News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015156
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
(MARCH 15, 2012) OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $15 MILLION MULTI-AGENCY CHALLENGE TO FOSTER JOB CREATION AND BUSINESS INNOVATION IN RURAL COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE
March 20 Webinar to Discuss Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge
Des Moines, Iowa, Mar 15, 2012 --

@@The Obama Administration announced recently a $15 million multi-agency Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator challenge to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities. This competition, which is being funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), was designed by the Taskforce for the Advancement of Regional Innovation Clusters and the White House Rural Council.

More information about the New Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator will be provided during a webinar on Tuesday, March 20 at 2 p.m. Central time.

During this webinar representatives will provide an overview of the federal funding opportunity and will answer questions from the audience.

If you are interested in participating in the webinar please register visit https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=cck1th8qsu4e.

Questions can be sent to ruraljobsaccelerator@wdc.usda.gov.

The webinar will also be recorded and posted to www.rurdev.usda.gov/RuralJobsAccelerator.html.

The Rural Jobs Accelerator Challenge is expected to give out approximately 20 awards, depending on the number of eligible applications. To be eligible for an award, projects must benefit rural communities, but the applicant is not required to be located in a rural area. Nonprofits, higher education institutions, tribes and state and local governments can collaborate to apply for funding. Although businesses are not eligible to apply directly, applicants can also partner with the private sector on implementation.

The deadline for applications is May 9, 2012 and guidelines for submissions are accessible at www.rurdev.usda.gov/RuralJobsAccelerator.html.

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of direct and guaranteed rural credit programs involving single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and cooperative programs.

This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,900 jobs, aided 2,000 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 80 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural areas and communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by calling (515) 284-4663 or by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.

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