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Resources by Topic: Community and economic development

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
Identifies funding, training, technical assistance, and other federal resources to help rural communities respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Programs are listed by audience for for-profit businesses; agricultural producers and ranchers; state, county, and local government; nonprofits; cooperatives; individuals; healthcare facilities; and tribes and tribal organizations.
Additional links: En Espanol
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Rural Development COVID-19 Response
Find the latest information on USDA Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and other USDA Rural Development actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Building Healthy Rural Communities Together: The Role of Rural Philanthropy in Cross-Sector Partnership to Improve Community Health and Well-Being
Video recording of an interview with Allen Smart of PhilanthropywoRx discussing partnerships between philanthropic organizations, rural communities, and rural healthcare organizations to improve health and well-being through investment in rural places.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Build Healthy Places Network
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Areas with High Poverty: Changing How the 10-20-30 Funding Formula Is Applied Could Increase Impact in Persistent-Poverty Counties
Provides an overview of the "10-20-30 formula" used by some agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development, to allocate funding to persistent poverty counties. Describes how agencies identify persistent-poverty counties, the proportion of funds awarded to these counties in fiscal years 2017-2020, and the impact and limitations of the 10-20-30 formula. Highlights matters for future consideration by Congress.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Local Initiatives Support Corporation: COVID-19 Response
Highlights the Local Initiatives Support Corporation's resources and funding for COVID-19. Provides information for borrowers and grantees and rural small business more broadly.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural LISC
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Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development 2020 Annual Report
Highlights the accomplishments of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development in 2020. Covers outreach and research initiatives on topics including COVID-19 response, food security, community development, and behavioral health.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
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Rural Initiatives Addressing Community Social Needs
Describes the role of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in improving population health and addressing social needs in their communities. Profiles two Critical Access Hospital social needs programs: Lakewood Health System's food access initiatives in Minnesota, and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital's NEK Prosper. Provides an overview of both programs and highlights best practices of each.
Author(s): Madeleine Pick, Megan Lahr, Ira Moscovice
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Uplifting America's Left Behind Places: A Roadmap for a More Equitable Economy
Report examining economic inequality on a geographic scale, addressing inequity across states, rural and urban areas, and counties. Discusses types of spatial inequality, including health, economic, and racial inequities. Offers policy recommendations to leverage federal economic development policy to support local and regional development and discusses investments in connectivity and capacity-building, including broadband, infrastructure, labor markets, and civic institutions, particularly in rural areas.
Author(s): Kenan Fikri, Daniel Newman, Kennedy O'Dell
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Economic Innovation Group
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Social Isolation and Loneliness in Rural Communities and the Role of Cross-Sector Partnerships
Discussion with Carrie Henning-Smith around social isolation and loneliness in rural communities and obstacles to address these issues. Profiles how two Minnesota communities took steps to improve accessibility and social cohesion. Describes how cross-sector partnerships can promote an equitable recovery of rural communities after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Build Healthy Places Network
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Asset-Based Thinking: Q&A with Graham Adams
An interview with Graham Adams of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH). Discusses the work SCORH is doing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also describes a collaboration with the South Carolina Rural Innovation Network to improve job training and keep jobs in rural communities.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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