Agriculture

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AgNIC for Rural Information

The Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC) is a voluntary alliance of members based on the concept of “centers of excellence”. The member institutions are dedicated to enhancing collective information and services among the members and their partners for all those seeking agricultural [...]
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Bioenergy Information

Bioenergy is renewable energy derived from biological sources, to be used for heat, electricity, or vehicle fuel. Biofuel derived from plant materials is among the most rapidly growing renewable energy technologies. In the United States, corn-based ethanol is currently the largest source of [...]
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Farmland Information Center

The Farmland Information Center (FIC) is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. The FIC is a public/private partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and American Farmland Trust (AFT,) which was authorized by the federal [...]
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Community

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HHS Native Language Preservation and Maintenance program

This project continues to enrich and strengthen our Tribe. It also is vital in healing intergenerational trauma. Three Tribal Elders accompanied our dancers when they performed at this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage. One of the Elders told her niece, the project [...]
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Living in Rural America

The Rural Information Center (RIC) assists local communities by providing information and referral services to local, tribal, state, and federal government officials; community organizations; libraries; businesses; and citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas.
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Rural Tourism

Provides information on tourism in rural areas, incuding statistics, online publications, and funding programs.

Economic Development

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Community and Economic Development Programs

The CEDP administers programs and initiative that promote self-sustaining, long-term economic and regional development in rural areas. The programs demonstrate how every rural community can achieve self-sufficiency through innovative and comprehensive strategic plans developed and implemented [...]
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Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge

The Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge leverages existing financial and technical assistance resources from 13 federal agencies and bureaus to spur economic growth in rural areas in approximately 20 regions to be selected through a competitive inter-agency grant process. The [...]
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Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (Rural Jobs Accelerator)

The Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (Rural Jobs Accelerator) is an inter-agency funding opportunity designed to provide regions with the resources to plan and implement coordinated, flexible, regionally-customized activities capable of helping rural regions capitalize on the [...]
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Education

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Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship, “Helping Rural Students Take Flight”

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program offers current; public or private; elementary and secondary; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena. [...]
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ASCD

Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 150,000 members in more than 145 countries are professional educators [...]
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Blueprint for Reauthorization of Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

On April 19, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa, to release the Obama Administration’s blueprint for transforming Career and Technical Education (CTE), by reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education [...]
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Funding, Grants & Loans

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Business Loans and Grants

The Business Program (BP) works in partnership with the private sector and the community-based organizations to provide financial assistance and business planning. BP helps fund projects that create or preserve quality jobs and/or promote a clean rural environment. The financial resources of BP [...]
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Community Facilities Loans and Grants

Community Programs provide loans and grants and loan guarantees for water and environmental projects, as well as community facilities projects. Water and environmental projects include water systems, waste systems, solid waste, and storm drainage facilities. Community facilities projects [...]
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Cooperative Grants and Other Programs

The mission of Cooperative Program (CP) is to promote understanding and use of the cooperative form of business as a viable organizational option for marketing and distributing agricultural products. CP serve cooperative members, directors, management, educational institutions, organizations, [...]
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Health

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Access to Affordable, Nutritious Food Is Limited in “Food Deserts”

Some neighborhoods in the United States, particularly those in low-income areas, have been dubbed “food deserts” because residents do not live near supermarkets or other food retailers that carry affordable and nutritious food.
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EPA Healthy School Environments

More than 53 million children and about 6 million adults spend a significant portion of their days in more than 120,000 public and private school buildings. Many of these buildings are old and in poor condition, and may contain environmental conditions that inhibit learning and pose increased [...]
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National Rural Health Association

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom [...]
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Infrastructure

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Connect to Compete

Connect to Compete is a nonprofit organization created to increase broadband adoption and digital literacy training in disadvantaged communities throughout the United States.
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Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. It was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and operates as an independent U.S. [...]

Presenting Organizations

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ASCD

Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 150,000 members in more than 145 countries are professional educators [...]
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Doing What Works

Doing What Works (DWW) is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of DWW is to create an online library of resources that may help teachers, schools, districts, states and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice.
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Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. It was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and operates as an independent U.S. [...]
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Sustainable Energy/Resources

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Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools will recognize schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement. The [...]
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National Museum of the American Indian

American Indian responses to Environmental Challenges
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Rural Energy for America Program Grants/Renewable Energy Systems/Energy Efficiency Improvement Program

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses in rural America to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities; use [...]
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Transportation

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Local and Rural Road Safety Program

Local highway agencies often do not have the resources needed to adequately address safety problems on the roads they maintain. The FHWA Local and Rural Safety Program provides national leadership in identifying, developing, and delivering safety programs and products to local and officials and [...]
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Rural Transit Assistance Program

The Rural Transit Assistance Program (49 U.S.C. 5311(b)(3)) provides a source of funding to assist in the design and implementation of training and technical assistance projects and other support services tailored to meet the needs of transit operators in nonurbanized areas.
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Rural Transportation Planning

Institutional arrangements and transportation issues can be very different in rural areas than in metropolitan areas with populations of over 50,000. In metropolitan areas, the responsibility for planning lies with designated Metropolitan Planning Organizations; in small communities and rural [...]
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