DCTA Program Resources

Resources, guides, tools, and reports, including upcoming and prerecorded webinars, are provided to support Distressed Cities Technical Assistance (DCTA) recipients and smaller distressed communities and municipalities.

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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity Funder Deadline
RESTORE Act Direct Component - Construction and Real Property Activities

This funding opportunity applies only to the Direct Component, and is only for eligible non-construction activities, including projects with or without a non-federal share for another federally funded project, and includes planning assistance needed to prepare the Multiyear Implementation Plan (Multiyear Plan) required by the RESTORE Act.

U.S. Department of the Treasury June 30, 2022
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

This program provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to help microenterprises startup and grow through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund and to provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs.

USDA Rural Development June 30, 2022
NEA Grants for Arts Projects 2, FY2023

Through project-based funding, this program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

National Endowment for the Arts July 07, 2022
Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC): A Grant Initiative for the Appalachian and Delta Regions

The purpose of this grant opportunity is to create economic mobility, address historic inequities for marginalized communities of color and other underserved and underrepresented communities, and produce high-quality employment for workers who reside in the Appalachian and Delta regions.

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration July 08, 2022
Capital Fund At Risk/Receivership/ Substandard/Troubled Program

This program supports the costs of administrative and judicial receiverships and competitive grants to public housing authorities in receivership, designated troubled or substandard, or otherwise at risk, as determined by the Secretary, for costs associated with public housing asset improvement.

HUD July 11, 2022
Community Economic Development Projects

This program offers discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low-income.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families July 11, 2022
Rural Housing Preservation Grant

This program provides grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas, and assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service July 11, 2022
Building Health Department Capacity to Strengthen Climate-Readiness and Resilience in U.S. Communities

This funding opportunity will provide a base level of support for public health officials to establish or build capacity to identify and protect communities and populations who are most disproportionately affected by existing and emerging climate change health threats.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services July 16, 2022
Health Center Program’s Service Area Competition (SAC)

The Health Center Program supports domestic public or private, nonprofit community-based and patient-directed organizations that provide primary health care services to the Nation’s medically underserved populations. The purpose of the SAC notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to ensure continued access to comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services for communities and populations currently served by the Health Center Program.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration July 18, 2022
ROSS (Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency) Service Coordinator Program - FY2022 - NOFO

This program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing with making progress toward economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional and health barriers they face.

HUD July 18, 2022
Addressing Conditions To Improve Population Health [ACTion]

This funding opportunity seeks to expand activities to address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in states, as well as local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions, to improve outcomes among persons experiencing health disparities and inequalities, including expanding and implementing Accelerator Plans, initiating a SDOH implementation program, and providing technical assistance to communities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention July 25, 2022
FY 2022 Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization Grant

Through this program, funds are available for municipality- or community-owned utilities (not including for-profit entities) to repair, rehabilitate, or replace their natural gas distribution pipeline system or portions thereof, or to acquire equipment to reduce incidents and fatalities, and avoid economic losses.

U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration July 25, 2022
FY 2022 Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning

This program provides funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning around a new fixed guideway or core capacity improvement project by examining ways to improve economic development and ridership, foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improve transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, engage the private sector, identify infrastructure needs, and enable mixed-use development near transit stations.

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration July 25, 2022
FY22 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants

These grants support the development of comprehensive plans to revitalize severely distressed public housing and/or HUD-assisted housing and the surrounding neighborhood.

HUD July 28, 2022
FY22 Jobs Plus Initiative

HUD is inviting public housing authorities to apply for funding to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing.

HUD July 29, 2022
FY 2022 Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program

This grant program supports the development of urban agriculture and innovative production through Planning Projects that support development of projects that will either initiate, build upon, or expand initiatives where access to fresh foods are limited or unavailable, and Implementation Projects that accelerate existing and emerging models of urban and/or innovative agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service August 02, 2022
NEA Our Town, FY2023

Through local government and non-profit partnership, this programs supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.

National Endowment for the Arts August 04, 2022
Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program

This grant program supports the undertaking of comprehensive programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately-owned rental or owner-occupied housing populations and provides Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to enhance the lead based paint hazard control activities by comprehensively identifying and addressing other housing hazards that affect occupant health.

HUD Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program August 08, 2022
Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Discretionary Grant Program

This program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through both planning and implementation grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injury.

U.S. Department of Transportation September 15, 2022
Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

This program funds capital projects that support the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities for humanities activities, and digital Infrastructure projects that support the maintenance, modernization, and sustainability of existing digital scholarly projects and platforms.

National Endowment for the Humanities September 27, 2022
Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program

The purpose of this program is to help small rural hospitals with 49 beds or fewer implement quality and operational improvement efforts to align with value-based care.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration November 08, 2022
Rural Health Network Development Program

The purpose of this program is to support integrated rural health care networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network, including skilled and experienced staff and a high functioning network board, in order to address the health care needs of the targeted rural community.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration November 22, 2022
Public Humanities Projects

The NEH Division of Public Programs is accepting applications for projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person, hybrid, or virtual programming that engages humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history.

National Endowment for the Humanities January 11, 2023
Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program

The purpose of this program is to promote the planning and development of integrated rural health care networks to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services and associated health outcomes; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration January 27, 2023
Rural Residency Planning and Development

The purpose of this grant program is to increase the number of rural family medicine, internal medicine, and other high need specialty residency training programs and Rural Track Programs (RTPs) in order to support expansion of the rural physician workforce in areas of demonstrated need.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration January 27, 2023
Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants

This program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA).

USDA Rural Development January 31, 2023
Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities that provide an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area.

USDA Rural Development Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Community Innovation Grants

This program supports nonprofit organizations and government entities coming together to solve community challenges and help people lead in strong, equitable, and connected ways. The Foundation works in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

Bush Foundation Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Dislocated Worker Grants Program Guidance

National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) are discretionary grants awarded to states, outlying areas, tribal governments, and local Workforce Development Boards to provide employment-related services for dislocated workers under two categories - Disaster Recovery and Employment Recovery.

U.S. Department of Labor Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Economic Impact Initiative Grants

This program provides funding through local USDA Rural Development offices to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.

USDA Rural Development Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
EDA Funding Opportunities FYs 2020-2023

This resource provides information on a wide range of technical, planning, and public works and infrastructure assistance in regions experiencing adverse economic changes that may occur suddenly or over time, including CARES Act and ARP Act funding.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Electric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program

These loan and loan guarantees finance the construction of electric distribution, transmission, and generation facilities, including system improvements and replacement required to furnish and improve electric service in rural areas, as well as demand-side management, energy conservation programs, and on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems.

USDA Rural Development Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

This program helps eligible communities prepare, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water.

USDA Rural Development Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Emergency Rural Health Care (ERHC) Grant Program

This program provides grant funds in the form of immediate relief to rural health care services to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency, and funds impact grants to advance ideas and solutions to solve regional health care problems to support long-term sustainability of rural health.

USDA Rural Housing Service Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program

As part of USDA’s Build Back Better initiative, this program guarantees loans of up to $40 million for qualified lenders to finance food systems projects, specifically for the start-up or expansion of activities in the middle of the food supply chain. The program will support new investments in infrastructure for food aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution to increase capacity and create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain.

USDA Rural Development Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
FY 2020 EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs including CARES Act Funding

This NOFO solicits applications for investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies, new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
FY 2021 – FY 2023 EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs

This grant program makes planning and local technical assistance investments to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Notice of Funding Opportunity

This EDA ARPA Tourism NOFO is designed to provide a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions to rebuild and strengthen their travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industry through various infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Reimbursement to Local Governments for Emergency Response to Hazardous Substance Releases Regulation Overview

This program offers reimbursement to local governments for expenses related to the release (or threatened release) of hazardous substances and associated emergency response measures.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program

This program provides grants for revolving loan funds and zero-interest loans for rural projects through local utility organizations which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas.

USDA Rural Development Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Rural Housing Site Loans

Rural Housing site loans provide two types of loans to purchase and develop housing sites for low- and moderate-income families.

USDA Rural Development Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Seed Grant Program

This program provides resident-driven groups in small cities and towns $10,000 in startup funding to implement the Community Heart & Soul model which is based on three powerful principles–involve everyone, focus on what matters most, and play the long game.

Community Heart & Soul Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants

This forecasted opportunity invites applications to address two inter-related needs: 1) to increase the capacity and responsiveness of community colleges to address identified equity gaps, and 2) to meet the skill development needs of employers in in-demand industries and career pathways, as well as the skill development needs of underserved and underrepresented workers.

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Trainings and Events

Training Host Date
2021 Section 3 Final Rule Training Series - Office Hours Sessions 1 and 2

Recordings are available for the first two sessions which provided an opportunity for participants from the 2021 Section 3 Final Rule Training Series to ask questions about the training content and receive assistance with implementing Section 3 into their policies and programs.

HUD November 30, 2021 - December 02, 2021
2021 VAD Academy

This series of webinars provides the latest insights and tools to help address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties (VAD) in your community.

Center for Community Progress August 28, 2021
2022 Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar Series

This seminar series offers a forum for exploring the intersection of research, policy, and practice in the community development field and informs stakeholders who are working to support low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color.

Fed Communities June 29, 2022 - October 20, 2022
2022 VAD Academy

The VAD Academy is designed for government, nonprofit, and private sector professionals and community partners, who aim to equitably address problem properties. This session will build a foundation for strategy development by explaining the impacts and triggers associated with VAD properties.

Center for Community Progress June 15, 2022
A Playbook for Immediate Deadlines and Program Implementation

In this webinar Witt O’Brien’s experts outlined the immediate steps counties should take when evaluating whether to opt-in to receive the reserved allocation in the new $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, the strategies for immediate actions ahead of receiving funds, and a framework for a successful program.

National Association of Counties January 08, 2021
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUS) Explained

In this series, experts looked at some of the major policy considerations in legalizing accessory dwelling units, how they get built and financed, and the role they can play in our affordable housing landscape.

Shelterforce May 02, 2022 - May 16, 2022
Accessory Dwelling Units | LISC Institute Webinar

This webinar features two Rubinger Fellows who spoke about how they have leveraged Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which offer an alternative to customary housing units, taking the form of basement apartments, living units above the garage, new detached units, or 'tiny houses' built in the backyard of an existing home.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation May 29, 2019
Activating the WE-Making Framework: Using Arts and Culture to Unite People for Community Well-being

This webinar presents WE-Making, a ground-breaking framework for how arts and culture unite people to work toward community well-being.

PolicyLink October 05, 2021
Addressing the Climate Crisis with Green Housing for All

In this webinar, two authors discussed their respective ideas about how delivering on the human right to housing and combatting the climate crisis go hand-in-hand. Each discussed the intersection between equity, housing, and sustainability.

Island Press May 05, 2021
Advanced Tax Credit Course

This course will take a deeper dive into the use and applicability of tax credits covering details and case studies of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to show how they come together on a given transaction and how tax credits work with other economic development tools such as bonds or loans.

Council of Development Finance Agencies September 21, 2022 - September 22, 2022
Affordable Housing as a Driver of Economic Mobility: Tools for Counties and Cities

This webinar featured expert guidance for cities and counties, innovative housing work by city and county leaders and a forthcoming tool from the National Association of Counties and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program to support local policymaking.

National Association of Counties November 09, 2021
Aging in Place in Rural America: Challenges, Opportunities, and Policy Initiatives

This webinar presented results from a range of studies investigating challenges, opportunities, and policy implications for older adults aging in place and living in rural areas.

Rural Health Research Gateway, Rural Health Research Center January 18, 2022
Aligning Your Programs with Federal Funding Webinar Series: A Focus on Health and Human Services - Recording

This webinar focused on expanding the use of GIS with federal funding to address health and human services needs.

Esri and National Association of Counties November 17, 2021
Aligning Your Programs with Federal Funding Webinar Series: A Focus on Housing, Economic Development, and Planning - Recording

This webinar focused on expanding the use of GIS with federal funding to address housing, economic development, and planning needs.

Esri and National Association of Counties November 15, 2021
Aligning Your Programs with Federal Funding Webinar Series: A Focus on Transportation and Transit - Recording

This webinar focused on expanding the use of GIS with federal funding to address transportation and transit needs.

Esri and National Association of Counties December 06, 2021
Analysis of Updated SSBCI Guidelines

This public briefing provided an overview of the new SSBCI Capital Program Policy Guidelines, including application timelines and requirements, key provisions in the updated guidance, and answers to audience questions.

Council of Development Finance Agencies November 22, 2021
Announcing the NACo Managed Cybersecurity Solution

This webinar about a partnership created to provide a comprehensive strategy to county Information Security Programs described how the partnership can maximizes the cost and operational efficiency of leading-edge software solutions, maximizes the efficiency of county resource utilization, and will uphold the highest cybersecurity standards.

National Association of Counties February 10, 2021
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Broadband Programs: Overview of the NTIA's Notice of Funding Opportunities

This webinar provided an overview of the new Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) released by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to administer $48 billion in broadband infrastructure and digital equity funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

National Association of Counties June 01, 2022
Breaking Down ARPA: Understanding the Funding Available to Your County

This webinar provided an overview of NACo's new interactive tool that aims to help counties assess potential funding streams established by ARPA so they can better utilize their direct allocation.

National Association of Counties June 04, 2021
Broadband Financing Series

This five-part webinar series, recorded pre COVID-19, focused on broadband development finance with an emphasis on the legal, technical, and financial challenges facing communities working to develop broadband.

Council of Development Finance Agencies and IceMiller Legal Counsel December 31, 2019
Broadband Programs and Funding within the ReConnect Program

This podcast featured USDA Rural Development administrators discussing broadband grant and loan programs, particularly as they relate to Native American communities.

Native Learning Center November 17, 2021
Building Equitable and Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems in Smaller Cities

This virtual workshop build on the Equitable Small Business Ecosystems Practitioner's Guide, taking a deeper dive into how to apply learnings and tools from the Practitioner's Guide to smaller cities and exploring how small cities can increase their capacity and resources within traditionally smaller ecosystems.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Next Street March 21, 2022
CDBG Timeliness and Best Practices to Achieve Timely Performance

This video explains the timely expenditure and distribution requirements of the CDBG program, how the timeliness calculation works and how to apply it, the challenges faced adhering to the requirements, and best practices for proactively managing CDBG grant funds.

HUD June 19, 2018
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series

This series of webinars will cover a wide range of development finance topics such as forecasting the bond market and financing rural broadband. These webinars are free and will be viewable after the recording.

Council of Development Finance Agencies and Bank of New York Mellon April 19, 2022 - August 16, 2022
CDFA Infrastructure Finance Learning Series

This learning series aims to help communities develop a comprehensive understanding of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), while providing guidance on preparing for, planning, and financing infrastructure projects.

Council of Development Finance Agencies and Ernst & Young LLP April 19, 2022 - December 06, 2022
CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series: Assembling Capital for Rural Development

This webinar provided information and best practices for creatively stacking capital and essential financing sources employed by rural communities to complete projects in today’s economy.

Council of Development Finance Agencies June 01, 2021
CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series: Best Practices for Rural Development Finance Agencies

In this webinar experts shared best practices for development finance agencies to help identify the right partners for rural development projects.

Council of Development Finance Agencies August 31, 2021
CDFA Virtual Summer School

This virtual training offers three different training courses with expert practitioners covering the fundamentals of economic development finance, an introduction to the EB-5 Program, and an introduction to rural finance to support smaller rural communities.

Council of Development Finance Agencies August 01, 2022 - August 04, 2022
CDFA-Bricker Webinar Series: Financing Green and Sustainable Assets

This series of free webinars will highlight the various financing options for green and sustainable assets in both the private and public sectors, including an array of loans, debt mechanisms, and investments that are used to encourage the development of green projects or minimize the impact on the climate of more regular projects.

Council of Development Finance Agencies and Bricker & Eckler LLP May 03, 2022 - November 22, 2022
Childcare and COVID-19: Federal Resources and Best Practices for County Governments

This webinar focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on access to safe and affordable childcare, and what counties have done to maintain the current supply of childcare and sustain childcare businesses upon reopening.

National Association of Counties June 17, 2020
Community-Based Solar Lending: Bringing Clean Energy to Low-Income Communities

This webinar included a presentation and Q&A on methods of bringing clean energy to low-income communities through community-based financing and explained how this can help communities nationwide tap into renewable energy.

Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire April 21, 2021
County Broadband Program Implementation: Key Considerations

This webinar explained how county and local governments can successfully implement local broadband programs and effectively leverage public investment and funding programs to help public sector agencies and officials understand key challenges and considerations for establishing a comprehensive broadband program and effectively leveraging public-private partnerships to deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable broadband.

National Association of Counties February 01, 2022
County Eviction Series: Solutions from Across the Country

In this webinar county leaders discussed challenges and solutions to the eviction crisis, including county programming and support for children and families whose housing and financial stability are at heightened risk due to COVID-19.

National Association of Counties February 04, 2021
COVID’s Effect on How Investors, Lenders View LIHTC Markets and Property Types

In this episode of Tax Credit Tuesday podcast series, Michael Novogradac, CPA, and Novogradac partner Blair Kincer, MAI, CRE, discuss the various ways the pandemic and its economic repercussions affected LIHTC properties.

Novogradac March 08, 2022
COVID-19 Cost Recovery: Ways to Maximize Federal Funding

In this webinar Hagerty Consulting team discussed ongoing response and recovery challenges and offered potential solutions by outlining recent federal policy changes, current federal funding opportunities, and tangible ways to jumpstart your community’s financial recovery process.

National Association of Counties February 25, 2021
COVID-19 Rental Assistance: A Playbook for Program Implementation

This webinar featured experts from Witt O’Brien’s who outlined strategies for action and a framework for designing a successful rental assistance program.

National Association of Counties January 15, 2021
E104: Grow with Google: Helping Jobseekers Kickstart Their Careers in High-Demand Fields

In this webinar Christian Michael, Program Manager for Grow with Google, discussed the work that Google is doing to create opportunities for nontraditional talent to kickstart their career in high demand fields, including IT.

Workforce Central, National Association of Workforce Boards December 01, 2020
EIG OZ Webinar Series | Government Strategies for Deploying Federal Funding in Opportunity Zones

In this webinar panelists discussed how state and local governments are considering Opportunity Zones (OZ) as part of broader strategies to deliver COVID-19 and economic relief funding, and how OZ equity is being integrated into the suite of economic development financing tools.

Economic Innovation Group September 21, 2021
Emergency Rental Assistance Programs: What You Need to Know

This webinar features the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Housing Initiative at Penn (HIP) covering tools, resources, and the types of emergency rental assistance available nationwide.

HUD June 10, 2021
Enhancing Fiscal Resilience in a Disruptive Environment: What We’ve Learned and What’s Next

In this webinar KPMG and county officials discussed different approaches to enhance resilience in light of shifting public health, economic, budgetary and community dynamics – and how the difficult lessons of 2020 can help counties navigate a still uncertain 2021 outlook.

National Association of Counties December 18, 2020
Enhancing Workforce Skills that Match Local Industry Needs

This webinar about county-based approaches for improving employment outcomes for local residents included tips and strategies that counties can pursue to expand career pathways and strengthen the local economy.

National Association of Counties April 27, 2021
Eviction Prevention Toolkit: Using a Financial Capability Approach to Prevent Evictions

In this webinar Barbara Geries from Champlain Housing Trust and Harold Nassau from The Consortium for Housing Asset Management (CHAM) discussed the value of operating an Eviction Prevention Program (EPP), provided basic information about program structuring, and gave examples of existing programs.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation April 18, 2019
Explore The Future Of Multifamily Housing

This three-day event offers exclusive access to the insight needed to survive the challenges and to tap into opportunities for the future of the multifamily housing market.

Multifamily Executive and Build with Strength September 28, 2022 - September 30, 2022
February 7: National HoUSed Campaign Call for Universal, Stable, and Affordable Housing

In this webinar participants received updates about developments on Capitol Hill, heard about new research on mayors’ perceptions of homelessness in their cities, learned about a database focused on housing covered by the CARES Act 30-day eviction notice requirement, received news from the field, and more.

National Low Income Housing Coalition February 07, 2022
Federal Resources for Creative Community Development

This webinar, designed to help communities access federal funds and harness the power of arts and culture to achieve community development goals, introduces the Creative Placemaking Public Resources Guide which helps community development practitioners, artists, and arts and cultural organizations survey the landscape and decode the language of federal government funding opportunities that might support creative placemaking efforts.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations February 09, 2021
FEMA and Philanthropy: How to Best Utilize Your Dollars and Avoid Duplication Webinar

This webinar was designed to help funders learn how the federal government and FEMA respond to disasters, including what FEMA does and does not do, how other government departments and agencies respond, and what grant-makers should support to expand their reach, fill resource gaps and avoid duplication?

Center for Disaster Philanthropy February 17, 2022
FEMA Region II Preparedness and Resilience Webinars 2020

This catalog from FEMA Region II provides links to more than 70 pre-recorded webinars held in 2020. Webinars are grouped by 14 topic areas offering guidance on a wide array of individual and community awareness, preparedness, response, recovery, and resilience concerns.

Federal Emergency Management Agency January 01, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Fighting Food Insecurity during COVID-19 and Beyond: Key Updates for County Leaders

In this webinar county leaders, congressional staff, and national experts discussed how emergency COVID-19 legislation can help counties combat food insecurity and the implications it may have for national anti-hunger policy moving forward.

National Association of Counties February 05, 2021
Follow the Data on the Pathway to Recovery

In this webinar nationally recognized Treasurer Scott German of Genesee County, NY discussed how he has maximized the value of Genesee County's cash through liquidity data and treasury service monitoring and explained how to leverage technology and follow data findings to ensure every tax dollar is being maximized and to optimize short- and long-term cash performance.

National Association of Counties February 18, 2021
Food Security as a Driver of Economic Mobility: Strategies for Local Governments

This webinar will feature an expert overview of the state of food insecurity in the United States as well as example solutions from both cities and counties working with key community partners to enhance food production, transportation, and distribution.

National Association of Counties June 16, 2022
From the Event: Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Treasury Dept. Guidance (Call)

This call unpacked the Treasury Department’s comprehensive guidance on the allowable uses of the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund in the American Rescue Plan Act, including downloadable resources and recommendations for municipal officials to ensure appropriate use of the funds.

National League of Cities May 12, 2021
Getting into Integrated Design

In this episode of Green in Action, host Kimberly Vermeer speaks with five 'green' leaders about how they apply the integrated design process in their work.

Urban Habitat Initiatives August 16, 2021
GFOA's Fundamentals Virtual Forum

This virtual training is designed for new government finance officers, with seven of the ten sessions based on topics from GFOA's Certified Public Finance Officers (CPFO) program.

Government Finance Officers Association July 11, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Growing County Economies with Stronger Child Care Systems

This webinar discussed how improving and expanding early learning facilities can increase access to high quality child care and enable parents to participate in the labor force, as well as how counties can include early learning infrastructure investments in broader economic development efforts.

National Children’s Facilities Network and National Association of Counties October 19, 2021
Healthy Affordable Housing: Bridging Research and Practice

This webinar introduced Fitwel, a building certification system that sets standards for design features and operational strategies that support the health of people living in multifamily residential properties.

Consortium for Housing and Asset Management September 30, 2021
Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge

This webinar series engaged Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge winners to delve into the research, policies and practices that inform and drive innovations in their respective communities and nationwide.

Enterprise Community Partners January 27, 2021 - October 20, 2021
How Cities Are Making Holistic Housing Policy

This webinar included a panel discussion with city officials from Austin, Boston and New York City who discussed programs in those cities that highlight the Right to Return, net-zero emissions housing projects, and mandatory broadband access in all new affordable housing construction.

Next City December 14, 2021
How Community Development Organizations Change When They Embrace Arts and Culture

This webinar featured community-based organizations and local artists sharing stories and lessons learned from local strategies to build stronger connections with residents, create and enhance neighborhood identity and solidarity, and achieve better outcomes in local planning and policy.

Arts, Culture, and Community Development May 13, 2020
How to Use Property Condition Data for Vacant Land Stewardship

This webinar will cover how places are using walking or windshield surveys to capture a variety of property condition information, mapping it, and using it to inform vacant land stewardship and other revitalization efforts, including different models for implementing property condition inventories and how to use the data.

Center for Community Progress July 28, 2022
Infrastructure Finance Series

This free in-depth video series focuses on the characteristics of infrastructure, the innovative tools for financing various infrastructure projects, and how the private sector impacts the landscape of infrastructure investment. Topics include unlocking capital, transportation finance strategies, water finance introduction, P3 for energy financing, and financing environmental Infrastructure.

Council of Development Finance Agencies, Frost Brown Todd LLC, and FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC April 01, 2022
Intro Infrastructure Finance WebCourse

This interactive web course will bring together development finance experts from different infrastructure disciplines to analyze the financing tools being used nationwide and will help communities understand the fundamental concepts behind infrastructure projects with a focus on raising capital to meet local and regional needs.

Council of Development Finance Agencies June 27, 2022 - June 28, 2022
Intro Public-Private Partnership (P3) Finance Course

This course will examine this emerging development finance model with a focus on how development finance agencies can adopt P3 principles to address a variety of projects, including basic P3 concepts, key players involved in transactions, asset valuation, contract negotiation, risk assessment, revenue stream development, and feasibility analysis.

Council of Development Finance Agencies June 29, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Intro to Tax Credit Finance Webcourse

This course will examine the application of tax credit programs and their use in greater economic development finance efforts, including new markets, low income housing, historic preservation, and state-specific programs.

Council of Development Finance Agencies September 19, 2022 - September 20, 2022
Investing in the Future of Small Businesses

In this session of the 2021 Corporate Citizenship Conference: Business Solves speakers explored the evolving role of business in society and how the private sector continues to bring innovative solutions to the forefront.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation November 19, 2021
Lead Safe Housing Rule Webinar Series: Subparts J and K - June/July 2022

This webinar series that will review federal lead regulations with a focus on the Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR) activities, providing a step-by-step explanation of how practitioners can create healthy housing while complying and documenting compliance with the LSHR.

HUD June 15, 2022 - July 07, 2022
Leveraging Equitable, Measurable and Sustainable Solutions for ARPA Recovery Fund Planning and Local Investments

This webinar features national experts and county leaders discussing how to set measurable, equitable outcomes that will drive the impact of local Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund planning and implementation efforts.

National Association of Counties December 14, 2021
LISC Institute Webinar: Promoting Equitable Industrial District Recovery

This webinar featured a panel discussion on how cities, intermediaries, community organizations, and philanthropy can support industrial district ecosystems in ways that advance equitable economic outcomes and a review of the findings form a recent white paper, Industrial District Revitalization in Three Cities, on how LISC helped revitalize industrial districts in Duluth, Jacksonville, and Indianapolis.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation April 04, 2021
Local Strategies for Housing, Wealth, and Job Equity Webinar Series

This Reinventing Our Communities (ROC) Local was a series of 11 webinars that examined local solutions to housing, jobs, and wealth through an equity lens, and provided community leaders with strategies to frame, contextualize, and organize around community challenges.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia June 17, 2020 - July 24, 2020
Managing and Maximizing Federal Grant Funding

This webinar provided a high-level funding overview of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery allocations from 2020 and 2021, along with experts advice on usage and allocation of these funds.

National Association of Counties May 03, 2022
Maximizing Value on Every Public Dollar During and After COVID-19

This webinar focused on how counties can use liquidity analyses and data to maximize the value on current tax dollars and any CARES Act funding received and review ways to look under every stone for taxpayer benefit.

National Association of Counties June 24, 2020
Measurable Equity 2020: A Virtual Conference to Advance Racial Justice

This virtual conference about a results-based framework for measurable equity, showed how leaders can collectively work together to target equity strategies, move beyond services to focus on policies, institutions, and structures, and align partners to take action and track progress.

Clear Impact and PolicyLink November 13, 2020
Moving Beyond Green Buildings with Dana Bourland

In this episode of the Green in Action podcast, host Kimberly Vermeer spoke with Dana Bourland about their motivations to push for healthy and equitable housing and discussed what that looks like on a community scale.

Urban Habitat Initiatives October 18, 2021
NACo 2022 Annual Conference and Exposition

At this conference, participants from counties of all sizes will come together to shape NACo's federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge networks to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.

National Association of Counties July 21, 2022 - July 24, 2022
National Development Finance Summit

This conference will bring together the leaders and dealmakers in the development finance industry to discuss best practices, trends, and project financing solutions.

Council of Development Finance Agencies November 02, 2022 - November 04, 2022
National Policy Update: Bipartisan Infrastructure Package & Build Back Better

This webinar covered both the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better plan, including key provisions of importance to counties.

National Association of Counties November 09, 2021
Navigating Federal Funding Streams: Developing a Grant Management Strategy

This webinar provided a funding overview and discussed how to look at the various federal funding streams in order to develop a grant management strategy and plan to ensure that funding is maximized, duplication does not occur, and necessary first steps are taken to maximize federal investments.

National Association of Counties October 04, 2021
NLC City Summit

This conference will highlight how cities are leading the future and how to best use impact, action and service as tools for a better tomorrow, including opportunities to share with peers, public and private sector stakeholders and subject matter experts.

National League of Cities November 17, 2022 - November 19, 2022
Novogradac Online LIHTC Property Compliance Workshop - (June 2022)

This two-day course will provide attendees with the most up-to-date low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) compliance knowledge and industry trends critical to owners and property managers.

Novogradac June 14, 2022 - June 15, 2022
Nurturing Black Homeownership and Generational Wealth

In this webinar Andre Perry, senior fellow at Brookings Institution and author of “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities”, discussed the challenges and shared data on the disparities in home values in majority-Black communities.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation May 20, 2021
Pathway to Recovery: Liquidity Management in 2021

This webinar introduced the Pathway to Recovery® and showed how liquidity management can position an entity for success in managing American Rescue Plan Funds in 2021 and beyond.

National Association of Counties May 20, 2021
Preventing County Financial Fraud

This webinar discussed ways of detecting and preventing county financial fraud from both the treasurer and elected officials' perspectives, including how to spot warning signs, how to educate county employees on how to spot and prevent fraud, and how to exercise sound stewardship of county funds.

National Association of Counties January 06, 2022
Public Spaces and Technology

This webinar featured an engaging conversation with public space leaders and technologists to explore critical questions about the best ways to leverage technology to better serve communities.

Next City and Knight Foundation April 27, 2022
Pursuing Equity as we Emerge into a Post-Pandemic Economy

This webinar will explore how community development leaders are navigating inflation, wage growth and new labor power dynamics to address racial wealth, health and opportunity gaps.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation June 30, 2022
Rebuilding with Care: Advancing Quality Childcare in Rural Places

This webinar shared learned experience, current approaches, and practical lessons from rural childcare providers and organizations that support and advance their work to create a stronger and more viable rural childcare system.

Aspen Institute May 26, 2021
Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference 2022

This conference is dedicated to strengthening communities through new strategies to transform vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties into community assets.

Center for Community Progress September 07, 2022 - September 09, 2022
Reducing Barriers to Employment and Higher Education

This webinar discussed ways to strengthen career pathways and achieve economic mobility for low-income residents, including creating cross-sector partnerships with higher education and coordinating services across multiple sectors to promote positive outcomes for adult students and job seekers who are disconnected from education and employment opportunities.

National Association of Counties April 26, 2021
Responding to COVID-19 Webinar Series

This webinar series consists of a total of six sessions spread across three topic areas. The topic areas are housing, health, and economic development. The following recordings are posted:

HUD July 13, 2020 - August 25, 2020
Retail, Real Estate, and Legislation Webinars

This webpage offers a variety of re-recorded webinars on retail, community, and real estate development topics.

Retail Strategies April 15, 2022
Rural Health and COVID-19

This webinar provided an overview of the rural health focused efforts by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture HHS and USDA and highlighted specific tools and resources to help combat COVID-19.

Rural Health Information Hub May 12, 2020
Rural Resilience: Hurricanes, Wildfire, and COVID-19

This webinar shared how disaster preparedness and response continue in communities dealing with wildfires, hurricanes, and extreme weather, all while also feeling the impacts of a pandemic.

Rural Assembly and Daily Yonder June 24, 2020
Strategies for Federal Arts & Humanities Funding

This webinar presented tips and strategies for researchers and others interested in pursuing federal grants from the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

University of Michigan Research Development August 13, 2020
Strength Matters Financial Management Conference

The goal of this conferenece is to meet the financial management and peer exchange needs of professionals in the nonprofit affordable housing and community development industry.

Strength Matters September 07, 2022 - September 09, 2022
Strengthening County Partnerships with Post-Secondary Education Systems and Enhancing Local Workforce Opportunities

This workshop explored how counties can partner with local post-secondary education systems and other sectors, such as workforce development, human services, and health, to maximize educational and employment opportunities for residents.

National Association of Counties April 22, 2021
Sustainability and the Path to Equity

This webinar explored how communities, NGOs, and the private sector can work together to create a more sustainable economy that delivers environmental justice and creates opportunity for all.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation August 05, 2020
The 2022 Rural LISC Seminar: Rural Talks Series

This virtual and limited in-person seminar includes three separate events offering an opportunity to discuss this unique moment in time when billions in public dollars are making important advances in Broadband and Infrastructure, Housing, and Workforce and Small Business possible through collaboration and public and private partnerships.

Rural Local Initiative Support Corporation May 10, 2022 - December 09, 2022
Tips and Tricks for Maximizing ARPA Spending with EY

In this webinar county leaders shared strategies to take advantage of ARPA funding to meet the specific needs of their communities and discussed how they have navigated performance management and compliance requirements.

National Association of Counties November 19, 2021
Understanding Eligible Expenses of the Fiscal Recovery Fund: Revenue Loss

This webinar focused on how counties can use their ARP State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund allocations for the provision of “government services” to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to COVID-19.

National Association of Counties June 03, 2021
Understanding Eligible Uses of the Fiscal Recovery Fund: Supporting Underserved Communities

This webinar focused on how counties can use their ARP State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund allocations to address the pandemic’s negative economic impact on children, families, and individuals in underserved communities.

National Association of Counties June 10, 2021
Understanding Eligible Uses of the Fiscal Recovery Fund: Water and Sewer Infrastructure

This webinar focused on how counties can use their ARP State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund allocations to support the critical need for investments and improvements to existing water and sewer infrastructure.

National Association of Counties June 16, 2021
Uniform Relocation Assistance (URA) the HUD Way

This 8-part web-based training course provides basic information and resources to HUD grantees and funding recipients on URA requirements for HUD funded projects.

HUD November 09, 2021
URA the HUD Way Training – URA-DR Video Now Available

This short video introduces CDBG-DR grantees to the applicability of both Uniform Relocation Assistance (URA) and Section 104(d) when using HUD CDBG-DR funds.

HUD November 09, 2021
Using State CDBG to Promote Economic Development Webinar

In this webinar presenters provided an overview of how to use State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to promote economic development.

HUD March 09, 2011
Water Exchange Speaker Series: Live Panel Session: Funding Solutions to Municipal Water Challenges

This live panel discussion brought municipalities and governmental agencies together to show how federal funding and collaboration can lead to innovative solutions for urban water challenges.

HUD August 24, 2021
What the Community Reinvestment Act Changes Mean for More Equitable Cities

This webinar discussed the new rule changes proposed for the Community Reinvestment Act, and what the changes mean for communities, community development and the banking industry.

Next City May 18, 2022
White House Briefing for County Leaders: The Bipartisan Innovation Act & Key Provisions for Counties

This webinar featured representatives from the White House, including the Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs, the National Economic Council, and Legislative Affairs for a briefing and update on the Bipartisan Innovation Act (BIA) and the importance of Regional Technology Hubs.

National Association of Counties April 07, 2022
Women of Color on the Front Lines

This video series profiles women of color who are fighting today’s most pressing affordable housing issues in places like Detroit; Santa Ana, California; New Orleans; and Tacoma, Washington.

Shelterforce November 30, 2021 - March 07, 2022
Training Host Date
Pursuing Equity as we Emerge into a Post-Pandemic Economy

This webinar will explore how community development leaders are navigating inflation, wage growth and new labor power dynamics to address racial wealth, health and opportunity gaps.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation June 30, 2022
How to Use Property Condition Data for Vacant Land Stewardship

This webinar will cover how places are using walking or windshield surveys to capture a variety of property condition information, mapping it, and using it to inform vacant land stewardship and other revitalization efforts, including different models for implementing property condition inventories and how to use the data.

Center for Community Progress July 28, 2022
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series

This series of webinars will cover a wide range of development finance topics such as forecasting the bond market and financing rural broadband. These webinars are free and will be viewable after the recording.

Council of Development Finance Agencies and Bank of New York Mellon April 19, 2022 - August 16, 2022
CDFA Infrastructure Finance Learning Series

This learning series aims to help communities develop a comprehensive understanding of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), while providing guidance on preparing for, planning, and financing infrastructure projects.

Council of Development Finance Agencies and Ernst & Young LLP April 19, 2022 - December 06, 2022
CDFA Virtual Summer School

This virtual training offers three different training courses with expert practitioners covering the fundamentals of economic development finance, an introduction to the EB-5 Program, and an introduction to rural finance to support smaller rural communities.

Council of Development Finance Agencies August 01, 2022 - August 04, 2022
GFOA's Fundamentals Virtual Forum

This virtual training is designed for new government finance officers, with seven of the ten sessions based on topics from GFOA's Certified Public Finance Officers (CPFO) program.

Government Finance Officers Association July 11, 2022 - July 15, 2022
NACo 2022 Annual Conference and Exposition

At this conference, participants from counties of all sizes will come together to shape NACo's federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge networks to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.

National Association of Counties July 21, 2022 - July 24, 2022
Intro Infrastructure Finance WebCourse

This interactive web course will bring together development finance experts from different infrastructure disciplines to analyze the financing tools being used nationwide and will help communities understand the fundamental concepts behind infrastructure projects with a focus on raising capital to meet local and regional needs.

Council of Development Finance Agencies June 27, 2022 - June 28, 2022
Intro Public-Private Partnership (P3) Finance Course

This course will examine this emerging development finance model with a focus on how development finance agencies can adopt P3 principles to address a variety of projects, including basic P3 concepts, key players involved in transactions, asset valuation, contract negotiation, risk assessment, revenue stream development, and feasibility analysis.

Council of Development Finance Agencies June 29, 2022 - June 30, 2022
2022 Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar Series

This seminar series offers a forum for exploring the intersection of research, policy, and practice in the community development field and informs stakeholders who are working to support low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color.

Fed Communities June 29, 2022 - October 20, 2022
CDFA-Bricker Webinar Series: Financing Green and Sustainable Assets

This series of free webinars will highlight the various financing options for green and sustainable assets in both the private and public sectors, including an array of loans, debt mechanisms, and investments that are used to encourage the development of green projects or minimize the impact on the climate of more regular projects.

Council of Development Finance Agencies and Bricker & Eckler LLP May 03, 2022 - November 22, 2022
The 2022 Rural LISC Seminar: Rural Talks Series

This virtual and limited in-person seminar includes three separate events offering an opportunity to discuss this unique moment in time when billions in public dollars are making important advances in Broadband and Infrastructure, Housing, and Workforce and Small Business possible through collaboration and public and private partnerships.

Rural Local Initiative Support Corporation May 10, 2022 - December 09, 2022
National Development Finance Summit

This conference will bring together the leaders and dealmakers in the development finance industry to discuss best practices, trends, and project financing solutions.

Council of Development Finance Agencies November 02, 2022 - November 04, 2022
NLC City Summit

This conference will highlight how cities are leading the future and how to best use impact, action and service as tools for a better tomorrow, including opportunities to share with peers, public and private sector stakeholders and subject matter experts.

National League of Cities November 17, 2022 - November 19, 2022
Strength Matters Financial Management Conference

The goal of this conferenece is to meet the financial management and peer exchange needs of professionals in the nonprofit affordable housing and community development industry.

Strength Matters September 07, 2022 - September 09, 2022
Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference 2022

This conference is dedicated to strengthening communities through new strategies to transform vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties into community assets.

Center for Community Progress September 07, 2022 - September 09, 2022
Intro to Tax Credit Finance Webcourse

This course will examine the application of tax credit programs and their use in greater economic development finance efforts, including new markets, low income housing, historic preservation, and state-specific programs.

Council of Development Finance Agencies September 19, 2022 - September 20, 2022
Advanced Tax Credit Course

This course will take a deeper dive into the use and applicability of tax credits covering details and case studies of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to show how they come together on a given transaction and how tax credits work with other economic development tools such as bonds or loans.

Council of Development Finance Agencies September 21, 2022 - September 22, 2022
Explore The Future Of Multifamily Housing

This three-day event offers exclusive access to the insight needed to survive the challenges and to tap into opportunities for the future of the multifamily housing market.

Multifamily Executive and Build with Strength September 28, 2022 - September 30, 2022
Training Host Date
Food Security as a Driver of Economic Mobility: Strategies for Local Governments

This webinar featured an expert overview of the state of food insecurity in the United States, and shared how cities and counties are working to improve the food security of residents by integrating local efforts across jurisdictions and working with key community partners to enhance food production, transportation, and distribution.

National Association of Counties and National League of Cities June 16, 2022
Ready to Rebuild: Advancing Infrastructure Jobs in Federally Funded Transportation Projects

This webinar included discussion of the recently announced partnership on forthcoming funding opportunities from the Departments of Labor and Transportation that include requirements and allowances for focuses on job quality and equitable workforce development, including guidance on tools and checklists to help with the application process.

National Association of Counties June 09, 2022
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Broadband Programs: Overview of the NTIA's Notice of Funding Opportunities

This webinar provided an overview of the new Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) released by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to administer $48 billion in broadband infrastructure and digital equity funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

National Association of Counties June 01, 2022
What the Community Reinvestment Act Changes Mean for More Equitable Cities

This webinar discussed the new rule changes proposed for the Community Reinvestment Act, and what the changes mean for communities, community development and the banking industry.

Next City May 18, 2022
Opportunity Zones Strategies that Support Early-Stage Businesses

This webinar discuss Opportunity Zones (OZ) efforts—capacity building initiatives, investments strategies, and proposed policy changes—to support the growth of early-stage companies.

Economic Innovation Group May 16, 2022
Investing In Puerto Rico’s Opportunity Zones, With Direct Source Wealth

In this webinar Kira Golden discussed the unique opportunities available to investors in Puerto Rico and highlights an industrial complex near one of the island’s busiest airports.

The Opportunity Zones Database May 09, 2022
Managing and Maximizing Federal Grant Funding

This webinar provided a high-level funding overview of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery allocations from 2020 and 2021, along with experts advice on usage and allocation of these funds.

National Association of Counties May 03, 2022
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUS) Explained

In this series, experts looked at some of the major policy considerations in legalizing accessory dwelling units, how they get built and financed, and the role they can play in our affordable housing landscape.

Shelterforce May 02, 2022 - May 16, 2022
Resilient Building Codes Resource Page

This page includes a series of webinars about how upgrading local building codes to reflect resilient construction strategies can position communities to better withstand the threats of natural hazards and severe weather events. Participants learn why resilient building codes matter, how to build the business case for upgrading building codes, and what strategies can be used for upgrading codes.

HUD April 28, 2022 - May 26, 2022
Public Spaces and Technology

This webinar featured an engaging conversation with public space leaders and technologists to explore critical questions about the best ways to leverage technology to better serve communities.

Next City and Knight Foundation April 27, 2022
Retail, Real Estate, and Legislation Webinars

This webpage offers a variety of re-recorded webinars on retail, community, and real estate development topics.

Retail Strategies April 15, 2022
White House Briefing for County Leaders: The Bipartisan Innovation Act & Key Provisions for Counties

This webinar featured representatives from the White House, including the Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs, the National Economic Council, and Legislative Affairs for a briefing and update on the Bipartisan Innovation Act (BIA) and the importance of Regional Technology Hubs.

National Association of Counties April 07, 2022
Infrastructure Finance Series

This free in-depth video series focuses on the characteristics of infrastructure, the innovative tools for financing various infrastructure projects, and how the private sector impacts the landscape of infrastructure investment. Topics include unlocking capital, transportation finance strategies, water finance introduction, P3 for energy financing, and financing environmental Infrastructure.

Council of Development Finance Agencies, Frost Brown Todd LLC, and FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC April 01, 2022
Building Equitable and Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems in Smaller Cities

This virtual workshop build on the Equitable Small Business Ecosystems Practitioner's Guide, taking a deeper dive into how to apply learnings and tools from the Practitioner's Guide to smaller cities and exploring how small cities can increase their capacity and resources within traditionally smaller ecosystems.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Next Street March 21, 2022
COVID’s Effect on How Investors, Lenders View LIHTC Markets and Property Types

In this episode of Tax Credit Tuesday podcast series, Michael Novogradac, CPA, and Novogradac partner Blair Kincer, MAI, CRE, discuss the various ways the pandemic and its economic repercussions affected LIHTC properties.

Novogradac March 08, 2022
FEMA and Philanthropy: How to Best Utilize Your Dollars and Avoid Duplication Webinar

This webinar was designed to help funders learn how the federal government and FEMA respond to disasters, including what FEMA does and does not do, how other government departments and agencies respond, and what grant-makers should support to expand their reach, fill resource gaps and avoid duplication?

Center for Disaster Philanthropy February 17, 2022
February 7: National HoUSed Campaign Call for Universal, Stable, and Affordable Housing

In this webinar participants received updates about developments on Capitol Hill, heard about new research on mayors’ perceptions of homelessness in their cities, learned about a database focused on housing covered by the CARES Act 30-day eviction notice requirement, received news from the field, and more.

National Low Income Housing Coalition February 07, 2022
County Broadband Program Implementation: Key Considerations

This webinar explained how county and local governments can successfully implement local broadband programs and effectively leverage public investment and funding programs to help public sector agencies and officials understand key challenges and considerations for establishing a comprehensive broadband program and effectively leveraging public-private partnerships to deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable broadband.

National Association of Counties February 01, 2022
Aging in Place in Rural America: Challenges, Opportunities, and Policy Initiatives

This webinar presented results from a range of studies investigating challenges, opportunities, and policy implications for older adults aging in place and living in rural areas.

Rural Health Research Gateway, Rural Health Research Center January 18, 2022
Preventing County Financial Fraud

This webinar discussed ways of detecting and preventing county financial fraud from both the treasurer and elected officials' perspectives, including how to spot warning signs, how to educate county employees on how to spot and prevent fraud, and how to exercise sound stewardship of county funds.

National Association of Counties January 06, 2022
Leveraging Equitable, Measurable and Sustainable Solutions for ARPA Recovery Fund Planning and Local Investments

This webinar features national experts and county leaders discussing how to set measurable, equitable outcomes that will drive the impact of local Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund planning and implementation efforts.

National Association of Counties December 14, 2021
How Cities Are Making Holistic Housing Policy

This webinar included a panel discussion with city officials from Austin, Boston and New York City who discussed programs in those cities that highlight the Right to Return, net-zero emissions housing projects, and mandatory broadband access in all new affordable housing construction.

Next City December 14, 2021
Aligning Your Programs with Federal Funding Webinar Series: A Focus on Transportation and Transit - Recording

This webinar focused on expanding the use of GIS with federal funding to address transportation and transit needs.

Esri and National Association of Counties December 06, 2021
2021 Section 3 Final Rule Training Series - Office Hours Sessions 1 and 2

Recordings are available for the first two sessions which provided an opportunity for participants from the 2021 Section 3 Final Rule Training Series to ask questions about the training content and receive assistance with implementing Section 3 into their policies and programs.

HUD November 30, 2021 - December 02, 2021
Women of Color on the Front Lines

This video series profiles women of color who are fighting today’s most pressing affordable housing issues in places like Detroit; Santa Ana, California; New Orleans; and Tacoma, Washington.

Shelterforce November 30, 2021 - March 07, 2022
Analysis of Updated SSBCI Guidelines

This public briefing provided an overview of the new SSBCI Capital Program Policy Guidelines, including application timelines and requirements, key provisions in the updated guidance, and answers to audience questions.

Council of Development Finance Agencies November 22, 2021
Tips and Tricks for Maximizing ARPA Spending with EY

In this webinar county leaders shared strategies to take advantage of ARPA funding to meet the specific needs of their communities and discussed how they have navigated performance management and compliance requirements.

National Association of Counties November 19, 2021
Investing in the Future of Small Businesses

In this session of the 2021 Corporate Citizenship Conference: Business Solves speakers explored the evolving role of business in society and how the private sector continues to bring innovative solutions to the forefront.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation November 19, 2021
Aligning Your Programs with Federal Funding Webinar Series: A Focus on Health and Human Services - Recording

This webinar focused on expanding the use of GIS with federal funding to address health and human services needs.

Esri and National Association of Counties November 17, 2021
Broadband Programs and Funding within the ReConnect Program

This podcast featured USDA Rural Development administrators discussing broadband grant and loan programs, particularly as they relate to Native American communities.

Native Learning Center November 17, 2021
Aligning Your Programs with Federal Funding Webinar Series: A Focus on Housing, Economic Development, and Planning - Recording

This webinar focused on expanding the use of GIS with federal funding to address housing, economic development, and planning needs.

Esri and National Association of Counties November 15, 2021
Uniform Relocation Assistance (URA) the HUD Way

This 8-part web-based training course provides basic information and resources to HUD grantees and funding recipients on URA requirements for HUD funded projects.

HUD November 09, 2021
URA the HUD Way Training – URA-DR Video Now Available

This short video introduces CDBG-DR grantees to the applicability of both Uniform Relocation Assistance (URA) and Section 104(d) when using HUD CDBG-DR funds.

HUD November 09, 2021
Affordable Housing as a Driver of Economic Mobility: Tools for Counties and Cities

This webinar featured expert guidance for cities and counties, innovative housing work by city and county leaders and a forthcoming tool from the National Association of Counties and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program to support local policymaking.

National Association of Counties November 09, 2021
National Policy Update: Bipartisan Infrastructure Package & Build Back Better

This webinar covered both the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better plan, including key provisions of importance to counties.

National Association of Counties November 09, 2021
Growing County Economies with Stronger Child Care Systems

This webinar discussed how improving and expanding early learning facilities can increase access to high quality child care and enable parents to participate in the labor force, as well as how counties can include early learning infrastructure investments in broader economic development efforts.

National Children’s Facilities Network and National Association of Counties October 19, 2021
Moving Beyond Green Buildings with Dana Bourland

In this episode of the Green in Action podcast, host Kimberly Vermeer spoke with Dana Bourland about their motivations to push for healthy and equitable housing and discussed what that looks like on a community scale.

Urban Habitat Initiatives October 18, 2021
Activating the WE-Making Framework: Using Arts and Culture to Unite People for Community Well-being

This webinar presents WE-Making, a ground-breaking framework for how arts and culture unite people to work toward community well-being.

PolicyLink October 05, 2021
Navigating Federal Funding Streams: Developing a Grant Management Strategy

This webinar provided a funding overview and discussed how to look at the various federal funding streams in order to develop a grant management strategy and plan to ensure that funding is maximized, duplication does not occur, and necessary first steps are taken to maximize federal investments.

National Association of Counties October 04, 2021
Healthy Affordable Housing: Bridging Research and Practice

This webinar introduced Fitwel, a building certification system that sets standards for design features and operational strategies that support the health of people living in multifamily residential properties.

Consortium for Housing and Asset Management September 30, 2021
EIG OZ Webinar Series | Government Strategies for Deploying Federal Funding in Opportunity Zones

In this webinar panelists discussed how state and local governments are considering Opportunity Zones (OZ) as part of broader strategies to deliver COVID-19 and economic relief funding, and how OZ equity is being integrated into the suite of economic development financing tools.

Economic Innovation Group September 21, 2021
CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series: Best Practices for Rural Development Finance Agencies

In this webinar experts shared best practices for development finance agencies to help identify the right partners for rural development projects.

Council of Development Finance Agencies August 31, 2021
2021 VAD Academy

This series of webinars provides the latest insights and tools to help address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties (VAD) in your community.

Center for Community Progress August 28, 2021
Water Exchange Speaker Series: Live Panel Session: Funding Solutions to Municipal Water Challenges

This live panel discussion brought municipalities and governmental agencies together to show how federal funding and collaboration can lead to innovative solutions for urban water challenges.

HUD August 24, 2021
Getting into Integrated Design

In this episode of Green in Action, host Kimberly Vermeer speaks with five 'green' leaders about how they apply the integrated design process in their work.

Urban Habitat Initiatives August 16, 2021
Understanding Eligible Uses of the Fiscal Recovery Fund: Water and Sewer Infrastructure

This webinar focused on how counties can use their ARP State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund allocations to support the critical need for investments and improvements to existing water and sewer infrastructure.

National Association of Counties June 16, 2021
Emergency Rental Assistance Programs: What You Need to Know

This webinar features the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Housing Initiative at Penn (HIP) covering tools, resources, and the types of emergency rental assistance available nationwide.

HUD June 10, 2021
Understanding Eligible Uses of the Fiscal Recovery Fund: Supporting Underserved Communities

This webinar focused on how counties can use their ARP State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund allocations to address the pandemic’s negative economic impact on children, families, and individuals in underserved communities.

National Association of Counties June 10, 2021
Breaking Down ARPA: Understanding the Funding Available to Your County

This webinar provided an overview of NACo's new interactive tool that aims to help counties assess potential funding streams established by ARPA so they can better utilize their direct allocation.

National Association of Counties June 04, 2021
Understanding Eligible Expenses of the Fiscal Recovery Fund: Revenue Loss

This webinar focused on how counties can use their ARP State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund allocations for the provision of “government services” to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to COVID-19.

National Association of Counties June 03, 2021
CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series: Assembling Capital for Rural Development

This webinar provided information and best practices for creatively stacking capital and essential financing sources employed by rural communities to complete projects in today’s economy.

Council of Development Finance Agencies June 01, 2021
Rebuilding with Care: Advancing Quality Childcare in Rural Places

This webinar shared learned experience, current approaches, and practical lessons from rural childcare providers and organizations that support and advance their work to create a stronger and more viable rural childcare system.

Aspen Institute May 26, 2021
Nurturing Black Homeownership and Generational Wealth

In this webinar Andre Perry, senior fellow at Brookings Institution and author of “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities”, discussed the challenges and shared data on the disparities in home values in majority-Black communities.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation May 20, 2021
Pathway to Recovery: Liquidity Management in 2021

This webinar introduced the Pathway to Recovery® and showed how liquidity management can position an entity for success in managing American Rescue Plan Funds in 2021 and beyond.

National Association of Counties May 20, 2021
From the Event: Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Treasury Dept. Guidance (Call)

This call unpacked the Treasury Department’s comprehensive guidance on the allowable uses of the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund in the American Rescue Plan Act, including downloadable resources and recommendations for municipal officials to ensure appropriate use of the funds.

National League of Cities May 12, 2021
Addressing the Climate Crisis with Green Housing for All

In this webinar, two authors discussed their respective ideas about how delivering on the human right to housing and combatting the climate crisis go hand-in-hand. Each discussed the intersection between equity, housing, and sustainability.

Island Press May 05, 2021
Enhancing Workforce Skills that Match Local Industry Needs

This webinar about county-based approaches for improving employment outcomes for local residents included tips and strategies that counties can pursue to expand career pathways and strengthen the local economy.

National Association of Counties April 27, 2021
Reducing Barriers to Employment and Higher Education

This webinar discussed ways to strengthen career pathways and achieve economic mobility for low-income residents, including creating cross-sector partnerships with higher education and coordinating services across multiple sectors to promote positive outcomes for adult students and job seekers who are disconnected from education and employment opportunities.

National Association of Counties April 26, 2021
Strengthening County Partnerships with Post-Secondary Education Systems and Enhancing Local Workforce Opportunities

This workshop explored how counties can partner with local post-secondary education systems and other sectors, such as workforce development, human services, and health, to maximize educational and employment opportunities for residents.

National Association of Counties April 22, 2021
Community-Based Solar Lending: Bringing Clean Energy to Low-Income Communities

This webinar included a presentation and Q&A on methods of bringing clean energy to low-income communities through community-based financing and explained how this can help communities nationwide tap into renewable energy.

Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire April 21, 2021
LISC Institute Webinar: Promoting Equitable Industrial District Recovery

This webinar featured a panel discussion on how cities, intermediaries, community organizations, and philanthropy can support industrial district ecosystems in ways that advance equitable economic outcomes and a review of the findings form a recent white paper, Industrial District Revitalization in Three Cities, on how LISC helped revitalize industrial districts in Duluth, Jacksonville, and Indianapolis.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation April 04, 2021
COVID-19 Cost Recovery: Ways to Maximize Federal Funding

In this webinar Hagerty Consulting team discussed ongoing response and recovery challenges and offered potential solutions by outlining recent federal policy changes, current federal funding opportunities, and tangible ways to jumpstart your community’s financial recovery process.

National Association of Counties February 25, 2021
Follow the Data on the Pathway to Recovery

In this webinar nationally recognized Treasurer Scott German of Genesee County, NY discussed how he has maximized the value of Genesee County's cash through liquidity data and treasury service monitoring and explained how to leverage technology and follow data findings to ensure every tax dollar is being maximized and to optimize short- and long-term cash performance.

National Association of Counties February 18, 2021
Announcing the NACo Managed Cybersecurity Solution

This webinar about a partnership created to provide a comprehensive strategy to county Information Security Programs described how the partnership can maximizes the cost and operational efficiency of leading-edge software solutions, maximizes the efficiency of county resource utilization, and will uphold the highest cybersecurity standards.

National Association of Counties February 10, 2021
Federal Resources for Creative Community Development

This webinar, designed to help communities access federal funds and harness the power of arts and culture to achieve community development goals, introduces the Creative Placemaking Public Resources Guide which helps community development practitioners, artists, and arts and cultural organizations survey the landscape and decode the language of federal government funding opportunities that might support creative placemaking efforts.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations February 09, 2021
Fighting Food Insecurity during COVID-19 and Beyond: Key Updates for County Leaders

In this webinar county leaders, congressional staff, and national experts discussed how emergency COVID-19 legislation can help counties combat food insecurity and the implications it may have for national anti-hunger policy moving forward.

National Association of Counties February 05, 2021
County Eviction Series: Solutions from Across the Country

In this webinar county leaders discussed challenges and solutions to the eviction crisis, including county programming and support for children and families whose housing and financial stability are at heightened risk due to COVID-19.

National Association of Counties February 04, 2021
Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge

This webinar series engaged Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge winners to delve into the research, policies and practices that inform and drive innovations in their respective communities and nationwide.

Enterprise Community Partners January 27, 2021 - October 20, 2021
COVID-19 Rental Assistance: A Playbook for Program Implementation

This webinar featured experts from Witt O’Brien’s who outlined strategies for action and a framework for designing a successful rental assistance program.

National Association of Counties January 15, 2021
A Playbook for Immediate Deadlines and Program Implementation

In this webinar Witt O’Brien’s experts outlined the immediate steps counties should take when evaluating whether to opt-in to receive the reserved allocation in the new $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, the strategies for immediate actions ahead of receiving funds, and a framework for a successful program.

National Association of Counties January 08, 2021
Enhancing Fiscal Resilience in a Disruptive Environment: What We’ve Learned and What’s Next

In this webinar KPMG and county officials discussed different approaches to enhance resilience in light of shifting public health, economic, budgetary and community dynamics – and how the difficult lessons of 2020 can help counties navigate a still uncertain 2021 outlook.

National Association of Counties December 18, 2020
E104: Grow with Google: Helping Jobseekers Kickstart Their Careers in High-Demand Fields

In this webinar Christian Michael, Program Manager for Grow with Google, discussed the work that Google is doing to create opportunities for nontraditional talent to kickstart their career in high demand fields, including IT.

Workforce Central, National Association of Workforce Boards December 01, 2020
Measurable Equity 2020: A Virtual Conference to Advance Racial Justice

This virtual conference about a results-based framework for measurable equity, showed how leaders can collectively work together to target equity strategies, move beyond services to focus on policies, institutions, and structures, and align partners to take action and track progress.

Clear Impact and PolicyLink November 13, 2020
Strategies for Federal Arts & Humanities Funding

This webinar presented tips and strategies for researchers and others interested in pursuing federal grants from the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

University of Michigan Research Development August 13, 2020
Sustainability and the Path to Equity

This webinar explored how communities, NGOs, and the private sector can work together to create a more sustainable economy that delivers environmental justice and creates opportunity for all.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation August 05, 2020
Responding to COVID-19 Webinar Series

This webinar series consists of a total of six sessions spread across three topic areas. The topic areas are housing, health, and economic development. The following recordings are posted:

HUD July 13, 2020 - August 25, 2020
Maximizing Value on Every Public Dollar During and After COVID-19

This webinar focused on how counties can use liquidity analyses and data to maximize the value on current tax dollars and any CARES Act funding received and review ways to look under every stone for taxpayer benefit.

National Association of Counties June 24, 2020
Rural Resilience: Hurricanes, Wildfire, and COVID-19

This webinar shared how disaster preparedness and response continue in communities dealing with wildfires, hurricanes, and extreme weather, all while also feeling the impacts of a pandemic.

Rural Assembly and Daily Yonder June 24, 2020
Reinventing Our Communities: ROC Local

This series of 11 webinars examined local solutions to housing, jobs, and wealth through an equity lens, and provided community leaders with strategies to frame, contextualize, and organize around community challenges.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia June 17, 2020 - July 24, 2020
Childcare and COVID-19: Federal Resources and Best Practices for County Governments

This webinar focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on access to safe and affordable childcare, and what counties have done to maintain the current supply of childcare and sustain childcare businesses upon reopening.

National Association of Counties June 17, 2020
How Community Development Organizations Change When They Embrace Arts and Culture

This webinar featured community-based organizations and local artists sharing stories and lessons learned from local strategies to build stronger connections with residents, create and enhance neighborhood identity and solidarity, and achieve better outcomes in local planning and policy.

Arts, Culture, and Community Development May 13, 2020
Rural Health and COVID-19

This webinar provided an overview of the rural health focused efforts by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture HHS and USDA and highlighted specific tools and resources to help combat COVID-19.

Rural Health Information Hub May 12, 2020
FEMA Region II Preparedness and Resilience Webinars 2020

This catalog from FEMA Region II provides links to more than 70 pre-recorded webinars held in 2020. Webinars are grouped by 14 topic areas offering guidance on a wide array of individual and community awareness, preparedness, response, recovery, and resilience concerns.

Federal Emergency Management Agency January 01, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Broadband Financing Series

This five-part webinar series, recorded pre COVID-19, focused on broadband development finance with an emphasis on the legal, technical, and financial challenges facing communities working to develop broadband.

Council of Development Finance Agencies and IceMiller Legal Counsel December 31, 2019
Accessory Dwelling Units | LISC Institute Webinar

This webinar features two Rubinger Fellows who spoke about how they have leveraged Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which offer an alternative to customary housing units, taking the form of basement apartments, living units above the garage, new detached units, or 'tiny houses' built in the backyard of an existing home.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation May 29, 2019
Eviction Prevention Toolkit: Using a Financial Capability Approach to Prevent Evictions

In this webinar Barbara Geries from Champlain Housing Trust and Harold Nassau from The Consortium for Housing Asset Management (CHAM) discussed the value of operating an Eviction Prevention Program (EPP), provided basic information about program structuring, and gave examples of existing programs.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation April 18, 2019
CDBG Timeliness and Best Practices to Achieve Timely Performance

This video explains the timely expenditure and distribution requirements of the CDBG program, how the timeliness calculation works and how to apply it, the challenges faced adhering to the requirements, and best practices for proactively managing CDBG grant funds.

HUD June 19, 2018
Using State CDBG to Promote Economic Development Webinar

In this webinar presenters provided an overview of how to use State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to promote economic development.

HUD March 09, 2011

Reports, Tools, and Guidance

Topic Resource Author Date Published
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Best Practices and Resources for Local Government Finance

This resource page is loaded with helpful information, tips, best practices and relevant reports on local government finance.

Government Finance Officers Association June 2022
Economic and Community Development Department of the Interior Announces $279 Million to Support Public Parks, Expand Outdoor Recreation Access

This press release announced the distribution of $279 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, to support locally led outdoor recreation and conservation projects to protect and enhance our nation’s public lands and waters.

U.S. Department of the Interior June 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Outline Steps to Address Housing Inequalities

This article discusses the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Equitable Housing Finance Plans for 2022-2024, which aim to address barriers experienced by renters, aspiring homeowners, and current homeowners—particularly in Black and Latino communities.

Multifamily Executive June 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Finance and Budgeting

The purpose of this resources page is to supply local officials and interested persons with information useful in budgeting, financing and evaluating the services their local governments provide.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension June 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Fiscal First Aid Resource Center

The purpose of the resource page is to provide a central resource for local government finance officers to help them deal with the many short-term and long-term financial challenges using a process of recognizing, arresting, and reversing a pattern of financial decline.

Government Finance Officers Association June 2022
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Get Internet - The Affordable Connectivity Program

Cities can refer families to this web page for information about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) which helps low-income households access affordable internet with $30 per month off on internet bills, high-speed internet plans for no more than $30 per month, and no cost internet for eligible families who pair their ACP benefit with one of the negotiated provider plans.

The White House June 2022
Business, Employment, and Labor How a Majority BIPOC Worker Co-Op Is Disrupting the Field of Therapy

This article tells how a therapist collective is changing how mental health services are offered in Ridgewood, Queens.

Next City June 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness New Digital Atlas Hopes to Demystify Urban Zoning

This article announced the launch of the National Zoning Atlas, which is designed to display zoning codes across the country on an online, user-friendly map, with the goal to strengthen national and local planning for housing production, transportation infrastructure and climate response.

Next City June 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resilient Building Codes Toolkit

The main objective of this work is to create a platform that allows all relevant stakeholders to navigate an otherwise challenging building code environment and to offer resources for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and CDBG Mitigation (MIT) grantees to incorporate resilient building codes into their disaster recovery and mitigation efforts.

HUD June 2022
Economic and Community Development Streets Are for Building Community Wealth. Here’s Why That’s So Important.

This article defines the difference between streets and roads, and suggests that a street is a platform for building community wealth.

Strong Towns June 2022
Economic and Community Development This “Homegrown Project” Offers a Place To Thrive for Small Business Owners

This article tells how Berwyn, Illinois, a suburban city outside of Chicago, took one small step forward at a time, making incremental changes and adjusting to the environment by paying attention to their community needs and discovering what they could do right now.

Strong Towns June 2022
Community Health and Wellness USDA Announces Framework for Shoring Up the Food Supply Chain and Transforming the Food System to Be Fairer, More Competitive, More Resilient

This press release announced details of a framework to transform the food system to benefit consumers, producers and rural communities by providing more options, increasing access, and creating new, more, and better markets for small and mid-size producers.

U.S. Department of Agriculture June 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness When Preserving Affordable Housing Is Cheaper Than Building It

This article shares how a Chicago CDFI is taking a multi-faceted approach, from political advocacy to landlord training, to keep the city’s dwindling affordable housing supply.

Next City June 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness A Fresh Approach to Expanding Housing Access

This article explains how OneApp Guarantee aims to take the risk out of renting to applicants who would otherwise be denied.

Multifamily Executive May 2022
Business, Employment, and Labor AAPI Leaders Share How, by Starting their businesses, They've Honored their Culture and Heritage

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, In The Know by Yahoo hosted four entrepreneurs to discuss what it was like starting their businesses and how they’ve been able to incorporate their culture and community into their work.

In the Know May 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Adaptive Reuse Offers Advantages to Affordable Housing Developers

This article explains how taking vacant properties and adapting them for use as affordable housing can help developers save money while reducing their environmental footprint.

Commercial Observer and JPMorgan Chase May 2022
Community Health and Wellness Build Healthy Places Network Playbooks

This resource offers three playbooks that provide practical advice on navigating partnerships between community development and healthcare to help community development and health sectors magnify their scale of prevention and advance good health, well-being, and opportunity for all.

Build Healthy Places May 2022
Rural America Defining Distress: Lessons from the Federally Chartered Regional Commissions

This report examines the implications for rural development of defining distress in different ways and draws insights from the three multi-state federally chartered regional commissions to analyze the tradeoffs and impacts of different approaches and to offer insights into the ability of vulnerable communities to access critical federal funding.

Center for Sustainable Development at Brookings May 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Financing our Green Future

This ebook identifies ways that underserved communities can access clean-energy capital and infrastructure, and explains how banks themselves can successfully finance projects that reimagine cities as places of environmental justice.

Next City May 2022
Population Data and Trends Headwaters Economics Analysis Tools

This resource offers free and easy-to-use analysis tools that help users better understand socioeconomic data and trends for their communities, counties, states, or regions, including mapping and risk profiles.

Headwaters Economics May 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Historic Massachusetts School Becomes Senior Housing

This article tells how the town of Auburn, MA transformed a historic community asset into high-quality housing for seniors, creating a community designed with local input to ensure the development meets the needs of future residents and neighbors alike.

Affordable Housing Finance May 2022
Disparities and Race IDEAS Making Homes Happen

The IDEAS Resource Library offers recommendations for books, articles, podcasts, and other material to help advocates in their racial justice and equity learning journey.

National Low Income Housing Coalition May 2022
Economic and Community Development Local Infrastructure Hub

This article explains the services available from a national program to ensure that all cities and towns can access federal infrastructure funding to drive local recovery, improve communities, and deliver results for residents.

Bloomberg Cities Network May 2022
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Outreach Toolkit For Counties: The FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program

This resource explains the FCC's program and provides suggestions and best practices for how local governments can increase citizen access to high-speed internet.

National Association of Counties May 2022
Economic and Community Development Philanthropic Capital for Communities

This report explores the grantmaking activity of an extensive sample of community foundations and local United Way affiliates, with a particular focus on the support they provide to organizations involved in community and economic development.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia May 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Small Business Readiness for Resiliency Program

The R4R program provides resources and incentives for small businesses to take the actions they need to become more resilient, including the distribution of grants following a disaster.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and FedEx May 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Solar and Affordable Housing Developments: What You Need to Know

This article explains how both housing developers and underserved communities alike can benefit from increasing public funding opportunities for solar and how integrating renewable energy in affordable housing projects can provide significant sustainability benefits to developers, municipalities, and end users.

PV Magazine May 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery The Bottom Line: The power of Procurement

This ebook shares stories that detail how government procurement contracts unlock new opportunities for MWBE and LGBTQ businesses, how securing contracts with large anchor institutions can protect jobs and ensure success for small businesses, and how cities can influence what happens to their money before it’s spent.

Next City May 2022
Community Health and Wellness The Impact of COVID-19 on the Rural Health Care Landscape

This report shares results from a series of interviews with rural hospital leaders, health policy experts, national organizations, provider organizations, and academia to gain on-the-ground insights into today’s rural health care landscape, where the population is older, sicker, and less likely to be insured or seek preventive services than in urban areas.

Bipartisan Policy Center May 2022
Economic and Community Development The Magic of Legacy Shops Comes Back to Life in Buffalo

This article discussed how bringing back neighborhood-based legacy businesses and mixed use buildings can enhance economic development, and explains how Buffalo, New York serves as a good example of this type of redevelopment.

Strong Towns May 2022
Economic and Community Development The New Markets Tax Credit Program: An Underutilized Opportunity for Indian Country

This article explains the recently launched NMTC Program Native Initiative as an effort to bring greater investment to NMTC Native Areas and highlights several ways in which tribes and affiliated entities can take advantage of the program to bring funds to their communities.

Holland & Knight May 2022
Business, Employment, and Labor Tips & Tools: Building Tech-Enabled Workforce Development Partnerships

This free guide provides an overview of some of the issues and opportunities surrounding technology & workforce development partnerships, particularly as they relate to data collection and evaluation.

Clear Impact May 2022
Economic and Community Development University Center Program

This resource describes EDA's University Center program which is focused on leveraging university assets to build regional economic ecosystems that support innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship, resiliency, and inclusiveness.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration May 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness VOA Launches Accessory Dwelling Unit Program

This news brief announced an initiative by Volunteers of America National Services to create accessory dwelling units (ADUs) for veterans and their families who have experienced homelessness.

Affordable Housing Finance May 2022
Economic and Community Development White House Looks to Help Smaller Cities get Infrastructure Boost

This article discusses how White House and philanthropic agencies are working to make it easier for smaller cities and counties to apply for funding under a $1 trillion infrastructure law that aims to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges, airports and expand broadband access.

Reuters May 2022
Disparities and Race Woman-Led Investment Fund Goes Where Few Black-Led Funds Have Gone Before

This article talks about how the Enterprise Center in Philadelphia pioneers a new idea to fill in the equity gap by getting private investment fund managers to invest in more women- and minority-led businesses.

Next City May 2022
Technology, Broadband, and Communications 2023 Build to Scale (B2S) Program

This webpage provides information on the portfolio of Build to Scale national grant competitions that further increase the capacities of regions to plan and implement ecosystems that support innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups that are growing technology-driven businesses, creating high-skill, high-wage jobs, and building the industries of the future.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration April 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Assessing the Impact of Affordable Housing on Nearby Property Values in Alexandria, Virginia

This report shares how researchers dug into Zillow’s assessor and real estate database to estimate the relationship between affordable housing developments and the sales prices of nearby single-family homes, duplexes, cooperatives, and residential condominiums, and what they found out.

Urban Institute April 2022
Economic and Community Development Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook

This playbook is intended to help rural communities understand the available funding for infrastructure provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other sources – offering information on the “what, where, and how” to apply for federal infrastructure dollars.

The White House April 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery CDBG Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities

This report serves to inform stakeholders on the importance of CDBG to community advancement and success.

Community Development Block Grant Coalition April 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Final Rule: Frequently Asked Questions

This document contains answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Final Rule of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which was made effective on April 1, 2022.

U.S. Department of the Treasury April 2022
Economic and Community Development Does the ‘Future of Work’ Open a New Growth Horizon for Small Towns?

This article discusses how remote work could be a new opportunity for small towns even though some old-fashioned obstacles remain, and how in Missouri, creativity and collaboration are key for community leaders looking to overcome the obstacles.

Next City and The Daily Yonder April 2022
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Exploring Digital Equity Fact Sheets

This series of fact sheets explores and unpacks the issues, challenges, and opportunities of expanding Internet access and achieving equity for everyone in a community.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance April 2022
Business, Employment, and Labor Groundbreaking Small Business Loan Program Gets Long-Awaited Expansion

This article announces the expansion of the Small Business Loan Program and shares how nonprofit loan funds like Accompany Capital enable minority-owned businesses to thrive.

The Bottom Line April 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Historic Tax Credit Direct and Lease Pass-Through Transaction Structures

This article provides an overview of historic tax credit (HTC) direct and lease pass-through transaction structures and what to consider when determining a structure, choosing between investors, and taking steps to maximize benefits.

Novogradac April 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery HOME-ARP Policy Brief: URA and Section 104(d)

HUD released a policy brief on the relationship between HOME Investment Partnerships-American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP) funding and the "Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970" (URA).

HUD April 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery HUD 2020 CDBG-DR Grantees Resource Page

This resource contains the CDBG-DR Consolidated Notice, as well as related fact sheets, pre-recorded webinar training, grantee guidance, checklists, and materials for effectively reporting in DRGR.

HUD April 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness National Nonprofit Announces Housing for Health & Justice Fund

This news brief explains how Volunteers of America aims to advance a solution to the national crises of housing and health injustices through the recently established Housing for Health & Justice Fund.

Affordable Housing Finance April 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Public-private Partnership Helped Drive Milwaukee’s Unsheltered Homeless Population to Lowest in the Nation

This article shares how years of public-private collaboration among city, county and business leaders in Milwaukee culminated in the lowest per-capita unsheltered homeless population in the country.

Milwaukee Business News April 2022
Economic and Community Development Retail Strategies

This website offers a wealth of information, resources, webinars and reports that focus on retail development and downtown revitalization.

Retail Strategies April 2022
Rural America Rural Partners Network: Building Stronger Futures Together

This two-page summary of the Rural Partners Network describes the new model, lists federal agency partners and outlines the steps associated with first year implementation.

USDA Rural Development April 2022
Economic and Community Development Seeding, Starting, and Scaling Local Branding Initiatives

This publication reports the results of a study of economic development strategies that establish manufacturing entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Urban Manufacturing Alliance April 2022
Community Health and Wellness Shopping for Space, Health Systems Make Over Malls

This article describes some of the creative ways that abandoned malls are being redeveloped to serve the health care needs of communities.

Kaiser Health News April 2022
Economic and Community Development Status of Funds Update for American Rescue Plan Programs

This announcement provides an update on current and closed ARPA Programs, with a link to potential other EDA funding opportunities.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration April 2022
Economic and Community Development Stronger Together Federal Funding and Planning Strategies Designed to Promote Sustainable Economic Development in Rural America

This planning resource guide, designed to help eliminate barriers and encourage collaboration among stakeholders, can help in identifying strategic economic development initiatives to revitalize communities.

USDA Rural Development and U.S. Economic Development Administration April 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes April 2022

This report highlights the systemic shortage of affordable rental homes for the lowest-income households and shares key findings from this year's analysis.

Low Income Housing Coalition April 2022
Community Health and Wellness These Cafeterias Offer Farm to School Fare

This article tells how a Hampton Roads, Virginia, startup is working with farmers to increase community access to local food.

Next City April 2022
Rural America USDA Announces Intent to Establish Subcommittee on Rural Community Economic Development for its Equity Commission

This press release announced that the USDA will establish a Rural Community Economic Development (RCED) Subcommittee as part of the recently launched Equity Commission. Nominations and applications for membership to the RCED Subcommittee are due on May 6.

U.S. Department of Agriculture April 2022
Rural America USDA’s Rural Partners Network Targets Communities with Greatest Infrastructure Needs

This article describes the new pilot project designed to help rural communities most in need of infrastructure funding access it, and outlines the anticipated process for the first phase of operation.

The Daily Yonder April 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Using EHVs to Get People Housed: Focus Group Discussions on Challenges and Current Strategies

This report shares insights from a survey and series of focus groups with homeless services leaders and reports the strategies they employed to overcome problems.

National Alliance to End Homelessness and Homelessness Research Institute April 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Vacant Homes Hurt Our Communities. New York’s Experience Offers a Way Forward.

In this op-ed for the New York Daily News, New York Attorney General Letitia James and LISC president Denise Scott describe how communities and local governments can turn the tide on vacant and so-called “zombie” homes that drive crime, sap the resources of municipalities and undermine the wellbeing of Black and brown people and their neighborhoods.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation April 2022
Economic and Community Development Vibrant Communities 2020-21 Impact Report

In this rich retrospective of the last two years, you’ll find stories of how the leaders, advocates, and experts at Community Progress continued to transform places into strong, vibrant communities.

Center for Community Progress April 2022
Economic and Community Development Why Rural Communities Struggle to Bring in Much-needed Federal Grants

This article describes the challenges that many rural communities face in building the capacity to apply for grant funding, noting that many of the communities with low grant-writing capacity are also the most vulnerable to wildfires, floods, and other climate hazards.

High Country News April 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness 2022 Advocates' Guide: A Primer on Federal Affordable Housing and Community Development Programs and Policies

This guide offers a comprehensive resource for advocates and others involved in many aspects of affordable housing and community development.

National Low Income Housing Coalition March 2022
Economic and Community Development A Recipe to Build Accessible Space for Food Businesses in a Redlined Neighborhood

This article explains how the CommonWealth Kitchen in Boston, MA has cooked up a successful model of community economic development by incubating businesses in a predominantly Black neighborhood.

Next City March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Affordable Housing Lenders Find New Opportunities

This article reviews the factors that make the race to lend to affordable housing properties faster and more challenging, and includes a list of the top 25 Lenders of 2021.

Affordable Housing Finance March 2022
Business, Employment, and Labor Biden-Harris Administration Expands SBA Pilot Program Targeting Access to Capital for Underserved Entrepreneurs

This press release announced impactful reforms to the Small Business Administration's Community Advantage (CA) loan program that prioritizes equitable access to capital for low-income borrowers and those from underserved communities.

U.S. Small Business Administration March 2022
Rural America Bipartisan Bill to Create a Permanent Office for Rural Prosperity at the White House

This article summarized the proposed Rural Prosperity Act, which aims to streamline federal services for rural America and eliminate bureaucratic obstacles by establishing the Office of Rural Prosperity as a permanent fixture in the White House tasked with coordinating federal efforts to support and connect America’s rural communities to federal programs and resources.

The Daily Yonder March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness California’s Homekey Program: Unlocking Housing Opportunities for People Experiencing Homelessness

This report explores California’s Homekey initiative, which converted hotels and motels into housing developments for people experiencing homelessness.

Terner Center for Housing Innovation, University of California Berkeley March 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Citizen Participation & Equitable Engagement (CPEE) Toolkit

This toolkit is a resource to aid CDBG-DR grantees in centering equity in disaster recovery programs throughout an enhanced citizen participation process to provide residents—especially low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents of the community where CDBG-funded activities will take place—the opportunity to actively participate in the planning, implementation, and assessment of the programs and projects.

HUD March 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Credit Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This report has an interactive credit monitoring tool for states and counties nationwide, with state and county level data, information about credit health, and policy actions that governments can take to fill the gaps and protect consumers.

Urban Institute March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) during the Pandemic: Implications for the Design of Permanent ERA Programs

This report shares results of a national survey of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program administrators at the end of 2021, asking them to reflect on the experience of creating and implementing programs meant to keep millions of vulnerable renters housed amidst a global pandemic.

The Housing Initiative at Penn and National Low Income Housing Coalition March 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums: A How-To Guide for Onsite and Online Community Engagement

The publication explores the use of community forums as a community engagement tool in Extension work.

Extension Foundation March 2022
Rural America FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration’s Historic Investments To Create Opportunity and Build Wealth in Rural America

This statement from the White House summarizes the various initiatives of the Biden Administration to build a stronger, more equitable economy that does not leave anyone behind, including rural communities that for too long have faced underinvestment and persistent poverty.

The White House March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Gambling with Homes, or Investing in Communities

Through rigorous research, this report reinforces longstanding claims that tenants and their advocates have been making: speculation extracts wealth from BIPOC communities by demonstrably driving evictions and poor housing maintenance quality, while affordable housing investments result in better-maintained housing and removal buildings from the speculative market.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, University Neighborhood Housing Program, and New School University March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Housing Groups Call for a President’s Council on Housing Affordability

This article explains why a diverse group of 40 housing organizations is urging President Biden to establish a President’s Council on Housing Affordability.

Affordable Housing Finance March 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery HUD's Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

HUD's Strategic Plan provides a framework for the delivery of HUD’s mission and vision and outlines a set of strategic goals, objectives, and performance measures to serve as a guide for what the Department will achieve, how HUD will achieve it, and how HUD will measure success.

HUD March 2022
Disparities and Race Increased Homeownership Won’t Close the Racial Wealth Gap

In this article Mechele Dickerson, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, discusses why she thinks that, despite the hopes pinned on it, homeownership is currently too affected by racism at every turn to be an equalizer.

Shelterforce March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Innovative Solutions for Affordable Housing Finance

This article explores how expanding the inventory of affordable housing presents one of today’s biggest challenges for multifamily developers, public agencies and nonprofit organizations and how to address the complex process of assembling the capital necessary to expand the inventory as unconventional alternatives are emerging.

Multi-Housing News March 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Kit de herramientas de Participación ciudadana equitativa (CPEE)

The Citizen Participation & Equitable Engagement (CPEE) Toolkit, a new resource to aid Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grantees in centering equity in disaster recovery programs, is now available in Spanish.

HUD March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Knowing What Makes a Property Unique, Distinct is Vital in the Preservation of Affordable Housing

This article explores the challenges and advantages of preserving affordable housing, and how pursuing preservation properly is a mix of art, data, and due diligence.

Novogradac March 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Making the Business Case for Transitioning to Electric-powered Fleets

This article shares information about how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides more than $7 billion of funding for electric vehicles, including the creation of a nationwide network of half a million electric vehicle chargers distributed along the country’s interstate highway system, along with insight into the business case for transitioning to electric-powered fleets.

FleetOwner March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Notice CPD-22-05: Guidance on Submitting Consolidated Plans and Annual Action Plans for FY 2022

The purpose of this Notice is to instruct all Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) formula grantees on the timing of submission of FY 2022 Consolidated Plans and Action Plans.

HUD March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Property Tax Relief Programs Don’t Reach Many Homeowners of Color

This article examines the racial disparities among property tax relief programs. While they can be essential for helping older and lower-income homeowners keep their homes, access to them isn’t universal, or equitable.

Shelterforce March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Reclaiming Vacant Houses & Preventing Foreclosure: Lessons from LISC's New York State Vacants Initiative

This report describes in concrete detail how a New York State law, proceeds from an Attorney General settlement with banks responsible for the foreclosure crisis, and a groundbreaking initiative stewarded by LISC have helped municipalities in New York State reclaim vacant and abandoned properties.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Urban Institute March 2022
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Regional Utility Districts Can Help Fill Gaps in Broadband Service

This article looks at approaches to expanding broadband access to rural areas that lack sufficient service, including multi-town partnerships that offer a way to expand access to high-speed internet.

Pew Charitable Trusts March 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Reporting CDBG-CV Accomplishments in the CAPER Quick Guide

This guide covers options for grantees to report on their progress using both CDBG and CDBG-CV funds to respond to coronavirus within the CAPER while also reporting on other Annual Action Plan activities.

HUD March 2022
Rural America Rural Rising: Economic Development Strategies for America’s Heartland

This article examines rural community types and suggests that attention to three foundational elements can promote economic success using a data-driven approach to economic development that can be tailored to meet the needs of different communities.

McKinsey & Company March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Springfield City Council Passes Legislation Establishing the Springfield Housing Trust Fund

This article explains how Springfield, MA established a Housing Trust Fund to provide for creation, preservation, rehabilitation and adaptive rehabilitation of housing in the city using American Rescue Plan funding.

City of Springfield News March 2022
Business, Employment, and Labor Strategies to Promote Affordable Commercial Space in Cities

This article provides key takeaways from the "Equitable Pathways to Small Business Recovery: An All-Hands Approach" report related the impact of the pandemic on commercial space availability for small businesses.

Next City March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Transforming Rural Communities Through BIPOC Homeownership

This article explains how Partners for Rural Transformation joined forces with the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition to create a strategic solution for upending the boundaries that keep the country's most vulnerable populations unhoused and unsafe.

Forbes EQ March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness USDA Rural Housing Programs: An Overview

This report summarizes information about USDA's Rural Housing Services programs targeted specifically to residents of rural communities and defines 'rural' as it pertains to these programs.

Congressional Research Service March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Using CDBG Emergency Payments for Rental Assistance in Coronavirus Responses

This user-friendly guide helps grantees design and implement a comprehensive emergency rental assistance program that may include the use of CDBG emergency payment activities in assisting individuals and families at risk of homelessness as a result of the economic impacts of COVID-19.

HUD March 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Affordable Housing Community for Farm Workers Flourishes in Oahu

This article explains how thirteen years after a pineapple plantation shutdown, leaving hundreds of workers at risk, the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center teamed up with Rural Community Assistance Corporation to develop a strategy to preserve the community. Now the 150-acre Kunia Village has become a multi-generational refuge.

Next City February 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Clean Energy Project Development for Low-Income Communities

This report offers a road map for strengthening the ecosystem for delivering solar energy and deep efficiency retrofits to underserved communities.

Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire February 2022
Business, Employment, and Labor COVID-19 Pandemic Continues to Reshape Work in America

This report discusses how the impetus for working from home has shifted considerably since 2020, and what today's workers say about why they are doing this by choice rather than necessity.

Pew Research Center February 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Creating NHTC, Expanding LIHTC Could Finance Nearly 1 Million Affordable Homes, Help Address Inflation and Promote Racial Equity

This article explains how creating a Neighborhood Homes Tax Credit and expanding the low-income housing tax credit could increase the supply of affordable housing while also reducing the rate of inflation by providing this needed housing.

Novogradac February 2022
Business, Employment, and Labor Employer Assisted Housing: A solution for Companies, Employees and Communities

This article proposes using a 30-year-old solution, Employer Assisted Housing (EAP), to address the national housing crisis while also addressing the tight labor market and helping narrow the homeownership gap for people of color.

National Housing Conference February 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Equitable Pathways to Small Business Recovery

This playbook for equitable small business recovery is tailored to government audiences and describes actions that can be taken around three topics critical to small business success, including actions relevant to the federal government and innovative uses of federal resources to promote an equitable recovery.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Next City February 2022
Economic and Community Development Forget What You Know About Public Engagement

This article challenges the conventional methods for public engagement and describes how the Dream Play Build approach has been applied in various places to engage a broader cross-section of community members, and in many cases to foreground and celebrate the resourceful and adaptive things residents were already doing to make public spaces serve their needs.

Strong Towns February 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Fudge: ‘It’s Up to Us to Make a Difference’

This article shares insights and key take-aways from a presentation Marcia Fudge, Secretary of HUD, delivered to Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies' annual John T. Dunlop Lecture.

Affordable Housing Finance February 2022
Disparities and Race How Black American Contributions Have Helped Shape the American Cultural Mosaic

This article honors four enterprising farmers who applied technical advancements and conservation tools to transform their local communities and eliminate food deserts, change the way the world consumes food, fuel and fiber, and cultivate their legacy.

USDA Farmers.gov February 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery How Communities are Investing American Rescue Plan Funds with the Local Government ARPA Investment Tracker

This article introduces the Local Government ARPA Investment Tracker, and summarizes some of the recovery plan progress data collected from cities and counties so far.

National Association of Counties February 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery HUD Community Resilience Toolkit

This toolkit assists communities in enhancing their resilience to climate-related natural hazard risks. Local governments can use the toolkit to identify natural hazard risks and resilience actions that can be integrated into existing programs.

HUD February 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Managing CDBG: Guidebook for CDBG Grantees on Subrecipient Oversight

This guidebook is intended for CDBG grantees seeking guidance on managing sub-recipients.

HUD February 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Mobile Home Residents Face Higher Flood Risk

This report discusses how mobile and manufactured homes are the most common unsubsidized, affordable housing in the United States and presents an analysis that shows why these structures face a disproportionately higher risk of flooding.

Headwaters Economics February 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness New Affordable Housing Preservation Toolkit in Collaboration with mySidewalk

This toolkit helps local affordable housing advocates and planners understand their affordable housing stock, shows how to assess preservation risks in their communities, and equips them with ideas to enhance their local housing preservation efforts.

National Housing Preservation Database February 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Playing by the Rules: A Handbook for CDBG Subrecipients on Administrative Systems

The handbook is designed to help CDBG subrecipients understand the administrative requirements that apply to the use of federal funds for the delivery of CDBG programs and activities.

HUD February 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Recovery and Resilience Resource Library

This library of resources was developed for governments, community partners, and individuals as a tool to help users find and research federal disaster recovery resources that would be beneficial in pre-disaster recovery planning or in the wake of a disaster.

Federal Emergency Management Agency February 2022
Rural America Resources for Rural Entrepreneurs

This multimedia guide was developed to help rural entrepreneurs and to provide resources for both start-ups and already established rural businesses.

USDA Rural Development February 2022
Population Data and Trends Rural America Lost Population Over the Past Decade for the First Time in History

This report discusses the decline in the rural American population based on recent data from the 2020 Census.

Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire February 2022
Rural America A Rural Capacity Map

This resource is designed to help identify communities where investments in staffing and expertise are needed to support infrastructure and climate resilience projects.

Headwaters Economics January 2022
Rural America America Without Poverty—This Organization Is Making It Happen

This article shares how six regional Community Development Financial Institutions came together to form Partners for Rural Transformation to address persistent poverty in rural communities.

Forbes EQ January 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness America's Rental Housing 2022

This report examines the urgent need for a permanent, fully funded housing safety net and explains why a key element of that support must be to protect existing rental housing from the threat of climate change.

Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University January 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery ARPA Final Rule – The “B-sides Collection”: Seeding Revolving Loan Funds

This article is part of a series of articles reviewing the lesser publicized aspects of the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) guidance, including using federal stimulus funding to seed local governments’ revolving loan funds (RLFs).

Bricker and Eckler, Attorneys at Law January 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Building a Better America: A Guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Governments, and other Partners

This guidebook is a roadmap to the funding available under the law. It explains how much funding is available at the program level to help partners across the country know what to apply for, who to contact for help, and how to get ready to rebuild.

The White House January 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW)

This resource offers teams of foresters, land use planners, economists, and wildfire risk modelers who collaborate closely with community leaders to reduce wildfire risks through improved land use planning.

Headwaters Economics January 2022
Community Health and Wellness COVID -19 Housing Resource Center

This website offers more than 3000 resources from every facet of the housing industry for renters, homeowners, property managers, non-profits and homeless service providers, including best practices, frequently asked questions, and much more.

National Housing Conference January 2022
Technology, Broadband, and Communications FCC Launches the Affordable Connectivity Program

This blog explains the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and provides outreach materials and resources for stakeholders interested in spreading awareness of the program.

National Association of Counties January 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Four Common LIHTC Compliance Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

This blog discusses four of the most common pitfalls that lead to financial loss through reductions of current and future credits, as well as recapture of previously claimed credits.

Novogradac January 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery GFOA Best Practices

This resource catalogue offers tips, tools and best practice recommendations related to nine categories of local public finance management.

Government Finance Officers Association January 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Harris County Facility will House ‘Aged-out’ Foster Youth

This article explains how Harris County Resources for Children and Adults combined forces with Texas Workforce Commission and local housing authorities to provide transitional housing and supportive services for youth aging out of the foster care system.

National Association of Counties January 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery N.C. County Gets Quick Start on ARPA Investment

This article shares how introducing a pandemic operations team gave New Hanover County’s Health and Human Services Consolidated Agency the flexibility to respond to residents’ needs without taking staff away from their responsibilities. It’s one part of the county’s robust and multi-faceted response to the pandemic using funding from the American Rescue Plan.

National Association of Counties January 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Native American and Tribal Communities Recovery Program: Report on Pilot Program 2020 & 2021

This report provides funders, disaster funders and other organizations working with Native communities a review of the first two years of the Native American and Tribal Communities Recovery Program, including a snapshot of accomplishments, learnings and areas that need more work.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Midwest Early Recovery Fund January 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Overview of U.S. Treasury's Final Rule for ARPA Fiscal Recovery Fund

This resource provides key highlights of the final rule guidance, links to key sections of the rule, a webinar of the overview, and summaries of key features of the rule.

National Association of Counties January 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Report: Rental Housing Demand Rebounds

This report discusses how rental housing demand has surged since the Spring of 2020 with the nation seeing rising rents, reduced vacancy rates, and the disparities between renter incomes became more evident.

Multifamily Executive January 2022
Community Health and Wellness Rural Health Research Gateway

This resource provides easy and timely access to research and findings of the FORHP-funded Rural Health Research Centers which are dedicated entirely to producing policy-relevant research on healthcare in rural areas.

University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health and HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy January 2022
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Section 3 Guidebook

This Guidebook curates the latest guidance, tools, and resources for implementing and applying Section 3 to HUD funded projects and activities.

HUD January 2022
Community Health and Wellness Social Cohesion and Social Engagement Among Older Adults Aging in Place: Rural/Urban Differences

This policy brief examines the perspectives of rural and urban residents 65 years or older living in their current home for an average of more than 25 years.

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center January 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Supportive Housing for Veterans Opens in Los Angeles

This article shares the story of how a $23 million development was partially funded by a voter-approved measure to subsidize supportive housing.

Affordable Housing Finance January 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Tenant Protections and Emergency Rental Assistance During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

This report provides a descriptive analysis of new tenant protections and emergency rental assistance (ERA)-related policies enacted or implemented by states and local governments in 2021.

National Low Income Housing Coalition January 2022
Business, Employment, and Labor The Case for Economic Dynamism and Why it Matters for the American Worker

This report showcases why workers have the best chance to thrive in an economy that is quickly adapting and advancing to new frontiers and suggests a low-cost, pro-worker formula for restoring economic dynamism.

Economic Innovation Group January 2022
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery The Next American Migration: What Cities Should Know About Climate Change and Populations on the Move

This report provides city leaders with information to better understand the complexities of climate migration and proactively prepare for the future, including recommendations on how to incorporate climate change impacts and resulting population shifts into municipal budgets, programs and long-term plans.

National League of Cities January 2022
Community Health and Wellness To Get People the Help They Need from the Government, Postcards May Be the Answer

This article summarizes the results of a research study pointing to postcards as perhaps the most effective way to engage with people who need help the most.

Next City January 2022
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery U.S. Department of Transportation Grants: Programs and Projects

This website provides information on a variety of urban and rural grant opportunities and programs supported by the Department of Transportation.

U.S. Department of Transportation January 2022
Affordable Housing and Homelessness A Decade of Rental Housing Vulnerability

This report analyzes the past ten years of housing policy through the perspective of over 100 housing stakeholders.

Enterprise Community Partners and The NHP Foundation December 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor Advancing Racial Equity and Community Wealth Building through a Sector-Based Approach to Capital Access

This report introduces innovations that capital providers and policymakers can and should implement within the manufacturing industry in order to spark wealth-building among entrepreneurs and communities of color. It highlights the inventive Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) manufacturers whose work showcases the challenges they face and the unique possibilities if they are given adequate support.

Urban Manufacturing Alliance and Inclusive Capital Collective December 2021
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Digital Equity Playbook: How City Leaders Can Bridge the Digital Divide

The Digital Equity Playbook helps city leaders determine causes of the digital divide in their communities, provides recommendations to address it, shares stories from local governments and suggests additional resources.

National League of Cities December 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Entrepreneurial Thinking in Local Government

This paper illustrates entrepreneurial thinking using the City of Lancaster, California, to show how local governments have opportunities to pursue entrepreneurial activities that take advantage of the assets they have to create more value for the community and financially strengthen the local government.

Government Finance Officers Association December 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery FEMA Resources for Climate Resilience

This publication is intended to assist state, local, tribal and territorial partners in navigating their resources regarding climate change. The guide provides a brief description of each program, service, or grant, an overview of who can apply, examples of the FEMA programs in action, and helpful tools and resources for learning more about the program, service, or grant.

Federal Emergency Management Agency December 2021
Technology, Broadband, and Communications From the Event: A Digital Equity Playbook: How City Leaders Can Bridge the Digital Divide

In this webinar, attendees heard about findings from NLC’s new Digital Equity Playbook, which helps city leaders determine the causes of the digital divide in their communities, shares recommendations to address it, highlights stories from other local government leaders, and provides additional resources to consider in this work.

National League of Cities December 2021
Rural America Investing in Rural Prosperity

This publication seeks to help rural individuals and communities achieve shared economic prosperity through a framework for approaching rural development successfully and showcasing stories of progress in different communities—as well as highlighting recommendations for action by policymakers, practitioners, funders and researchers.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Federal Reserve Board of Governors December 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Ohio Office Buildings to Be Converted to Multifamily

This article describes how one developer is redeveloping office buildings into multifamily housing in the Cincinnati suburb of Springdale.

Multifamily Executive December 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Pascua Yaqui Tribe to Build Affordable Townhomes

This article explains how the Pascua Yaqui Tribe has moved a step closer to developing 27 affordable homes on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation in Tucson, Arizona.

Affordable Housing Finance December 2021
Economic and Community Development Research: Migration Key to Rural Economic Development

This article summarizes research that points to newcomers as a valuable source of entrepreneurship, which helps rural communities create new businesses and the economic growth and wealth that comes with it.

The Daily Yonder December 2021
Rural America Rural America: Philanthropy’s Misunderstood Opportunity for Impact

This paper provides an introduction to the current state and root causes of the challenges facing rural communities, including the missed opportunities for impact, some implications for philanthropy, and highlights from organizations working on rural issues and opportunities in which funders can get involved.

Foundations Strategy Group December 2021
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Rural Imperatives in Broadband Adoption and Digital Inclusion

This report examines broadband adoption by age, race, educational attainment, and household income, and discusses strategies for rural providers to expand outreach and adoption efforts toward digital inclusion.

The Rural Broadband Association December 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)

This website offers information about the SSBCI Program, including answers to frequently asked questions and key dates.

U.S. Department of the Treasury December 2021
Economic and Community Development Thriving Black-owned Businesses 'Righting the Wrongs of the Past' in Rural Mississippi

This story describes how non-profits like Higher Purpose Co. are mentoring Black business owners, assisting with everything from securing grants and loans to navigating everyday operating issues.

National Public Radio December 2021
Economic and Community Development Unleash the Swarm: Reviving Small-Scale Development in America's Cities

This e-book explores what it would take to revive small-scale development as a force significant enough to shape and grow U.S. cities.

Strong Towns December 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery USDOT Nudges States To Prioritize Fix-It-First Infrastructure Spending

This article summarizes why some advocates are encouraging less new infrastructure, and emphasizing the need to fix deteriorated roads and bridges.

Next City December 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness 5 Essential Tips to Securing Affordable Housing Funding

This article offers key strategies for housing finance, including emphasizing financing during site selection.

Affordable Housing Finance November 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness A Pioneering Approach to Bring a Legacy of Quality, Affordable Housing to Communities

This blog post discusses how Land banks and community land trusts are two entities that, in concert, can help reverse the trajectory of disinvestment and unlock a pipeline of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties to provide quality, affordable housing for future generations that prioritizes community ownership and control.

Center for Community Progress November 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Build What Better?

This four-part series looks at the changes this infrastructure moment could bring to landscapes and markets across the nation. It includes four longform feature stories and a four-episode companion podcast series, including a live 'Leaders' video.

The Bond Buyer November 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery CDFA Annual Volume Cap Report

This report is a comprehensive Analysis of 2019-2020 Volume Cap Trends and how Private Activity Bonds (PABs) are used from state to state.

Council of Development Finance Agencies November 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness CDFI Fund Opens CY 2021 NMTC Allocation Round

The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund released a notice of allocation availability (NOAA) for the $5 billion calendar year 2021 allocation round of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, along with application materials and an updated application FAQ document.

Novogradac November 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Communities Across the US Are Addressing Property Deterioration and Vacancy With ARPA

This blog post discusses and provides examples of communities across the US are using ARPA funds to improve critical systems that address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties.

Center for Community Progress November 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Contracting with Federal Funds for Goods and Services Before, During and After Disasters

This resource helps entities know the federal procurement rules when purchasing goods and services under a FEMA grant program, including Public Assistance, which can help increase the chance of securing and keeping the funding needed.

Federal Emergency Management Agency November 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery County Investments of American Rescue Plan Recovery Funds

This resource contains analyses and trends of county investment priorities, stories about how counties are supporting residents, resources to guide planning and utilization, and a database of county ARPA Recovery Fund investment plans.

National Association of Counties November 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery County Leaders Reflect on Lessons Learned from COVID-19

This report shares reflections from rural and urban counties across the country on lessons learned from the pandemic and how they will be better prepared for a future public health crisis.

National Association of Counties November 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Creating Affordable Housing in Rural America

This article discusses how developers are tackling a need for affordable housing for the homeless, families, and farmworkers in rural communities.

Affordable Housing Finance November 2021
Economic and Community Development Creative Placemaking Projects

This database showcases how grassroots leaders from across the country are using arts, culture, and creative placemaking to reactivate vacant spaces, engage residents, set revitalization goals, and create a vision for their neighborhoods.

Center for Community Progress November 2021
Economic and Community Development Does ‘Innovation’ in Construction Just Mean Fewer Jobs?

This article explores the complex nature of innovation and its impact on affordable housing and the associated labor market.

Shelterforce November 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Emergency Rental Assistance Spending and Performance Trends

This publication reports on the progress of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA1) program in their distribution of funds appropriated under the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act and describes the Treasury’s reallocation process for ERA1 grantees, along with recommendations to ERA administrators and the Treasury to best serve low-income renters.

National Low Income Housing Coalition November 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Fairway Creates TIF District for Apartment Project at Site of Vacant Office Complex on SM Parkway

This article explains how the City of Fairway, KS is using a tax increment financing district for a proposed $65 million apartment complex for “active adults” at a vacant office park on Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Shawnee Mission Post November 2021
Economic and Community Development Fed Communities Partner Stories

These stories explore the power of partnership to improve economic outcomes in low- and moderate-income communities across the US.

Fed Communities November 2021
Community Health and Wellness HHS Makes New Investments in Achieving COVID-19 Health Equity Following Release of White House Report

This blog summarizes key takeaways from the Presidential Health Equity Task Force’s final report and the allocation of new funding based on the Task Force's recommendations.

National Association of Counties November 2021
Disparities and Race How Rochester is Championing DEI Initiatives

This article tells how the City of Rochester is striving to progress past historic pain by advocating for and uplifting minority voices while endorsing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

National League of Cities and CGI Communications November 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness HUD Awards $36M for Local Economic and Housing Programs

This announcement outlines the $36 million in "capacity-building" grants awarded by HUD to support three national organizations in producing approximately 8,000 units of affordable housing nationwide and stimulating nearly $150 million in total investment in order to distribute funds to local initiatives that support affordable housing and community development.

HUD November 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery HUD Supporting Local Climate Action Page

This resource on HUD Exchange is designed to provide resources for grantees on how to use HUD funding to tackle climate change and build more resilient futures for communities.

HUD November 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Improving Benefit-Cost Analyses for Rural Areas

This report presents new models and Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) alternatives and shows that it is possible to quantify the benefits of reducing climate risks in order to improve competitiveness for federal funding.

Headwaters Economics November 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Is Single-Family Build-to-Rent a True Missing Middle Solution?

This article explains the gap in affordable housing for households in the 80% to 120% AMI bracket and how single-family build-to-rent has emerged as an asset class that delivers precisely what this group wants.

Multifamily Executive November 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Land Bank Seeks County COVID-19 Funding for House Rehab Program

This article explains how the Central Illinois Land Bank is pursuing county ARPA funds to support their Homeowner Rehab Program and provide funds to income-eligible owner-occupants to assist with repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction of their homes.

Commercial-News November 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Measuring the Economic and Human Impact of Nonprofit Organizations in Rural America

This report is designed to educate policymakers and the public on the broad economic and human impact that nonprofit organizations and the programs they work with have on rural communities, including participation in key federal programs.

National Rural Housing Coalition November 2021
Community Health and Wellness On the Frontlines of Today's Cities: Trauma, Challenges and Solutions

This report explores the harassment, threats and violence local leaders across the country are facing, along with recommendations for forming a pathway to a more civil discourse.

National League of Cities November 2021
Rural America Q&A With LISC's Caitlin Cain

In this article the director of Rural LISC discusses the complexities of developing in rural communities.

Affordable Housing Finance November 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Section 3 FAQs

This resource provides answers to questions on a variety of topics related to Section 3 planning, implementation, and reporting.

HUD November 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor SSBCI Resource Center

This resource offers a wealth of information and guidance related to the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).

Council of Development Finance Agencies November 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Sustainable Homeownership: Transforming Communities

This podcast explores Homewise’s organizational transformation from focusing on mortgage financing and education to building community wealth through developing housing and commercial space – and all of it informed by Homewise’s commitment to sustainability and climate resilience.

Urban Habitat Initiatives November 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

This brief overview explains how Tax Increment Financing allows local governments to invest in public infrastructure and other improvements up-front.

The World Bank November 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery The Cybersiege of Cities: Understanding an Increasingly Common Threat

This article discusses best practices for cities to strategize their response to ransomware threats and explores how the proposed federal infrastructure bill includes $1 billion in grant funding for state and local governments in support of their initiatives to improve cybersecurity.

National League of Cities and NuHarbor Security November 2021
Disparities and Race The Minority Business Development Agency is Permanently Authorized in Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

This press release announced the permanent status of the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) as a result of the Build Back Better infrastructure legislation, which will expand and elevate the Agency enabling it to increase its programs and outreach to the Nation's more than 9 million minority-owned businesses.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency November 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery USDA Invests $86 Million to Improve Equitable Access to Jobs, Business Opportunities, Education, Health Care and Housing for Rural People

This press release announced the investment of $86 million to improve equitable access to jobs, business opportunities, education, housing and health care for people who live and work in rural areas.

U.S. Department of Agriculture November 2021
Population Data and Trends 2021 and 2022 Small DDAs and QCTs

This data resource provides state and county level interactive maps of the 2022 Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs) and Difficult Development Areas (DDAs) that will be effective January 1, 2022.

HUD October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness 2021 Picture of Preservation

This report characterizes the nearly five million homes that constitute the federally assisted housing stock, analyzes preservation risks these homes face, and identifies policy priorities to support their preservation.

National Low Income Housing Coalition and Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness 5 Strategies to Better Serve Unbanked Tenants

This blog post focuses on strategies for Emergency Rental Assistance money to reach the 7.1 million households that do not have bank accounts.

National League of Cities October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness A Home to Call Their Own

In this report author Gabriel Thompson, who has written extensively on farmworkers in California, profiles a range of people from the agricultural Coachella Valley whose lives were transformed through their participation in self-help housing.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation October 2021
Economic and Community Development A New Generation of Town Makers

This article, part three in a five-part series on small-scale, incremental development, shares the story of what can happen when incremental development is an organic response from within the community to a particular need, offering great potential to accelerate.

Strong Towns October 2021
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Allentown is Looking to Close the ‘Digital Divide’ by Getting in the Broadband Business

This article describes the strategies being pursued to launch a city-provided high-speed broadband service that the city hopes will benefit Allentown’s poorest communities and attract investment to the city.

The Morning Call October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Can New Construction Methods Lower the Cost of Housing?

This article weighs in on whether 3D printing, repurposed shipping containers, and offsite manufacturing can stand up as potential solutions to the country’s affordable-housing crisis.

Shelterforce October 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery City Fiscal Conditions 2021

This annual report provides insight into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and proactive federal policy on city finances.

National League of Cities October 2021
Economic and Community Development Community Development Extension Library

This resource provides an avenue for sharing programs and resources that support comprehensive, logical and theoretically sound community development processes and a searchable library that Extension professionals can use in their work.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals and North Central Regional Center for Rural Development October 2021
Community Health and Wellness COVID-19 May Have Unexpected Benefit of Freeing Up Funds for Rural Hospitals to Invest in Technology

This article discusses how Federal provider relief funds have allowed rural hospitals to spend money that otherwise would have gone to personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 needs, to something they've long needed: upgraded technology.

Healthcare Finance October 2021
Economic and Community Development Does a Remote Work Strategy Make Sense for Rural Economic Developers?

This article examines the rationale for rural remote work, looking at rural remote work from an economic developer’s perspective, and sharing potential factors of analysis when considering whether to pursue a rural remote work strategy.

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City October 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Equitable Recovery Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help communities conduct their own assessments that examine the policies, practices, and programs that can move their communities toward an equitable COVID-19 recovery.

National Resource Network October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness FHFA Announces Two Measures Advancing Housing Sustainability and Affordability

This press release announced two measures to sustainably advance the affordability of homeownership for mortgage borrowers across the nation, especially those in underserved communities, by expanding eligibility for low-and moderate-income families and leveraging desktop appraisals to reduce inefficiencies in the mortgage process.

Federal Housing Finance Agency October 2021
Economic and Community Development Fixing Finance for Small-Scale Development

This article, part four in a five-part series on small-scale, incremental development, discusses how building a conscious community centered around incremental development can be transformative.

Strong Towns October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Former New York Orphanage Site Becomes Senior Housing

This article tells about the reuse of an old orphanage site to provide affordable and supportive housing to seniors in Rockland County, New York.

Affordable Housing Finance October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Freddie Mac Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Bond Program Focused on Affordable Housing

This press release announced that Freddie Mac plans to offer at least $3 billion in Single-Family affordable housing bonds to support affordable homeownership and serve historically underserved markets.

Freddie Mac October 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery How We Are INVESTing in America

This website provides information and resources to learn about the bipartisan INVEST in America Act aimed at modernizing US roads, bridges, transit, rail, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, broadband services, and so much more.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure October 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery HUD Releases Agency Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan

This press release announced the release of HUD's climate adaptation and resilience plan to ensure its facilities and operations adapt and are increasingly resilient to climate change impacts.

HUD October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness HUD to Issue Rule Protecting Tenants Facing Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent in HUD-Assisted Properties

This press release announced that HUD will publish a rule that prohibits the eviction of tenants facing eviction for nonpayment of rent from HUD-subsidized public housing and certain properties with project-based rental assistance without providing a 30-day notice period that includes information about available federal emergency rental assistance.

HUD October 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery If You Don’t Adapt, You Die: Rural LISC’s Caitlin Cain on the (Surprisingly Hopeful) Path Forward to Climate Resiliency

In this LISC story Caitlin Cain, vice president and director of Rural LISC, explains how, as CDFIs, funders and community developers, we must radically shift our approach to investing for preparation and resiliency.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation October 2021
Rural America Investing in Rural Recovery: Finding from a Rapid Assessment of Stakeholder Priorities for Rural Development

This report summarizes findings from the first phase of the Listening Sessions Initiative established by the Regional Rural Development Centers to rapidly appraise stakeholder priorities related to the community, economic, and workforce development of rural communities in the U.S.

Regional Rural Development Centers October 2021
Economic and Community Development Love, Money, or Desperation

This article, the final in a five-part series on small-scale, incremental development, wraps up the series by trying to answer the question of who will do the work and for what reasons.

Strong Towns October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Miami Development Delivers Affordable Housing Options

This article tells how the Housing Trust Group recently opened a new 76-unit development to provide needed affordable housing options in the West Kendall area of Miami.

Affordable Housing Finance October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness National Housing Preservation Database (NHPD)

This resource includes the National Housing Preservation Database, along with reports, resources, tool kits and more to help organizations understand the stock of publicly supported housing in their community, and to preserve affordable housing options for low-income households.

Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation and the National Low Income Housing Coalition October 2021
Population Data and Trends New Census Reflects Growing U.S. Population Diversity, with Children in the Forefront

This brief discusses population growth and its variation in the rate and direction of population change among the numerous racial and Hispanic origin groups that together represent the U.S. population.

Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Paths of Greater Resistance

This article, part two in a five-part series on small-scale, incremental development, discusses the challenges small developers face in navigating regulatory barriers.

Strong Towns October 2021
Disparities and Race Patient Capital for Established BIPOC Businesses to Close Racial Wealth Gaps

This brief summarizes key points of an article originally published by Impact Alpha to examine why growth in the pre-pandemic number of minority-owned businesses has failed to narrow the racial wealth gap.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation October 2021
Economic and Community Development Perspectives from Main Street: The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities and the Entities Serving Them

This report shares findings of a survey administered in August 2021 that collected information on the effects of COVID-19 on low- to moderate-income people and communities and the entities serving them.

Fed Communities October 2021
Economic and Community Development President Biden Announces the Build Back Better Framework

This announcement summarizes President Biden's Build Back Better framework to guide legislative language and set the U.S. on a course to meet the administration's climate, labor force, and economic goals.

The White House October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Quick Fixes Won’t Solve America’s Housing Challenges

In this article National Multifamily Housing Council president talks about how the pandemic revealed the critical shortage of affordable housing and how “quick” and “free” solutions, like rent control and eviction moratoriums, are serious mistakes to avoid.

Multifamily Executive October 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Rethinking Local Government Revenue Systems

This report argues that rethinking revenue systems is necessary because local government revenues have not remained aligned with modern economic realities, and that this contributes to distortions in the economy and unfairness in how taxpayers are treated.

Government Finance Officers Association October 2021
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Study: Affordable Housing Residents Lack Reliable Internet Access

This article shares insights from a survey of affordable housing service coordinators on the impact of COVID-19 and how lack of internet reliability impacted vulnerable populations and their access to resources.

Affordable Housing Finance October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Supply Chain and Labor Hurdles Continue to Hinder Operators

This article discusses how multifamily developers and operators continue to adapt to the challenges spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as look for opportunities based on renters’ shifting needs and wants.

Multifamily Executive October 2021
Economic and Community Development The Reconciliation Bill: What’s at Stake for Cities

This article reviews the current reconciliation bill under consideration and a number of priorities that local governments have been calling on Congress to address for years, such as workforce development and affordable housing.

National League of Cities October 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Transportation and Infrastructure Proposals put 'Much on the Line' for Counties

In this article NACo Transportation Steering Committee Chair Liz Hausmann looks at the national infrastructure outlook for counties and what she sees at home in Fulton County, Ga.

National Association of Counties October 2021
Economic and Community Development Two-man Show Powers Utah Rural Development Efforts

This news brief explains the impact being achieved by a pair of economic development specialists from the Utah Association of Counties as they help take counties beyond the finish line of securing new economic development projects.

National Association of Counties October 2021
Economic and Community Development USDA to Make Up to $1.15 Billion Available to Help People Living in Rural Communities Access High-Speed Internet

This press release announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health care and educational services for millions of rural Americans.

U.S. Department of Agriculture October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Where Did All the Small Developers Go?

This article is part one in a five-part series on small-scale, incremental development.

Strong Towns October 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Apartment Developers Invest in Fresh Air

This article discusses how the pandemic has taught a growing number of renters and apartment developers the value of healthy features.

Multifamily Executive September 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor Building Organizational Capabilities in Service of Equitable and Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems

This practitioners’ guide outlines how organizations serving small businesses can work together to identify ecosystem-level and organization-specific strategies based on local market needs and varying stakeholder assets.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Next Street September 2021
Rural America First Americans Museum Celebrates Cultures of 39 Oklahoma-Based Tribal Nations

This article announces the opening of the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, a collaboration of 39 tribal nations designed to share their stories and cultures with other Americans.

The Daily Yonder September 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Historic YMCA Transformed into Artsy Apartment Complex in Downtown Granite City

This article explains how a nonprofit development organization renovated an old YMCA building, turning it into a 37 unit apartment complex for artists, veterans and others with incomes at or below 60 percent of the region’s median.

Belview News Democrat September 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness House America

This invitation is a call for mayors, city and county leaders, tribal nation leaders, and governors to join the national All-Hands-on-Deck Effort to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis partnership to address homelessness through a Housing First approach.

HUD September 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness HUD Initiative Takes Aim at Homelessness

This article discusses HUD's new initiative to rehouse at least 100,000 households experiencing homelessness through a Housing First approach, and to add at least 20,000 new units of affordable housing into the development pipeline by Sept. 30, 2022.

Affordable Housing Finance September 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Lessons from the Field: A Municipal Asset Manager's Perspective

This article provides insights into mission-driven practices at the intersection of policy and implementation to help elevate municipal asset management practice.

Consortium for Housing and Asset Management September 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor Making Incentives for Entrepreneurial Firms More Effective

This post offers three policy guidance recommendations for designing, implementing, and evaluating incentives to help state and local policymakers achieve their economic and entrepreneurship development objectives.

Smart Incentives September 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Nine LIHTC Developments Earn Edson Awards

This article announces the recipients of the annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards, which recognizes outstanding affordable housing properties that have demonstrated impactful use of the low-income housing tax credit.

Affordable Housing Finance September 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Realtors: The Impact of Student Loan Debt

This report summarizes the results of a study which found that almost half of adults who say their student loan debt prevents them from buying a home also say that they cannot save for a down payment due to student debt.

Morning Consult September 2021
Economic and Community Development Reenvisioning Rural America: How to Invest in the Strengths and Potential of Rural Communities

This report summarizes research designed to help build a better foundation for leveraging rural assets and to better understand these strengths so policymakers from the local to the federal level, practitioners, and investors can build on communities’ potential to better target investment and support.

Urban Institute September 2021
Economic and Community Development Revitalizing the Main Street, Revitalizing the Community

This article shares insights from mayors and city officials of several Utah towns involved in the Utah Main Street Program, part of a larger, national initiative.

The Daily Yonder September 2021
Economic and Community Development Vacant Land Keys to Success: Lessons from the Field

This report shares findings from a six-year research project exploring greening as a method to reduce youth violence and injury, including ways to help greening organizations (i.e. community organizations, nonprofits, land banks) meet the rising demand for vacant lot care across the country.

Center for Community Progress September 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness White House Announces Steps to Increase Affordable Housing

The article announces a series of moves by the Biden administration aimed at creating, preserving, or selling 100,000 affordable homes for homeowners and renters in the next three years.

Affordable Housing Finance September 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery American Rescue Plan Resources for Public Sector

This resource provides guidance for navigating the funding options under the American Rescue Plan for state and local governments, schools and Tribes to help public sector officials know where, when and how to start.

Baker Tilly August 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC publishes a wealth of information for individuals, schools, communities and local government about the Coronavirus pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention August 2021
Rural America Coronavirus Resources: Tracking Coronavirus in Rural America

This resource provides regular updates on the pandemic, along with resources and materials that can be used to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Housing Assistance Council August 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

This resource on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides up-to-date resources, guidance, certification guidelines, and a direct link to apply for fiscal recovery funds.

U.S. Department of the Treasury August 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery County Economic Mobility Action Tracker

This resource is designed to provide county leaders with options for safeguarding residents’ financial security and economic mobility during COVID-19.

National Association of Counties and Aspen Institute August 2021
Disparities and Race COVID-19 & Race

This resource shines the light on the pandemic’s disproportionate toll on Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people and on bold solutions for equitable recovery and renewal.

PolicyLink August 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery COVID-19 Economic Implications for Agriculture, Food, and Rural America

This resource considers links in the farm-to-consumer supply chain that may be affected by the pandemic, including farms, processors, handlers, retail outlets, and trade.

USDA Economic Research Service August 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery COVID-19 Economic Relief

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has updated information about the CARES Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. Specific resource links include:

U.S. Department of the Treasury August 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery COVID-19: Response and Recovery Work

This website provides information, action learning guides, data, strategies and a host of resources to support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute August 2021
Disparities and Race Developers of Color Still Swimming Against the Current in Commercial Real Estate

This article explains the challenges that developers of color face when seeking capital funds for community development projects.

Next City August 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Resources: A Guide for Rural Communities

This resource guide provides an overview of programs and servicing options that can help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by disaster, and support long-term planning and recovery efforts that build for the future.

USDA Rural Development August 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

This resource provides an overview of the $1.5 billion allocated to EDA under the CARES Act for economic development assistance programs.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration August 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness From the Ground Up: Affordable Housing as the Building Block for Stability In California's Coachella and San Joaquin Valleys

This white paper from LISC's Research and Evaluation team offers quantitative and qualitative evidence of how intensive and collaborative community development in rural America raises standards of living and civic engagement in concrete and enduring ways.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation August 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness HAC News

This news feed provides national and local housing-related resources and information from a rural lens, including national program and policy updates, summaries of Federal Register filings, findings from recent research reports, and much more.

Housing Assistance Council August 2021
Community Health and Wellness Helping Our Relatives: Native-led Response & Recovery in an Urban Setting

This article explores how the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board partnered with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to build capacity of Native individuals and organizations to meet COVID-19 response and recovery needs of Natives living in urban Western South Dakota.

We are Warriors EOC, Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board and Center for Disaster Philanthropy August 2021
Economic and Community Development Joint Resource Guide to Strengthen and Expand Child Care Facilities in Rural Communities

This resource guide can help partners and stakeholders meet the growing need for quality, affordable child care infrastructure in rural communities, promoting strong rural economic recovery and development, and championing the success of working families. View the Spanish version.

USDA Rural Development and HHS Administration for Children and Families August 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery NACo County News

NACo News explores many facets of county governments' response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including topics like health program development, emergency shelter provision, COVID-19 budget impacts, county election challenges, and more.

National Association of Counties August 2021
Human Services and Education NACo Toolkit: Tracking COVID-19 Relief for Human Services and Education Programs

This toolkit tracks the steps the federal government has taken to implement new resources and administrative changes within human services and education programs.

National Association of Counties August 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery NACo’s COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse

This bank of resources houses critical resources and information about funding available to counties as a result of the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds legislation within the American Rescue Plan Act.

National Association of Counties August 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness National Calls on HoUSed: Universal, Stable, Affordable

This website offers access weekly national calls on Coronavirus, housing, and homelessness and past recordings that featured updates from national, state, and local advocates and service providers working to assist people experiencing homelessness, low-income households, and members of marginalized communities.

National Low Income Housing Coalition August 2021
Community Health and Wellness Reflections on the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge During COVID-19

This publication shares reflections from ten county teams on the two-year, $2 million Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge initiative.

National Association of Counties August 2021
Economic and Community Development Resources for Revitalization of Historic Downtowns and Commercial Corridors

This website offers resources for revitalizing downtowns and commercial corridors as well as a forum for exchanging news, information, and ideas about how to rebuild the hearts of cities and towns.

Downtown Development Center August 2021
Population Data and Trends Rural COVID Research and Figures

This resource provides a collection of real-time charts and reports documenting the impact of COVID-19 on rural areas, including tracking hot spots across the country, COVID-19 growth in rural counties, state rural hospital and community vulnerabilities, and more.

Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina August 2021
Community Health and Wellness Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness

This website provides critical resources for rural healthcare facilities to prepare for and respond to a COVID-19 surge.

Rural Health Information Hub August 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor SBA COVID-19 Relief Options

The SBA and Department of Treasury offer several avenues for grants and loans designed specifically to help American small businesses stay open and recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of the Treasury August 2021
Economic and Community Development Solar Futures Study

This report explores solar energy's role in transitioning to carbon-free electric grid and suggests that with aggressive cost reductions, supportive policies, and large-scale electrification, solar could account for as much as 40% of the nation’s electricity supply by 2035 and 45% by 2050.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy August 2021
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Tech Talent Tracker

This resource provides county-level data, with comparisons to peer counties, to create comprehensive reports with detailed maps and charts on key metrics such as employment in digital jobs, CS graduation rates, and broadband connectivity to help rural leaders understand their tech ecosystems.

Center on Rural Innovation August 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery The Local Leader’s Toolkit: A Strong Towns Response to the Pandemic

This free toolkit provides suggestions about specific actions local leaders can take to stabilize their community, guidance on major decisions local leaders should anticipate, and resources for laying the groundwork for the strongest possible recovery.

Strong Towns August 2021
Community Health and Wellness USACE COVID-19 Response

This resource provides a summary of the efforts and a list of alternative care sites across the country, which are facilities temporarily converted for healthcare use during a public health emergency to reduce the burden on hospitals and established medical facilities.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers August 2021
Rural America USDA Rural Development Programs and Services

This resource provides information on a wide range of grant and loan programs that support rural communities’ economic development efforts, help rural and disadvantaged communities recover economically from the impacts of COVID-19, and maintain and improve health, wealth and economic stability of rural populations.

USDA Rural Development August 2021
Economic and Community Development Which Community Benefits Agreements Really Delivered?

This article discusses the impact of Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) and looks back at several cities where CBAs were won to find out where those agreements stand now.

Shelterforce August 2021
Disparities and Race 2020 State of Black America Examines the Depth of Systemic Inequality Exposed by the Coronavirus Epidemic

This report explores the various ways that that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the face of racism in America – particularly within our economy, our health care institutions, and our justice systems.

National Urban League July 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery COVID-19 Economic Crisis: By State

This resource provides analyses, maps, and data related to jobs, payroll, and the impact of COVID-19 on employment trends and economic changes across the United States.

Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire July 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery FEMA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

This resource page offers guidance, data, and reports to provide support for vaccine efforts, rumor control, best practices, and a number of other recovery and economic assistance efforts.

Federal Emergency Management Agency July 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery HHS COVID-19 Resources

This page highlights resources identified or developed to address current response and recovery operations to COVID-19. Several topic collections include:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services July 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness HUD’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

This HUD resource is focused on homeless and housing programs, property owners, grantees, lenders, and individuals. View the following pages to explore some of these resources.

HUD July 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

This resource offers interactive tools to help communities understand and manage their climate-related risks and opportunities.

U.S. Global Change Research Program July 2021
Economic and Community Development Breaking Out of the Resource Trap: An Economic Plan for Resource-Based Communities

This E-book explores how communities can build the kind of place where generations can stay and thrive and suggests strategies intended to help communities take control of their own economic destiny by building wealth from within that can be sustained across generations.

Strong Towns June 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery CDBG-CV Toolkit

This toolkit can assist grantees’ ongoing identification and implementation of CDBG-CV program activities that best serve their communities.

HUD June 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund Guidance

This fact sheet summarizes how states and non-entitlement units of local government are to distribute, receive, and report the funds from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

National League of Cities June 2021
Population Data and Trends County-level Data Sets from USDA

This page provides the latest data on socio-economic indicators and provides maps, data displays, and data downloads in Excel format for states and counties.

U.S. Department of Agriculture June 2021
Population Data and Trends COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources from the U.S. Census Bureau

This interactive data hub includes COVID-19 resources that provide users with demographic risk factor variables along with economic data on 20 key industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Census Bureau June 2021
Economic and Community Development Developing Regional Economic Connectivity: Key Factors and Strategies for Urban and Rural Communities

This report identifies factors that support local engagement in regional economies, how these factors vary for urban and rural places, and whether the benefits of economic connectivity are equitably distributed among places and people in regions.

National League of Cities and Rural Community Assistance Partnership June 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Early Childhood is Critical to Recovery: Utilizing Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Support Vulnerable Children and Families

This article discusses the impact of COVID-19 on families with young children, and how American Recovery Act funds can be used to advance existing early childhood programs.

National League of Cities June 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery How Should Local Leaders Use Their American Rescue Plan Funding?

This article explores a three-pronged approach for using American Rescue Plan funding.

Brookings Institution June 2021
Community Health and Wellness HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH)

This resource provides information, resources, webinars, and more, including grant opportunities, to help states and local governments develop cost-effective ways to reduce lead-based paint hazards.

HUD June 2021
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Indicators of Broadband Need Map

This resource provides maps and other data depicting broadband availability and several indicators of need, including broadband speeds and access to connected technology at the census block level across the country.

Broadband USA June 2021
Economic and Community Development Land Banks and Community Land Trusts: Partnering to Provide Equitable Housing Opportunities Now and for Future Generations

This report explains how land banks and community land trusts (CLT) are two entities that, in concert, can help reverse the trajectory of disinvestment and unlock a pipeline of VAD properties to provide much needed quality affordable housing for current and future generations.

Center for Community Progress June 2021
Disparities and Race Local Data for Equitable Recovery

This website provides guidance for using data to support recovery and to engage community residents and youth in strategies for community-centered pandemic relief and response, along with timely articles on a variety of related topics

Urban Institute June 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor Planning for the Future of Work amid a Global Pandemic

This report analyzes how the COVID-19 pandemic has enhanced uncertainty around the ‘Future of Work’ which is impacted by automation, shifting demographics, and other factors.

National Association of Counties June 2021
Economic and Community Development Promoting Community Vitality & Sustainability: The Community Capitals Framework

This fact sheet provides an overview of seven community capitals and suggests that the lifeblood of any community can be linked to the presence, strength and balance of these capitals, resources that can be invested or tapped for the purpose of promoting the long-term well-being of communities.

Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue University June 2021
Economic and Community Development Recreation Economy at USDA Economic Development Resources for Rural Communities

This resource guide was developed for rural communities to identify resources that can help develop the recreation economy.

USDA Rural Development June 2021
Rural America Rural Development COVID-19 Response

This resource provides information and guidance about immediate and long-term assistance for rural communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

USDA Rural Development June 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Recipient Compliance and Reporting Responsibilities

This resource provides guidance to entities that receive funding from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Programs on how to meet compliance and reporting responsibilities.

U.S. Department of the Treasury June 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Taking Stock: Natural Hazards and Federally Assisted Housing

This report examines the locations of project-based federally assisted properties in relation to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Risk Index (NRI). The report finds natural hazards pose a significant threat, while its residents are especially vulnerable to adverse impacts.

Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation and National Low Income Housing Coalition June 2021
Rural America The COVID-19 Pandemic and Rural America

This report provides an overview on how the pandemic is affecting rural America, including the spread of cases and unemployment among the U.S. metro and non-metro populations and by county economic types.

USDA Economic Research Service June 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor USDA Resource Guide for Rural Workforce Development

This guide was created for community leaders and other local entities to help them access resources to create jobs, train talent, expand educational opportunities and provide technical assistance.

USDA Rural Development Innovation Center June 2021
Community Health and Wellness USDA to Invest $1 Billion to Purchase Healthy Food & Build Food Bank Capacity

This press release announced an investment of up to $1 billion, including $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding, in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to support and expand the emergency food network so states, food banks, and local organizations can reliably serve their communities.

U.S. Department of Agriculture June 2021
Community Health and Wellness USDA to Invest More Than $4 Billion to Strengthen Food System

This press release announced plans to invest more than $4 billion (in addition to the $1 billion to purchase healthy food and build food bank capacity) to strengthen critical supply chains through the Build Back Better initiative.

U.S. Department of Agriculture June 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness 3 Developer Mindsets for Groundbreaking Affordable Housing

This blog shares insights gained over the 10 years of Enterprise’s Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute, including three mindsets have risen to the top as game-changing for the pursuit of break though, people-oriented affordable housing.

Enterprise Community Partners May 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Charting the Future of County Customer Service

This story describes how Montgomery County, Maryland customer service representatives maintained an 84 percent customer satisfaction level throughout the pandemic with callers unaware they were fielding calls from their homes.

National Association of Counties May 2021
Economic and Community Development Community Capacity Building, Shaping the Future of Hometowns

This paper offers the latest thoughts for communities to undertake capacity building efforts that lead to successful economic development game plans. The paper provides a capacity building framework and answers important questions to help communities lead successful economic development.

e² Entrepreneurial Ecosystems May 2021
Community Health and Wellness Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful

This report calls for a decade-long effort to support locally led and voluntary conservation and restoration efforts across public, private, and Tribal lands and waters in order to create jobs and strengthen the economy’s foundation; tackle the climate and nature crises; and address inequitable access to the outdoors.

U.S. Department of Agriculture May 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor Deciding Which Work Practices Stay When the Pandemic is Over

This article shares thoughts and considerations from county leaders on deciding which work practices and job functions, both internal and public facing, stay remote when the pandemic is over.

National Association of Counties May 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery FEMA Grants

This resource provides information, tools, and guidance about grant funds for pre and post emergency or disaster related projects, including hazard mitigation, preparedness, resilience, and emergency food and shelter.

Federal Emergency Management Agency May 2021
Disparities and Race Finance and Chill? Big Tech Flirts with Community Development

This article explores how the deep racial inequalities in both rental housing and homeownership in the United States and housing’s link to the country’s racial wealth gap, have prompted substantial investment and philanthropy from big companies looking to support racial justice.

ShelterForce May 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Going Green a Win-Win for Affordable Housing

This article shares insights about how energy efficient building lowers operating costs that increases the bottom line, particularly when it comes to affordable housing.

Multifamily Executive May 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery More than 400 Communities are Now Solar Energy-Ready

This blog reports on the SolSmart Program milestone of over 400 counties, municipalities, and regional organizations receiving SolSmart designation. These SolSmart-designated local governments have expanded local solar knowledge, increased solar technology use, and reduced ‘soft costs’ and other obstacles to solar energy.

National Association of Counties May 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery NACo Brief: Vaccine Distribution in Rural Counties

This resource brief for rural counties highlights strategies, key considerations, and best practices for increasing vaccination coverage.

National Association of Counties May 2021
Rural America Rural Transit Fact Book 2021

This report features national, state, and county-level information on rural transit in the United States and includes rural and urban comparisons on demographics and transportation.

U.S. Department of Transportation May 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery State CDBG-CV Implementation Quick Guide

This guide summarizes key components of the CARES Act (CDBG-CV) as they relate to State CDBG-CV program implementation.

HUD May 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery USDA-NIFA, CDC and Cooperative Extension Team Up for Vaccine Education in Rural America

This article announced the receipt of $9.4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support Land-grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System in delivering immunization education.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture May 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness What Does the Housing Market Boom Mean for Local and State Governments?

This article takes a closer look at the recent housing market trends, the outlook, and how it will likely impact both local and state governments.

Dividend.com May 2021
Disparities and Race CDC Declares Racism a Serious Public Health Threat

This article summarizes the declaration by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and outlines the CDC’s stated role in addressing the impact of racism on public health.

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National Association of Counties April 2021
Economic and Community Development CommunityDevelopment.Art

This relaunched website includes news briefs, videos, and resources that examine the intersection of arts, culture, and equitable development, and also shares how community development goals can be reached through the integration of arts and culture in partnership with non-arts organizations

PolicyLink April 2021
Human Services and Education Counties Support Post-Secondary Education and Workforce Opportunities for Residents

This report explores county partnerships with post-secondary education systems and shares key findings from its national landscape analysis on counties’ role and decision-making authority in post-secondary education. The analysis includes key consideration for county leaders to partner with post-secondary education institutions.

National Association of Counties April 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Spotlight: A Conversation with Oji Alexander, Executive Director of Home by Hand

This report summarizes a conversation between Oji Alexander, Executive Director, and the National Housing Conference about how Home by Hand and the people it serves have been affected by COVID-19, and why their affordable homeownership mission is as important as ever.

National Housing Conference April 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness The National Housing Trust Fund and Fair Housing: A Set of Policy Provisions

This policy brief provides a blueprint for using the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) to meet the Fair Housing Act’s goal of affirmatively furthering fair housing.

Poverty and Race Research Action Council April 2021
Economic and Community Development The Scenic Route Guide to Arts, Culture, and Transportation

This resource provides guidance for transportation planners, public works agencies, and local elected officials who want to collaborate with artists, highlighting eight common ways artists contribute to transportation and infrastructure projects with an equity lens to allow for more genuine public engagement.

Smart Growth America April 2021
Population Data and Trends A Year of U.S. Public Opinion on the Coronavirus Pandemic

This report on the COVID-19 pandemic explains how American views have changed and how opinions have shifted on key issues over the past 12 months.

Pew Research Center March 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

This web page provides the history and text of the American Rescue Plan made into law on March 11, 2021.

U.S. Congress March 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Summary of Provisions

This resource provides an extensive searchable summary of provisions relevant to the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, including agency, program, summary, amount, eligible city sizes, and links to the relevant federal program.

National League of Cities March 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Community-Rooted Economic Inclusion: A Strategic Action Playbook

This playbook provides guidance for practitioners, residents, and city and regional leaders to carry out community-rooted economic inclusion work designed to help build wealth and opportunity, while driving city and regional economic growth that centers equity at its core.

Brookings Institution March 2021
Disparities and Race Elements of an Equitable Recovery

This series of resources, explores how governments can achieve an equitable recovery by ensuring that public investment, loans, and spending gets to woman- and minority-owned businesses to help them survive and thrive. Read the latest stories:

Next City March 2021
Economic and Community Development How Small Towns and Cities Use Local Assets to Rebuild Economies

This study, commissioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), highlights successful strategies small cities and towns use to promote economic development. The study focuses on how these places emphasize existing assets and distinctive resources to complement a broad economic strategy.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency March 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Learning from Emergency Rental Assistance Programs: Lessons from Fifteen Case Studies

This report presents findings from fifteen in-depth case studies of emergency rental assistance programs across the country and draws out key instances of program learning that can inform the newest round of rental assistance programs.

Housing Crisis Research Collaborative March 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Renters’ Experiences during COVID-19

This research brief provides new evidence of how the pandemic has increased housing insecurity among renters and how households have navigated this ongoing hardship.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia March 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Repositioning Economic Development Incentives Post-Pandemic

This report provides guidance that draws on lessons learned from past recessions, research on incentive best practices, and responses to economic priorities, along with a framework for considering the critical issues and trade-offs that will help state leaders assess their incentive options in 2021.

Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness March 2021
Technology, Broadband, and Communications The Digital Divide: What Is It, Where Is It, and Federal Assistance Programs

This report describes the availability of broadband by state and across urban, rural, and tribal areas. The report includes a summary of federal broadband programs, along with broadband status of access and data mapping.

Congressional Research Service March 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Title by Title Summary of the American Rescue Plan

This report provides a summary of each title of the American Rescue Plan Act.

U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget March 2021
Disparities and Race Unequal Distribution of COVID-19 Risk among Rural Residents by Race and Ethnicity

This commentary examines research on the COVID-19 risk in rural communities by race and ethnicity and highlights the different issues that influence the health outcomes of people of color and Indigenous people living in rural areas during COVID-19.

Journal of Rural Health March 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor A New Path Forward: Place-Based Solutions for a Stronger Workforce Ecosystem

This playbook provides local leaders and stakeholders with recommendations for and examples of successful workforce development programs from across the country.

Accelerator for America February 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Counties and COVID-19: Positioning America for Recovery

This report examines the role of counties in the recovery process as local leaders support America’s 10 million unemployed workers amidst the challenges of delivering essential services during a global pandemic.

National Association of Counties February 2021
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual

This manual was developed to guide FEMA grant program applicants and recipients on how to manage their grants and other resources, including guidance on policies, procedures, rules and regulations that guide the proper management of FEMA grants.

Federal Emergency Management Agency February 2021
Economic and Community Development How States Can Direct Economic Development to Places and People in Need

This research report explores the outcomes of place-based programs and presents strategies for strengthening place-based programs to better support distressed area. The report includes a literature review of more than 100 studies and more than 30 interviews with national experts, governmental officials and researchers. The results indicate a number of actions state and local governments should take to begin solving the problems associated with current models.

Pew Charitable Trusts February 2021
Business, Employment, and Labor Pandemic Fundamentally Alters Transit Systems

This article explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on county transit systems. Several county transit administrators share their experience and perspectives about the future.

National Association of Counties February 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery USDA Announces $50 Million in Grants Awarded to States to Support the Seafood Industry

This press release announced an investment of approximately $50 million in grants to support seafood processors, processing facilities and processing vessels through the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS).

U.S. Department of Agriculture February 2021
Disparities and Race Wealth Building Won’t Work While Wealth Extraction Continues

This article discusses the pitfalls of typical approaches to closing the racial wealth gap, and how America must also stop siphoning their wealth away in order for these approaches to work.

Shelterforce February 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness A Growing Share of Americans Say Affordable Housing is a Major Problem Where They Live

This article reviews the results of a Pew Research Center survey about housing affordability conducted in October 2021.

Pew Research Center January 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery American Rescue Plan Act - Local Relief Frequently Asked Questions

This document answers frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund grants to help cities prepare for local allocations.

National League of Cities January 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Basically CDBG Online

This training curriculum provides a suite of information and tools to help CDBG grantees understand basic CDBG requirements and drill down into more nuanced issues related to the administration and implementation of the program, including manuals, tool kits, recorded sessions, quizzes, and project profiles.

HUD January 2021
Economic and Community Development Building Health: Lessons from Seven Years of the Healthy Futures Fund

This article examines lessons learned from the $180 million Health Futures Fund, which combined the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and New Markets Tax Credit to provide loans to community developers and award grants supporting project development. Thoughtful site selection, effective coordination among partners, and provision of trustworthy community services led to the most successful outcomes.

Kresge Foundation January 2021
Rural America CDFA Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program

This resource brings together CDFA’s knowledge of development finance programs, along with the strategic support from private sector partners, to create a transferrable toolkit of finance programs and other resources capable of leveraging community facilities infrastructure in rural communities throughout the nation.

Council of Development Finance Agencies January 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery COVID Response and Budget Basics at Forefront for States

This article summarizes the comments made by state government experts about how the Coronavirus will continue to drive the work of state governments in the coming year.

Route Fifty January 2021
Disparities and Race Crisis Hits Minority Firms Hard

This article provides an overview of the vulnerability of firms owned by minorities prior to the crisis and shares insights from organizations that work with minority firms on how these firms are being affected during the crisis.

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City January 2021
Technology, Broadband, and Communications FCC Broadband Deployment Report

This report on broadband deployment in the U.S. provides information specific to broadband access in rural and tribal communities and the U.S. territories. The report also includes rural broadband deployment data by state and county.

Federal Communication Commission January 2021
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Future of Cities: Reenvisioning Retail for Recovery and Resilience

This interactive resource provides discussions, links, and interactive data graphics to help city leaders navigate the dramatically accelerated disruptions and innovations of the pandemic on local economies and community main streets across America. View the full report The Future of Cities: Reenvisioning Retail.

National League of Cities January 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness How Do We Get More Small-Scale Developers

This action brief explains the difference between small- and large-scale developers and the important role small developers and incremental projects can play in city growth.

Strong Towns January 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Indian Community Development Block Grant Program

This overview provides resources related to the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program, which provides eligible grantees with direct grants for use in developing viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low- and moderate-income persons.

HUD January 2021
Disparities and Race It's Time to Make U.S. Disaster Policy More Equitable and Effective

This report provides suggestions for how the new Presidential administration can reform U.S. disaster policy and outlines four key reforms that could get bipartisan support, reduce federal spending, and protect American lives. The report provides data that demonstrates how disasters affect millions of Americans and are particularly devastating for low-income communities and communities of color.

Next City January 2021
Population Data and Trends Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing 2021

This annual report documents the significant gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing across the United States and provides a media kit with graphics that present key data from the report. View the full Out of Reach 2021 report.

National Low Income Housing Coalition January 2021
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Overview of Broadband Funding Opportunities in the COVID-19 Relief Act

This article offers summary information on broadband and telehealth programs and funding opportunities from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act which establishes or re-appropriates a number of significant broadband-related support programs.

National Law Review January 2021
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Strong Foundations: Housing Security Solutions Framework

This report provides a set of robust solutions that housing stakeholders can pursue for effective, equitable, and sustainable housing. You can read or download the Executive Summary for an overview of solutions and principles, as well as a process to guide leaders through tailoring the most appropriate solutions to best meet the needs of their communities.

Aspen Institute January 2021
Economic and Community Development Strong Towns Action Lab

This website provides connections to resources, information, tools, how-to guides, and community examples, along with connections to people in nearby communities, discussion forums, and local meeting resources aimed at helping local communities become strong towns.

Strong Towns January 2021
Population Data and Trends The COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (CCVI)

This resource incorporates the latest data and evidence on COVID-19 risk factors and aggregates dozens of tailored indicators into a simple composite score for each census tract, county, and state in the country to inform COVID-19 planning and mitigation at a granular level.

Surgo Ventures January 2021
Economic and Community Development The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Rural Economic Development Toolkit

This toolkit aims to help communities build and capitalize on outdoor recreation spaces. Through interviews with over 60 practitioners, a collection of principles and best practices are provided for building outdoor recreation economies.

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable January 2021
Population Data and Trends Vulnerable Communities and COVID-19: The Damage Done, and the Way Forward

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the data compiled in the U.S. COVID Community Vulnerability Index (CCVI) and makes policy recommendations for mitigating the impact of COVID in the most vulnerable communities across the country.

Surgo Ventures January 2021
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery What Transformative Placemaking Taught us in 2020, and How it Can Help Build a Better Future

This article examines how transformative placemaking investments can be essential to fostering a more equitable recovery and creating a more just and sustainable nation.

Brookings Institution January 2021
Economic and Community Development 2020 FDIC Community Banking Study

This study documents the critical role community banks play in providing access to credit in several key areas of the U.S. economy, particularly through lending to support commercial real estate, small businesses, and agriculture.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation December 2020
Business, Employment, and Labor Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic

This resource provides data on how U.S. businesses changed their operations and employment since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic through September 2020 and shows changes in employment, wages, job openings and terminations, employer-provided benefits, and safety and health.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics December 2020
Affordable Housing and Homelessness For Older Adults in Publicly Funded Housing during the Pandemic, Service Coordinators Help Build Resilience

This article summarizes results of a survey of service coordinators working with older adults in publicly funded housing, which identified unique challenges faced in adapting to COVID-19.

Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University December 2020
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Municipal Finance Training and Resource Center

This resource provides guidance, best practices, trainings, videos, tools, and templates for people interested in municipal finance and financial management, as well as a downloadable municipal finance glossary with terms and definitions for the language of municipal finance.

State of Massachusetts, Division of Local Services December 2020
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Ready, Set, Vaccinate! A Guide for Local Governments on How to Take Control of the COVID-19 Vaccine Narrative in Your Community

This guide was developed for community engagement regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and provides messaging strategies, data, and tips for understanding the media and resident landscape.

Zencity December 2020
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Tipping the Scale: Preserving the Affordability of Unsubsidized Small-to-Medium Scale Multifamily Housing in the Southeast and Beyond

This toolkit provides best practice recommendations and tips for working on unsubsidized, affordable, small to medium-scale preservation projects, including tips for building relationships, identifying properties, securing financing, negotiating and deal closing, and effectively rehabilitating and managing property.

Enterprise Community Partners December 2020
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery U.S. States’ Path to Economic Recovery (Declining Fiscal Support, Slowing Employment Revival and Resurging Coronavirus Expected to Extend Road to Recovery)

This report examines the way the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a dramatic short-term economic and revenue growth shock for many U.S. states.

Fitch Ratings December 2020
Economic and Community Development Basic Facts about HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program

This article explains HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, which promotes increased earnings and savings among families receiving HUD-funded rental assistance. In addition to the explanation, the footnotes provide a wealth of links and resources related to rental assistance programs and benefits.

Center on Budget Policy Priorities November 2020
Economic and Community Development Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study of Loss Prevention

This publication highlights and reveals the high value of adopting and enforcing International Codes for hazard mitigation as a return on investment.

Federal Emergency Management Agency November 2020
Economic and Community Development Creative Placemaking Public Resources Guide

This guide provides a useful first step in making federal funding more accessible to creative placemaking practitioners, including a wide array of federal funding resources that go beyond typical arts grants to encompass various aspects of creative placemaking.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Artplace 2020, and Metris Arts Consulting November 2020
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery State CDBG Information and Resources

This overview provides resources related to the State CDBG program, which offers grants to non-entitlement areas (cities with a population less than 50,000 and counties with a population less than 200,000) for housing, community services, and job retention.

HUD November 2020
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Stemming Evictions and Creating Future Housing Stability

This brief provides a look at a series of policies that can support the economic well-being of vulnerable renters now and over the long-term.

Prosperity Now November 2020
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Assessment of County Needs in Economic Recovery

This report outlines the results of a county leader survey, four focus groups, and 15 interviews with county leaders on their experiences and needs to manage economic recovery related to the community impacts of COVID-19.

National Association of Counties October 2020
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems: A Playbook

This playbook includes practical, action-oriented aid to help communities identify the most effective resilience-improvement projects through a structured yet flexible method to set community-scale goals, align priorities and resources, identify key stakeholders, and develop plans for recovery of community functions.

U.S. Department of Commerce October 2020
Population Data and Trends Distressed Communities Index

This research project maps community well-being across the country down to the zip code scale. The report is accompanied by a digital mapping interactive that allows users to explore all of the data included in the DCI across zip codes, counties, and congressional districts.

Economic Innovation Group October 2020
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Fahe Members Partner Nationally to Bring Financial Opportunity and Digital Inclusion to North Central West Virginia

This article describes the launch of the Digital Navigator program and a Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) to serve the residents of Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, Upshur, and Lewis counties in West Virginia.

Fahe October 2020
Disparities and Race Integrating Equity in the Time of COVID-19

This report provides guidance on some key considerations when integrating equity into service delivery and design and includes references to existing resources and helpful information.

Homebase October 2020
Disparities and Race Opportunity Starts at Home: Racial Inequities in Housing

This fact sheet explains racial disparities in housing and the policies and practices behind them.

Opportunity Starts at Home October 2020
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Proximity Doesn’t Benefit Just Big Cities – It’s Helping Rural Communities Weather the Economic Crisis Too

This article discusses how the pandemic is putting rural downtowns in an increasingly precarious economic position due to their heavy reliance on retail and restaurants, as well as their limited access to the capital and broadband infrastructure small businesses now need to survive.

Brookings Institution October 2020
Disparities and Race Supporting American Indian & Alaskan Native Communities Combating COVID-19

This report discusses the Indian Health Service response to the pandemic and gaps in pandemic-related services, including telehealth access, underfunded and understaffed healthcare facilities, data quality and information access, cultural literacy, and behavioral health needs.

eHealth Initiative October 2020
Economic and Community Development Community Economic Development (CED) Profile Booklet

This booklet highlights the range and diversity of economic development and housing development projects that have been implemented by Community Action Agencies across the country.

Community Action Partnership September 2020
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery COVID-19 Crisis Management: Three Lessons County Officials Have Learned on the Front Lines

This article summarizes an open discussion that Zencity had with county administrators from McHenry County, IL, Nevada County, CA, and Ottawa County, MI about their personal experiences managing the pandemic.

National Association of Counties September 2020
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Forced Automation by COVID-19? Early Trends from Current Population Survey Data

This report discusses a study that provides the first empirical analysis of the impact of COVID-19-induced automation on job losses and whether the potential threat of future pandemics has expedited the process of automation in the U.S.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia September 2020
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery How Public Officials Can Use Data and Evidence to Make Strategic Budget Cuts

This issue brief summarizes new research on how state and county leaders can use evidence to make strategic budget cuts in the face of economic downturn. The research outlines four strategies, updating budget guidelines, assessing needs and analyzing program performance, using national clearinghouses, and adapting program delivery that can help government officials reduce spending while addressing increasing community needs.

Pew Charitable Trusts September 2020
Disparities and Race Redlining and Neighborhood Health

This study links historically redlined neighborhoods and the systemic effects of limited access to investment and other financial resources to poverty, reduced life expectancy, and chronic diseases, all of which are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition September 2020
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Three Local Policy Innovations that Promote Inclusive, Equitable Mixed-Income Communities

This article discusses how inclusion and equity in more American metropolitan areas is possible through innovations in local, regional, and state policies related to mixed-income communities.

Shelterforce September 2020
Disparities and Race A Community-led Action Plan for Addressing Structural Inequity during COVID-19 Recovery

This paper argues that to mitigate COVID-19’s economic harms and begin to eradicate persistent inequities, relief efforts must account for harms created by discriminatory policies that have segregated communities and systematically denied them the public and private investment needed to thrive.

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking, the Brookings Institution, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation August 2020
Economic and Community Development Civic Assets for More Equitable Cities

This report draws out valuable lessons learned from Reimagining the Civic Commons, a philanthropy-funded national initiative focused on reviving shared civic assets—parks, libraries, plazas, recreational centers, and more—into places that have the power to foster engagement, equity, environmental sustainability, and economic development.

Urban Institute August 2020
Population Data and Trends Coronavirus Pandemic Refugees and the Future of American Cities

This report discusses the impact of the Coronavirus on American cities and how the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic raise questions about the future attractiveness of large cities as places to live and do business.

Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise August 2020
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery How Counties are Working with Lyft to Expand Transportation Access

This blog shares examples of two counties, Cook County, IL and Essex County, NJ, that are collaborating with Lyft to expand transportation access to their residents.

National Association of Counties August 2020
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Connecting Counties to Residents with Access Live

This article highlights a useful virtual tool that allows government officials to virtually reach thousands of people at once and the importance of local governments maintaining open communication with residents in their community.

National Association of Counties July 2020
Economic and Community Development Guidance on Adjusting Discretionary Incentive Programs to Support Small Business Recovery

This report describes how economic development organizations can modify their incentive programs to help struggling small businesses. The guide helps state economic development organizations identify things to consider as they determine whether or how to extend their incentive programs to small, locally serving businesses.

Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness July 2020
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Six Ways to Prevent Post-COVID Vacancy

This article reports that while it may still be months until the community impacts of COVID-19 come into focus, there are ways to act now to minimize commercial and residential property deterioration and subsequent vacancy.

Shelterforce July 2020
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery The Fragile Financial Stability of Immigrant Households in Light of COVID-19

This brief provides an overview of the structural barriers that have made low- to moderate-income immigrant households particularly vulnerable to the public health and economic crises precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prosperity Now July 2020
Disparities and Race The Racial Equity Index: A New Data Tool to Drive Local Efforts to Dismantle Structural Racism

This index reveals significant racial inequities even in the most prosperous cities and metros and provides data to help leaders develop targeted strategies for inclusive prosperity.

PolicyLink July 2020
Economic and Community Development CDFIs and the Capital Markets: Tapping into Impact Investors

This analysis of the CDFI industry’s initial forays into the capital markets examines how CDFIs can expand their role as trusted intermediaries for capital investment in people and places where disparities in health, employment, wealth and financial security, and overall quality of life have stemmed from a lack of capital access.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation June 2020
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Community Development COVID-19 Resources

This collection of COVID related tools and resources provides links to and information about housing, finance, small business, workforce development, funding, and household financial stability.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis June 2020
Business, Employment, and Labor Exploring a Skills-Based Approach to Occupational Mobility

This report explores how the demand for labor is expected to shift in the post-pandemic economy, and how transferable skills could both pave the way for lower-wage workers to move up to higher-paying positions and help meet the talent needs of employers.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia June 2020
Disparities and Race The Poverty Narrative: Understanding Disadvantage in Rural, Urban, and Suburban Places

This video presentation is one of seven in a series called the Poverty Narrative that is dedicated to a deeper understanding of poverty in the U.S. and Midwest. This video focuses on examining poverty as well as practices and factors that influence poverty in rural, urban, and suburban settings.

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan June 2020
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Thoughtful Design Can Create High-Quality Affordable Multifamily Housing

This report examines strategies to save costs on three affordable housing building components: the exterior shell, interiors, and services. The analysis focuses on how innovation in design and construction can reduce the costs of multifamily housing without sacrifice.

Brookings Institution June 2020
Business, Employment, and Labor Cascading Impact of COVID-19 on Microbusinesses

This report looks at why businesses owned by people of color, women, and immigrants were highly susceptible to an economic downturn prior to the pandemic, and how microbusinesses have been severely impacted by the virtual stoppage of economic activity in the sectors of the economy where they are most represented.

Prosperity Now May 2020
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Natural Disaster Planning Takes on Urgency During Pandemic

This article reports on the challenges of natural disaster planning and response, and how it takes on urgency during the pandemic.

National Association of Counties May 2020
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery CARES Act Tax Relief for Individuals and Businesses

This report provides a summary of the major individual and business tax provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Congressional Research Service April 2020
Disparities and Race COVID-19 Equity in Recovery

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank has released a series of briefs to identify those most at economic risk from COVID-19 and set a policy framework for a more equitable recovery.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia April 2020
Economic and Community Development How Organizations Evolve When they Embrace Arts and Culture

This brief focuses on how local experiences with arts and culture have changed the internal values, structures, and operations of community development organizations, and the concrete methods by which the organizations implemented those changes.

PolicyLink April 2020
Disparities and Race Leading with Race to Reimagine Youth Justice: Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative’s (JDAI’s) Deep-End Initiative

This report of site-based work to dramatically reduce youth incarceration, especially for youth of color, spans 12 demonstration sites across the United States and employs intentional and data-driven strategies that move systems toward equity and specifically focus on youth of color.

Annie E. Casey Foundation April 2020
Rural America USDA Rural Development Summary of Major Programs

This publication briefly describes each major program in a table format along with links for more detailed information, as well as a matrix of rural area eligibility criteria and program purposes.

USDA Rural Development April 2020
Community Health and Wellness Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit

This resource compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing programs to address social determinants of health in rural communities across the United States.

Rural Health Information Hub March 2020
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Solar Energy: SolSmart’s Toolkit for Local Governments

This toolkit, with new sections released on a rolling basis, presents a roadmap to help local governments and community stakeholders encourage the use of solar energy and related technologies, helping cities, counties, and small towns become “open for solar business.”

SolSmart March 2020
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Understanding the True State of Connectivity in America

This resource provides information about the TestIt mobile app that gathers data from across the country to identify areas with low or no connectivity to help inform policy and funding decisions around broadband infrastructure, including maps and a full report of the app's results.

National Association of Counties March 2020
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery How to Prepare for Natural Disasters: A Pre-Disaster Toolkit for Small- to Medium-Size Communities

This toolkit is designed to help small- to medium-size communities jump-start their natural disaster planning process by providing information about tools and resources available through federal and state agencies, disaster relief organizations, and At-a-Glance Preparedness Checklists.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Urban Waters Federal Partnership October 2019
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Disaster Planning Made Easy: Open for Business EZ Toolkit

This toolkit helps small businesses take important steps they need to keep functioning in the event of a major disaster or even a small disruption.

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety June 2019
Economic and Community Development Recreation Counties Attracting New Residents and Higher Incomes

This report evaluates the role recreation can play in attracting new residents and income to communities, and the effect this in-migration has on earnings per job and growth in earnings per job.

Headwaters Economics January 2019
Business, Employment, and Labor Developing a Successful Job Creation Project Toolkit

With a focus on large-scale job creation, this toolkit poses a series of discussion questions that will can help communities think deeply about the elements required to design an economic development project that can successfully secure funding to create full-time, permanent jobs in low-income communities.

Community Action Partnership November 2018
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Community Control of Land and Housing: Exploring Strategies for Combating Displacement, Expanding Ownership, and Building Community Wealth

This report published by the Democracy Collaborative provides an overview of strategies and tools that, as a group, represent an innovative and potentially powerful new approach that establishes, in various ways, community control of land and housing.

Democracy Collaborative August 2018
Economic and Community Development Best Practices for Meaningful Community Engagement

This tip sheet provides a brief overview of strategies for engaging historically underrepresented populations in community visioning and planning.

Groundwork USA March 2018
Economic and Community Development More than Storefronts: Insights into Creative Placemaking and Community Economic Development

This paper draws on six case studies about how arts and culture helped spur economic revitalization of low-income areas. It examines what it takes to connect arts and culture as an economic strategy with simultaneous efforts to strengthen the community's social fabric and advance class, racial, or cultural equity.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Metris Arts Consulting, and The Kresge Foundation December 2017
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Clearinghouse for Environmental Finance

This resource includes the EPA's Air, Land, and Water Finance Clearinghouses which are web‐based portals that provide resources to bolster community services and improvements related to land management, air quality, and water infrastructure.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency February 2017
Disparities and Race 11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism

This resource provides a glossary of terms related to structural racism and terms used to promote racial equity analysis identified by a group of leading innovators to produce strong and reliable frameworks for successful and sustainable community change and development.

Aspen Institute July 2016
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Assessing Capacity with SWOT Analysis

This tool guides users through a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis to collect and organize information to explore new opportunities, make decisions about new strategies, identify areas for change, and refine and redirect current efforts with new solutions.

HUD May 2016
Technology, Broadband, and Communications Planning a Community Broadband Roadmap

This toolkit provides expert advice and field-proven tools for assessing broadband adoption, planning new infrastructure, and engaging a wide range of partners in broadband projects.

U.S. Department of Commerce April 2016
Economic and Community Development Basically CDBG for States

This training manual for states was developed to guide and assist State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grantees in the implementation of their programs.

HUD July 2014
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery CDBG-DR General Overview

This page includes a brief synopsis of the history, objectives, rules and requirements of the program, and a summary of the process for implementing disaster recovery activities. View the CDBG-DR page on the HUD Exchange for more information.

HUD July 2014
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery HUD Disaster Resources

This list of disaster resources provides partners with federal and state agencies to help implement disaster recovery assistance.

HUD December 2013
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IDEAS Making Homes Happen

The IDEAS Resource Library offers recommendations for books, articles, podcasts, and other material to help advocates in their racial justice and equity learning journey.

National Low Income Housing Coalition May 2022
Woman-Led Investment Fund Goes Where Few Black-Led Funds Have Gone Before

This article talks about how the Enterprise Center in Philadelphia pioneers a new idea to fill in the equity gap by getting private investment fund managers to invest in more women- and minority-led businesses.

Next City May 2022
Increased Homeownership Won’t Close the Racial Wealth Gap

In this article Mechele Dickerson, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, discusses why she thinks that, despite the hopes pinned on it, homeownership is currently too affected by racism at every turn to be an equalizer.

Shelterforce March 2022
How Black American Contributions Have Helped Shape the American Cultural Mosaic

This article honors four enterprising farmers who applied technical advancements and conservation tools to transform their local communities and eliminate food deserts, change the way the world consumes food, fuel and fiber, and cultivate their legacy.

USDA Farmers.gov February 2022
How Rochester is Championing DEI Initiatives

This article tells how the City of Rochester is striving to progress past historic pain by advocating for and uplifting minority voices while endorsing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

National League of Cities and CGI Communications November 2021
The Minority Business Development Agency is Permanently Authorized in Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

This press release announced the permanent status of the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) as a result of the Build Back Better infrastructure legislation, which will expand and elevate the Agency enabling it to increase its programs and outreach to the Nation's more than 9 million minority-owned businesses.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency November 2021
Patient Capital for Established BIPOC Businesses to Close Racial Wealth Gaps

This brief summarizes key points of an article originally published by Impact Alpha to examine why growth in the pre-pandemic number of minority-owned businesses has failed to narrow the racial wealth gap.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation October 2021
COVID-19 & Race

This resource shines the light on the pandemic’s disproportionate toll on Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people and on bold solutions for equitable recovery and renewal.

PolicyLink August 2021
Developers of Color Still Swimming Against the Current in Commercial Real Estate

This article explains the challenges that developers of color face when seeking capital funds for community development projects.

Next City August 2021
2020 State of Black America Examines the Depth of Systemic Inequality Exposed by the Coronavirus Epidemic

This report explores the various ways that that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the face of racism in America – particularly within our economy, our health care institutions, and our justice systems.

National Urban League July 2021
Local Data for Equitable Recovery

This website provides guidance for using data to support recovery and to engage community residents and youth in strategies for community-centered pandemic relief and response, along with timely articles on a variety of related topics

Urban Institute June 2021
Finance and Chill? Big Tech Flirts with Community Development

This article explores how the deep racial inequalities in both rental housing and homeownership in the United States and housing’s link to the country’s racial wealth gap, have prompted substantial investment and philanthropy from big companies looking to support racial justice.

ShelterForce May 2021
CDC Declares Racism a Serious Public Health Threat

This article summarizes the declaration by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and outlines the CDC’s stated role in addressing the impact of racism on public health.

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National Association of Counties April 2021
Elements of an Equitable Recovery

This series of resources, explores how governments can achieve an equitable recovery by ensuring that public investment, loans, and spending gets to woman- and minority-owned businesses to help them survive and thrive. Read the latest stories:

Next City March 2021
Unequal Distribution of COVID-19 Risk among Rural Residents by Race and Ethnicity

This commentary examines research on the COVID-19 risk in rural communities by race and ethnicity and highlights the different issues that influence the health outcomes of people of color and Indigenous people living in rural areas during COVID-19.

Journal of Rural Health March 2021
Wealth Building Won’t Work While Wealth Extraction Continues

This article discusses the pitfalls of typical approaches to closing the racial wealth gap, and how America must also stop siphoning their wealth away in order for these approaches to work.

Shelterforce February 2021
Crisis Hits Minority Firms Hard

This article provides an overview of the vulnerability of firms owned by minorities prior to the crisis and shares insights from organizations that work with minority firms on how these firms are being affected during the crisis.

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City January 2021
It's Time to Make U.S. Disaster Policy More Equitable and Effective

This report provides suggestions for how the new Presidential administration can reform U.S. disaster policy and outlines four key reforms that could get bipartisan support, reduce federal spending, and protect American lives. The report provides data that demonstrates how disasters affect millions of Americans and are particularly devastating for low-income communities and communities of color.

Next City January 2021
Integrating Equity in the Time of COVID-19

This report provides guidance on some key considerations when integrating equity into service delivery and design and includes references to existing resources and helpful information.

Homebase October 2020
Opportunity Starts at Home: Racial Inequities in Housing

This fact sheet explains racial disparities in housing and the policies and practices behind them.

Opportunity Starts at Home October 2020
Supporting American Indian & Alaskan Native Communities Combating COVID-19

This report discusses the Indian Health Service response to the pandemic and gaps in pandemic-related services, including telehealth access, underfunded and understaffed healthcare facilities, data quality and information access, cultural literacy, and behavioral health needs.

eHealth Initiative October 2020
Redlining and Neighborhood Health

This study links historically redlined neighborhoods and the systemic effects of limited access to investment and other financial resources to poverty, reduced life expectancy, and chronic diseases, all of which are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition September 2020
A Community-led Action Plan for Addressing Structural Inequity during COVID-19 Recovery

This paper argues that to mitigate COVID-19’s economic harms and begin to eradicate persistent inequities, relief efforts must account for harms created by discriminatory policies that have segregated communities and systematically denied them the public and private investment needed to thrive.

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking, the Brookings Institution, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation August 2020
The Racial Equity Index: A New Data Tool to Drive Local Efforts to Dismantle Structural Racism

This index reveals significant racial inequities even in the most prosperous cities and metros and provides data to help leaders develop targeted strategies for inclusive prosperity.

PolicyLink July 2020
The Poverty Narrative: Understanding Disadvantage in Rural, Urban, and Suburban Places

This video presentation is one of seven in a series called the Poverty Narrative that is dedicated to a deeper understanding of poverty in the U.S. and Midwest. This video focuses on examining poverty as well as practices and factors that influence poverty in rural, urban, and suburban settings.

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan June 2020
COVID-19 Equity in Recovery

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank has released a series of briefs to identify those most at economic risk from COVID-19 and set a policy framework for a more equitable recovery.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia April 2020
Leading with Race to Reimagine Youth Justice: Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative’s (JDAI’s) Deep-End Initiative

This report of site-based work to dramatically reduce youth incarceration, especially for youth of color, spans 12 demonstration sites across the United States and employs intentional and data-driven strategies that move systems toward equity and specifically focus on youth of color.

Annie E. Casey Foundation April 2020
11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism

This resource provides a glossary of terms related to structural racism and terms used to promote racial equity analysis identified by a group of leading innovators to produce strong and reliable frameworks for successful and sustainable community change and development.

Aspen Institute July 2016