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NY SET Grant Applications now being Accepted – 4/21 Informational Webinar

April 18, 2011

I wanted you to be aware of an opportunity our region to look at rural economic development partnerships. Please find attached an e-application for the USDA Stronger Economies Together (SET) Grant that came out on Friday through the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) at Cornell.

Stronger Economies Together (SET)is designed to help communities work together as a region to achieve economic development goals.

The program is targeted to multi-county teams that are either (1) coming together for the first time through the SET application process or (2) that are less than a year old, with the goal of helping team members better understand the value of regional economic development and how to pursue it, while strengthening their skills and resources for doing so. The program consists of approximately 35 hours of training followed by 40 hours of technical support. Participants will learn about and utilize the latest research, demographic and economic data, tools, and regional resources available to help them identify, pursue, and ultimately achieve economic opportunities and enhance the region’s overall quality of life.

The SET program eligibility requirements are: 1) Applicants must be Multi-county regions (three or more counties) in New York (or in conjunction with counties in neighboring states) where the average rural population is 51% or more of the region’s total population based on Census data or other sufficient data or documentation OR 2) Applicants must be Multi-county regions (three or more counties) in New York (or in conjunction with counties in neighboring states) where 75% of the region’s land area is located in rural areas of that region based on Census data or other sufficient data or documentation.

A complete application are due electronically by May 13, 2011.

To help interested communities learn more about the program, an informational webinar, including time for questions and answers, will be available on April 21, 2011 from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Online Webinar Registration: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFRrdVVvZV9pWjQ3M2RteURFbmZQTmc6MA.

NY-SET_Application_Phase_II_FINAL-write.pdf

NY SET Cover Letter.04-13-11-FINAL Oneida.pdf

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