US DOC EDA EDI Federal Economic Development Announcements; February 19, 2019

Regional Economic Development Integrator (EDIs) & Partners –

Attached please find this week’s summary of recent funding oportunities and related resources for economic development. Please share with your colleagues and visit www.eda.gov\edi for additional federal resources to support local and regional economic development strategies.  This week’s highlights include:

Funding & Resource Announcements    page 2

  • DOT Opens 2nd Round of INFRA Grant Program. Apply by March 4    4
  • Funding Available for Northern Border Communities – Forest Based Economies. LOI due March 15.   3
  • FY19 WaterSMART Grants Available: Deadlines in March and April. 4
  • EDA 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program. Apply by April 4.      2
  • ARC Accepting Proposals for 2019 POWER Initiative. Due April 10.        3
  • HHS Solicits Applications from Tribal Communities for Social and Economic Development Strategies Program. Due April 15. 3
  • NEW: USDA Rural Utility Service: FY Community Connect Grants Available. Apply by Apr 15.        3
  • USDA Extends Deadlines for ReConnect Rural Broadband Program to May 31. 4

Reports, Tools and Data                7

  • NEW: DOI Maps Federal Infrastructure Assets That Can Support Rural Broadband    7
  • NEW: USDA Launches High-Speed Broadband e-Connectivity Resource Guide   10
  • NEW DOL’s Workforce GPS Clearinghouse Highlights Resources for Rural Communities        8
  • NEW Defense Spending by State Fiscal Year 2017  8
  • NEW ARC Features Case Studies of Economic Resilience across Appalachia  9
  • NEW: GAO Provides Inventory of 45 Programs to Support Veteran Employment        10

Disaster Recovery Resources & Info      11

  • NEW: NOAA Blog Puts 2018’s Billion Dollar Disasters in Context  12