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June 25, 2021

 

 
 
USDA Resource Guide 
 

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson shared a resource guide to help rural community leaders start and expand employment opportunities and access resources to train, recruit and create a sustainable rural workforce. “America’s rural workforce is critical to the success of the nation’s economy,” Maxson said. “As USDA continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and help restore the economy, we remain committed to helping rural employers build back America’s rural workforce to be better, stronger and more equitable than ever before.” The resource guide outlines programs and services available at USDA and other federal agencies that support workforce development in rural communities. It helps community leaders and other local entities access resources more easily to create jobs, train talent, expand educational opportunities and provide technical assistance.

 

 
 
 USDA
 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is seeking applications for grants under the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Eligible applicants include cooperatives, groups of cooperatives and cooperative development centers with a majority of its board of directors or governing board comprised of individuals who are members of socially disadvantaged groups. A socially disadvantaged group is one whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of a group and without regard to their individual qualities. For FY 2021, USDA plans to award up to $3 million in grants. The maximum grant award is $175,000. Grants may be used to develop and operate a Rural Cooperative Development Center that could provide the following technical assistance and other services to rural socially disadvantaged groups and businesses: conducting feasibility studies, developing business plans, and providing leadership and operational improvement training. Completed applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Aug. 9, 2021. For additional information, see page 32882 of the June 23 Federal Register, or contact the Illinois USDA Rural Development Office.

 

 
 
EDEN 
 

Severe weather can wreak havoc on the urban tree canopy. But with thoughtful management and care, you can minimize weather-related damage. To learn more about tree health assessment, proper tree selection, and installation techniques, join the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) at noon July 13 (Central time) for a webinar entitled Preparing the Urban Canopy for Weather-Related Disasters. The webinar is free of charge but you must register to get the link.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

Accessible, affordable, and quality housing is an important foundation for every community in Illinois. However, many housing approaches for larger communities may not transfer well to rural contexts, and many rural communities lack the resources to address housing issues in a way that larger cities do. Illinois Extension and Rural Partners will co-host Extension Housing Toolkit on Wednesday, June 30 at Noon CT.  Zach Kennedy and J.D. McClanahan of Illinois Extension will discuss a recent Extension publication, A Housing Toolkit for Rural Illinois, and in doing so, will present the current housing situation in rural Illinois, as well as tools and strategies that rural communities can use to effectively address their local housing needs. Register here.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

June 29 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 2): Broadband 101

June 30 - Illinois Extension Housing Toolkit (Rural Partners)

July 13 - EDEN Preparing the Urban Canopy for Weather-Related Disasters

July 13 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 3): Funding and Partnerships

July 27 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 4): Moving a Broadband Project Forward

August 3 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 5): Broadband Adoption and Affordability: Ensuring Broadband for Everyone

 

 
 
 
 
 

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