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News by Topic: Community and economic development

Sep 16, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Small Business Administration providing procedures for appeals of certain final SBA loan review decisions under the Paycheck Protection Program. This rule applies to all appeals filed after the effective date of the rule. This rule is effective September 14, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 8, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Small Business Administration (SBA) implementing changes to the Disaster Loan Program regulations. For applications for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster (COVID EIDL) loans, this rule changes the definition of affiliation, the eligible uses of loan proceeds, and application of the size standard to certain hard-hit eligible entities and is establishing a maximum loan limit for borrowers in a single corporate group. This interim final rule is effective September 8, 2021. Comments are due by October 8, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 7, 2021 - Announcement from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service inviting applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs for fiscal year 2022. Awards will be made based on the amount of funding available through the appropriations process. Projects should focus on assisting rural communities recover economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly disadvantaged communities; ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and benefits from RD funded projects; and reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 24, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) will hold a listening session on September 16, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern to hear from the public about the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. The RCDG program provides financial assistance to nonprofit corporations and/or institutions of higher education to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 6, 2021 - Discusses challenges facing rural communities that experience population outflow and general issues of healthcare access, health outcomes, and community economic vitality. Describes the community dynamics of Downeast in Washington County, Maine, discussing the importance of strong community networks to the resilience of rural areas and reversals of outmigration trends following COVID-19. (May require a subscription to view full article.)
Source: TIME
Jul 30, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule from the Small Business Administration making changes regarding the forgiveness of loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This interim final rule is effective July 28, 2021. This final rule also extends the loan deferment period for PPP loans when the borrower files a timely appeal of a loan review decision. Comments are by August 30, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 29, 2021 - The Small Business Administration is seeking comments on an information collection regarding various forms used for the Paycheck Protection Program. Comments are due by September 27, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 29, 2021 - The Small Business Administration is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget for, and seeking public comments on, an information collection regarding various forms used for application for the Second Draw Paycheck Protection Program. Comments are due by September 27, 2021.
Source: Federal Register