Rural Gateway Peer-to-Peer Conference Call
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s
Local Food Local Places:
A Discussion of Best Practices
Date: September 7, 2016
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
The Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) invites you to take part in our next Peer-to-Peer conference call. Scheduled for September 7, 2016, this call will offer participants the opportunity to learn about available activities through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mission is to protect human health and the environment. EPA’s Local Foods, Local Places program helps people create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through the development of local food systems. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), with support from the White House Rural Council. Local Foods, Local Places aims to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food, and promote childhood wellness. In selecting Local Foods, Local Places partner communities, special consideration is given to communities in the early stages of developing local food enterprises and creating economically vibrant communities. Partner communities in Appalachia and the Delta region are eligible to receive financial assistance to help them implement their local food and community revitalization plans.
Leaders of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will share their knowledge of successfully implementing activities that have expanded and created opportunities for those living in rural communities, with a focus on Local Foods Local Places. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about best practices and establish contacts for future reference.
Join HUD’s Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development and the U.S. EPA staff as we engage community leaders in this open forum on opportunities available through EPA. Speakers will include:
- Valerie G. Piper, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
- Jackie L. Williams, Ph.D., Moderator, Director, Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development, Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
- Steve Cerny, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development, Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
- Ed Fendley, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Sustainable Communities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
Along with Other Federal Partners
Topics to be discussed
- Funding opportunities at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Public and Private sources of funding to carry out projects
- Best practices and lessons-learned
Format of the call
Call-in instructions and additional materials will be emailed to participants on September 6, 2016. The 60 minute call will include presentations and a Q&A session.
Please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than close of business on September 2, 2016. Please include your name and organization.
If you have any questions, please call 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-787-2526).