DDAA Monthly: March 2022



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Questions About ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Funds?

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), enacted in March 2021, makes unprecedented funding available to combat the devastating health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The ARC research department’s preliminary analysis shows that Appalachian counties will receive approximately $5.3B in Local Fiscal Recovery Fund allocations. How can local governments, and the local development districts (LDDs) that support them, make the most impactful use of this funding? In early 2022, ARC launched a training series will build capacity in local governments to take advantage of this large amount of funding and support their communities.

With support from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness is partnering with the National Association of Counties and EntreWorks Consulting to deliver a series of training sessions in 2022 to share key requirements, best practices, and successful case studies related to ARPA’s Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

Sign up today for the Community Capacity Training Hub, a one-stop shop for training session recordings and slides, companion resources, peer networking and discussions, and engagement with experts. Click on “Discussions” in the top menu to ask questions of your peers or experts. Click on the “Resource Library” to find session recordings, slides, and other informative documents. Click on “User Directory” to reach out directly to peers in the region.


Beginner’s Guide to Rural Broadband

This web tool is for rural leaders seeking to make a difference in their communities’ access to broadband but unsure of where to start. The Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) has developed a “roadmap” featuring the key steps in expanding broadband. 



Grant Opportunities

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD)

Deadline: N/A

INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE)

Letter of Intent: March 3, 2022

Deadline: March 24, 2022

POWER Initiative 2022 

Letter of Intent: April 4, 2022

Deadline: April 29, 2022

Economic Adjustment Assistance

Deadline: Rolling

Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

Deadline: Rolling

COVID-19 Response

Please reach out to Brendan Buff at bbuff@crec.net or Ken Poole at kpoole@crec.net if you have any requests for assistance, things you’d like to share with the DDAA membership, or suggestions for how we address the impacts of COVID-19. 


Development District Association of Appalachia

Building the Case for Your Local Development District


Anytime, Any Place

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Price: Free

Development District Association of Appalachia

Improving Customer Service at Local Development Districts


Anytime, Any Place

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Price: Free

DDAA Annual Conference 

March 13 – 16, 2022

Arlington, VA

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Repurposing Fossil Energy Assets

March 30, 2022

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT


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4th Annual Outdoor Economy Conference: “Stewards of Opportunity”

April 4 – 7, 2022

Cherokee, NC

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