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News by Topic: Community and economic development

Oct 26, 2020 - The Small Business Administration allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection regarding various forms used for application for the Paycheck Protection Program. Comments are due by November 25, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 23, 2020 - Features a rural community in South Carolina, highlights the efforts of their municipal leadership to communicate with and provide for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses how communities need to be examined at a municipal level to fully understand the social impacts of COVID-19 on rural America.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Oct 19, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule from the Small Business Administration revising the previous interim final rules for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Provides additional guidance concerning the forgiveness and loan review processes for PPP loans of $50,000 or less and, for PPP loans of all sizes, lender responsibilities with respect to the review of borrower documentation of eligible costs for forgiveness in excess of a borrower's PPP loan amount. This interim final rule is effective October 14, 2020. Comments are due by November 18, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 15, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) of a final rule revising the delegations of authority from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and other USDA officers to reflect changes required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and the establishment of the position of Under Secretary for Rural Development. These delegations of authority are effective October 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 5, 2020 - The Rural Utilities Services (RUS) is announcing the availability of up to $5 million in competitive grants to fund a new pilot program titled "Technical Assistance and Training for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions (TAT/RWTS) Grant Pilot Program." TAT/RWTS grant funds will be used to identify and evaluate economically feasible, innovative regional solutions to wastewater treatment concerns for historically impoverished communities in areas that have had difficulty installing traditional wastewater treatment systems due to soil conditions. Applications are due by November 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 2, 2020 - Notice from the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service making technical corrections to the July 14, 2020 final rule. Corrections are effective October 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 30, 2020 - The Small Business Administration allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection regarding application forms used for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application (EIDL) COVID-19 program. Comments are due by October 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 29, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Labor announced an award of $29 million to 27 grant recipients through the Workforce Opportunities for Rural Communities (WORC) program. In partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), the grants help communities in the Appalachian and Delta regions develop their local and regional workforce and promote economic stability.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor