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Search Results: Rural Development (RD)
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Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants Members only Login
The Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan Program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the...
e-Connectivity at USDA: Broadband Resources for Rural America
This toolkit presents USDA programs and resources that support broadband e-Connectivity. It aims to help customers navigate the agencies within USDA to find the opportunity that best fulfills their connectivity needs. From grants and loans, to...
St. Luc's Cultural Immersion Center Roadmap to Redevelopment
This report provides financing strategies for St. Luc's Cultural Immersion Center in Arnaudville, Louisiana. St. Luc's is a proposed hands-on immersive engagement center for Cajun, Creole, and French language and culture.
ReConnecting Rural Broadband - Strategies for Funding SuccessMembers only Login
During this webinar, Lindsay Miller, Attorney with Ice Miller LLP, Heather Morgan, Executive Director of Project 17, Ryeon Corsi, Management and Program Analyst at USDA-RD, and Jeff Reiman, Vice President of The Broadband Group discussed creative...
Rural Development's Rural Housing Service ProgramsMembers only Login
Joyce Allen from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides an overview of the multi-and-single-family housing finance tools offered by the USDA at the 2019 CDFA Federal Policy Conference.
Broadband Loan and Grant Programs in the USDA’s Rural Utilities ServiceMembers only Login
This March 2019 report from the Congressional Research Service outlines programs offered by the USDA's Rural Utilities Service that finance rural broadband. These include Community Connect Grants, Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants, the...
New Funding Sources for Food-Related BusinessesMembers only Login
This directory provides an overview of various sources of financing that may be available to food hubs and other food-related businesses. This directory is a partial listing of what may be available across the United States; some examples may not be...
USDA Rural Development: Maximizing Opportunities for Community DevelopmentMembers only Login
Star Magee with the U.S. Department of Agriculture focuses on the financing programs and tools available from federal agencies for housing production and support.
Leveraging Multiple Federal Programs - USDAMembers only Login
Joseph Ben Israel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture presents on the Community Facilities Loan Program.
Access to Capital for Native Communities in ArizonaMembers only Login
Clint Kaasa discusses how the USDA provides financing programs and strategies for Native communities in Arizona and considers how to leverage the available capital for even greater investment.
State and Federal Development Finance Programs-USDAMembers only Login
Industry experts from around the state and from various federal agencies will discuss development finance programs and their potential to spur job creation and growth in the economic development industry.
Financing Programs to Support Rural Development- USDAMembers only Login
Urban communities like Atlanta and Savannah are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. Georgia is filled with rural communities and small towns that are also in need of financing strategies. These areas face unique...
New Markets, New Opportunities: Strengthening Local Food Systems and Organic AgricultureMembers only Login
The significant and transformative investments USDA has made in rural America since 2009 have strengthened our nation’s economy, our small towns and our rural communities. Today, two-thirds of rural counties have demonstrated job growth and...
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development: Community Facility LoanMembers only Login
Lorraine Werner, Rural Development Community Programs Director of USDA, discusses the redevelopment finance of a hospital, the South Big Horn Hospital, in rural Wyoming.
USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)Members only Login
Steve Gerrish from the U.S. Department of Agriculture talks about the USDA REAP program which offers loans and grants for farmers and rural small businesses for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Financing Solutions for Rural BroadbandMembers only Login
John Padalino from Kemp Smith Law talks about financing solutions for rural broadband and the opportunities and challenges that come with it.
Financing Local & Regional Food EnterprisesMembers only Login
James Barham, Rural Business-Cooperative Service - USDA Rural Development, covers the role of USDA and Rural Development, stages of business development and capital stacking, financing food enterprises example, and USDA resources to support local...
Community Facilities ProgramsMembers only Login
Terence McGhee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture covers the Community Facilities Programs including the requirements, types of projects, and types of products available through the program.
State & Federal Financing ProgramsMembers only Login
Naomi Lenz (USDA) discusses the USDA's programs related to rural development, housing, community facilities, utilities, energy, and more.
USDA Rural Development Multi-Family Housing ReportMembers only Login
Rural Development (RD) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report outlining the costs to maintain and upgrade the Rural Housing Services’ (RHS’s) inventory of 14,650 multifamily housing properties. The Comprehensive Property Assessment...
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: 501(c)3 Nonprofit Financing – Healthcare, Education, Tribal & Community Facilities in the CrosshairsMembers only Login
This month's CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast , our expert speakers unlock financing for 501(c)3s to demonstrate the variety and depth of financial tools available to drive development in your community.
Revolving Loan Funds - USDAMembers only Login
Kristi Kubista-Hovis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture details the many forms of capital available from USDA that can be used to capitalize revolving loan funds and how one can apply for these sources.
Public Private Partnership Meeting OverviewMembers only Login
Joseph Ben-Israel, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Community Facilities, discusses the mission, programs, portfolio, and P3 initiative of Community Facilities.
Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit Webinar
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit, a technical document co-authored by CDFA. This publication is designed for organizations and community leaders to better understand the complex...
Community Facilities Program OpeningMembers only Login
Rich Davis, Deputy Administrator, Community Facilities Programs, opens the webinar by providing an overview of the Community Facilities Program portfolio.
Community Infrastructure ToolkitMembers only Login
Terence McGhee, Community Facilities Regional Coordinator, USDA, overviews the recently published Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit.
Community Facilities ProgramsMembers only Login
Martha Torrez, Director of Direct Loan/Grant Division, USDA, overviews the Community Facilities Programs and portfolio in detail.
Community Infrastructure Tool KitMembers only Login
Terence McGhee, Community Facilities Regional Coordinator, USDA, overviews the recently published Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit.
Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit Webinar - Rural Development Staff
The Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit can be used as a guide to help organizations and community leaders better understand the complex process that is required to successfully develop and construct a new facility. This webinar is designed...
Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit
The Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit can be used as a guide to help organizations and community leaders better understand the complex process that is required to successfully develop and construct a new facility. The Toolkit outlines the...
Federal Loan Programs OverviewMembers only Login
The SBA 7(a), SBA 504, and USDA Business & Industry (B&I) loan programs are compared in this presentation prepared by Sherwood Robbins of South Eastern Economic Development Company of Pennsylvania.
USDA Rural Development 2015 Progress ReportMembers only Login
The USDA Rural Development 2015 Progress Report details the tangible results across rural America that stemmed from investments by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development team in local businesses, community infrastructure,...
Unlocking the Development Finance Toolbox in Rural America
The Rural Financing Best Practices by CDFA explores how rural communities can leverage a wide range of tools and approaches to build on their assets, protect their resources, and make strategic investments that offer long-term benefits for residents...
Rural Development Financing in CaliforniaMembers only Login
The USDA's State Director of California, Janice Waddell, examines various best practices used in financing rural development throughout the state.
Rural Healthcare Financing in South CarolinaMembers only Login
Graham Adams, CEO of South Carolina's Office of Rural Health, discusses the litany of financing tools available to rural health care facilities and communities.
Sustainable Finance Solutions for Rural InfrastructureMembers only Login
Hunter Hook, Vice President of CoBank, dissects general challenges and broad solutions to financing rural infrastructure projects, such as waste water and community facilities.
RLF ManagementMembers only Login
Mike O'Donnell with the Colorado Lending Source shares how their agency manages their revolving loan funds, siting a few case study examples.
CDFA USDA Rural Development Finance Training Series: Rural Rebirth through FinanceMembers only Login
As part of the CDFA & USDA Rural Development Finance Partnership, CDFA is providing a four-part training series for USDA field staff. These four courses are focused on the Fundamentals of Development Finance, Food Systems Finance, Infrastructure...
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