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510, 2022

Local Progress Reports in Rural Ohio Surface Community Priorities

RuralOrganizing.org releases its report today from a partnership with three local organizations to conduct Local Progress Reports, a hybrid canvassing/surveying method, to learn what community issues are most important in communities which often get overlooked by decision-makers. The results indicate that reducing costs and improving rural quality of life continue to be top ...

310, 2022

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Building Grocery Store with EDA Funding

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is still leveraging CARES Act into economic recovery, evidenced by a recent $3.7 million grant to the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe to build a grocery store on their Tribal Land. Planning and Development District III, an entity funded by the EDA, is credited with the project, and the administration ...

3009, 2022

Changing Early Childhood Education Looks Like 3.7 Million ARPA Dollars in NC

Forsyth County Commissioners in North Carolina approved a $3.7 million investment in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to ensure 30 Pre-K classrooms can operate for the next two years. Pre-K Priority, a collaborative organization working to make high-quality preschool accessible, is running the Smart Start program receiving the funding. In 2019-20, only 27% ...

3009, 2022

IIJA Funding Addresses Wildfire Risk in Oregon

The Infrastructure, Investments, and Jobs Act (IIJA) is funding $6.8 million dollars in wildfire protection efforts to cover 49,039 acres of land across the state of Oregon, announced Senators  Merkley and Wyden. In the West, wildfires seasons are growing hotter and longer due to climate change. Proactively investing in resilient forests both protects communities ...

2809, 2022

Rural Wyoming the Latest to Get Internet Connectivity Boost from IIJA

Five remote areas of Wyoming will be connected to affordable, high-speed internet thanks to $9.59 million from the US Department of Agriculture's ReConnect program which was able to relaunch thanks to an infusion of funding from the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA). Funding from the IIJA, passed in the fall of 2021, has ...

2709, 2022

Through USDA’s Rural Partners Network, Rural Georgia Gets Economic Development Collaboration

In September, 55 local, state, and federal leaders met in Fitzgerald, Georgia to discuss economic development opportunities for the three networks participating in the Rural Partners Network (RPN) in the state. The meeting was an opportunity to start building new relationships and share existing successes across the three newly developed networks. The host network ...

2609, 2022

Elkins, West Virginia Gets $1.7 Million Internet Boost

Elkins, West Virginia, a coal town of just over 7,000 people, will receive $1.7 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The funds will come from the Economic Adjustment Assistance program, EDA's most flexible program, which is supporting a wide variety of initiatives across the country. In Elkins, ...

2609, 2022

Austin, Minnesota to Receive $2.2 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced $2.2 million in funding to go to Austin, Minnesota, a transitioning coal community, from the the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The funds will upgrade infrastructure in the Creekside Business Park and develop a 57-acre parcel to bring new business and job opportunities to the region. The investment ...

2609, 2022

Federal Investments to Support 25 More Rural Communities

In 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Recreation Economy for Rural Communities (RERC) program will send grants to 25 new rural communities, following the 10 rural communities supported in 2019. The program helps communities identify strategies to grow their outdoor recreation economy and revitalize their Main Streets and thereby conserve forests and other natural ...

2309, 2022

Duffield Virginia to Receive $6.4 Million ARPA Investment

With a population under 100 people, Duffield, Virginia is in for a big investment from the Economic Develoment Administration (EDA) - $6.4 million are being awarded through the Coal Communities Commitment from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The coal town is near Natural Tunnel State Park and along the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail. ...

2009, 2022

$280 Million of ARPA Funding to address Arkansas Water Needs

The Arkansas Legislative Council approved $280 million for water projects across the state at the recommendation of a working group within the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Steering Committee. Of these ARPA funds, $10 million are designated for areas in Eastern Arkansas to transition from groundwater to surface water and for preservation of the Sparta ...

1909, 2022

IIJA Funding Awarded to Arizona to Address PFAS in Drinking Water

Arizona has secured $13.5 million from the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA) to address the problem of "forever chemicals," or Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Arizona drinking water. The problem of PFAS have already caused dire problems in the desert state, such as a Tuscon water treatment plant which was shut down ...

1909, 2022

IIJA Boosts Colorado Water Infrastructure

Colorado Democrats celebrated a recent announcement that $121 million to go toward Colorado water line repairs. The funding, in addition to supporting access to clean drinking water across the state, will It will be used to prevent flooding, collect and treat wastewater and safeguard vital waterways. The funds will be awarded through the Drinking ...

1609, 2022

American Rescue Plan Helps Springfield, Missouri Transition Away from Coal

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced last month a $1.5 million award in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to increase cargo capacity to help the community transition away from coal toward a manufacturing and logistics hub. The award is part of a $300 million Coal Communities Commitment. The funds will go toward street ...

1509, 2022

REPORT: Field Lessons – Innovations in Participatory Power Building

A new report is available today from RuralOrganizing.org Education Fund reporting on the lessons learned and substantial opportunities for engaging rural residents in defining community needs for elected officials through an innovative use of a "drop-off/pick-up" surveying methodology which has been demonstrated to yield greater participation and reduce nonresponse bias. The report draws ...

1409, 2022

Southeast Ohio Leaning into Big Federal Wins

Rural Action CEO Debbie Phillips and Athens, Ohio Mayor Steve Patterson shared how recent federal action, like the American Rescue Plan (ARP), the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the Chips + Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act are game-changers for his rural small town. Speaking at the White House's Communities in Action: Building ...

1309, 2022

Ironton, Ohio Receives $2 Million in ARPA Funds for Infrastructure

Under the Coal Communities Commitment, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is leveraging American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to diversify the economy of Ironton, Ohio, population 10, 749. The funds, announced in August, will go toward roadway and water infrastructure upgrades intended to attract new businesses, and reliable water service is one primary goal. ...

1309, 2022

Rural Jobs Lag Nation as Congress Debates Funding Amount for Rural Economic Development

While rural communities' jobs recovery lags behind the national average, the Chips and Science Act of 2022, which passed both chambers of congress and was signed into law by President Biden in August, authorized $1 billion for the RECOMPETE pilot program to support persistently distressed communities with high rates of unemployment. RECOMPETE invests in ...

1309, 2022

American Rescue Plan Directing Funds to “Service Deserts” for Rural Homelessness

In a first-of-its-kind funding opportunity, The Biden-Harris administration has made $54.5 million in funding available specifically to address homelessness in rural communities in May of this year; rural Continua of Care have until October 20th to apply. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found in a 2021 report that for the first ...

1209, 2022

ARPA Funds Leveraged for Workforce Development in NC Coal Town

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced last month nearly $700,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to support a new workforce development center in Marion, North Carolina. Marion, a town of 7,800 people, is a coal mining town and was ranked a tier 2 distressed community based on 1021 analysis by the North ...

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