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Webinar on June 25 on Building Public Support for the Value of Water Infrastructure

On June 25 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern, EPA will team with water utility leaders to deliver this webinar on building public support for sustainable water infrastructure. One of the most pressing challenges facing utilities is building and maintaining understanding and support from ratepayers and the public at large. Two utility leaders representing both large and small communities will discuss innovative programs they are using to work with their communities and build support for the environmental and economic value of water infrastructure.

USDA to Give Priority Funding for Regional Economic Development Projects

MEMPHIS, TN, May 20, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA's plan to implement a Farm Bill provision that will have a major policy impact on the way the Department helps rural communities plan and finance regional economic development strategies. The new Regional Development Priority (RDP) policy will make it easier for rural communities to access resources to invest in long-term community development efforts by giving priority to applications for Rural Development programs that include regional partnerships and strategies.