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Posted 05/19/2020

Documents submitted by Texas Forest Country Partnership Executive Director Nancy Windham on May 19, 2020:

Regional Data Snapshot

US Census

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From: bob.bashaw@detcog.org  
Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 10:32 AM
To: 'Lonnie Hunt'
Cc: 'Charles Bennett' ; 'Carolyn Stephenson'
Subject: DETCOG: U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Availability of $1.5 Billion in CARES Act Funds to Aid Communities Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic
Importance: High

Everyone:

The Economic Development Administration has issued its Notice of Funding Opportunity for the CARES Act Funds.

Bob Bashaw,

DETCOG&EDD Regional Plannner

 

Commerce News Banner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Thursday, May 7, 2020

News Media Contact: John Atwood
EDA Public Affairs, 202-482-4085

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Availability of $1.5 Billion in CARES Act Funds to Aid Communities Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is now accepting applications from eligible grantees for  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) supplemental funds (EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance) intended to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

“President Trump is working tirelessly to make sure Americans stay safe during this crisis and that our economy is loaded to spring back when this global scourge recedes,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance funds will support the long-term recovery of communities across the nation that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.”

“EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance is designed to provide a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of this  pandemic,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “We intend to deploy our CARES Act funding as quickly, effectively, and efficiently as possible, and in a manner that meets the needs of our  communities.”

On March 27, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act into law. The CARES Act provides EDA with $1.5 billion of which $1.467 billion is available for grant making. The remaining funds will be transferred to cover salaries and expenses and oversight activities.

The Secretary’s announcement comes as EDA has published an Addendum to its Fiscal Year 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY20 PWEAA NOFO) making the funds available.

Under this announcement, EDA will make CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants under the authority of its Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which is intended to be flexible and responsive to the economic development needs and priorities of local and regional stakeholders.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance investments will support a wide range of non-construction and construction activities, including Revolving Loan Funds, in regions across the country experiencing severe economic dislocations brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

Examples of projects that EDA may fund through its CARES Act Recovery Assistance include economic recovery planning and preparing technical assistance strategies to address economic dislocations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, preparing or updating resiliency plans to respond to future pandemics, implementing entrepreneurial support programs to diversify economies, and constructing public works and facilities that will support economic recovery, including the deployment of broadband for purposes including supporting telehealth and remote learning for job skills.

Eligible applicants under the EAA program include a(n):

  • District Organization;
  • Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
  • State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or
  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

For more information, please visit the EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov) The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

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From: Manuel Martinez  
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2020 1:29 PM
To: Manuel Martinez
Subject: State Urgent Need Fund(TxCDBG Natural Disaster Fund)

State Urgent Need Fund

Description:

The State Urgent Need (SUN) Fund is available following natural disasters and events that are not eligible for federal disaster assistance. The SUN program provides financial assistance to address disaster-related damage to public infrastructure and utilities, including repair, replacement, and mitigation measures.

Eligible Applicants: 

Eligible applicants are non-entitlement general purpose units of local government including cities and counties. 

A proclamation issued by the Governor of Texas certifying that the severe weather and tornadoes that occurred on April 22, 2020, caused widespread and severe property damage and loss of life in Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Polk, Red River, and San Jacintocounties and declaring an emergency.

Eligible Activities:

SUN funding is available to repair, replace, rehabilitate, or improve public infrastructure impacted by a natural disaster, including mitigation measures appropriate to the project. 

Funds cannot be used for: Repair costs that are covered by insurance or other funding sources. Temporary improvements or emergency measure that are not a long-term solution. Redundant or backup systems. Repair of residential or commercial properties. Costs of preparing an application for funding

 Award Amounts

Awards range from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $350,000.

 

Evaluation and Selection

Applications are accepted "first-come first-served". Application forms are available upon request. Please email Aubrey-Ann.Gilmore@TexasAgriculture.gov to request an application form.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You, 

Manuel S. Martinez

Field Representative

Trade and Business Development

Texas Department of Agriculture

Cell: 713.677.9814

www.TexasAgriculture.gov

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