EDA Monthly News
EDA has received a number of inquiries about EDA’s ability to respond to support COVID-19. At this time, we do not have any additional program resources specific to COVID-19. However, EDA continues to closely monitor the economic impact of COVID-19 and is committed to working ardently to support economic recovery as we move forward from this unprecedent event. I am working ardently to track impacts, but welcome your input to ensure that we fully understand the magnitude and extent of adverse impacts as this goes forward and needs that arise from it.
Additionally, we will continue to share relevant COVID-19 information as available. For now, wanted to pass along a series of specific information that may be of use to you and your partners.
- TRB is hosting a webinar entitled “Transportation and COVID-19” on March 23, 2020 from 2-3:30pm. To register, please go to http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/180404.aspx. Registration is required on site, but the webinar is free.
- IEDC to host free webinar entitled “COVID-19: Preparing for What Comes Next” on March 23, 2020 from 3:00-4:30pm. To register, please go to https://www.iedconline.org/events/2020/03/23/training-course/covid-19-preparing-for-what-comes-next/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=317%20-%20COVID-19%20Letter-Jeff%20Finkle&utm_content=317%20-%20COVID-19%20Letter-Jeff%20Finkle+CID_78d20176327ab861f212e6c6662e2a04&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20IEDC&utm_term=Host%20a%20free%20webinar. (If you do not have an IEDC account, you will need to create one but there is no cost to do so).
- IEDC to host free webinar entitled “Stakeholder Engagement for Economic Recovery” on March 24, 2020 from 2-3pm. To register, please go to https://www.iedconline.org/events/2020/03/24/training-course/stakeholder-engagement-for-economic-recovery/. (If you do not have an IEDC account, you will need to create one but there is no cost to do so).
- Smart Growth will host webinar entitled “Planning Effectively in a Rapidly Changing World” on March 27, 2020 from 1-2:30pm. To register, please go to: http://smartgrowth.org/proact-now-planning-effectively-in-a-rapidly-changing-world/.
- America Walks is hosting a webinar entitled “Unusual Bedfellows: Expanding and Developing New and Different Partnerships” on April 15, 2020 from 2-3pm. This webinar will highlight tips and tools for expanding partnerships and strategies to help ensure the partnerships are as effective as possible. Given the all-hands-on-deck approach that will be required to respond to COVID-19, this information may be helpful. To register, please go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5287308831195864579.
Getting an accurate count of the population matters for a wide variety of programs, including many governmental public health, economic development and community development resources communities are relying on now to help with COVID-19 response. As you are doing outreach, please consider amplifying that there are still open enumerator positions available across NC. Interested parties can apply at www.2020census.gov/jobs. Depending on location, the jobs pay anywhere from $14-$20/hour plus 58 cents per mile.
- DISASTER WATER/SEWER FUNDING FOR FLORENCE AND MICHAEL AREAS
While significant attention is focused on COVID-19 right now, wanted to make sure you are aware that NC DEQ has funds available under the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act from 2019 (ASADRA) for drinking water and wastewater facilities impacted by Hurricane Florence and Michael only. Here is the link to the information on the DEQ website: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure/i-need-funding/additional-supplemental-appropriations-disaster
The link includes the PPT that DEQ staff used to train about the ASADRA funds as well as the application forms, the application guidance document and other items needed for applying. The funds are part of the CWSRF and DWSRF programs, and must meet and comply with all requirements for CWSRF and DWSRF projects, in addition to being specifically eligible for ASADRA.
For ASADRA, NC has been allotted from EPA approximately $23 million for CWSRF projects and approximately $82 million for DWSRF projects. It is important to note that these are loans – not grants – but approximately $26 million of the $105 million will be available for Principal Forgiveness as shown on Slide No. 9 of the PPT.
In order to meet EPA deadlines, DEQ is accepting applications for ASADRA funds only on April 30, 2020. So, it is a relatively short turn-around time to apply. This is not a recurring program, and if NC does not have enough qualified projects to use its full $105 million, the leftover funds will not be available for award later. The Authority will make funding decisions on ASADRA as well as regular CWSRF and DWSRF funding on July 8th.