Economic Recovery Resources - Weekly Update
The Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Gulf Coast Economic Development District stand ready to assist the 13-county region in pursuing strategies to restore local economies. We will be issuing this Economic Recovery Resources - Weekly Update to help our local partners stay on top of new funding opportunities. Subscribers to the monthly Regional Economic Development Digest will receive the weekly update automatically. We hope to make it easier for you to secure the resources you need to recover quickly.

Please email Jillian Donatto or call 631-897-3817 to discuss economic recovery needs you may have.
News and Updates
Submit Applications for EDA CARES Act Funding As Soon As Possible 
US Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES Act funding is being obligated at a rate much faster than expected. To be competitive for CARES Act supplemental funds (EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance), the EDA highly recommends that applicants submit applications as soon as possible and no later than the unofficial deadline of October 1, 2020. Funds are available through the 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (see page 46). The Gulf Coast Economic Development District will provide technical assistance to applicants. E-mail Jillian Donatto with any questions.
International Economic Development Council Seeking Input from Across Country on Sources of Funding for Small Businesses
The International Economic Development Council invites you to participate in a national initiative to gather information on resources available to help small and micro businesses. Responses to this 5-minute questionnaire at the local and regional levels from across the country will be aggregated with other sources of assistance available to small businesses. The information gathered will be readily accessible from a single source – for both businesses and community leaders. The questionnaire will remain open for input until September 25.
National Center for Mobility Management’s Community Mobility Ready-to-Launch Grants Application Open 
The National Center for Mobility Management released a request for proposals for their Community Mobility Ready-to-Launch Grants. Each grant of up to $75,000 will fund the pilot phase of an already-designed solution to allow low-income community members to become more fully engaged in economic opportunities, improve their health and well-being, and/or become more integrated into their community. Applications are due October 1, 2020. 
Google Launches Digital Jobs Program to Help Economic Recovery 
Google announced a new suite of Google Career Certificates that will help Americans get qualifications for high-paying, high-growth jobs and will fund 100,000 need-based scholarships. Google is committing $10 million in job training grants to YWCA, NPower, and JFF to help workforce boards and nonprofits improve their job training programs and increase access to digital skills for women, veterans, and underserved Americans. 
Federal Funding for Rural Communities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. 
Federal Funding for All Communities
Grants for workforce training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents in full-time jobs in the environmental field.

Grants to expand community colleges’ ability to meet the labor market demand for a skilled workforce and to build capacity to address challenges associated with the coronavirus, such as technology-enabled learning.

For governmental and nonprofit entities working to implement STEM apprenticeship models in their regions, especially projects that will expand work-based learning for adults, increase regional innovation capacity, and expand diversity

Investment in critical water infrastructure through long-term, low cost, supplemental credit assistance.

Seed funding (up to $100,000) for research and development that has a commercial potential.

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program and the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) pre-disaster mitigation program provide states, local communities, tribes, and territories funding for eligible mitigation activities.
Upcoming Economic Recovery Webinars
September 16 | Financial Resilience - Tools for Your Community | Federal Emergency Management Agency
In collaboration with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a webinar on how to be more financially prepared for emergencies or disasters. Presenters will share tools that can help individuals and communities increase economic resilience. In addition, check out these free resources that can help individuals financially prepare for the future: Emergency Financial First Aid KitFinancial Emergency Fact Sheet; Your Disaster Checklist.

September 16 | The Disaster Recovery Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities | Office of the Governor
As part of National Preparedness Month, the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities offers this webinar on disaster recovery resources available to people with disabilities. The Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M has developed the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities. Dr. Amy Sharp and Dr. Laura Stough will walk through the toolkit and discuss how it can aid stakeholders– from case managers, to long-term recovery groups, disability organizations, and individuals with disabilities and/or functional and access needs.

September 17 | Developing Your Infrastructure Projects: From Procurement to Closeout | U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
As part of a webinar series to introduce grantees to the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery and Mitigation programs, this session will cover several infrastructure development techniques such as finding and leveraging financing, how to prioritize infrastructure within your community, and the intersection of infrastructure with cross cutting requirements.

September 17 | Big Radius Tool Webinar | StatsAmerica
This is the first in a series of new webinars/demos for, a site built for and used by hundreds of thousands of people each year to help in their community and economic development efforts. It is built and maintained by Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University, with significant support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The subject of this webinar, the Big Radius Tool, generates an economic and labor force report for a custom radius ranging from 25 to 500 miles.

Rural and tribal organizations will share their analysis and useful strategies for helping rural residents, workers, and families address housing distress and homelessness. They will provide details on available housing programs and opportunities to advance safe, affordable, solutions now and over the long-term, including strategies that could help fend off further crisis if federal and state unemployment and housing assistance run dry.

September 22-24 | National Small Business Week | Small Business Administration
This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year.

September 23 | Resources for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs | Office of the Governor
This installment of the Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series will focus on veteran-owned businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Small businesses in all stages—startups to established companies—are welcome to join for this informative webinar and live Q&A.

September 24 | Closing the Digital Divide: Opportunities for Rural Nonprofits | Local Initiatives Support Corporation
As communities nationwide marshal resources to meet immediate connectivity needs, and the federal government prepares to roll out the largest-ever auction to fund rural broadband networks, there are opportunities at all scales for community and economic development organizations to help address the digital divide.

September 28 | Economy Series: Recovering Industries | Greater Houston Partnership
For this Economy Series webinar, the Partnership's Senior Vice President of Research will share what industries are closest to full recovery and which industries still have a long way to go.

October 20 | Manufacturing Bonds for Disaster Response | Council of Development Finance Agencies
Industrial Development Bonds, or Manufacturing Bonds, are the most frequently used bond tool for financing the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing of personal protective equipment, medical supplies, test kits, and more was crucial during the recent pandemic; while a significant portion of the economy was shut down, essential facilities such as manufacturing plants became uniquely valuable and remained opened because of their ability to pivot production toward critical needs. Learn how these bonds act as resilient economic drivers by financing the manufacturing facilities that stabilize local economies during crises.
Partner Resources
Visit the GCEDD website for information and links to local, regional, and partner organizations that have additional resources and information on economic recovery. A select list is presented below.

The Greater Houston Partnership has established the Greater Houston Business Recovery Center (GHBRC), which will provide guidance on policy and financing related to recovery programs.

RestoreYourEconomy is your resource for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts.

The Texas Economic Development Council COVID-19 webpage catalogs webinars, small business program examples, research white papers, Texas Workforce Commission resources, and advice for retailers.

The National Association of Development Organizations COVID-19 resource center provides advocacy resources, upcoming virtual events and trainings, federal agency COVID-19 resources, national partner organizations response resources, Office of Management and Budget guidance, state-by-state workforce guidelines, and philanthropic resources for communities.

The International Economic Development Council Coronavirus Response webpage provides information on the IEDC's COVID-19 webinar series and frequently updated situational reports.

A wide range of free resources for Main Street leaders, including recovery planning tools, research, and best practices and examples from around the Main Street Network. 
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