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USDA Highlights $40 Million in Infrastructure Investments in Rural Communities
Dec 14, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan Program invested $40 million in 31 infrastructure projects in rural communities in 21 states and Puerto Rico. Projects included surface transportation, aviation, ports, water and storm water resources, energy production and generation, and electricity transmission.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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UN Poverty Official Touring Alabama's Black Belt: 'I Haven't Seen This' in the First World
Dec 8, 2017 - Highlights areas of rural Alabama where many residents do not have septic tanks and are forced to pipe sewage out of their homes into open trenches. The potential for spreading illness, whether through old water pipes that might not be perfectly sealed or through exposure while children are playing outside, is a significant health concern. Also touches on the influence of poverty and racial discrimination on this health concern.
Source: AL.com
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USDA Helps Rural Communities Restore Water Systems Damaged by Disasters
Nov 29, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded two grants through the Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grant program to help rural water and sewer utilities recover from recent and future natural disasters. These $500,000 grants will provide training and technical assistance, onsite repairs, and utility management advice for communities of 10,000 people or fewer and will help rural utilities apply for Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) disaster programs and file insurance recovery claims.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels for the Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program Federal Register
Nov 27, 2017 - Corrects errors that were published in an October 12, 2017, notice (82 FR 47446) announcing funding levels and application deadlines for the fiscal year 2017 Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program. Corrections apply to the scoring of high poverty areas, clarifying that areas of high poverty will receive 10 priority points rather than 15.
Source: Federal Register
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Third-World Parasite Plagues the Rural South
Nov 22, 2017 - Highlights the prevalence of hookworm in the rural South, focusing on a specific county in Alabama. Many of these residents cannot afford septic systems, and those who can often have systems that are not conducive to the climate and soil type, pumping sewage back into homes. Details the impact of hookworm disease on health, especially in children, and research happening to better understand the problem and potential solutions.
Source: Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
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RUS: Announcement of Loan Application Procedures, and Deadlines for the Rural Energy Savings Program Federal Register
Nov 20, 2017 - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is requesting letters of intent and loan applications under the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). Loans through the RESP are designed to help rural families and small businesses implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Approximately $8 million was appropriated for use through September 30, 2018. Letters of intent must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern on January 19, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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In Rural America, Community-Driven Solutions Improve Health
Nov 15, 2017 - Blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) on the diversity of rural America as well as the shared strengths and obstacles rural communities face and the impact those obstacles have on health. Includes examples of innovative local solutions in rural communities that were awarded the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, as well as a list of rural health resources.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Blog
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While Lower in Health Rankings, Rural Counties Still Have Advantages
Nov 15, 2017 - Details the results of the 2017 County Health Rankings which found that rural counties are less likely than their urban counterparts to receive high marks for health and are less likely to have organizations, people, and infrastructure in place to improve community health. Also touches on rural advantages that are more difficult to measure, like personal relationships and the interconnected nature of rural communities.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure
Nov 2, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is investing $2.5 billion in loans to support rural electric infrastructure improvements in 27 states through the USDA Rural Development's Electric Program.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels for the Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program Federal Register
Oct 23, 2017 - Corrects a form number that was incorrectly identified in an October 12, 2017, notice (82 FR 47446) announcing the availability of competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The correct form is titled Form AD-1047: Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters — Primary Covered Transactions.
Source: Federal Register
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