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DEADLINES EXTENDED FOR RECONNECT PROGRAM GRANTS FOR BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has extended the deadlines for the ReConnect Program. The program is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s new ReConnect Program. USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants (applications now due to USDA by May 31), as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations (applications now due by June 21), and $200 million for low-interest loans (applications now due by July 12). Projects funded through this initiative must serve communities with fewer than 20,000 people with no broadband service or where service is slower than 10 megabits per second (mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload. Approved projects must create access speeds of at least 25 Mbps upload and 3 Mbps download. Priority will be given for projects that propose to deliver higher-capacity connections to rural homes, businesses and farms. For more information, visit https://reconnect.usda.gov/s/.
USDA Rural Development staff will host three webinars to discuss the financial, mapping, and environmental components of the application process for the ReConnect Program. The webinars will be held on:
Tuesday, May 21 @ 2:00pm ET – Application Walkthrough: Financial Registration
Thursday, May 23 @ 2:00pm ET – Application Walkthrough: Mapping Registration
Tuesday, May 28 @ 2:00pm ET – Application Walkthrough: Environmental Registration

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HOME4GOOD GRANTS TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS
The Federal Home Loan Bank Pittsburgh (FHLBank) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) are partnering for a second year to fund programs across the state that work to address homelessness. FHLBank Pittsburgh is providing $3 million toward the Home4Good effort, and PHFA is providing $1.5 million, for a total contribution of $4.5 million in 2019. Funding will be distributed as grants to organizations with programs that help people retain or find housing, as well as those that provide supportive services. Interested groups are advised to submit proposals for Home4Good funding through a participating Continuum of Care (CoC) organization in the state, or directly to PHFA in the event there is not a participating CoC in their local area. All applicants will be teamed with FHLBank member financial institutions to further develop relationships that can help meet the service provider’s future funding needs, which is a long-term benefit of Home4Good. CoC organizations will then review and prioritize incoming proposals for funding consideration by FHLBank Pittsburgh and PHFA. Eligible organizations for funding include local governments, nonprofits, housing authorities and others. Successful Home4Good applicants will offer programs that prevent or reduce homelessness, collaborate with others to address established housing goals and have a track record of success. The deadline for service providers to apply for funding is Aug. 30. Interested organizations can participate in either of two Home4Good informational webinars planned for May 22 at 10 a.m. and May 29 at 2 p.m. Additional information about Home4Good is available at www.fhlb-pgh.com, and at www.phfa.org at the bottom of the homepage, under the “Resources” header. Interested organizations can also contact Kate Swanson at kate.swanson@fhlb-pgh.com or Bryce Maretzki at bmaretzki@phfa.org for details.

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FUNDING TO SUPPORT PENNSYLVANIA CREATIVE COMMUNITIES
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is accepting application for Pennsylvania Creative Communities, a new initiative to support vibrant communities across the commonwealth. The initiative aims to spur community-driven, arts-based projects that serve as catalysts for livability, economic development, and community connectedness. Funded projects will have a demonstrated, positive impact on their respective communities. Two to four pilot communities will be selected in 2019 to each receive up to $25,000 per year for up to four years. Eligible applicants include local governments and 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations. The community selection process will begin with the submission of letters of interest, followed by review and site visits to a limited number of communities. Selected communities will be invited to submit a full application. Interested communities can access submission instructions, program selection criteria, and application guidelines here. Letters of interest may be submitted May 31 to June 28. For more information, contact Sarah Merritt at skmerritt@pa.gov or (717) 787-1521. 

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EDUCATIONAL LOAN REPAYMENT FOR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS
The Pennsylvania Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program provides grant funding for educational loan repayment to health care practitioners where the high use of opioids is evident and where a shortage of healthcare providers exists. Educational loan repayment is an incentive to recruit and retain practitioners for service in counties with a high prevalence of substance use disorder, as well as underserved communities. The Request for Applications (RFA) #67-86 is available at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Health-Planning/Pages/SUD-LRP.aspx. All applications must be submitted via the Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program’s web-based application through the link on the above website. Questions regarding this RFA must be submitted via email to RA-DHSUDLRP@pa.gov on or before May 12.  No questions will be answered via phone or e-mail.  Answers to all question submitted by May 12 will be posted on the above website by May 17 and will be considered an addendum to the RFA. The application deadline is June 3.

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FRESH PAINT DAYS PENNSYLVANIA GRANTS AVAILABLE
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is accepting applications for the 2019 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania, a program designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies to enable them to renew a community structure into something beautiful through the application of fresh paint. This event is held in partnership with support from BEHR paint and The Home Depot. Eight grants of up to 20 gallons of exterior paint and a gift card for painting supplies will be awarded to tax-exempt groups within Pennsylvania. Groups will have 30 days in September to complete their projects. Grants will be awarded in July. For more information or to download the application, click here. For more information, contact Michelle Dunn, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Program Coordinator, at (877) 772-3673 ext. 113 or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org. Private property owners or individual applicants cannot apply. The application deadline is June 28.

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GRANTS FOR VETERANS HOUSING REHABILITATION AND MODIFICATION PILOT PROGRAM
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering funding to nonprofit organizations through a Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program (VHRMP) to rehabilitate and modify the primary residence of veterans who are low-income and living with disabilities. The VHRMP pilot will award competitive grants to nonprofit organizations that provide nationwide or statewide programs that primarily serve veterans or low-income individuals. The grants may be used to modify or rehabilitate eligible veterans’ primary residences or to provide grantees’ affiliates with technical, administrative, and training support in connection with those services. The application deadline is May 22. Click here to review program guidelines.

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COMMUNITY GRANTS TO ENHANCE THE LIVES OF YOUTH
Best Buy Foundation is offering Community Grants of up to $15,000 to support equitable, innovative, and impact-driven programs focused on enhancing the lives of youth between the ages of 13 and 18 through technology-enabled curricula. The application deadline is May 31. Click here for more information

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PLANNING GRANTS FOR RECREATION ECONOMY IN RURAL COMMUNITIES
The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications from communities for planning assistance through the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities initiative. Partner communities will work with a planning team to foster environmentally friendly community development and Main Street revitalization through the sustainable use of forests or other natural resources. The application deadline is May 31. Click here for more information. Community representatives interested in applying for planning assistance from the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities initiative are invited to join a webinar presentation on May 7, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT. Click here to register for the webinar.

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APPLY NOW FOR APPALACHIAN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is accepting applications for the inaugural class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a new leadership and economic development training opportunity for community leaders who currently live and/or work in Appalachia. ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. The Leadership Institute is an extensive nine-month program focusing on skill-building, seminars, best practice reviews, field visits, mentoring, and networking. The curriculum will be anchored by six multi-day seminars around the region, followed by a capstone graduation in Washington, D.C. Upon completion of the program, Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Network, a peer-to-peer working group committed to Appalachia’s future. The application deadline is June 1. For more information and to apply, click here.

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GRANTS TO REDUCE VIOLENT CRIME AND DRUG ABUSE
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is accepting applications to plan and implement comprehensive programs in response to the growing opioid epidemic. This program provides resources to support state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to reduce violent crime and drug abuse and enhance public safety while supporting victims. The application deadline is June 15. There are three funding categories:  Locally Driven Responses to the Opioid Epidemic-funding amount: $600,000–$1,200,000; Statewide Implementation, Enhancement, and Evaluation Projects-funding amount: $3,000,000–$6,500,000; and Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Implementation and Enhancement Projects-funding amount: up to $2,000,000. Click here for more information.

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GRANTS FOR RURAL CAPACITY BUILDING, AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants that provide Financial Assistance or Technical Assistance grants to build the capacity of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations, Community Housing Development Organizations, local governments, and Indian tribes to carry out affordable housing and community development activities in rural areas for the benefit of low- and moderate-income families and individuals. The application deadline is June 11. Click here to review program guidelines.

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GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECTS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program to plan or implement food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition. The application deadline is June 3. Click here for more information.

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FARMERS MARKET PROMOTION PROGRAM GRANTS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering grants through the Farmers Market Promotion Program for projects that assist in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community‐supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer‐to‐consumer market opportunities. The application deadline is June 18. Click here to review application guidelines.

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RURAL COMMUNITIES OPIOID RESPONSE PROGRAM - MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT EXPANSION
The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a multi-year initiative by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities at the highest risk for SUD. This funding opportunity, RCORP-Medication Assisted Treatment Expansion (RCORP-MAT Expansion), will advance RCORP’s overall goal by establishing and/or expanding MAT in eligible hospitals, health clinics, or tribal organizations in high-risk rural communities. RCORP-MAT Expansion aims to increase the number of access points where individuals living in rural communities with OUD can receive evidence-based treatment. Additionally, recognizing that MAT patients may have other clinical and social service needs, RCORP-MAT Expansion requires that eligible entities provide and/or coordinate complementary services (e.g., provision of or referral to other SUD/OUD and mental health services, assistance with transportation, etc.). For this funding opportunity, HRSA defines MAT as the use of U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. The application deadline is June 10. Click here for more information. 

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RURAL COMMUNITIES OPIOID RESPONSE PROGRAM - RURAL CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ON SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders (RCORP-RCOE) is part of a multiyear effort to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities at the highest risk for these conditions. RCORP-RCOE will provide up to 3 years of funding to support three Rural Centers of Excellence (Centers) on SUD. The purpose of RCORP-RCOE is to support the identification, translation, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based programs and best practices “related to the treatment for and prevention of substance use disorders within rural communities, with a focus on the current opioid crisis and developing methods to address future substance use disorder epidemics.” The Centers will engage in research to identify “science-based prevention, treatment, and other risk reduction interventions, including community-based approaches that may be replicable in other rural communities and associated professional training.” After identifying rural-relevant interventions, the Centers will serve as a resource for “scientific and technical assistance to county and state health departments and other entities as identified seeking guidance on how to address the substance use disorder challenges in their community.” Other such entities in rural communities may include, but are not limited to, state offices of rural health (SORHs), critical access hospitals (CAHs), rural health clinics (RHCs), and other rural health care providers. Training and technical assistance (TA) should help rural communities translate best practices to their unique community settings and implement those practices to reduce the morbidity and mortality related to SUD, particularly OUD, in their area. Over the 3-year period of performance, the Centers should demonstrate how scientific and technical assistance and professional training related to evidence-based SUD interventions can improve prevention, treatment, and recovery in rural communities, with a focus on OUD. The Centers should also demonstrate how their programming improves health and other outcomes as well as systems for addressing current and future SUD epidemics in rural communities. The application deadline is June 10. Click here for more information.

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FUNDING AVAILABLE THROUGH RURAL MATERNITY AND OBSTETRICS MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES PROGRAM
The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is accepting applications for a new Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program — (HRSA-19-094).  HRSA plans to fund three awards to formal or established networks serving rural communities as part of this funding opportunity. Successful RMOMS award recipients will receive up to $9 million for a four-year period of performance to improve the access to and continuity of maternal obstetrics care in rural communities. The application deadline is May 24. Click here for more information. 

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USDA COMMUNITY FACILITIES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING GRANTS
TheU.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making grants available under the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training program to help rural communities with limited resources and staff access USDA funding for essential community facilities. Eligible recipients are public entities, private nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes that have experience in providing technical assistance and training to rural entities. Eligible projects include those involving multi-jurisdictions and collaborations among rural communities. Applications are due June 10. USDA encourages applications that will support the administration’s goal to combat substance use disorder, including opioid misuse, in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address prevention, treatment and/or recovery. Click here for more information.

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STUDY AND GUIDEBOOK ON STRENGTHENING ECONOMIC RESILIENCE IN APPALACHIA
A new study published by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia, highlights the economic resilience of Appalachian communities that have absorbed, resisted, and recovered from an economic shock, such as an economy-wide recession or industry restructuring. The study was conducted by Downstream Strategies, the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, and Dialogue + Design Associates, and produced two documents: a technical report that describes the quantitative analysis used to explore the factors that increase a community’s ability to buffer an economic shock; and a guidebook that summarizes project findings, presents case studies, and suggests best practices and strategies for communities to employ to build resilience. Click here for the study and guidebook.

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USDA TOOLKIT TO SUPPORT DEPLOYMENT OF HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a new toolkit to help support the deployment of high-speed broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities. The e-Connectivity Toolkit features 27 USDA programs that support broadband deployment. The easy-to-use resource is a simple guide that allows customers to identify their type of e-Connectivity project and locate resources the federal government offers for planning, equipment, construction, research and other e-Connectivity projects. Resources such as grants, loans and technical assistance are available from multiple Mission Areas at USDA, including Rural Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, National Resources Conservation Service, and Forest Service. The toolkit also highlights examples of how e-Connectivity resources are being used to increase access to broadband services in rural communities. Click here for the toolkit.

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JOBS AVAILABLE WITH 2020 CENSUS
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. A variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff, are available. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates must complete an online job application, which includes assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience. For more information or to apply, click here.

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USDA LOANS, LOAN GUARANTEES FOR RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering funding through the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. Loans and loan guarantees will provide funds for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application deadline is September 30, 2019. Click here for more information.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT RELEASES OPIOID MISUSE GUIDE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has released a new guide of federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse highlights federal funding and partnership opportunities for rural communities. The guide was developed by the Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group. The Working Group is co-chaired by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and USDA and includes the Departments of Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing, Justice, Labor, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs; the Corporation for National and Community Service; and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Earlier this month, USDA launched the Community Assessment Tool, an interactive database to help community leaders assess how and why the opioid epidemic is impacting their regions. The guide and assessment tool are part of the Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox which is available on USDA’s Rural Opioid Misuse Webpage.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT LAUNCHES DATA TOOL TO HELP RURAL COMMUNITIES ADDRESS OPIOID CRISIS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has released the opioid misuse Community Assessment Tool, which enables users to overlay substance misuse data against socioeconomic, census and other public information. This data will help leaders, researchers and policymakers assess what actions will be most effective in addressing the opioid crisis at the local level. The Community Assessment Tool is free and available to the public. Rural Development partnered with the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis at NORC at the University of Chicago to create the Community Assessment Tool. NORC at the University of Chicago is a non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical program, business and policy decisions. Click here to use the Community Assessment Tool.

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT LOANS AND GRANTS PROGRAMS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has the Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and Grant Program and Loan Guarantees Program available. The Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and Grant Program can provide funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. The Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees Program can help private lenders provide affordable financing to qualified borrowers to improve access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in rural areas. To learn more about either of these programs, contact your local Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development office here.

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RURAL LISC FUNDING TO DEVELOP, IMPROVE COMMUNITY FACILITIES
Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) is accepting applications for the Community Facilities Fund, which provides capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC uses this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. There is no application deadline. For more information, click here.

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PA’S ONE-STOP SHOP FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Looking for help to start your own business or expand your existing business? Visit Pennsylvania’s Business One-Stop Shop at www.business.pa.gov. The site provides information and resources for businesses both large and small, and serves as the first point of contact for Pennsylvania business development concerns. The shop’s team helps connect and guide businesses through all stages of development — from planning and startup to operating and expanding. Visit www.business.pa.gov or call (833) 722-6778.

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COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM FUNDING
The Walmart Community Foundation is offering grants through its Community Grant Program. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations and agencies that work in one of the following areas: hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human services, quality of life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety, or environmental sustainability. Awards range from $250 to $5,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for more information.

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PENNSYLVANIA GRANT AND RESOURCE DIRECTORY AVAILABLE
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Caucus has released the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Grant and Resource Directory. The directory includes a general overview of state government programs, including grants and resources, along with contact information. The directory also includes a list of online grant writing guides and a list of Pennsylvania Community Foundations. Click here for a copy of the directory.

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GRANTS TO PROVIDE ARTISTS WITH BUSINESS TRAINING, FINANCIAL RESOURCES
The Surdna Foundation is offering grants to nonprofit organizations through its Thriving Cultures program. Through the program's Artists and Economic Development funding area, the foundation supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources. The focus is on nonprofit organizations that: operate business and entrepreneurship training programs for artists and cultural organizations, provide financing to artists and artist-centered enterprises, and offer arts and culture-based programs and services that directly engage and support the people who live and work in the area as a strategy for equitable economic development. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Visit the foundation’s website to review the program guidelines.  

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RURAL HEALTH INFORMATION HUB ONLINE
If you’re looking for an online source for current and reliable resources and tools on rural health needs and the work being done to address them, check out the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), formerly the Rural Assistance Center. RHIhub is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. RHIhub also provides free assistance customized to your needs. Call (800) 270-1898 or email info@ruralhealthinfo.org.

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