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Rural Update: USDA's Strategic Economic and Community Development Program and How Rural Communities Can Apply - May 5, 2016 - 2 PM EDT

On May 5, 2016, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT, the Office of Economic Development (OEA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD), will host a webinar on the USDA's new Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) program.

Established under the 2014 Farm Bill (P.L. 113-79), the SECD program allows USDA-RD to reserve up to 10 percent of funding appropriated to specific programs until June 30 of each fiscal year to fund projects that support the implementation of strategic economic and community development plans across multi-jurisdictional areas.

The four Rural Development programs with SECD set-aside funds include:

  1. Community Facilities
  2. Water and Environmental Programs
  3. Rural Business Development Grants; and
  4. Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans.

The goal of SECD is to create a regional focus and increase collaboration, and as a result USDA resources can have a larger impact, enabling greater wealth creation, and quality of life improvements.

This webinar will provide an overview of the SECD and the Rural Development Programs mentioned above. Please join us in this opportunity to learn more about SECD and how it can benefit rural communities.

Speakers

Sam Rikkers
Administrator
Rural Business-Cooperative Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development

Farah Ahmad
Program Manager
Strategic Economic and Community Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development

Gregory Dale
Southern Region Community Economic Development Coordinator
U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development

Registration

To register for this webinar, please go to the registration page.


 
            
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