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An Environmental Scan

U.S. Department of Labor

"An Environmental Scan" is the workforce information source to assist employment, economic development, education, workforce investment planning, and decision making. It provides a useful compendium of sources of labor market information, workforce information, and Web-based systems that provide improved access to this kind of information. An Environmental Scan can be accessed here.

Conducting a Community Audit

U.S. Department of Labor

This website offers Workforce Investment Boards a “how to” approach to conducting a strategic economic analysis of a local/regional labor market, including building a stakeholder partnership. Although the guide was not developed for BRAC events, much of the information and many of the approaches are relevant. The guide includes how to find data, how to analyze both the supply and demand sides of a labor market, and how to conduct sector and cluster analysis.

Community Service Block Grant

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/csbg/index.html provides information about the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) program. CSBG provides States, U.S. territories, and recognized Indian Tribes with funds for services to ameliorate the causes and conditions of poverty. Eligible activities include: municipal infrastructure projects; acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of public facilities; clearance and demolition; housing rehabilitation; public service activities such as employment, crime prevention, childcare, health, and education; and economic development.

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Community Development Finance Institutions Program

U.S. Department of the Treasury

CDFI Fund - U.S. Treasury provides an overview of the Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFI) program. This program provides financial assistance to certified CDFIs that demonstrate the ability to leverage non-Federal dollars to support comprehensive business plans that impact underserved markets. The CDFI program also helps existing and emerging CDFIs build their capacity to serve their communities.

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Regional Public Liaison (Regional Ombudsman)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Regional Public Liaison (RPL) serves an ombudsman function for Superfund cleanups. This website provides additional information about the ombudsman function and contact information for the RPLs. The RPL is responsible for resolving concerns and for providing guidance to regional personnel and to stakeholders, including the community. Communities with concerns about Superfund BRAC site cleanup activities may contact the established RPL if they feel their concerns are not adequately addressed through normal channels.

Technical Outreach Services for Communities

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This site provides information about the Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) program. The TOSC program helps citizens better understand hazardous contamination issues in or near their communities. This is accomplished by providing free, independent, non-advocate, technical assistance about contaminated sites.

Smart Growth Technical Assistance Opportunities

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Communities interested in employing smart growth practices and policies throughout base reuse planning/redevelopment, or for growth planning of their BRAC installations, may be eligible for various technical assistance opportunities offered through EPA's Development, Community and Environment Division. Specific opportunities for smart growth assistance vary from year to year. Reference this site for programs currently available.

Community Development Block Grants (Entitlement)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Begun in 1974, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is one of the oldest programs in HUD. This program provides Federal funds to help entitled metropolitan cities and urban counties meet their housing and community development needs. The CDBG program supports neighborhood revitalization; economic development; and improved community facilities and services, such as water, sewer, streets, and neighborhood centers. No less than 70 percent of the funding must be used to assist low and moderate income persons. The program provides annual grants on a formula basis based on population size (hence the term “entitlement communities”) to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities. This site provides additional information about the CDBG program.

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Community Development Block Grants (Non-Entitlement) for States and Small Cities

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This program provides Federal funds to help States and units of local governments not in entitled areas meet their housing and community development needs, primarily for low to moderate income persons. These funds are first provided to States, which in turn make them available to smaller communities. This program supports a wide range of community activities directed towards neighborhood revitalization; economic development; and improved community facilities and services, such as water, sewer, streets, and neighborhood centers. Funds may also be used to meet other community needs that present a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community. No less than 70 percent of the funding must be used to assist low and moderate income persons. This site provides additional information about the State Administered CDBG program.

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Community Development Block Grants (Section 108 Loan Guarantee)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Section 108 is the loan guarantee provision of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Section 108 provides communities with a source of financing for economic development, housing rehabilitation, public facilities, and large-scale physical development projects. This makes it one of the most potent and important public investment tools that HUD offers to local governments. It allows them to transform a small portion of their CDBG funds into Federally guaranteed loans large enough to pursue physical and economic revitalization projects that can renew entire neighborhoods. Such public investment is often needed to inspire private economic activity, providing the initial resources or simply the confidence that private firms and individuals may need to invest in distressed areas. Section 108 loans are not risk-free, however; local governments borrowing funds guaranteed by Section 108 must pledge their current and future CDBG allocations to cover the loan amount as security for the loan. This site provides additional information about the CDBG Section 108 Loan Guarantee program.

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Rural Housing and Economic Development

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This program provides for capacity building at the State and local level for rural housing and economic development and to support innovative housing and economic development activities in rural areas. Eligible applicants are local rural non-profits, community development corporations, Federally recognized Indian Tribes, State housing finance agencies, and State community and/or economic development agencies. To learn more about the Rural Housing and Economic Development program, please visit this site.

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Federal Lands to Parks

U.S. Department of the Interior

The Federal Lands to Parks Program helps State and local governments acquire surplus Federal real property for Public Park and recreation use. The National Park Service reviews and approves the community's application and conveys the deed. Properties are transferred at up to no cost for Public Park and recreation use in perpetuity. Properties may be used for active recreation such as athletic fields and community centers or for passive recreation such as hiking, bird watching, outdoor education, and access to scenic or waterfront areas.

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Historic Surplus Property Program

U.S. Department of the Interior

The Historic Surplus Property Program allows State, county, and local governments to obtain pre-selected, surplus Federal properties at no cost if the property is listed in, or eligible for listing in, the National Register of Historic Places. Historic properties transferred under this program may be used for public facilities, such as museums and government offices; properties can also be leased to not-for-profit organizations and to developers who may be eligible to take advantage of Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives.

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Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program

U.S. Department of the Interior

The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector rehabilitation of historic buildings and is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. It generates jobs and creates low and moderate income housing in historic buildings.

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Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Grants

U.S. Department of the Interior

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) grants are awarded to Indian Tribes, Native Alaskan villages and corporations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and museums for financial assistance in carrying out projects associated with returning certain Native American cultural items to lineal descendants, culturally affiliated Indian Tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations.

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Save America’s Treasures

U.S. Department of the Interior

Federal Save America's Treasures (SAT) grants fund organizations and agencies that conserve significant cultural treasures. These grants are reserved for those treasures that illustrate, interpret, and are associated with the great events, ideas, and individuals that contributed to the United States’ history and culture.

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Maritime

U.S. Department of the Interior

The Maritime Heritage Grants Program is a national, competitive matching grants program that provides funds for maritime heritage education and preservation projects. It is designed to reach broad audiences and enhance public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States.

AmeriCorps

Nonprofit Organization

This site offers information on a network of national programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. For BRAC-impacted communities, AmeriCorps could offer a source of volunteer support. To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.org or call the toll free number 1-800-942-2677 or 1-800-833-3722 (TTY).

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