Funding Opportunity: Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge

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Four federal agencies are offering $15 million in funding to spur economic growth in rural areas. The approximately 20 regions to receive funding will also be eligible for technical assistance resources from an additional nine agencies. From the U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement:

Funds awarded to the winning applicants can be used to support and accelerate a range of projects including improving rural communities’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or economic and community development along with creation of regional linkages that connect communities with innovation clusters and regional opportunities leading to job creation, expanded markets, and economic growth.

Interested applicants are invited to attend an informational webinar on March 20, 2012 at 3:00PM ET.

Applications are due by May 9, 2012. Find more information here.

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    One Response to Funding Opportunity: Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge

    1. Los Angeles Economic Development –rev.1

      It is time to remake Los Angeles in the image of our boldest vision – a state of healthy communities with good schools and quality education, innovative companies in new and emerging sectors, quality open space, improved public transportation, a range of mobility and housing options; and above all, a prosperous and productive middle class equipped with the skills and education to create a better future.
      It is time to get serious about designing a real economic development program linked to investments in healthy communities. I recently proposed to make Los Angeles the World Capital of Renewable Energy, Energy and Water Efficiency. We have the climate, the manpower, the resources and technology. We must promote energy and water efficiency in all sectors of LA’s economy. This by itself can save the city billions and bring many jobs and economic growth. We should promote real estate gentrification, affordable housing, urban infill building, economic development and clean tech sorted through the parts of redevelopment worth retaining and retooling and some newer elements of economic development necessary to realize this vision of healthy communities.

      In the past five years many businesses in LA have closed down or moved out, there are many vacant properties, commercial and residential; many people moved out of LA, they could not afford the cost of living, the high taxation, the stifling bureaucracy and varied rules and regulations that choke business development.

      We have a dysfunctional leadership in Los Angeles and crippling budget deficits are creating an environment of uncertainty for many companies who want to hire people, but are afraid to do so. Capital is stagnant and unattainable, frozen by an over swing of regulation and bureaucracy. This situation must change, or we are doomed.

      It is imperative that we reverse this trend.

      YJ Draiman

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