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January 13, 2017

Rural Business Development Grant deadline announced
RBDG competitive grants from USDA Rural Development are designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities. Applications are due March 31, 2017.

Though Aug. 21, 2017, seems like a long way off, it’s not too early to begin making plans to be at the Eclipse Crossroads of America. That is the date when the first total solar eclipse over the mainland United States since 1979 will sweep across the country from northwest to southeast.  The last time that happened was in 1918. Then, on April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will again sweep across the country, this time from southwest to northeast. The intersection of the two eclipse paths is just south of Carbondale over Cedar Lake. No other place in the world will offer the opportunity to observe these two eclipses from the same ground-based spot.

The USDA Economic Research Service creates county typology codes and classifies all U.S. counties according to six mutually exclusive categories of economic dependence and six overlapping categories of policy-relevant themes. The economic dependence types include farming, mining, manufacturing, Federal/State government, recreation, and nonspecialized counties. The policy-relevant types include low education, low employment, persistent poverty, persistent child poverty, population loss, and retirement destination.
January 13 - SEDAC - Park Districts: Enterfy Walk-through webinar
January 19, 2017 Local Government Education Webinar, 2016 Legislative Update
January 20 - SEDAC - Spotlight on Incentives and Savings webinar
March 8-9, 20-17 Rural Economic Development Conference, Springfield, IL
March 31, 2017 - Rural Business Development Grant deadline
June 11-14, 2017 Community Development Society Conference, Big Sky, MT
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