). Economists like ...

505, 2022

Report: ACA Subsidies Benefit Rural Residents Most

Amidst efforts by health care advocates to get Congress to renew the boosted Affordable Care Act subsidies which were enacted with the signing of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in March, 2011, a new study shows that rural residents are both in the most danger regarding loss of coverage and benefit most from ...

205, 2022

May 11, 2022: Capacity Markets and the Clean Energy Transition

As the United States transitions to a clean energy economy, capacity markets will need to respond to changes in demand, energy sources, and technologies. Join Resources for the Future (RFF) on Wednesday, May 11, for an in-depth discussion on the role capacity markets can play in the transition to a decarbonized electricity system. Join ...

205, 2022

May 26, 2022: How to Apply for and Manage Federal Grants

USDA Rural Development Missouri May 2, 2022 USDA Rural Development Missouri has announced a virtual workshop for effectively applying for and managing federal grants. Save the date for Thursday, May 26th at 10 AM, Central Time. Follow the link below to subscribe to updates from USDA Rural Development Missouri and be notified when a ...

2504, 2022

Minnesota Grapples with Inflation; Report Blames Corporate Profits

A new report from the Groundwork Collaborative said corporations are taking advantage of the pandemic to drive up costs for things such as prescription drugs, groceries and diapers. The authors pointed to corporate earnings calls in which some CEOs openly boast about their price hikes. The report details near-record corporate profits while the U.S. ...

2204, 2022

Justice40 Initiative Next Step: $800 Million to Combat Climate Change Across Rural America

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2022 On Earth Day, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $800 Million in climate-smart infrastructure investments across 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Funding will support 165 projects to expand access to safe water and/or clean energy for people living in disadvantaged communities, among other ...

2204, 2022

Dubbed an “Accidental Revolution” – the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is the one thing Democrats got right, says The American Prospect. Amidst doomsday predictions for liberals, ARPA created the conditions for a revival of the labor movement, and just maybe a labor-based politics by reinforcing positive economic conditions and enabling full employment - while unemployment was still 6.4% ...

2104, 2022

April 28, 2022: The Energy Crisis – Addressing High Energy Costs for US Consumers

Resources for the Future is hosting a Zoom webinar Thursday, April 28th. Organizers request your RSVP at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eNqS1YIFT9uDsOwlMcOgyg?mc_cid=fe66b474ec&mc_eid=f3d0feef2d Visit the event webpage for more information. Description: Volatile energy prices have been a reality for consumers across the globe in recent years. In 2020, oil prices hit their lowest level in decades. This year, oil prices ...

2004, 2022

Announced Today: Rural Partners Network to Empower Rural Communities to Access Federal Resources

The Biden-Harris administration announced the Rural Partners Network (RPN) led by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to institute a whole-of-government approach to partnering with rural places on economic opportunity. The announcement from the White House states that "To begin making the federal government work better for rural America, the Rural Partners Network is...helping ...

1904, 2022

Rural Playbook Tour: 6 virtual “stops” scheduled

The Biden-Harris administration has announced six virtual tour stops on their Rural Playbook Tour to champion the new Rural Playbook. The White House website says this tool is "intended to help rural communities understand the available funding for infrastructure provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other sources – offering information on the “what, ...

1804, 2022

Bird: Granville Township using APRA money for Burtridge water lines

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds are supporting a long-overdue infrastructure project in Licking County, Ohio; the Village of Granville and Granville Township have partnered to commit over $1.2 million to replace water pipes for residents of Burtridge subdivision. Current, cast iron pipes are over 50 years old. A temporary solution of installing an ...

1404, 2022

Rural Playbook Tour Stop Number Three: Pittson, Pennsylvania

The Biden-Harris Administration is investing $43M for new program to support rural health care providers. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants  to benefit 2.2 million people who live and work in rural America through 93 awards to health care organizations and community groups in ...

1404, 2022

Biden backs biofuels

To reduce costs for Americans at the gas pump and support domestic farmers, President Joe Biden is promoting E15 ethanol by directing the EPA to lift a summer ban on the fuel. 150 million gallons of biofuel is produced at the POET bioprocessing plant where Biden made the announcement on Tuesday. This move will ...

1304, 2022

Rural Playbook Tour – Stop Number Two: Greensboro, North Carolina

President Joe Biden will continue the Rural Playbook Tour with a second of 25 stops across the country when he visits Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday to talk about inflation and American jobs. This visit follows Tuesday's tour kick-off visit to Menlo, Iowa where President Biden shared the newly released "Rural Playbook," found at ...

804, 2022

What big cities can learn from the rural US about public transit

Valdosta On Demand in Valdosta, Georgia, offers citywide on-demand public transit service in a city with less than 60,000 residents that can't support fixed bus routes. Since launching last spring, the program has received over 14,000 ride requests per month and increased access to jobs and necessary destinations. While the American Rescue Plan Act ...

804, 2022

AmeriCorps to work in 50 rural communities to address health inequities

Supported by a five-year, $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act, the American Heart Association announced that it has received a multi-million-dollar Public Health AmeriCorps grant to address health in rural areas. The goal is to grow a sustainable pipeline of public health workers, reducing cardiovascular risks among rural residents, and accelerating ...

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