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May 23, 2024 - Announces the Rural Health Innovation Alliance (RHIA), a partnership between a Wisconsin university, business partners, healthcare providers, and others. RHIA aims to innovate solutions for rural healthcare access and lowering costs through collaboration. Also notes the potential benefit of economic development for the region.
Source: UW-Eau Claire News
May 21, 2024 - Highlights a Tennessee Critical Access Hospital's strategies for remaining open despite national trends toward closure. Discusses reimbursement, workforce, community vitality, and swing beds. Caption available in video player.
Source: WVLT 8
May 14, 2024 - The Biden-Harris Administration announces a new Rural Innovators Initiative to highlight stories of extraordinary rural leaders who are ensuring their communities thrive for generations to come. Nominations close on Friday, June 14 at midnight EDT. The administration also announces over $671 million in new investments to strengthen rural infrastructure, by improving access to reliable electricity and clean drinking water, and creating good-paying jobs in rural communities.
Source: The White House
May 14, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service (RHS) is accepting applications under the Puerto Rico Rural Partners Network (RPN) Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program to provide authorized activities in Puerto Rico areas affected by a disaster declared by the President or the Secretary of Agriculture. RCDI provides funding for nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Electronic applications are due by June 28, 2024, and paper applications must be received by July 3, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
May 6, 2024 - Highlights a Native-managed healthcare system part of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, discussing their expanded facility and services coming later this year. Discusses the impact of healthcare on local infrastructure, recruiting healthcare workforce, and rural community resilience.
Source: Cronkite News
May 2, 2024 - Provides overview of a new initiative to make grant funding more accessible to rural and tribal communities. Includes a call for input from rural and tribal stakeholders by May 31, 2024.
Source: USDA Rural Development
May 1, 2024 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) correcting the February 13, 2024, notice titled "Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024." This notice clarifies that Community Facilities Grant Program funds will not be reserved for the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) priority program in fiscal year 2024. This notice also clarifies that approved USDA Rural Partners Network (RPN) networks are considered multi-jurisdictional entities for purposes of SECD and that community and economic development plans created in association with an RPN network will be accepted as plans under SECD.
Source: Federal Register
May 1, 2024 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) updating the data it uses to determine a state's percentage of national nonmetropolitan unemployment income. This rule amends two regulations to correct the data source and provide transparency on its process of determining state funding allocations for various USDA programs. This rule is effective May 1, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 29, 2024 - Announces the investment of $144 million to support infrastructure and renewable energy projects in 56 rural and Tribal communities. Highlights project examples in Georgia, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico. Provides additional information on the Rural Partners Network (RPN), which helps rural communities access federal funding.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apr 17, 2024 - Discusses the rise in mountain biking in rural areas, noting the impact on rural infrastructure, local economies, and emergency services. Highlights a health and wellness initiative in Navajo Nation.
Source: The Daily Yonder