Tag Archives: Economic Development

Main Street Now Conference

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Join your fellow commercial district revitalization professionals for three exciting days of education sessions, mobile tours, special events, and plenty of opportunities for exploring all the great things Pittsburgh and the surrounding area has to offer. Attendees will explore how Main Streets can position themselves at the forefront of the new economy, dive into the critical intersection of health and place, discover how commercial districts can be drivers of equity and inclusion, and more. Learn more and register... Read more

Balancing Nature & Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes

Transylvania County, NC (Source: The Conservation Fund)
During this 3-day course, community-based teams will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership-building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities. Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home! Team applications due December 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

Advancing Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Business Growth in Urban Manufacturing: Lessons from Portland and Cincinnati

(Source: Urban Manufacturing Alliance)
As entrepreneurship and the innovation economy continue to gain traction in cities across the nation, how can we ensure inclusive participation in low-income residents and communities of color? Learn about initiatives in Portland and Cincinnati that have successfully helped people of color launch and expand innovative, high-tech, and high-growth businesses in their communities. Register now... Read more

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

(Source: Natural Resources Conservation Service)
Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) co-invests with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching and forest operations; local economies; and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area. Applications due April 21. Learn more and apply... Read more

Community Connect Grant Program

Point Hope, Alaska, a 2015 grantee (Source: National Geographic)
The Community Connect Grant Program funds broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service. Grant funds may be used to (1) deploy service to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses; (2) construct, acquire, or expand a community center; and (3) equip a community center that provides free access to service to community residents. Applications due March 13. Learn more and apply... Read more

Englewood Line Trail Could Create Recreation and Job Opportunities for Chicago Residents

The abandoned railroad embankment in Englewood (Source: Englewood Line)
Building on Daniel Burnham’s vision to create a network of interconnected parks, Chicago is looking to build more rail-to-trails like the Bloomindale Trail. One rail-to-trail in the works is the Englewood Line Nature Trail, a proposed two-mile elevated greenway located in the South Side community of the same name. Englewood is a predominately African-American neighborhood that was once home to a bustling commercial district. If the rail-to-trail were built, it could bring in more community investment and improve the quality-of-life... Read more

Local Food Promotion Program

Fresh vegetables at a farmers market (Paul Collins / Flickr)
USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. There are two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants. Applications due March 27. Learn more and apply... Read more

Farmers Market Promotion Program

Farmers market in St. Charles, IL (City of St Charles, IL / Flickr)
The purpose of USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Applications due March 27. Learn... Read more

How Can Lexington Attract Good Jobs, Not Just More Sprawl?

The entrance to the University of Kentucky wants city officials to allow it to add multi-family housing to the 735-acre office and industrial park to attract more development. (Pablo Alcala / Herald Leader)
With demand for development in Lexington, Kentucky, finally picking up after the 2008 financial collapse, there is renewed pressure for another expansion of the Urban Services Boundary, which since 1958 has sought to control sprawl and protect Fayette County’s farmland and signature landscape. The biggest issue will likely be economic development land, because a large chunk of local government revenues come from occupational taxes. Read more... Read more
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