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Our Mission
"In its dedication to regional excellence, the Lumber River Council of Governments is
proactive in identifying local and regional needs and the resources to address
those needs in an effective and fair manner."
Investing in America’s Communities
This $3 billion in funding opportunities will invest in distressed and underserved communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This historic investment, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will support bottom-up, middle-out economic development focused on advancing equity, creating good-paying jobs, helping workers to develop in-demand skills, building economic resilience, and accelerating the economic recovery for the industries and communities hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. EDA will invest in infrastructure, innovation, and workforce training to create good-paying jobs and increase global economic competitiveness. 
Please review the Investing in America’s Communities programs, and determine if your community has a need or project that may be eligible under one of the six programs. 

Investing in America’s Communities includes:
·    Build Back Better Regional Challenge ($1 billion) will capitalize on American ingenuity and American workers by providing a transformational investment to regions across the country to revitalize their economies.
·    Good Jobs Challenge ($500 million) is designed to help get Americans back in good-paying jobs. The program will develop and strengthen regional workforce training systems and sector-based partnerships with a focus on programs targeted at women, people of color and historically underserved communities.
·    Economic Adjustment Assistance ($500 million) grants will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through projects tailored to meet local needs.  
·    Indigenous Communities ($100 million) program will work hand-in-hand with Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities to develop and execute economic development projects they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future. 
·    Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation ($750 million) program will focus on revitalizing the hard-hit travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries and accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on these sectors.  
·   Statewide Planning, Research and Networks ($90 million) grants include funding for state planning efforts as well as grants to build Communities of Practice to extend technical assistance to support EDA’s work with grantees.  
To learn more about EDA and American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities sign up for a webinar, EDA 101 and America Rescue Plan Overview, which will be held at 3:00 PM on July 27 and July 29.
Join the Southeastern Economic Development Commission Economic Development District, in collaboration with the Economic Development Administration, Cape Fear Council of Governments, Mid-Carolina Council of Governments, and Lumber River Council of Governments for a webinar:

EDA INVESTING IN AMERICA'S COMMUNITIES: An Overview of EDA's Investing in America's Communities Programs to Advance Economic Development and Recovery in Local Communities

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