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Walmart Community Foundation’s Community Grant Program
Deadline: Rolling
The Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program offers up to $5,000 for local governments and nonprofit organizations to help create impact in communities. Grants can be awarded to organizations working in one of the following areas: hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human service, quality of life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety, and environmental sustainability.

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program
Deadline: Rolling
The Home Depot Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Priority is given to projects serving veterans and/or diverse and underserved communities. Projects should be volunteer friendly, have a strong and lasting impact on the community, and keep the safety of volunteers in mind. Grants are given in the form of Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be complete within six months of the approval date.

USDA Rural Business Development Grants
Deadline: Rolling
The USDA is currently accepting applications for Rural Business Development Grants. This competitive grant is 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 which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and have less than $1 million in gross revenue. Rural public entities including, but not limited to, towns, communities, state agencies, nonprofits corporations, federally-recognized tribes, institutions of higher education, and more are eligible to apply. There is no maximum grant amount; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. Generally, grants range from $10,000 to $500,000.

EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program
Deadline: Rolling
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is looking for applications that assist with the development of economic development plans and studies designed to build capacity and guide economic prosperity and resiliency in regions. The Planning Program helps with short-term state planning investments for the creation and retention of high-quality jobs. The Local Technical Assistance Program strengthens the capacity of local governments to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through feasibility studies and impact analyses.

TPCB Peer Program Application
Deadline: Rolling
The Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Peer Program is a free resource for agencies in need of transportation planning assistance. The program pays for travel, accommodations, meals, and incidental expenses associated with on-site peer exchanges and offers workshops, roundtables, and webinars to participants free of charge. Interested agencies are encouraged to apply for assistance if they have a clearly identified transportation planning problem to solve and are interested in working with TPCB Program staff to plan and organize an event. TPCB also recently released two reports from peer exchanges in West Virginia and Las Vegas on transit-oriented development (TOD) and statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
Deadline: Rolling
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking applications from rural and urban areas that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. These projects should be designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. A portion of the funding will be designated specifically to assist communities and regions that have felt an impact from the decline of the coal industry. See U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ recent announcement making $30 million available to assist coal communities in their economic diversification efforts through the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017) initiative.

Surdna Foundation Grants
Deadline: Rolling
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States – communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. They seek to dismantle the structural barriers that limit opportunity for many, helping to create communities that are prosperous, culturally enriching, and sustainable. The foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations for both project and general support through one of their three program areas: sustainable environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed within 90 days. After review, the staff will determine whether you will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be reviewed by their board of directors in March, July, or December.

FY 2018 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Until All Funds Are Obligated
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $587 million in grants to eligible entities to address economic challenges in disaster-impacted areas. These grants will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria; wildfires; or other 2017 natural disasters. EDA disaster grants will be made by regional offices under the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which can support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities. Through this program, EDA can support disaster recovery planning strategies as well as the implementation of disaster recovery projects. Projects, among other things, must have a nexus to applicable disaster recovery and resilience efforts and be consistent with at least one of the DOC Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities.

EDA’s Disaster Supplemental Funding Opportunity
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Until Funds are Obligated
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $587 million in grants to address economic challenges in disaster-impacted areas. These grants will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation because of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, the California wildfires, and other 2017 natural disasters. Projects, among other things, must have a nexus to applicable disaster recovery and resilience efforts and be consistent with at least one of the U.S. Department of Commerce Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities.

FY 2018 EDAP Program Funding
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) today published FY 2018 Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications for construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) programs, which includes Assistance to Coal Communities. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities, including those negatively impacted by changes to the coal economy. Projects funded by these programs will support the U.S. Department of Commerce Strategic Plan(2018-2022) by, among other things: leading to the creation and retention of jobs and increased private investment, advancing innovation, enhancing the manufacturing capacities of regions, providing workforce development opportunities and growing ecosystems that attract foreign direct investment.

USDOT Launches BUILD Transportation Program and Announces $1.5 Billion NOFO
Applications Due: July 19
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. BUILD Transportation grants replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. FY 2018 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, or intermodal transportation. Projects for BUILD will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments. USDOT intends to award a greater share of the grant funding to projects located in rural areas (as opposed to urban areas) that align well with the selection criteria.

STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program
Applications Due: July 23
The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program supports efforts by state and local units of government and federally recognized Indian tribes to prevent and reduce school violence. Specifically, this Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) program will address: training school personnel and educating students to prevent student violence; development and operation of anonymous reporting systems concerning threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites; and development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams that may include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel. In addition, the program may fund specialized training for school officials in intervening and responding to individuals with mental health issues who may impact school safety.

STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program
Applications Due: July 23
This solicitation specifically seeks applications that address the development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams and the development of technology for local or regional anonymous reporting systems. This technology may be in the form of an app, hotline, or website. The proposed technology solutions may be those that could be used during an incident to assist in securing the safety of those involved, to include sharing information with first responders.

Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
Applications Due: July 24
The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program helps improve the economic condition of rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand, or improve rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through Cooperative Development Centers. Nonprofit organizations may apply for this grant opportunity for developing and operating a Rural Cooperative Development Center. Examples of technical assistance and other services the Centers provide are: conducting feasibility studies, developing business plans, providing leadership and operational improvement training, and facilitating strategic planning. A center can be located in any area, but the individuals and business assisted must be located in an eligible rural area.

AmerisourceBergen Foundation Opioid Resource Grant Program
Applications Due: July 31
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation announced the broadening of its current efforts toward curbing opioid abuse through its new grant program. The Opioid Resource Grant Program supports and advances ideas from innovative non-profit organizations to redefine best practices across the country in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Funding from the program will be allocated to organizations committed to pioneering new ideas, and priority will be given to proposals that address the safe disposal of opioids and education around prevention. The size of grant disbursements will depend on the needs of each grantee, up to $100,000 per grant.

FTA Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program
Applications Due: August 6
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $366.3 million in fiscal year 2018 competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide. The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program is authorized by Congress to improve the condition of bus infrastructure nationwide by funding the replacement and rehabilitation of buses and related facilities. Projects eligible for this funding opportunity include those that replace, rehabilitate, lease, or purchase buses and related equipment as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, construct, or lease bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance.

USDA’s Rural Housing Preservation Grants
Applications Due: August 9
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) is soliciting applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. The HPG program provides qualified public agencies and nonprofit organizations grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons.

USDA’s Rural Housing Preservation Grants
Applications Due: August 9
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) is soliciting applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. The HPG program provides qualified public agencies and nonprofit organizations grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons.

FY 2019 NEA Our Town Grants
Applications Due: August 9
Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities. Our Town has two program areas:

Promoting Aging in Place by Enhancing Access to Home Modifications
Applications Due: August 13
Older adults overwhelmingly prefer to stay in their homes and communities as they age. However, the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that a third of older adults have trouble using some features in their home. The risk of falling is also a major concern that is most likely to occur in or around the home and can be life-changing. Home modifications and repairs can help older adults age in place and maintain their independence. The Administration on Aging, an agency within the Administration for Community Living, is awarding one $250,000 cooperative agreement designed to address barriers to optimal access and use of home modifications that support aging in place. The project should provide technical assistance and serve as a repository for home modification best practices and innovations that can be replicated at the local level.

2018 Regional Innovation Strategies Program 
Applications Due: August 29
The Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program catalyzes community and regional capacity-building, ultimately helping to better identify and align assets to help manufacturers innovate and succeed, support businesses’ export-related needs, attract foreign direct investment (FDI), and create and implement strategies that create jobs. The RIS Program empowers communities to provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding for startups, building platforms to leverage public and private sector infrastructure investments in broadband and digital connectivity, transportation, education, and beyond. Under this 2018 RIS Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), EDA is soliciting applications for two separate competitions:

USDA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
Applications Due: September 8
The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details). Additional details available.

HUD FY 2018 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants
Applications Due: September 17
The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve the following three core goals:

  1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.
  2. People: Improve outcomes for households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education.
  3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, important to families’ choices about their community.

YouthBuild Funding Opportunity
Applications Due: September 18
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $85 million in grant funds authorized by theWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for YouthBuild. Under this Funding Opportunity Announcement, DOL will award grants through a competitive process to organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. In addition to construction skills training, YouthBuild applicants may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries. This expansion into additional in-demand industries is the Construction Plus component, a priority in this grant competition. Applicants may apply for an amount ranging from $700,000 to a ceiling amount of up to $1.1 million. This program requires matching funds equal to 25 percent of the total federal share of costs.

HUD’s Continuum of Care Program
Applications Due: September 18
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $2.1 billion available in fiscal year 2018 for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. It provides funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, states, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness. It also strives to promote access and utilization of mainstream programs by the homeless, and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

HUD’s Continuum of Care Program
Applications Due: September 18
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $2.1 billion available in fiscal year 2018 for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. It provides funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, states, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness. It also strives to promote access and utilization of mainstream programs by the homeless, and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

Strategic Economic and Community Development
Applications Due: September 30
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Rural Development Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) is a Farm Bill provision that allows USDA to give priority for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans through the following four USDA Rural Development programs: Community Facilities Loans, Grants, and Loan Guarantees; Water and Waste Disposal Program Loans, Grants, and Loan Guarantees; Business & Industry Program Loan Guarantees; and Rural Business Development Grants. To be eligible for SECD, a project must: be eligible for the underlying program; be carried out solely in a rural area; and support a multi-jurisdictional strategic economic community development plan. To apply for SECD priority points, applicants must submit Form RD 1980–88 by the application deadline of the program(s) you are applying for or September 30, 2018, whichever comes first.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Partners for Fish and Wildlife 2018
Applications Due: September 30
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative targets the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem with federal funding and program implementation. One goal is to improve habitat and wildlife protection and restoration. Using appropriations from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program anticipates funding wetland (both coastal and interior) and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations. Restoration projects will be completed on privately owned (non-federal/non-state) lands. Emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, completing projects within the watersheds of Great Lakes Areas of Concern and in coastal zones. Projects must advance their mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and contact the PFW state coordinator PRIOR TO applying for funding.

Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY 2018-2020 RNTA
Applications Due: September 30, 2020
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2018-2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Research and National Technical Assistance (RNTA) projects. The NOFO makes $1.5 million available for Research and Evaluation (R&E) projects and $1 million available for National Technical Assistance (NTA) projects:


“Summer Scenarios” Webinar Series
June 5 – August 29
The Consortium for Scenario Planning will hold an educational webinar series, Summer Scenarios, from June to August to teach the basics of scenario planning, its benefits, steps to get started, and more advanced topics. The first webinar on June 5 will address planning for resiliency and adaptability to uncertain futures.

T3e Webinar: Modeling Dispatchers Managing Intelligent Transportation Systems
July 18, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
This webinar series provides a platform for students to share their research findings. Concepts of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) have gained popularity in recent years, with several manufacturers proposing designs for innovative vehicles. However, less attention has been placed on how these vehicles would be controlled and managed in network operations. Through the development of concepts of operations for remote management of fleets with heterogeneous levels of vehicle and network autonomy, this research presents preliminary requirements for ITS operations centers.

Logistics of Large-Scale Incident Event Response and Business Continuity
July 18, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Large-scale incident events such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires, major snowstorms, or widespread terrorist or military attacks can have a damaging impact on the transportation system. These incident impacts can create short-term infrastructure unavailability lasting a few hours or days and can cause longer-term infrastructure damage that causes portions of the transportation network to be unavailable for a few weeks or months. Severe incident events have a particularly large impact on freight transportation, which requires an efficient, reliable transportation network for the pickup and delivery of goods. This USDOT webinar will discuss some of the logistical challenges communities and regions face when recovering from disaster and other large-scale events, and how supply chain-focused companies are both impacted by those events and can help regions that are affected by the events to recover.

Statewide Strategies for Rural Digital Inclusion
July 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
This BroadbandUSA webinar will focus on statewide strategies to promote broadband adoption and use in rural communities. Speakers will highlight the role of state governments, libraries, and university extension programs in planning and executing these strategies. The speakers will also discuss the role of broadband adoption in rural economic and workforce development, as well as approaches to facilitate broadband use and improve digital skills.

Midterm Countdown: What’s Left on the Legislative To-Do List?
July 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
There’s little time left in the fiscal year and the 115th Congress and lawmakers are seeking to reach agreement on several pieces of legislation. Additionally, House and Senate leaders must balance that work with the election calendar as well as confirmation of President Trump’s nominees, including a new Supreme Court justice. Join Bloomberg Government’s legislative analysts as they walk through some of those key initiatives, including competing proposals to:

Webinar Series on the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program: Device Acquisition and Installation
Wyoming DOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment, July 23, 11:30 – 1:00 PM ET
NYCDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment, July 30, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment, August 7, 11:00 – 12:30 PM ET
USDOT will host a webinar for each pilot site about the connected vehicle devices being acquired and installed as part of the deployment. Representatives from each pilot site will provide an overview of their approach to identifying the type and number of devices, equipment, and software-based capabilities acquired for the pilot. The webinar will also address their approach to engaging with vendors and getting the devices in hand and installed while adhering to a stringent installation schedule.

SLLC Supreme Court Review
July 24, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Between the internet sales tax case, partisan gerrymandering, the union dues case, the travel ban, and several First Amendment cases, this Supreme Court term will have implications for states and local governments for decades to come. Join Eric Citron from Goldstein & Russell, who briefed the internet sales tax case; Shay Dvoretzky, who argued a First Amendment retaliatory arrest case; and Lydia Wheeler, a legal and regulatory affairs reporter for The Hill, in a discussion of the most important cases of the term for states and local governments.

Open Source: Paving the Way for a Changing Workforce
July 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
A skills gap exists even among younger-generation IT workers. Agencies are scrambling to find personnel with expertise in cloud service management, cybersecurity, systems architecture, and legacy technologies. At the same time, many workers are preparing to retire and will leave behind a wealth of knowledge, while younger IT professionals struggle to gain the knowledge they need to take their agencies into the future. The good news is, open source technology offers an opportunity to meet today’s workforce challenges while laying a foundation for ongoing modernization and innovation. Join Government Technology as they examine how open source is helping state and local agencies bridge knowledge and skills gaps and act as a recruiting magnet for the best and brightest workers.

The Future of Health Care: Where Does the Bipartisan Path Lead?
July 25, 10:00-11:30 AM ET
While Republicans and Democrats disagree on solutions to improve quality, lower costs, and increase access to care in our health care system, they do agree that changes are needed. The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Future of Health Care Initiative, a bipartisan group of leading experts in the field, will discuss the current state of polarization among policymakers, the prevailing views of each party’s vision of a sustainable system, and will release a set of shared principles they believe can serve as a guide in identifying bipartisan solutions in health care reform. The event will also include the release of the results of a national survey conducted by BPC, which gauges what individuals prioritize in their health care. A live webcast will be available on the event page.

Opportunity Zones: Understanding the Potential of the New Community Development Tax Incentive
July 26, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Join this free Connecting Communities® webinar to learn about the new Opportunity Zones tax incentive, which aims to drive long-term equity capital to distressed communities by providing tax benefits on investments in Opportunity Funds. Speakers will provide details on how the tax incentive is expected to work and highlight emerging national and local strategies to engage residents around how these funds are deployed in their communities. Participation is free, but preregistration is required.

TREDPLAN-Regions Demonstration
July 31, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
TREDPLAN is a new and unique system for evaluating and communicating the interrelationship between growth, and freight activity for regional planning using a fusion of data including county-level freight data. TREDPLAN-Regions offers a way to put the regional shifts in freight-economy in perspective by offering an intuitive model, which links models of freight and the economy together to allow for dynamic forecasting of activity and tracking of inter-industry freight shipments. It allows for the comparison of regions based on stratified market segments, by commodity, mode, and foreign trading partner and domestic sources. This webinar will demonstrate TREDPLAN-Regions.

Automating the Federal Future
August 1, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Federal agencies are expected to spend over $14 billion on IT modernization in fiscal 2019 to improve productivity, reliability, and security. Across all aspects of modernization, automating manual processes is proven to increase reliability by reducing manual errors, decreasing time to deliver IT assets, and enhancing self-service capabilities for the enterprise. Join Bloomberg Government and Red Hat for a live webcast to explore how automation is accelerating the delivery of government services and enhancing security for cloud environments. Speakers will share lessons from leading IT practitioners in government and industry, including:

Shortening the Length of Stay in Jail for People with Mental Illnesses
August 2, 2:00-3:15 PM ET
Part of NACo’s Stepping Up framework encourages counties to focus their efforts on impacting one or more of “Four Key Measures” for people with mental illnesses: jail bookings, jail length of stay, connections to treatment, and recidivism. Join Stepping Up for the second webinar in the Four Key Measures series, which will provide strategies for shortening the length of stay in jail for people with mental illnesses and describe key data points to collect and analyze to track this measure of success. Previous webinars in this series are available on the Stepping Up toolkit.

NPMRDS Users Quarterly Technical Assistance Webinar
August 4 1:00 – 3:00 PM ET
The next National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS) users webinar will focus on handling frequently asked questions related to the use of the NPMRDS, including common issues with conflation, metric reporting for the System Performance/Freight/CMAQ performance measures, and the National Highway System. Presenters will provide an update on recent developments with the NPMRDS (v2) and FHWA resources to support the use of the data set and the calculation of performance measures.


New NHI Course: The Role of Data in Transportation Performance Management
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The Role of Data in Transportation Performance Management is a two-day instructor-led training course offered by the National Highway Institute (NHI). Its goal is to enable participants to manage, analyze, integrate, and use data from diverse sources to support an effective agency TPM function.

The course will begin with an overview of data management. It then details each part of the data supply chain–covering common needs, considerations, and challenges along the way. During the second day, the sessions will cover issues related to data assessment and data improvement planning. The course material is synthesized at the end of the course, through the creation of a data management and improvement plan. This training can provide a useful starting point for agencies that wish to undertake improvements at all stages of the data life cycle.

Steps to Effective Target Setting for TPM
A new FHWA course, Steps to Effective Target Setting for TPM, is now available through the National Highway Institute (NHI). This two-day instructor-led course explains the elements of target setting and how to establish reasonable, attainable performance targets. Upon completion, participants will be able to explain the key steps and factors in target setting; set targets; identify coordination needs; identify key stakeholder roles; and identify effective communication strategies. The primary audience comprises program managers, planners, and engineers responsible for target setting and transportation plans at state DOTs, MPOs, regional transit agencies, and FHWA and FTA employees who provide oversight and assistance for target setting.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Procurement
This National Highway Institute FHWA course will provide an overview of strategies for successfully deploying ITS projects that build on systems engineering principles and practices and will present an approach to defining ITS projects and desired outcomes. The focus of this course is on the procurement stage of the overall acquisition process. For this course, the procurement stage spans from identifying what you need to developing a procurement that helps you get what you need through contractor selection. This course will provide you with tools to develop the key aspects of a request for quote (RFQ), request for proposal (RFP), invitation for bid (IFB), or goods contract advertisement to ensure a successful procurement.


Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference
August 22–23, Durham, NC
The Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference, hosted by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, showcases the latest and greatest in advanced vehicles, fuels, and technologies — including data-driven solutions. This conference is a source of on-the-ground experience for increasing fleet efficiency and sustainability, while reducing emissions and costs.


NLIHC Report on the Affordable Housing Gap
In their newest report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) found a shortage of 7.2 million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renter households. These households are defined as those with income at or below the poverty level, or in the lower 30 percent of their area’s median income. Seventy-one percent of extremely low-income renter households are severely burdened by housing costs, spending more than half of their income on housing. The study presents the availability of affordable homes for renter households in each state, D.C., and the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

TRB Straight to Recording for All: Breaking Down Barriers – Funding and Finance Issues and Innovations in Public Transportation
Watch TRB recorded presentations that examine new approaches to funding and financing transit projects, including issues confronting sponsors of public transportation projects and programs and how transit agencies have addressed these issues. Topics include the use of passenger revenue-based Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loans for transit capital projects, a review of how transit project sponsors are partnering with the private sector, and case studies of the funding and finance tools project sponsors are using.

Five Years After Great Recession American Children Still Suffer
As of 2013, 14.7 million children were in poverty, a significant increase from the 12.8 million children in poverty before the recession began. This paper from First Focus examines four factors – health, food security, housing stability, and maltreatment – and reviews the relationship of each to the well-being of children during the Great Recession, analyzing research and data from before, during, and after the Great Recession.

U.S. Foreign Born Population Projected to Reach 18.8% by 2060
According to new Census Bureau population projections reported by Pew Trusts Research, the U.S. foreign born population will set a new record for their share of the total population.

AARP Livability Index
AARP will release a new web-based Livability Index, based on nationally available data, mapping technology, and public policies to assess the livability of communities. The Index will help users better understand their communities and make decisions. Sign up to receive the AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter.

Building Healthy Places Toolkit
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) released Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment to provide guidance on creating healthy, vibrant communities. The toolkit builds on previous ULI efforts, including the Building Healthy Places Initiative and Healthy Corridors Project.

Local Government Employment Buoys Stagnant Public Sector
The National League of Cities highlights increased local government employment helping prop up public sector jobs in CitiesSpeak. The blog notes that total public sector employment was up 7,000 jobs in February, with local government representing 4,000 of those jobs. Despite these improvements, local government employment remains 512,000 jobs below its July 2008 post-recession peak.

Affordable Housing for Who?
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released Housing Spotlight: Affordable Housing is Nowhere to be Found for Millions, focusing on the gap between the number of low income renters and the number of units available in their price range. NLIHC finds that there is a national shortage of 7.1 million affordable rental units available to rental households with incomes at or below 30 percent of area median income (AMI)

APA Issues Post-Disaster Recovery Manual
Over the past four years, the American Planning Association (APA) Hazards Planning Center worked under an agreement with FEMA to develop Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation (PAS 576). This updated manual offers a no-nonsense explanation of the benefits and limitations of planning for unpredictable events.

Affordable Rental Housing Research Study
A study of affordable rental housing conducted by the New York University Furman Center analyzes rental housing affordability trends in the central cities of the 11 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. This study looks into recent trends in rent levels, rent burdens, affordable units, and the gap between the number of low-income households in need of affordable housing and the number of existing affordable units. Data analysis is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, including data from the American Community Survey from 2006 through 2013, and uses geographic information from the Missouri Census Data Center.

Housing and Neighborhood Resources
How Housing Matters provides a new resource on housing and neighborhood issues. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the Urban Land Institute will host research and practical information on how housing can contribute to better educational opportunities and outcomes for children; stronger economic foundations for families and communities; and healthier people and neighborhoods.

Smart Gentrification
Jonathan Grabinsky and Stuart M. Butler from the Brookings Institution discuss “smart” gentrification and its role in fighting poverty. Between 1970 and 2010 the number of high-poverty neighborhoods in the U.S. tripled, while only 10 percent managed to escape poverty. While displacement is a possible outcome for existing low-income residents, “smart” gentrification can result in mixed-income communities rather than exclusive high-income communities. Cities like Washington, DC are attempting to regulate gentrification in order to preserve affordability for existing residents. Click HERE for part one, and HERE for part two of this Brookings discussion.

Income Segregation
The segregation of upper and lower income households has risen in 27 of the nation’s 30 largest metros, according to a 2012 report by the Pew Research Center. The report found that economic segregation is positively associated with population size and density, the share of minority residents, and wage inequality. According to the report, cities and neighborhoods are becoming more homogenous and segregated by income, education, and occupation. Click HERE to read more.

Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options, and Resources for Local Decision-Makers: This report summarizes various funding sources that can be used to support stormwater management programs or finance individual projects. Click HERE for the report.

Coastal Stormwater Management through Green Infrastructure: This handbook is designed to assist coastal municipalities within the Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay areas to incorporate green infrastructure into their stormwater management planning, and can be useful for other states.Click HERE for the handbook.

CDC Healthy Community Toolkit: Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a Healthy Community Design Checklist Toolkit to highlight the connection between community design and health. Click HERE for tools and resources.

EPA Report: Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: EPA’s Office of Research and Development released its final report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters. The report summarizes current scientific understanding about the connectivity of streams and wetlands to downstream waters. EPA conducted a review of more than 1,200 peer-reviewed and published documents on scientific evidence regarding the effects that streams, non-tidal wetlands, and open-waters have on larger downstream waters such as rivers, lakes, estuaries, and oceans. The report concludes that streams, wetlands, and other open-waters influence the integrity of downstream waters through both structural and functional connections. This report is meant to inform policy and regulatory decisions, including the Clean Water Rule (Waters of the U.S.) being developed jointly by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Click HERE for the report.

GAO Publishes Report on Surface Transportation Performance Measures in MAP-21: On Friday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the results of a review on the implementation of the MAP-21 surface transportation performance measures. Click HERE for the final report, entitled Surface Transportation: DOT Is Progressing toward a Performance-Based Approach, but States and Grantees Report Potential Implementation Challenges.

The Innovative MPO: A new report from Transportation for America highlights MPO successes from around the country. This new handbook is designed to give MPO staff, policymakers, technical and advisory committees innovative ways to achieve goals on behalf of their communities. Click HERE for the full report.

DHS 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) since the original in 2008. The NECP is the Nation’s over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications capabilities and interoperability nationwide, and this update addresses the increasingly complex communications landscape that the public safety community uses. The plan provides a roadmap for improving emergency communications for traditional emergency responder disciplines such as law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, while recognizing the importance of engaging non-traditional disciplines including public health, public works, and transportation agencies. The 2014 NECP focuses on three priorities: (1) Maintaining and improving emergency responders’ current Land Mobile Radio systems; (2) Ensuring emergency responders and government officials plan and prepare for the adoption, migration, and use of broadband technologies, including the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network; and (3) Enhancing coordination among stakeholders. Click HERE to view the 2014 NECP and related documents.

NLC Report on Open Data: The capture and analysis of data is transforming the 21st Century. As society becomes more data driven, data has the ability to drive the bottom line for private companies and help the public sector to define where and how services can best be delivered. In City Open Data Policies: Learning by Doing, the National League of Cities (NLC) identifies how cities can take advantage of the opportunities presented by open data initiatives. Click HERE to read a summary of their recommendations and to download the report.

New CEs Available: On October 6, FTA published a joint final rule with FHWA that adds a number of new categorical exclusions (CEs) for FHWA and FTA pursuant to Section 1318 of MAP-21. The CEs were developed based on responses to a stakeholder survey conducted in September 2012 and published in a notice of proposed rulemaking in September 2013 for public review and comment. The new CEs became effective November 5th. Click HERE for access to the new Guidance for Implementation of FTA’s Categorical Exclusions webinar recording.

Ranking Metropolitan Areas by Transit Accessibility: The University of Minnesota has released a report, Access Across America, ranking major metropolitan areas by the accessibility to jobs by transit. Based on 46 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., researchers collected detailed transit route and schedule information for each city followed by calculating the number of jobs a resident can reach by transit and walking between the hours of 7 AM and 9 AM. Cities like Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Denver performed significantly better in the Access Across America transit report than the University’s 2013 Automobile Accessibility report. This report supports the University’s ongoing efforts to develop tools for assessing transportation performance. Click HERE for more information.

Labor Trafficking in America: A new report from the Urban Institute and Northeastern University, Hidden in Plain Sight: Labor Trafficking in America, documents labor trafficking abuses occurring in the major U.S. industries of agriculture, domestic work, hotels, restaurants, and construction. This study chronicles the experiences of labor trafficking victims from the point of recruitment for work, forced labor victimization, attempts to escape and get help, and efforts to seek justice through civil or criminal cases. Interview and case file data detail the ubiquity of trafficking, which occurs both in plain sight and behind lock and key.Detailed recommendations propose next steps for policy and practice. Click HERE for the report.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Report on Protecting Communities and Ecosystems During Extreme Weather: The National Wildlife Federation along with the Allied World Assurance Company and Earth Economics have developed a report that focuses on natural defenses from hurricanes and floods in the coastal waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, and the nation’s extensive network of rivers and streams. Click HERE for the report.

Ranking Metropolitan Areas by Transit Accessibility: The University of Minnesota has released a report, Access Across America, ranking major metropolitan areas by the accessibility to jobs by transit. Based on 46 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., the researchers collected detailed transit route and schedule information for each city followed by calculating the number of jobs a resident can reach by transit and walking between the hours of 7 AM and 9 AM. Cities like Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Denver performed significantly better in the Access Across America transit report than the University’s 2013 Automobile Accessibility report. This report supports the University’s ongoing efforts to develop tools for assessing transportation performance. Click HERE for more information.

Federal Investment in Transportation Infrastructure Creates American Jobs: Even though our decaying infrastructure is creating a significant drag on the economy, both Congress and the Administration continue to delay making long-term decisions about investing in our infrastructure. The Center on Globalization, Governance, and Competitiveness at Duke University developed a detailed report evaluating the cost of inaction from an international competitiveness and job creation perspective. Some findings of the report include: that the U.S. is less competitive than 15 of our major trading partners because of our old and broken transportation infrastructure; underinvestment costs the U.S. over 900,000 jobs – 97,000 are American manufacturing jobs; and that maximizing American-made materials when rebuilding infrastructure has the potential to create even more jobs. Click HERE for the full report.

Going Local: Connecting the National Labs to their Regions to Maximize Innovation and Growth
The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings has released a report on enhancing the national labs’ impact on regional economies and innovation. The report argues that the frequently rule-bound, “behind the fence” operating style of the Department of Energy (DOE) lab system has likely limited these invaluable institutions’ contributions both to local innovation and growth. Senior Fellow and Policy Director Mark Muro stated that the report argues that the hubs need to engage more with local industry clusters in order to deliver fully on their national mission and it recommends a number of ways to allow for that. Click HERE to read the report and to access additional information.

Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy
Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy is a report completed by a group of graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of City and Regional Planning in spring 2014. With the Federal Reserve’s Department of Community Development Studies and Education acting as client, the students were tasked with evaluating the extent to which economic revitalization strategies in Wilmington, DE, Lancaster, PA, and Bethlehem, PA had led to equitable outcomes for low- and moderate-income residents. The report also presents city-specific recommendations and proposes a framework for integrating equity as a strategic priority into local economic development efforts. Click HERE to read the report.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments
EPA released a report that summarizes its collaborative efforts with the U.S. DOT and HUD. These efforts have been aimed at improving the livability of communities, in part through improving access to public transportation and safe walkways. Click HERE to read the report.

AASHTO: Guide for Geometric Design of Transit Facilities on Highways and Streets, 1st Edition
This guide provides a comprehensive reference of current practice in the geometric design of transit facilities on streets and highways, including local buses, express buses, and bus rapid transit operating in mixed traffic, bus lanes, and high-occupancy vehicle lanes, as well as bus-only roads within street and freeway environments. It also covers streetcars and LRT running in mixed traffic and transit lanes, and within medians along arterial roadways. These guidelines are based on a review of relevant AASHTO, TRB, and ITE documents, as well as design reports provided by various transit agencies. They are designed for use by public agencies, practitioners, and developers in need of basic information about planning, locating, sizing, designing, and implementing transit facilities along roadways. Click HERE to purchase the guide.

Role of Regional Planning Organizations in Transportation Planning Across Boundaries
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Planning, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, prepared this white paper. This research examines how RPOs and rural interests are integral partners in transportation planning efforts for megaregions and explores methods for their participation. Click HERE to read the report.

A Guide to Regional Transportation Planning for Disasters, Emergencies, and Significant Events
The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research ProgramReport 777: A Guide to Regional Transportation Planning for Disasters, Emergencies, and Significant Events uses foundational planning principles, case studies, tips, and tools to explain implementation of transportation planning for possible multijurisdictional disasters, emergencies, and other major events. In addition to the guide, there is a research report and PowerPoint presentation describing the project. Click HERE to access the publication.

TRB’s Transportation Research Record Developing Countries 2013
This publication consists of 16 papers that explore travel time and space mean speed of nonmotorized vehicles; a review of India’s national urban investment program; assessment of public–private partnership in traveler information provision; low-mass urban microcars; transition Beijing, China to a transit city; and lessons of bus rapid transit from nine cities in China. Click HERE for additional information and to read the journal.

U.S. DOT Online Resource to Learn about ITS
The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) ePrimer provides transportation professionals with fundamental concepts and practices related to ITS technologies. This online resource can help practicing professionals better understand how ITS is integrated into the planning, design, deployment, and operations of surface transportation systems. The ITS ePrimer is both a stand-alone reference document for the practitioner as well as a text for education and training programs. Click HERE to access the web-based textbook.

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