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Reports, Tools, and Guidance

Topic Resource Author Date Published
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Office of Policy Development and Research 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
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
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
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
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
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
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. View the Spanish version.

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
Best Practice for Implementation and Recovery Notice Regarding Applications for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)

This notice provides information regarding the requirements and timeline for applications for State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding.

U.S. Department of the Treasury 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.

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
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
Affordable Housing and Homelessness The State of the Nation’s Housing 2021

This report reviews the status of the national housing market and the inequalities amplified by the pandemic, including the exclusion of less affluent buyers from homeownership.

Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University 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
Finance and Economic Impact Recovery Senate Approves Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill

This report outlines key provisions of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (S. 914) which provides $35 Billion over five years in federal financing to address the nation’s water infrastructure needs.

National League of Cities 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.

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
Affordable Housing and Homelessness The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

This report, available in English and Spanish with downloadable data, examines affordable housing supply and describes the demographics, disability status, employment status, and other characteristics of extremely low-income renters.

National Low Income Housing Coalition 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 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 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 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
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 Summary

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 Change 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
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
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 2020
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 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
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
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.

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
Resource Author Date Published
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
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
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

Trainings and Events

Training Host Date
2021 International Community Land Trust Festival

This virtual festival consist of a series of online events, some live and some prerecorded, and will include the first World CLT Day on October 29th.

Center for Community Land Trust Innovation October 21, 2021 - December 15, 2021
CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE 2.0 - The Next 10 Years

This workshop is fifth in a series about the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program and will provide insights related to expanding PACE assessments to benefit buildings and properties for other non-energy related improvements such as indoor air quality, lead water pipe replacement, surface storm water mitigation and sewer overflows.

Council of Development Finance Agencies and Bricker & Eckler Attorneys at Law November 30, 2021
2021 National Rural Housing Conference

The event offers a full schedule of workshops and new virtual gathering spaces, including a premier opportunity to learn from experts and connect with the entire affordable housing industry.

Housing Assistance Council November 30, 2021 - December 03, 2021
ARPA Usage Series with Esri and NACo: Transportation and Transit

This webinar will answer questions, provide tips for local priority alignment with funding opportunities, and highlight existing federal programs, as well as show how investments in GIS can support recovery initiatives related transportation.

Esri and National Association of Counties December 06, 2021
ARPA Usage Series with Esri and NACo: Broadband

This webinar will answer questions, provide tips for local priority alignment with funding opportunities, and highlight existing federal programs, as well as show how investments in GIS can support recovery initiatives related to broadband development.

Esri and National Association of Counties December 08, 2021
Preserving Local Food Systems with Federal Financing

This webinar is the last in a series convening finance experts, federal agencies, and local practitioners to discuss the variety of federal programs available to restore local economies, preserve small businesses, invest in our communities, and protect our environment.

Council of Development Finance Agencies December 14, 2021
CDFA/BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Affordable Housing Finance - Market Rate/Affordable/Low-Income

This webcast will discuss how various tools such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Private Activity Bonds play a role in decisions about what percentage of affordable housing should comprise a residential development.

Council of Development Finance Agencies December 21, 2021
2022 NACo Legislative Conference

This conference brings together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and their residents.

National Association of Counties February 12, 2022 - February 16, 2022
Training Host Date
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
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
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
CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series: Financing Disaster Resiliency in Rural Communities

In this webinar experts discussed the variety of financing tools available from federal, state, and local sources to encourage investment resilient infrastructure and introduced a new technical assistance program for rural communities recently impacted by a natural disaster.

Council of Development Finance Agencies March 23, 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
State of the State

This series of events featured experts who spoke about how the Coronavirus will continue to drive the work of state governments in the coming year.

Route Fifty January 25, 2021 - January 27, 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
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
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
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
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
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

Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity Funder Deadline
Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

This pilot program provides new federal funding to support the expansion of broadband Internet access, connectivity, and digital inclusion.

U.S. Department of Commerce December 01, 2021
America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities by providing loans and grants to eligible fresh and healthy food retailers and enterprises to overcome the higher costs and initial barriers to entry in underserved areas.

USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service December 07, 2021
WaterSMART Environmental Water Resources Projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022

This program invites applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on Environmental Water Resources Projects, including water conservation and efficiency, water management or infrastructure improvements, and watershed management or restoration projects.

U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation December 09, 2021
Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)

This grant program helps firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency December 17, 2021
Improving Community Health and Resilience through the Arts

This funding initiative will leverage the power of the arts to support city leaders’ efforts to improve the health, cohesion, and resilience of their communities. Deadline for Letters of Intent is December 17, 2021 and for applications, February 4, 2022.

National League of Cities December 17, 2021
Announcement of Stand Down Grants

This grant program supports local Stand Down events that assist homeless veterans by providing a wide variety of employment, social, and health services.

U.S. Department of Labor December 31, 2021
FY 2022 AmeriCorps State and National Grants

This resource provides information, links, and guidance for the FY 2022 round of AmeriCorps grants.

AmeriCorps January 05, 2022
Enhancing Mobility Innovation FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity

This opportunity provides funding for projects that enhance mobility innovations for transit and that advance emerging technologies, strategies and innovations in passenger-centric mobility in two distinct areas.

Federal Transit Administration January 12, 2022
FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge

This grant program is designed to help get Americans back to work by developing and strengthening regional systems to develop and execute sectoral partnerships that will lead to well-paying jobs.

Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration January 26, 2022
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 January 31, 2022
Rural eConnectivity Program

The Rural eConnectivity Program (ReConnect Program) provides loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband expansion and infrastructure to fuel long-term economic development and opportunities in rural America.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service February 22, 2022
Rural Business Development Grants

The Rural Business-Cooperative Service is inviting applications for business opportunity grants and business enterprise grants to promote economic development and job creation in rural areas.

USDA Rural Development February 28, 2022
Indigenous Communities FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act NOFO

This grant program is designed to support indigenous communities as they respond to, and recover from, the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including long-term recovery and resilience to future economic disasters.

Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration March 15, 2022
FY 2021 ARPA Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity

This opportunity is designed to provide a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to, and recover from, the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including long-term recovery and resilience to future economic disasters.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration March 31, 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.

Environmental Protection Agency 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.