RDO COVID-19 Resource Center (Updated Regularly)

Posted on: March 20th, 2020 by Brett Schwartz

(Last updated June 3, 2020)

As we adjust to life with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NADO and NADO Research Foundation staff are working to advocate on your behalf, connect you with each other, and collect the latest information and best practices from RDOs to share across our membership.  This page was created to keep RDOs up-to-date on the latest information relevant to your work as well as provide links to other resources and materials that may be valuable as you respond to the needs of your communities.

Feel free to reach out to NADO and NADO RF staff with any questions or comments.  Please continue to check back often for updates.

Advocacy Resources

Webinar Recording Now Available on EDA CARES Act Funding 

On May 19, 2020, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) (http://www NULL.nado NULL.org/) and officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/) hosted a webinar to share information about the $1.5 billion in supplemental funding that EDA received in the CARES Act (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/), which was enacted on March 27 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDA experts featured during this webinar discussed the EDA Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (https://www NULL.grants NULL.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity NULL.html?oppId=321695) addendum that guides the administration of this supplemental EDA funding. EDA staff also explained the non-competitive funding process through which Economic Development Districts (EDDs), EDA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) operators, and EDA University Centers may be eligible to receive expedited funding.  Click here to view the recording and access the slides.

EDA COVID-19 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Addendum Released 

On Thursday, May 7 the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) addendum and related guidance determining how EDA will administer the $1.5 billion that EDA received in the CARES Act. The NOFO addendum can be found here (https://www NULL.grants NULL.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity NULL.html?oppId=321695). Specifically, the guidance pertaining to this competitive EDA funding is attached as a five-page addendum added at the bottom of the existing FY 2020 EDA NOFO. Other general information on this funding opportunity is also available at https://www.eda.gov/coronavirus/ (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/), and EDA has also provided answers to FAQs (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/faq/index NULL.htm) as well as guidance on how EDA will provide flexibilities for EDA RLF operators. (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/rlf/faq NULL.htm)

In addition to this guidance, NADO members should look for additional information coming from your EDA Regional Office. In addition to the competitive funding that EDA will provide as explained in the NOFO addendum, EDA will also offer non-competitive funding to eligible EDDs and EDA RLF operators through an expedited process via invitation letter. Eligible EDDs and RLF operators will receive an invitation from their EDA Regional Office inviting them to apply. This non-competitive funding will be available to help communities respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Non-competitive EDA funding is also available for eligible EDA University Centers. EDA’s goal in providing non-competitive funding is to expedite the release of COVID-19 relief funds to communities.

Please note that this information reflects NADO’s current understanding based on the guidance that has been provided, however there may be inaccuracies in NADO’s understanding or variations from one EDA Regional Office to the next. Please direct specific questions to your EDA Regional Office.

EDA Revolving Loan Fund Defederalization Included in HEROES Act

On Tuesday, May 12, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (HR 6800 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6800/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6800%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1)) was introduced in the House. This $3 trillion bill reflects House Democrats’ priorities and proposes significant funding for state and local governments, additional business loans, and extended unemployment benefits. The HEROES Act also includes EDA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) defederalization language, a priority that NADO advocated for. To read more about EDA RLF reform, click here.

In addition to EDA RLF reform, the HEROES Act also includes the following provisions related to EDA:

  • Temporarily waives the prohibition on using federal funds to pay for consultants or counsel, allowing EDA grantees to pay consultants to help develop grant applications for funds under the CARES Act
  • Increases federal share to 100% and temporarily waives local matching fund requirements to help compensate for plummeting local government revenues for EDA grants funded under the FY 19 disaster supplemental, CARES Act supplemental funding, and FY 20 appropriations
  • Grants EDA disaster hiring authority that it did not have previously

NADO Successfully Advocates for $1.5 Billion in Funding for EDA in the CARES Act

On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/748/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+748%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1)) was signed into law. The legislation aims to address and mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide economic relief for individuals, businesses, cities, and states. In addition to a variety of other sources of federal funding, the bill includes $1.5 billion in supplemental funding for the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which NADO and other partner organizations successfully advocated to include. The CARES Act is the third tranche of funding passed in response to COVID-19, following the passage of HR 6074 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6074/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6074%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=3) and HR 6201 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+6201%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=2). A summary of the funding breakdown in the CARES Act can be found here (https://www NULL.appropriations NULL.senate NULL.gov/imo/media/doc/032520%20Title-By-Title%20Summary%20FINAL NULL.pdf).

For more information or to provide your input, please contact Mirielle Burgoyne, Director of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs, at 202-921-4443 or [email protected] (mburgoyne null@null nado NULL.org)

Upcoming Virtual Events & Training

  • Join the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (https://www NULL.fundersnetwork NULL.org/) on June 8 at 2 p.m. ET for the webinar “Advancing Water Equity in Coronavirus Recovery.”  Topics will include affordability, water shutoffs, and funding and spending for water infrastructure and watershed restoration.  Speakers will represent a variety of perspectives including those of national organizations and coalitions, water utilities, and community-based advocates, and the conversation will include philanthropic, nonprofit, and utility partners.  Click here (https://www NULL.fundersnetwork NULL.org/event/10437/?instance_id=156) to learn more and register.
  • Join SSTI (https://ssti NULL.org/) on June 9 at 2 p.m. ET for the webinar “EDA CARES Response Funding Opportunity.”  EDA representatives will share information regarding $1.5 billion in economic development grants available for coronavirus response and recovery efforts at the local, state, and regional levels. The EDA team also will discuss the pending innovation and entrepreneurship challenge component of the funding. Join SSTI to learn more about qualifying for grants, which types of project support/assistance will be funded, how to apply, and more.  Click here (https://ssti NULL.org/blog/ssti-hosting-eda-discuss-cares-funding-–-including-forthcoming-innovation-opportunity)to learn more and to register.  
  • Join the Brookings Institution (https://www NULL.brookings NULL.edu/) on June 10 at 2 p.m. ET for the webinar “Mitigating the Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Rural Areas.”  A panel of local leaders will discuss the role their organizations are playing in supporting struggling small businesses and connecting them to resources at the local, state, and federal levels. Additionally, panelists will discuss how they are laying the groundwork for recovery in the months and years to come, and what further supports are still needed to ensure rural communities durably emerge from this crisis.  Click here (http://connect NULL.brookings NULL.edu/register-to-watch-economic-impacts-covid-rural-areas?) to learn more and to register.
  • [New! 6/3] Join the Sorenson Impact Foundation (https://sorensonimpactfoundation NULL.org/) and Sorenson Impact Center (https://sorensonimpactfoundation NULL.org/) on June 11 at 2 p.m. ET for the webinar “What Impact Entrepreneurs Need to Know to Survive.”  The session will discuss key lessons learned from previous recessions, and profile how impact investors and entrepreneurs are working to deliver equitable relief, recovery, and resiliency as we emerge from COVID-19.  Click here (https://lms-utah NULL.zoom NULL.us/meeting/register/tJ0td-ihrTkoHtR2gYP-Mec-VyKf5nhtO9GS) to learn more and register.
  • [New! 6/2] Join the National Charrette Institute (https://www NULL.canr NULL.msu NULL.edu/nci/)on June 16 at 2 p.m. ET for the webinar “Equitable Inclusion in Virtual Community Engagement.”  In this webinar, a panel of experts will explore how virtual platforms and tools can, along with other methods, bring the voices and perspectives of all groups affected into the decision-making process.  Click here (https://www NULL.canr NULL.msu NULL.edu/events/nci-fbci-equitable-inclusion-in-virtual-community-engagement-webinar)to learn more and register.
  • [New! 6/2] Join the Security and Sustainability Forum (https://ssfonline NULL.org/about-us) on June 18 at 1:15 p.m. ET for the webinar “How COVID-19 Can Inform Resiliency.” This webinar will analyze lessons learned to date from the COVID-19 pandemic as they relate to preparedness planning and business continuity and share approaches to maximize the time between potential waves to enhance capacity and capability needed to achieve comprehensive business resilience across the public and private sectors.  Click here (https://register NULL.gotowebinar NULL.com/register/6662566981537274640) to learn more and register.
  • The CDFA-ARI Rural Finance Webinar Series (https://www NULL.cdfa NULL.net/cdfa/cdfaweb NULL.nsf/0/CA11216D15C8392D8825853E006682A0) will be held on April 15, May 6, June 10, and July 8CDFA (https://www NULL.cdfa NULL.net/) has partnered with the Alliance for Rural Impact (https://ruralimpact NULL.org/) to develop this webinar series to serve rural America and the unique challenges they face. This webinar series will cover both the immediate development finance solutions that communities can implement to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 as well as the tools and resources being developed to rebuild.  Click here (https://www NULL.cdfa NULL.net/cdfa/cdfaweb NULL.nsf/0/CA11216D15C8392D8825853E006682A0) to learn more and register.
  • The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) (https://www NULL.cisa NULL.gov/) and FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery Logistics Management Directorate (https://www NULL.fema NULL.gov/logistics-management-directorate) are hosting conference calls for business and infrastructure partners.  The teleconference will include an overview of the current situation, a discussion on supply chain issues, updates from available regions or sectors, and will conclude with an open forum for questions and information sharing.  These calls will occur twice weekly until further notice.  Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting March 17 until further notice.  Time: 3 p.m. ET.  Dial-In #: 1-800-593-7177.  Passcode/PIN: 7963614

Federal Agency COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (https://www NULL.rd NULL.usda NULL.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_COVID-19_Fed_Rural_Resource_Guide NULL.pdf)
  • Federal Government Response (https://www NULL.usa NULL.gov/coronavirus)
  • Administration for Community Living (https://acl NULL.gov/COVID-19)
  • Appalachian Regional Commission (https://www NULL.arc NULL.gov/news/article NULL.asp?ARTICLE_ID=696)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (https://www NULL.bia NULL.gov/covid-19)
  • Census Bureau (https://www NULL.census NULL.gov/topics/preparedness/events/pandemics/covid-19 NULL.html)
  • Farm Credit Administration (https://www NULL.fca NULL.gov/about/coronavirus-covid-19)
  • Federal Communications Commission (https://www NULL.fcc NULL.gov/coronavirus)
  • Federal Reserve Board (https://www NULL.federalreserve NULL.gov/covid-19 NULL.htm)
  • Federal Transit Administration (https://www NULL.transit NULL.dot NULL.gov/frequently-asked-questions-fta-grantees-regarding-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19) / Emergency Relief Docket (https://www NULL.regulations NULL.gov/document?D=FTA-2020-0001-0001)
  • FEMA (https://www NULL.fema NULL.gov/coronavirus)COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season (https://www NULL.fema NULL.gov/media-library/assets/documents/188203) 
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (https://www NULL.hrsa NULL.gov/rural-health/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions) | Telehealth Programs (https://www NULL.hrsa NULL.gov/rural-health/telehealth)
  • NOAA Office for Coastal Management – Tip Sheets for Virtual Meetings (https://coast NULL.noaa NULL.gov/digitalcoast/training/virtual-meetings NULL.html)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (https://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/coronavirus)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development Opportunities for Immediate Relief Full Announcement (April 15) (https://www NULL.rd NULL.usda NULL.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_RD_SA_COVID19_CUMULATIVEUpdate04152020 NULL.pdf)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (resource page) (https://rd NULL.usda NULL.gov/coronavirus)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – COVID-19 Telehealth Service Changes (https://www NULL.rd NULL.usda NULL.gov/sites/default/files/RD_RuralTelehealthFactSheet_20200501 NULL.pdf)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Information Privacy – Emergency Situations: Preparedness, Planning, and Response (https://www NULL.hhs NULL.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/index NULL.html)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (https://www NULL.hud NULL.gov/coronavirus) | Memo:  CARES Act flexibilities for CDBG funds to be used to support coronavirus response (https://files NULL.hudexchange NULL.info/resources/documents/CARES-Act-Flexibilities-CDBG-Funds-Used-Support-Coronavirus-Response NULL.pdf?utm_source=HUD+Exchange+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=1e11d9f195-CARES-Act-Flexibilities-CDBG&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f32b935a5f-1e11d9f195-19486661)
  • U.S. Economic Development Administration (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/) | CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/faq/index NULL.htm) | EDA University Center COVID-19 Resources  (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/coronavirus/uc/resources NULL.htm)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (https://www NULL.sba NULL.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (https://www NULL.transportation NULL.gov/coronavirus) / FHWA Virtual Public Involvement Resources (https://www NULL.fhwa NULL.dot NULL.gov/planning/public_involvement/vpi/)

NADO Member COVID-19 Resources

Below are examples of NADO member websites with special COVID-19 pages that feature resource guides and regional response efforts.  If your organization has a page that you would like featured here, please e-mail Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado NULL.org).

  • Barren River Area Development District (KY) (https://bradd-ky NULL.maps NULL.arcgis NULL.com/apps/opsdashboard/index NULL.html#/0fbd57e8157e49418e66196250a7ca1f)
  • Buckeye Hills Regional Council (OH) (https://buckeyehills NULL.org/news/2020/3/19/covid-19-resources-and-information-for-southeast-ohio) | Southeast Ohio Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations Mapping Tool (https://buckeyehills NULL.maps NULL.arcgis NULL.com/apps/webappviewer/index NULL.html?id=3790d98f50d94e0aa5d39aa315a34d3b)   
  • Capital District Regional Planning Commission (NY) (https://cdrpc NULL.org/capital-region-coronavirus-update-regional-resources)
  • Clearwater Economic Development Association (ID) (http://www NULL.clearwater-eda NULL.org/covid-19-resources-for-businesses/)
  • Eastern Carolina Council (NC) (http://www NULL.eccog NULL.org/covid-19-resource-guide/)
  • Eastern Maine Development Corporation (https://www NULL.emdc NULL.org/covid-19-resources/)
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission (https://michigans-eastern-upper-peninsula-coronavirus-response-eupisd NULL.hub NULL.arcgis NULL.com/)
  • Great Falls Development Authority:  (https://growgreatfallsmontana NULL.org/disaster-toolkit/)Crisis Toolkit for Businesses | Business Hibernation Toolkit | Business Reopening Toolkit | Business Resiliency Guide 
  • Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission (MO) (http://kaysinger NULL.com/?page_id=925)
  • Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District (LA)  (https://kdregion NULL.wordpress NULL.com/covid-19/)
  • Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (OR) (https://www NULL.mcedd NULL.org/covid-19-resources/)
  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (https://central-ohio-covid19-morpc NULL.hub NULL.arcgis NULL.com/)
  • Middle Georgia Regional Commission (https://mgrc-coronavirus-hub-garc NULL.hub NULL.arcgis NULL.com/)
  • Land of Sky Regional Council (NC) (http://www NULL.landofsky NULL.org/covid19 NULL.html)
  • Piedmont Triad Regional Council (NC) (https://www NULL.ptrc NULL.org/services/workforce-development/covid-19-response-to-workforce/covid-19-resources-for-businesses/workplace-restart-2006) | Workplace Restart initiative (https://www NULL.ptrc NULL.org/services/workforce-development/covid-19-response-to-workforce/covid-19-resources-for-businesses/workplace-restart-2006)
  • PlanRVA (VA) (https://planrva NULL.org/) | ForwardRVA (https://www NULL.forwardrva NULL.com/) | Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund (https://www NULL.togetheroneregion NULL.org/)
  • Region Five Development Commission (MN) (https://www NULL.regionfive NULL.org/covid) | Spreadsheet of COVID-19 Business Loan and Debt-forgiveness Programs 
  • Region Nine Development Commission (MN) (https://www NULL.rndc NULL.org/covid-19-resources/)
  • SEDA-Council of Governments (PA) (https://seda-cog NULL.org/covid-19/)
  • Sonoma County Economic Development Board (CA) (http://sonomaedb NULL.org/Business-Assistance/Business-Assistance-Coronavirus/)
  • Southern Georgia Regional Commission (https://sgrc-covid-19-information-hub-valorgis NULL.hub NULL.arcgis NULL.com/)
  • Southern Tier 8 Regional Board (NY) (https://southerntier8 NULL.org/covid19resources/)
  • Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (https://umvrdc NULL.org/covid-19-resources/)

National Partner COVID-19 Resources

Below are links to COVID-19 specific resources from national partner organizations.  If your organization has a resource page that you would like featured here, please e-mail Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado NULL.org).

  • AARP (https://www NULL.aarp NULL.org/health/) | The 8 Domains of Livability and COVID-19 (https://www NULL.aarp NULL.org/health/)
  • Aspen Institute’s Community Strategies Group (https://www NULL.aspeninstitute NULL.org/programs/community-strategies-group/rural-covid-19-resources/)Job Quality Tools Library (https://www NULL.aspeninstitute NULL.org/longform/job-quality-tools-library/) | COVID-19 Response Tools and Resources (https://www NULL.aspeninstitute NULL.org/longform/job-quality-tools-library/covid-19-response-tools-and-resources/)
  • Alchemy Community Transformations (https://alchemycommunities NULL.com/funding-resources/)
  • Center for Community Progress (https://www NULL.communityprogress NULL.net/covid-19-resource-center-pages-577 NULL.php?)
  • Center on Rural Innovation COVID-19 Maps & Visual Tools (https://ruralopportunitymap NULL.us/covid-maps/) | Blog post (https://ruralinnovation NULL.us/3-reasons-covid-19-will-create-a-rural-employment-crisis/)
  • Community Builders (https://communitybuilders NULL.org/insights/covid-19-how-we-move-forward/) | Roadmap to Recovery Online Tool (https://communitybuilders NULL.org/insights/roadmap-to-recovery/)5 Tips for Facilitating a Virtual Workshop (https://communitybuilders NULL.org/insights/5-tips-for-facilitating-a-virtual-workshop/) 
  • Cooperative Extension System (https://virtual NULL.extension NULL.org/extension-responses-to-covid-19/)
  • Council of Development Finance Agencies (https://www NULL.cdfa NULL.net/cdfa/cdfaweb NULL.nsf/pages/COVID-19 NULL.html)
  • Environmental Finance Center Network (https://efcnetwork NULL.org/resources/efcn-coronavirus-resources/) / UNC Environmental Finance Center (https://efc NULL.sog NULL.unc NULL.edu/covid-19-resources) | [New! 6/1] Small Water Systems Free Individualized Technical Assistance
  • Esri (https://coronavirus-resources NULL.esri NULL.com/pages/resources)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (https://www NULL.gfoa NULL.org/gfoa-resource-center-coronavirus-response)
  • Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (https://sites NULL.google NULL.com/g NULL.harvard NULL.edu/covid-19-resources/home)
  • Harvard Business Review Small Business Owner Survey (https://hbswk NULL.hbs NULL.edu/item/small-businesses-are-worse-off-than-we-thought)
  • Housing Assistance Council (http://www NULL.ruralhome NULL.org/whats-new/mn-whats-new/45-announcements/1801-statement-and-resources-on-coronavirus)
  • ICMA (https://icma NULL.org/coronavirus-crisis-response-resources-your-community)
  • International Economic Development Council / RestoreYourEconomy.org (https://restoreyoureconomy NULL.org/index NULL.php)
  • Main Street America (https://www NULL.mainstreet NULL.org/howwecanhelp/resourcecenter/covid19resources) / Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses (https://www NULL.mainstreet NULL.org/blogs/national-main-street-center/2020/04/09/new-report-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-small-busines)
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition (https://ncrc NULL.org/covid/?mc_cid=f4a4ea4aba&mc_eid=07323e402e)
  • National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (https://www NULL.nadtc NULL.org/covid-19-resource-center/)
  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (https://www NULL.n4a NULL.org/article_content NULL.asp?adminkey=7508abb271cf18b87d9d8d0f40c83420&article=68)
  • National Association of City Transportation Officials (https://nacto NULL.org/program/covid19/?mc_cid=dca71f07e7&mc_eid=4deb838131)
  • National Association of Counties (https://www NULL.naco NULL.org/resources/featured/coronavirus-disease-2019) | Analysis of the Fiscal Impact of COVID-19 on County Finances (https://www NULL.naco NULL.org/resources/analysis-fiscal-impact-covid-19-county-finances)
  • National Association of Regional Councils (http://narc NULL.org/coronavirus-2019/)
  • National Association of Workforce Boards (https://www NULL.nawb NULL.org/newpage)
  • National Governors Association (https://www NULL.nga NULL.org/coronavirus/)
  • National League of Cities (https://www NULL.nlc NULL.org/program-initiative/coronavirus-response-resources-for-local-leaders)
  • National Rural Health Association (https://www NULL.ruralhealthweb NULL.org/programs/resources/covid-19-resources)
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program Topic Page (https://www NULL.nationalrtap NULL.org/Toolkits/Find-Anything-Toolkit/Free-and-Low-Cost-Resources/Hot-Topics#Coronavirus) / Technical Brief (https://nationalrtap NULL.org/Resource-Center/Advanced-Search/fid/1082)
  • NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association (https://www NULL.ntca NULL.org/member-services/coronavirus-resource-center)
  • Rural Assembly (https://ruralassembly NULL.org/covid-19-stories-and-resources/)
  • Route Fifty.com Coronavirus Coverage (https://www NULL.routefifty NULL.com/topic/coronavirus/?oref=rf-nav-trending)
  • Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) & WaterOperator.org (http://wateroperator NULL.org/coronavirus)
  • Small Business Development Centers (https://americassbdc NULL.org/coronavirus-information/)
  • Standford Social Innovation Review Guide to Resilient Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis (https://ssir NULL.org/articles/entry/ssir_guide_to_resilient_leadership_during_the_covid_19_crisis)
  • Transportation Research Board (http://www NULL.trb NULL.org/main/CallforRNSTransportationAndPandemics NULL.aspx) – Submit research needs statements specific to transportation and pandemics
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce (https://www NULL.uschamber NULL.com/co/start/strategy/small-business-resources-for-surviving-coronavirus)
  • Yellow Wood Associates: Learning Our Lessons: Three Practical Structures for Rebuilding a More Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Economy (https://www NULL.linkedin NULL.com/pulse/learning-our-lessons-three-practical-structures-more-inclusive/)

We Asked and You Responded:
Summary of Our Most Recent Member Survey

Thank you to our members who responded to our “7 Questions in 7 Minutes” survey which was open between April 14 and 21.  Your thoughtful and detailed responses are supporting NADO and NADO Research Foundation staff with our advocacy and information dissemination efforts during this unprecedented time.  Topics covered include the anticipated use of federal funds, EDA RLF reporting challenges, congressional outreach, integrating the CEDS into recovery planning, future approaches to economic development, and much more.  A summary of the responses from this survey is available here.

Click here to read a closer analysis of responses to the question about the EDA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program, which found that reporting requirements are generally burdensome, there is a lack of flexibility in the process, and there is a strong desire for defederalization.  To learn more about NADO’s advocacy efforts on EDA RLF reform, click here.

OMB Guidance to Federal Grantor Agencies

In recognition of the COVID-19 public health situation, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued recent guidance to the federal grantor agencies related to administrative flexibility. There are a number of administrative measures that federal agencies can take to relieve grantees of certain responsibilities. This is time limited-guidance; in the near term, federal agencies have this authority. NADO members who administer direct federal grants should be aware of these procedures and should be prepared to ask their federal grantor agencies to implement them on their awards. For more information, please see OMB Memorandum 20-17, issued on 3/19/20, linked here.

State-by-State Actions/Essential vs. Non-Essential Workforce Guidance

  • State Economic Development Executives Network: Initiatives by State (https://www NULL.stateeconomicdevelopment NULL.org/covid-19/)
  • Kaiser Family Foundation State Actions to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19  (https://www NULL.kff NULL.org/health-costs/issue-brief/state-data-and-policy-actions-to-address-coronavirus/)
  • National Governors Association:  Scroll down to  “State Action Tracking Chart” (https://www NULL.nga NULL.org/coronavirus/) under “What Steps Have States Taken to Address Coronavirus?” (updated daily)
  • Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency:  Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (https://www NULL.cisa NULL.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce)

Philanthropic Resources for Communities

Commentary from the Daily Yonder (https://www NULL.dailyyonder NULL.com/):  “The Potential of Rural Philanthropy during COVID-19.”  Click here (https://www NULL.dailyyonder NULL.com/commentary-the-potential-of-rural-philanthropy-during-covid-19/2020/04/21/) to read the article.   

The Philanthropy Roundtable (https://www NULL.philanthropyroundtable NULL.org/) created a resource page that provides information about private foundations that are making funds available for various aspects of the COVID-19 response.  Click here (https://www NULL.philanthropyroundtable NULL.org/home/resources/philanthropy-and-covid-19)for more information.

The Council on Foundations (https://www NULL.cof NULL.org/) has created a resource of community, regional and global foundations that have funds for COVID-19 relief. You can access the list here (https://docs NULL.google NULL.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vT3YOH_tCxOTw1P0ZTdVnnGdNsULENdaZ36mUnL8TwN8xzgjQ3oXFaL93YYgrNHOTamHB0Deagn3DGe/pubhtml). The Council on Foundations includes grantmakers of all sizes, focus areas, and geographic representation.

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has committed $1 million to aid COVID-19 relief efforts. Of the $1 million commitment, $250,000 will go to the American Red Cross as it continues to mobilize efforts to respond to the outbreak, and the remaining $750,000 will provide funding to nonprofits addressing direct needs in the communities across the Dominion Energy footprint, with a primary focus on those areas that are home to the more than 7 million retail customers Dominion Energy serves.  Grants to organizations serving local communities should help immediate human needs as dictated by response plans and may vary based on unique local needs in a dynamic environment.  Click here (https://www NULL.dominionenergy NULL.com/company/community/dominion-energy-charitable-foundation/coronavirus-relief) for more information.

Main Street America is regularly updating a list of funding programs & business support opportunities. Programs include SBA, Facebook, JP Morgan, Kabbage, The James Beard Foundation, MainVest, and Opportunity Fund program. Scroll down on Main Street America’s COVID-19 Resource page (https://www NULL.mainstreet NULL.org/howwecanhelp/resourcecenter/covid19resources) to learn more.

Facebook launched the Facebook Small Business Grants Program  (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/business/small-business)to provide $1 million in grants and ad credits to up to thirty thousand small businesses in more than thirty countries to help them weather the disruptions resulting from the growing global crisis. Eligible companies will be able to apply in the coming weeks for funds that can be used to maintain their workforce, help with rent, connect with more customers, and/or cover their operational costs.  The company also launched a Business Resource Hub  (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/business/boost/resource)that provides business-focused information about how to cope with the effect of the pandemic as well as a “quick action guide” and a “resilience toolkit” featuring best practices and a self-assessment tool.

Bank of America has announced a $100 million commitment in support of communities  (https://newsroom NULL.bankofamerica NULL.com/press-releases/community-development/bank-america-commits-100-million-support-communities-around)facing unprecedented challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic.  The majority of the funds will be used to increase medical response capacity, address food insecurity, and boost access to learning during school closures in local BofA markets, with a focus on the most vulnerable populations. The bank also plans to increase its funding to national and global organizations working on the frontlines of the pandemic in local communities.

JPMorgan Chase has announced a philanthropic effort (https://www NULL.jpmorganchase NULL.com/corporate/news/pr/jpmc-makes-50mm-philanthropic-investment-to-address-impacts-of-covid-19 NULL.htm) including $5 million to provide immediate healthcare, food and other humanitarian relief globally; $2 million to existing nonprofit partners around the world that are responding to the COVID-19 crisis in their communities; $8 million to assist small businesses vulnerable to significant economic hardships in the U.S., China and Europe. An additional $35 million will be distributed to help affected communities over time.

Grant Station has compiled a comprehensive list of philanthropic resources (https://grantstation NULL.com/covid19fundingsopps) available globally. Programs with a nationwide scope include Dunkin’ Joy (assistance to health/hunger relief nonprofits) and MusiCares (income assistance for musicians). Many other state, regional, and local philanthropic programs are also listed.

NADO RF Economic Resilience Resources

Click the links below to access a sample of NADO Research Foundation case studies, webinars, reports, and videos that address economic resilience, diversification planning, and much more.  Additional resources are available at www.CEDSCentral.com (http://www NULL.CEDSCentral NULL.com) and www.ruraltransportation.org (http://www NULL.ruraltransportation NULL.org).

The views, opinions, and suggestions expressed by other organizations or outside publications referenced on this page do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of NADO, the NADO Research Foundation, and NADO members.  

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