Tag Archives: economic diversification

Webinar – Economic Health Means Business: The Fort Collins Story

What do brews, beauty and bikes have to do with the Fort Collins, Colorado, economy? Everything. Fort Collins is at the forefront of a paradigm shift in economic development. In fact, this city of 160,000 residents in North Central Colorado intentionally uses the term “economic health” instead of “economic development” to better reflect its objective of long-term community vitality. The city’s 2015 Economic Health Strategic Plan outlines basic tenets of an economically healthy, sustainable economy: residents can find employment and afford... Read more

Public Lands Support Diverse Rural Economics

​Recent research by Headwaters Economics asked whether federal lands are an economic liability or an asset to rural communities. Their analysis suggests that these lands have the potential contribute to a prosperous rural economy. Federal lands are managed for several objectives, including recreation, water quality and wildlife habitat, as well as revenue from resources. These different management goals can translate into diverse economic opportunities for nearby communities. Read more... Read more

America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program

​The purpose of America’s Promise grant program is to strengthen the pipeline of skilled workers to expand an economic region’s middle- to high-skilled workforce within one or more prioritized industry sector(s), thereby creating economic opportunities for America’s workforce to gain the necessary skills to fill in-demand jobs and increasing the long-term competitiveness of an economic region. Applications due August 25. Learn more and apply... Read more

POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Grants

​The POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative supports a vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs, and attracting new investment. In FY 2016, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), together with the Economic Development Administration, is providing POWER implementation grants and technical assistance grants for activities that address the challenges facing coal-impacted communities in the Appalachian Region. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn... Read more

Webinar: Emerging Opportunities for Economic Diversification in Coal-Reliant Regions, March 22

​The decline of the coal industry is having major ramifications in communities across the country that have been historically reliant upon this energy source for jobs, a tax base and sense of identity. Many coal-reliant communities are seeking to diversify and strengthen their economies through a variety of place-based efforts that tap into local and regional assets. Join the NADO Research Foundation for a free webinar to learn about efforts in two regions. March 22 from 2-3 p.m. EST. Learn more and... Read more