DDAA Monthly: November 2023



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DDAA Annual Conference Registration Now Open!

Join DDAA for sessions focused on regional development, the federal landscape, and the programs and policies that matter most to Local Development Districts and their stakeholders.

Conference content will begin on the afternoon of Sunday, March 10 for DDAA Board Members. On the evening of Sunday, March 10, an opening reception will be held for all conference attendees, as well as a dinner for DDAA members.

Conference plenary and breakout sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 11 and continue through 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Stay tuned for more information about a post-conference training for the EDD Community of Practice on Wednesday afternoon from 12:00-5:00 p.m. at the conference hotel.

DDAA Accepting Nominations for Whisman Award 

The DDAA Whisman Award Committee is soliciting nominations for the 2024 Whisman Award. Please share the below nominations link for the award with the executive directors in your state.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2023. Whisman Committee Chair Rudy Johnson or Brendan Buff can answer any questions you may have.

About the Award

The John Whisman “Vision” Award is given to an individual who has contributed to making the region a better place. The purpose of the award is to “honor efforts made by an individual to relieve the deep-seated problems of Appalachia, promote systems of federal, state and local cooperation and further the mission of the Appalachian Regional Commission and the local development districts.” It recognizes an individual who best supports intergovernmental cooperation as exemplified in the ARC – state – LDD partnership.



Grant Opportunities

Appalachian Solar Finance Fund

Deadline: Rolling

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

Deadline: Rolling

AmeriCorps: Formula Grants

Deadline: Rolling 

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program 

Deadline: Rolling

U.S. Department of Agriculture: 2024 Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance Program

Deadline: December 1, 2023

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Program

Deadline: December 15, 2023

U.S. Department of Transportation: Rail Vehicle Replacement Program Deadline: December 18, 2023

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Deadline: February 12, 2024

Department of Health and Human Services: Rural Residency Planning and Development Program 

Deadline: February 12, 2024 


Appalachian Regional Commission

Federal Programs and Applying for Federal Funds Training (WV)

November 30, 2023

Huntington, WV

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Southern Economic Development Council

Rural Innovation and Workforce Collaboration Strategies Webinar

December 7, 2023 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET

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2024 NADO & DDAA Washington Conference

March 10 – 13, 2024

Arlington, VA

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