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August, 2018
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Inside This Issue

NEWS
Local Foods, Local Places
Historic Commitment by USDA
NC Sustainable Energy Survey
NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center
Renewing the Water Workforce:
Improving Water Infrastructure and Creating
a Pipeline Opportunity
Seven Strategies for Data Driven Economic Development
Calculating Your Innovation Capacity
Taking the Opportunity: A Guide to New
Market Tax Credits and Opportunity Zones
A Government Guide on Building Local Food Economies
USDA Releases 2017 Annual Report with Summary of NC

UPCOMING EVENTS
Princeville Cultural Gala
Opportunity Zones: Maximizing Impact in Your Community
Emerging Issues Fall 2018 Forum

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
EDA Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Section 205(j) Grant Program
Golden Leaf Foundation Grant Programs

SENIOR CORNER
Measuring the Value of AAA Services
Senior Helpers
Justice in Aging: Fighting Senior Poverty Through Law
n4a 43rd Annual Conference and Tradeshow
NEWS
Local Foods, Local Places

Local Foods, Local Places helps cities and towns across the country protect the environment and human health by engaging with local partners to reinvest in existing neighborhoods as they develop local food systems. Halifax Community College in Weldon is one of the Healthy People Partner Communities. The program is sponsored by the   U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA), EPA, the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC), and the  Delta Regional Authority (DRA).
Historic Commitment by USDA 

USDA Encourages Rural Communities, Water Districts to Apply for Loans to Improve, Rebuild Infrastructure; $4 Billion Available

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced a historic commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to upgrade and rebuild rural water infrastructure.

“USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in building their futures,” Hazlett said. “All people – regardless of their zip code – need modern, reliable infrastructure to thrive, and we have found that when we address this need, many other challenges in rural places become much more manageable.”

Eligible rural communities and water districts can apply online for funding to maintain, modernize or build water and wastewater systems. They can visit the interactive  RD Apply  tool, or they can apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s  state or field offices .

USDA is providing the funding through the  Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant  program. It can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is committed to working towards a diverse and inclusive clean energy industry. One of the strategies identified as a critical part of NCSEA's Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan is data collection. As part of that strategy, NCSEA is conducting a survey in partnership with North Carolina Central University to collect demographic information about those who work in the clean energy industry. 
 
We would appreciate it if you took 5 to 10 minutes to complete this  survey  to help us better understand the state of the clean energy industry. Please be assured that your individual responses will be kept confidential. Upon completion of the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of multiple gift cards to restaurants around Raleigh. Thank you for your time.
NC Main Street & Rural
Planning Center

The  NC Main Street  &  Rural Planning  Center works in the State's  eight Prosperity Zones  and in designated NC Main Street communities. The Center assists communities in identifying asset-based economic development strategies that achieve measurable results such as investment, business growth, and jobs.

About Prosperity Zones

The State of North Carolina is divided into  eight Prosperity Zones . Each Zone has a one-stop location to provide citizens and businesses with the ability to interact with multiple state agencies, and to encourage collaboration between agencies.
Renewing the Water Workforce: Improving Water Infrastructure and Creating a Pipeline to Opportunity
As the U.S. economy continues to grow, many communities are struggling to translate this growth into more equitable and inclusive employment opportunities. Simultaneously, many of the nation’s water infrastructure assets are in urgent need of repair, maintenance, and restoration. Yet the workers capable of carrying out these efforts are in short supply due to an aging workforce eligible for retirement and the lack of a pipeline for new talent.
Seven Strategies for Data Driven
Economic Development
For cities, effective economic development demands informed, careful leadership from elected officials. Measuring the impact of economic development initiatives and projects can help city leaders determine whether they are meeting the needs of their community and local businesses.
Calculating Your Innovation Capacity
The Innovation Index 2.0, created by the Indiana Business Research Center, provides practitioners an easy-to-compare method of assessing the innovation capacity of their region by providing the composite index of innovation inputs and outputs built upon data from five areas: human capital, business dynamics, business profile, employment and productivity, and economic well-being.
Taking the Opportunity: A Guide
to New Market Tax Credits and Opportunity Zones

A recording of the presentation is available  here . Click  here  for the slideshow. Responses to participant questions can be found  here .
A Government Guide on Building
Local Food Economies
This guide focuses primarily on North Carolina examples of local and regional governments working with communities to create innovative local food economies. It serves as a tool to connect planners, economic developers, small business developers, and other local government professionals with resources to help them expand, strengthen, and maintain their regional food economies.
U.S. EDA Releases 2017 Annual Report with Summary of NC
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has released in FY 2017 Report to Congress detailing the scope and impact of the agency's investments in aggregate and by state. In FY 2017, EDA made 35 grants exceeding $15 million in total funding to the state of North Carolina. Learn more about the investments here
Upcoming Events
Princeville Cultural Gala
A Fundraiser

The Town of Princeville is committed to rebuilding it’s historic town in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Your attendance and/or sponsorship of this event will help support our efforts to raise funds for the development of the Princeville Historic District site. It will also make it possible for the town to preserve the rich history and heritage that is the Town of Princeville.

For additional information, tickets and sponsorship details email Jamilla Hawskins.
Saturday
August 25, 2018
7:00 PM | Edgecombe Community College
Fleming Building | Tarboro Campus
Opportunity Zones: Maximizing Impact in Your Community

CDFA is excited to announce a new partnership with the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation to bring together a special convening of local communities for a conference focused on Opportunity Zones. Please join us for Opportunity Zones: Maximizing Impact in Your Community on September 5-6, 2018 in Washington, DC!
Registration Open for the
Emerging Issues Fall 2018 Forum

The Institute for Emerging Issues opened registration for “ ReCONNECT to Community, ” our Sept. 17, 2018, forum in Asheville focusing on civic engagement, which will examine historical and current causes of the state’s civic disconnection, while showcasing ways to re-engage and re-energize North Carolina’s citizens. The Forum kicks off ReCONNECT NC, IEI’s larger, three-year initiative which features six forums around the state, each focusing on different aspects of social, civic or economic “reconnection.” This is the first time in IEI’s 30-plus year history that we have held a forum outside Raleigh and what better place to start than beautiful Asheville.
Grant Opportunities
EDA Disaster Supplemental
Notice of Funding

EDA announces general policies and application procedures for the Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity. Subject to the availability of funds, this investment assistance will help communities and regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies through a variety of non-construction and construction projects, as appropriate, to address economic challenges in areas where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 5121 et seq.) (Stafford Act) as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and of wildfires and other natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2017. 

Estimated total funding: $587,000,000

Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Section 205(j) Grant Program

EDA Through the Section 205(j) Grant program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides states with funding to do water quality planning. North Carolina typically receives around $100,000 for competetive funding of water quality planning projects. These projects can involve identifying the nature, extent and cause of water quality problems or doing planning work to address those problems. Projects can include, but are not limited to the development of EPA 9-Element Watershed Restoration Plans for a 12-digit or smaller USGS HUC, mapping stormwater infrastructure, conducting engineering designs for stormwater best management practices, and watershed assessments of pollutant sources.
 
205(j) grants are eligible to regional Councils of Government; COGs may partner with any public sector organization to implement projects. Match is preferred, but not required. Once contracted, projects can run for a maximum of 18 months. Funds are dispersed on a quarterly reimbursement basis, with any invoice to be accompanied by a report of the work performed. The request for proposals is released annually in summer and projects are selected in fall (2018 may see an earlier timeline than previous years.) 
Grant Programs
 
The Golden LEAF works to fund projects with promise to bring significant economic improvement with priority given to North Carolina’s tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, or rural communities. We welcome eligible entities to submit a grant application for a project that is consistent with Golden LEAF’s priorities.

The Open Grants Program process is open to all governmental entities and 501(c)(3) organizations that propose projects in Golden LEAF’s priority areas. Letters of Inquiry are received throughout the year. The Open Grants Program grantsmaking is focused in the areas of agriculture, economic development, workforce preparedness, healthcare, education and community vitality.  Click here  for a list of Golden LEAF’s priority outcomes.

The Economic Catalyst process is open to governmental entities and 501(c)(3) organizations with projects that will create jobs at risk without Golden LEAF funding. Grants awarded under the Economic Catalyst program include: funds for public infrastructure, job training, upfit for buildings owned by governmental or nonprofit entities, or equipment acquisition where the building or equipment will be leased or sold at fair-market value to a company creating jobs.
Senior Corner
Measuring the Value of AAA
Services

Making the Case to Health Care Partners 

A Return-on-Investment Survey of Area Agencies on Aging
 
A new n4a report details the findings of a poll investigating how Area Agency on Aging Program measure the financial value of their services, and if their value proposition development has led to new or expanded partnerships with health care entities.
Even when you are close to a senior family member, it can be difficult to know their specific needs. And in some cases, they might be apprehensive to mention their more personal needs. Our trained and professional caregivers create a safe space where your loved one can open up to discuss their needs.
The complimentary, initial in-home care interview with a Senior Helpers consultant can help you survey your options. Together you can discuss your loved one's needs and our senior health care services to determine what is best for your entire family.
Even when you are close to a senior family member, it can be difficult to know their specific needs. And in some cases, they might be apprehensive to mention their more personal needs. Our trained and professional caregivers create a safe space where your loved one can open up to discuss their needs.
The complimentary, initial in-home care interview with a Senior Helpers consultant can help you survey your options. Together you can discuss your loved one's needs and our senior health care services to determine what is best for your entire family.
The n4a Conference app is now available in the Apple and Google Play App Stores for those who have registered for n4a’s 43rd Annual Conference and Tradeshow ! Download the App today to learn about the Aging Network’s must-attend conference of the year and make your conference experience more productive, interactive and exciting than ever before!