NEPIRC RELEASES REPORT ON IMPORTANCE OF MANUFACTURING TO RURAL PA ECONOMY
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) has released the report, Manufacturing Fuels Rural Pennsylvania, which indicates that manufacturing is important to rural Pennsylvania’s economy. According to the report, which used data from EMSI, a leading labor market data analysis firm, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, and the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, manufacturing accounts for 14.7 percent of Pennsylvania’s non-urban jobs, making it the second largest employment sector within those communities. The report notes that the commonwealth’s more than 4,300 industrial firms provide total annual compensation of $11.23 million to nearly 175,000 workers – more than any other sector. Overall, 17.1 percent of total annual rural worker compensation is paid by manufacturers. To download the full report click here. For more information, call (570) 819-8966 or email Eric@NEPIRC.com.
GRANTS FOR PROGRAMS, TREATMENT FOR VETERANS, ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS
Infinite Hero Foundation is accepting applications for grants of $25,000 to $100,000 from nonprofit organizations offering effective programs or treatments at no cost to active duty service members or veterans for service-related mental and physical injuries. Grants must be applied directly to program costs and cannot be used for fundraising or administrative overhead. The application deadline for Letters of Interest is March 31. Invited grant applications must be submitted by June 30. For more information, visit the foundation's website at http://infinitehero.org/grants/.
KEEP PA BEAUTIFUL ANNOUNCES 2017 GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP, REGISTER AND RECEIVE FREE CLEANUP SUPPLIES
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to join their fellow Americans for the Great American Cleanup, scheduled for March 1 through May 31. You can participate in the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA by picking up litter and trash along roadsides, streams, beaches, parks, forests and neighborhoods. Additional events include holding recycling events for hard-to-dispose-of items like tires and appliances, creating or enhancing green areas by planting trees, bulbs, and plants, removing or painting over graffiti that devalues your neighborhood, and sponsoring other activities that help beautify your community. During the Great American Cleanup of PA, registered events can get free cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves and vests donated by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Keep America Beautiful. Additionally, during the Pick It Up PA Days, which is from April 18 to May 8 and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, and participating landfills, registered events have access to reduced or free disposal. Community and civic associations, schools and youth groups, families and friends, business employees, hunting and fishing clubs, conservation organizations, sports teams, and others can organize their members and participate in the Great American Cleanup of PA. To register your event and take advantage of the free cleanup supplies, visit www.gacofpa.org/ or www.facebook.com/keeppabeautiful/, or call the Great American Cleanup of PA Hotline at (877) 772-3673, ext. 113.
PA RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION RELEASES STATUS CHECK VI
The Pennsylvania Rural Health Association has released the report, Status Check VI, which highlights the health care challenges and opportunities present in rural Pennsylvania and provides policymakers with a guide to develop meaningful and informed policy. Key focus areas in the report include rural emergency services, the rural elderly, migrant farm worker health needs, oral health issues, telehealth services, behavioral health, and more. For a copy of Status Check VI, visit www.paruralhealth.org.
STATE WORKGROUP RELEASES REPORT ON OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION IN PENNSYLVANIA
The Pennsylvania State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, a state substance abuse prevention initiative funded through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has released the report, Confronting an Epidemic: Opioid Overdose Prevention in Pennsylvania. The report is available on the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health October News and Events page at http://drexel.edu/dornsife/news/latest-news/2016/October/PA-Opioid-Prevention-Data-Brief/.
RURAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is offering grants through the Rural Business Development Grant Program to rural public entities to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues in rural areas. For more information, contact the Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development office at (717) 237-2299 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/pa.
PA INSURANCE DEPARTMENT UNVEILS ONE-STOP SHOP FOR FLOOD COVERAGE INFORMATION
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has created a new webpage at www.insurance.pa.gov to provide a one-stop shop for information on flood insurance available to Pennsylvania homeowners and renters. Users should click on “Flood” under Top Pages. The webpage has flood insurance links for surplus lines insurers selling coverage in Pennsylvania, as well as Pennsylvania licensed insurers selling flood insurance. Licensed insurers typically provide coverage for only a very limited market at this time. The page also has a link to the National Flood Insurance Program, which may remain the only option for high risk properties. The webpage also lists the type of coverage written by each licensed insurer. For example, some insurers only offer contents coverage for renters, while others offer coverage for both the dwelling and its contents, for homeowners.
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT 504 LOANS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is accepting applications for the Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants Program, also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program. The program provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. Applications are taken year-round. For more information, call the USDA Rural Development Pennsylvania Office at (717) 237-2186 or visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-repair-loans-grants.
USDA OFFERING FARM OWNERSHIP MICROLOANS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations. For more information, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/microloans/index.