Selected Federal Agency Announcements and Related for the Week of October 8, 2018

The following is a selection of recent announcements gleaned from various federal sources and colleagues, and is provided to EDA’s Economic Development Integrators to increase our awareness of complementary resources for economic developmentSpecial thanks to ETA and other federal partners for sharing content included below.

Also visit the following links on our updated EDI webpages at for additional information about federal resources that are available to support comprehensive regional economic development strategies, including:

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Funding & Resource Announcements

Announcements of Federal Funding & Assistance Available:



USDA FY19 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) – Small Grant Applications Due Oct 31

USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for financial assistance under Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP offers funding assistance through grants and guaranteed loans to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements to their operations. Visit USDA’s website for more information:


NEW USDA Announces Funding Opportunity under the Technical Assistance and Training Program – Water and Waste Water Systems. Apply by Dec 31.

The Department of Agriculture’s Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program has been established to communities with water or wastewater systems through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Under a grant solicitation announced on October 1, qualified private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply TAT grant funds to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal problems in rural areas, assist applicants in preparing applications for water and waste grants made at the State level offices, and improve operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas.


Funds may be used to pay expenses associated with providing technical assistance and/or training) to identify and evaluate solutions to water problems relating to source, storage, treatment, or distribution; to identify and evaluate solutions to waste problems relating to collection, treatment, or disposal; assist applicants that have filed a pre-application with the Rural Utilities Service in the preparation of water and/or waste loan and/or grant applications; and to provide training that will improve the management, operation, and maintenance of water and waste disposal facilities

USDA has identified $20,000,000 for investment.  Applications are due by December 31.



NEW FHWA Announces Funding Opportunity under the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects Program. First Round of Applications Due Dec 17.

The Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) requests grant applications for the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) Program. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act established the NSFLTP Program to provide Federal funding to projects of national significance for construction, reconstruction, or rehabilitation of transportation facilities within, adjacent to, or providing access to Federal or Tribal lands.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated quarterly, until available funding has been exhausted. The first application deadline is December 17, 2018. After that, subsequent deadlines will be 11:59 p.m. on the last business day of the next fiscal quarter. The FHWA will award NSFLTP Program funds based on outlined selection criteria and policy considerations in the announcement, which include projects that: ·         Improve the condition of critical transportation facilities, including multimodal facilities, by considering the requirements the applicant communicates in the application. Examples may include but are not limited to: A bridge in poor condition that may be subject to closure in the absence of funds; primary transportation facility that provides access to critical community services, high use recreation destination areas and/or economic generators within Tribal and/or Federal lands.


Applications must be submitted through Refer to CFDA Number: 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. For full details, See the October 5 FEDERAL REGISTER notice:


Innovation Networks – R&D in Science and Engineering

NEW NSF Funding Available for Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet). LOI due Dec 21.

PROGRAM SOLICITATION NSF 19-501.  The AccelNet program supports strategic linkages among U.S. research networks and complementary networks abroad that will leverage research and educational resources to tackle grand scientific challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts. The program seeks to foster high-impact science and engineering by providing opportunities to create new collaborations and new combinations of resources and ideas among linked global networks.

This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of international networks of networks in research areas aligned either with one of the NSF Big Ideas or a community-identified scientific challenge with international dimensions. AccelNet awards are meant to support the connections among research networks, rather than supporting fundamental research as the primary activity. Each network of networks is expected to engage in innovative collaborative activities that promote synergy of efforts across the networks and provide professional development for students, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career researchers. There are two proposal categories covered by this solicitation: Catalytic and Full-Scale Implementation.

Award Information

  • Estimated Number of Awards:7 to 9
  • Anticipated Funding Amount: $3 million to $6 million per award, pending availability of funds.

Eligibility Information

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) – Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Due Dates FY2019 Competition:

  • Letter of Intent (required) Due: December 21, 2018
  • Full Proposal Deadline: February 28, 2019

See NSF website for additional details regarding this PROGRAM SOLICITATION NSF 19-501.


International Trade and Export Assistance

International Trade Administration Publishes Schedule for Trade Missions in 2019

The International Trade Administration has published the schedule for a number of upcoming trade missions in 2019. ITA outlines these missions in the September 25 FEDERAL REGISTER:

For purposes of assessing participation fees, the Department of Commerce defines Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see Parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. Additional information about each mission can be found at


Rural Development

FY 2019 Appropriation for the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Presidentially approved Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Act includes $165 million for Appalachian Regional Commission. This is the largest appropriation for ARC’s non-highway work in the agency’s history. The legislation includes:

  • $73 million for ARC’s base program.
  • $50 million for the POWER program of special assistance to coal-impacted communities.
  • $16 million for a program of workforce and industrial site development focused primarily on the automotive and aviation sectors in South and South Central Appalachia.
  • $16 million for a program of basic infrastructure improvements in distressed counties in Central Appalachia.
  • $10 million to continue a program of broadband deployment in distressed counties in Central Appalachia.

President Trump signed the bill into law on September 21, 2018. Funding opportunities will be posted here as they become available and are announced by ARC.


Entrepreneurship and Government Contracting


NEW Startup In Residence Program Now Accepting Applications – Apply by Nov 7

Government is the last major sector that has been relatively untapped by startups. The Startup in Residence program helps innovative organizations secure government contracts.

The 16 week, mostly remote program connects startups with government partners such as Portland, Miami, San Francisco, and Las Vegas to develop solutions for civic challenges.


Entrepreneurs can apply to solve one of 80+ challenges across areas such as data analytics, AR, geo services, mobility, and resiliency. Browse challenges on

Apply by November 7.


STIR was initially started by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation to bridge the gap between startups and government. The expedited solutions that were deployed as a result of the program propelled uptake in government participation.  City Innovate now runs the program, driving its expansion across North America. The STIR network now includes 30 government partners, including cities, counties, states, metro transit authorities, and regional planning authorities.


For more information, visit:

Federal Funding Opportunities Closing Soon:  


Below is a list of previously highlighted funding opportunities that are still open. Enter the Opportunity Number in to see announcement details. You can also search for a full list of current federal opportunities, including programs not listed below.


Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Agency   Posted Date Close Date
EDAP2018 FY 2018 Economic Development Assistance Programs. Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs DOC-EDA   07/02/2018
FOA-ETA-18-08 Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies DOL-ETA   07/18/2018 10/16/2018
NOAA-NMFS-SE-2019-2005794 FY 2019 Marine Fisheries Initiative (MARFIN) DOC   08/22/2018 10/23/2018
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-006649 Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Fiscal Year 2019 USDA-NIFA   07/23/2018 10/25/2018
IGSM-FY19 Inspire! Grants for Small Museums IMLS   08/16/2018 11/01/2018
AAHC-FY19 Museum Grants for African American History & Culture IMLS   08/16/2018 11/01/2018
2018-09 Agricultural Trade Promotion Program USDA-FAS-OTP   08/31/2018 11/02/2018
RDBCP-DHCS-2018 Delta Health Care Service Grant Program USDA-RBCS   09/07/2018 11/19/2018
18-598 Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs NSF   09/20/2018 12/18/2018


Recently Announced Awards:


NEW USDA Awards $181M in Community Facilities Direct Loans in 27 States

Oct. 8, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA is investing $181 million in 88 projects (PDF, 173 KB) that will build community infrastructure and facilities in 27 states. USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funding helps rural areas make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries and day care centers.

The projects announced today will help improve the quality of life for 1.1 million rural residents in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally and state-recognized Native American tribes. Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. Loan amounts have ranged from $10,000 to $165 million.

For more information, visit


NEW NSF Awards Announced For Community College Cyber Pilots (C3P) and Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)

  • NSF’s new Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) program issued three awards to project leads that will build research collaborations among partners in six states: California, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington. The proposed partnerships will allow collaboration on activities, including student skills competitions, certification preparation workshops, faculty-student mentorship and visits to local federal agencies. The awards will also pave the way for the development of models to expand the SFS program to community colleges.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 gives NSF, in coordination with the Office of Personnel Management, authorization to develop and implement a C3P program as part of NSF’s CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. NSF’s Advanced Technological Education and NSF Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) programs are co-funding the awards.


  • NSF also announced approximately $22.6 million in Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) awards, supporting 13 projects involving researchers at 35 institutions nationwide. NSF’s S&CC program supports researchers working with communities and residents to identify and define challenges they face and designing research projects to help address them. Teams work together with community partners to conduct use-inspired research that spans technological and social dimensions, and to test innovations in “living labs” within their communities.

Researchers will form partnerships with civic leaders, community organizations, anchor institutions and other stakeholders. Funded projects include broadband expansion for underserved communities, including: PuebloConnect: Expanding Internet Access and Content Relevance in Tribal Communities.

Public Meetings, Events and Training

NEW Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness to Meet Oct 17–18

The Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness will meet on October 17, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and October 18, 2018, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.  at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Research Library (Room 1894), Washington, DC 20230. The meeting is open to the public


Committee members are expected to continue to discuss the major competitiveness-related topics raised at the previous Committee meetings, including trade and competitiveness; freight movement and policy; trade innovation; regulatory issues; finance and infrastructure; and workforce development. The Committee’s

subcommittees will report on the status of their work regarding these topics. The agenda may change to accommodate other Committee business. The Office of Supply Chain, Professional & Business Services will post

the final detailed agendas on its website,, at least one week prior to the meeting.


Full background / contacts for attendance and submission of comments:

Broadband USA Schedules November and December Webinars:

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), as part of its BroadbandUSA program, announced a series of webinars to engage the public and stakeholders with information to accelerate broadband connectivity, improve digital inclusion, strengthen policies and support local priorities. Through a notice in the September 28 FEDERAL REGISTER, NTIA provides new dates for the November 2018 and December 2018 webinars: BroadbandUSA will hold a webinar on November 14, 2018, and December 12, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. NTIA will post the registration  information on its BroadbandUSA website,


Also Upcoming:



  • MBDA and National Minority Suppliers Development Council’s 2018 Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange (October 14-17, Austin TX) REGISTER ONLINE TODAY
  • University Economic Development Association Summit (October 21 – 24, Milwaukee, WI)

·         NTIA Broadband Summit on October 30 (Roanoke, VA)

Notice of Virginia Broadband Summit 10/30/2018



Reports, Tools and Data

NEW DOT and DOL Seek Input on Impact Analysis for Commercial Automated Vehicles – Including Workforce and Training Implications. Comment by Nov 5.


The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit comment and feedback on the scope of the congressionally-required comprehensive analysis of the impact of automated vehicle technologies on the workforce. This study will be conducted by DOT in consultation with the Department of Labor to provide a comprehensive analysis of the impact of [Advanced DriverAssist Systems] ADAS and [Highly Automated Vehicles] HAV technologies on drivers and operators of commercial motor vehicle, including the potential for any labor displacement. DOT will also coordinate this initiative with the U.S. Departments of Commerce and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Comments are due November 5.

  • The objectives of the request for comments on the comprehensive analysis of the impact of automated vehicle technologies on workforce are to obtain feedback into the scope of the study regarding the magnitude of the potential pace of transition in the transportation workforce and how other sectors of the workforce will adapt to the quality of life effects due to automation.
  • The study will also examine training availability and what will be required to transition the traditional commercial driver into the new environment including transit bus automation.
  • Finally, the study will analyze the issues of driver situational awareness in vehicles which may require operator re-engagement, the safety of truck platooning, and related traffic management.

Comments are requested on the following questions regarding the Statement of Work:

  1. Is the SOW in line with public interest?
  2. Should the SOW be expanded or reduced to include or exclude any topic(s)?
  3. Are there specific literature or studies that have been conducted on this subject that DOT and DOL should review before initiating this comprehensive analysis?

The RFI will appear in the October 9 FEDERAL REGISTER, preview avail here:


NEW White House Releases “Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing”

From the National Science Foundation

On Oct. 5, 2018, the White House released a report, Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, which highlighted the key roles that federal agencies play in fostering the growth of advanced manufacturing. Advanced manufacturing production continues to grow at a consistently strong pace, creating more U.S. economic value per dollar spent than any other sector. Federal investments, such as those made by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its partners, supply critical support to future manufacturing innovators and to early stage ideas, technologies and approaches.

The report released today by the White House lays out a comprehensive vision for American leadership in advanced manufacturing across sectors. NSF looks forward to continuing to support the strategic objectives outlined in the report by funding outstanding, potentially transformative science and engineering research and education across the agency. Just last week, NSF and Boeing announced a new, $21 million partnership to accelerate training in critical skill areas and increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. NSF will continue to seek out collaborations such as this to drive advanced manufacturing knowledge and tools.

New Resources to Support Appalachia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystems


The Appalachian Regional Commission has released Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia, a suite of new research reports and resources to support entrepreneurial development in Appalachia. The research includes three reports which outline core elements necessary for a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, analyze community case studies to provide insight into the unique challenges faced by communities in Appalachia, and offer recommendations to support future economic development across the Region. A companion website documents and compares entrepreneurial activity in each of Appalachia’s 420 counties, and includes a working inventory of support services available to entrepreneurs across the Region.

Using both quantitative and qualitative analysis at macro and micro levels, the first report in the research series identifies seven core elements necessary for a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem:

  • Market Access Capital
  • Talent
  • Business Assistance
  • Specialized Infrastructure and Facilities
  • Community Culture
  • Regulatory/Government Support

The second report compares national, regional, and community level data about startups, high growth companies, and stage two companies (10–99 employees) to measure entrepreneurial dynamism.

The third research report offers concrete recommendations for how states and communities can foster entrepreneurial ecosystem development across the Region, including integrating entrepreneurial development with other federal, local, and regional activities.

The companion website,, features a searchable inventory of over 1,000 technical support providers and community based resources available to Appalachian entrepreneurs. This research was conducted in partnership with EntreWorks Consulting, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.


NEW USDA Launches Interactive Data Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA has launched an interactive data tool to help community leaders build grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic.

The opioid misuse Community Assessment Tool enables users to overlay substance misuse data against socioeconomic, census and other public information. This data will help leaders, researchers and policymakers assess what actions will be most effective in addressing the opioid crisis at the local level. The Community Assessment Tool is free and available to the public. It can be accessed on USDA’s Rural Opioid Misuse Webpage or at

Rural Development partnered with the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis at NORC at the University of Chicago to create the Community Assessment Tool. NORC at the University of Chicago is a non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business and policy decisions. Today, government, corporate and nonprofit organizations around the world partner with NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge. The Walsh Center focuses on a wide array of issues affecting rural providers and residents, including health care quality and public health systems.

DOL’s ETA Announces List of Labor Surplus Areas for Fiscal Year 2019

The US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has announced the annual list of labor surplus areas (LSA) for FY 2019.ETA issues the LSA list on a fiscal year basis. The national average unemployment rate (including Puerto Rico) during this period is rounded to 4.66 percent. Areas included on the FY 2019 LSA list had an unemployment rate for the reference period of 6.0 percent or higher. The FY 2019 LSA list and statistical data are available at ETA’s LSA website at

Department of Labor Announces Launch of to feature Apprenticeship Finder Tool and Other Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the launch of a new digital platform, Site contains the Apprenticeship Finder, a no-cost tool to employers or career seekers, is addressing a need shared by employers who are looking to promote their apprenticeship opportunities and career seekers searching to access them. Visit to learn more.

Disaster Recovery Resources & Info

Primary site for Disaster Recovery Assistance:

Where to Find Federal Disaster Declarations

  • Is your home, business or community included in a federally declared emergency or disaster area? You can find the latest federal emergency and disaster declarations, as well as prior declarations for other areas, on FEMA’s disaster declarations webpage.

Amended Declarations

Existing Declarations may be subsequently amended to expand covered areas, provide notification that an incident has been closed, or make other necessary changes.

These are posted in the Federal Register here:


Funding Assistance for Recovery Efforts:

U.S. Department of Labor Stands Ready to Assist States Impacted by Hurricane Florence

As part of its commitment to state and local partners facing a serious impact by Hurricane Florence, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced it is ready to make available National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to help impacted States assess their workforce needs.


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North Carolina                            

Severe Storm and Flood Recovery Assistance:


Hurricane Florence:  Employment, Wages, and Establishment Counts in Flood Zones

USDOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has maps and tables are available for areas in all of the states that may be affected by Hurricane Florence ( The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program has created a set of maps and data for hurricane flood zones on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Where permitted by State regulations, maps include dots indicating the location of business and government establishments. This product is the combination of geocoded BLS establishment data and flood zones created by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and State emergency management authorities. For more information, see the flood zone FAQ page.

HUD Announces Expedited Process for Review of Requests from Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Declarations

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has published a notice ( announcing an expedited process for review of requests for relief from HUD regulatory and/or administrative requirements for public housing agencies (PHAs) that are located in counties that are included in Major Disaster Declarations (MDDs). PHAs located in areas covered by MDDs issued for which a related disaster occurs during 2018 may request waivers of HUD requirements and receive expedited review of such requests utilizing the flexibilities and expedited waiver process set out in the notice.


Sign Up for USDA Assistance for Agricultural Producers Affected by 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires by Nov 16

Agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations. Signup begins July 16, 2018, and continues through November 16, 2018. See:


EDA Has Supplemental Funding Available for Areas Impacted by 2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires and Other Disasters

These grants will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and wildfires and other 2017 natural disasters. EDA plans to accept proposals on a rolling basis until all funds are obligated.  Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. See the following links for details:


Florida Launches Rebuild Florida

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) launched Rebuild Florida, a long-term recovery effort, which will provide $616 million to help Florida families whose homes were significantly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma repair or rebuild their homes. Rebuild Florida is a program run by DEO in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program will connect eligible Floridians with federal disaster recovery funding, prioritizing most-impacted communities and the most vulnerable low-income individuals, including the elderly, those with disabilities and families with young children.

For those whose homes were destroyed or are still damaged, please go online to or visit a Rebuild Florida center opening near you to register for assistance. Begin registration at or by calling the Rebuild Florida representatives at 844-833-1010. Rebuild Florida centers will also be opening in the hardest hit counties. Eligible Florida residents have until Dec. 23 to register for the Rebuild Florida Housing Repair and Replacement Program.

Economic Recovery Support