Rural Communities: Events & Training

Disaster PRIMR 2021 Conference, January 31 – February 4

This virtual conference through Texas A&M University will share best practices, lessons learned (or yet to be learned), and insights gained in all dimensions of disaster readiness.

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The Interplay Between Environmental Exposures and Mental Health Outcomes: February 2-3, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM both days

There is growing evidence that the environment can play an important role in mental health—yet research into the effects of environmental stressors rarely focuses on behavioral and mental health outcomes. Please join us for our next virtual workshop to explore emerging science on the relationship, harmful or beneficial, between environmental exposures and mental health.



Establish Policy Tools and Incentives, Develop Partnerships and Measure Impacts. December 8, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

This webinar is part of the Bolstering Growth in OZs Webinar Series, which the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council and HUD are hosting for local economic development leaders and stakeholders in communities with designated OZs.



Develop Your OZ Action Plan to Build or Strengthen Your Local OZ Ecosystem. December 15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Building upon the first two webinars in the series, this webinar will provide innovative examples of Opportunity Zone (OZ) ecosystems created for small- and medium-sized cities, with special focus on Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) formation and market, diversity of QOF real estate and business investments, and best practices for community engagement to bolster investments in OZs.



Building Community Capacity around Housing, November 5 – 6

USDA’s Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement, in collaboration with the Regional Rural Development Centers offer a multi-day virtual event designed to serve as a ‘Train the Trainer’ opportunity for community development practitioners as a multi-dimensional overview of the challenges encompassing rural housing through a national lens. Meet the Trainers.



The Federal Response to COVID-19 from a State & Local Perspective, November 23

The rapid spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) across the U.S. has been met with a decentralized and piecemeal response led primarily by governors, mayors and local health departments. With limited federal action, state and local governments have been required to lead efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our state and local leaders have been faced with unprecedented decisions in regulating a public health crisis. In this session hosted by the CSG Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, hear from members of several leading membership organizations representing state and local governments on how federal strategy related to COVID-19 has impacted state and local jurisdictions.



USDA Seeks Applications for Community Connect Grants to Fund Broadband in Unserved Rural Areas – Application Deadline: Dec 23

USDA is accepting applications to provide broadband service in unserved rural areas. USDA is making grants available under the Community Connect Grant program for Fiscal Year 2021. The program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide broadband service in rural, economically challenged communities where broadband service does not exist. Grant recipients must provide broadband speeds of at least 25 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 3 Mbps upstream to all premises in the proposed service area. Read the full stakeholder announcement here. Community Connect Grants information.


Building Housing Security During COVID-19 and Beyond, January 12

This webinar will discuss the macro-economic trends and policy environment which have resulted in widespread housing unaffordability in communities across America and the elements of successful multi-sector housing reform initiatives.



FEMA’s Coffee Break Webinar, January 13

This webinar from FEMA Region 3 will explore federal guidance and resources available to help communities prepare or update a Hazard Mitigation Plan.



Disaster Recovery Awareness

Topics covered in this 1-hour course include disaster recovery guidance, disaster recovery planning, and disaster assistance resources.



Information Security for Everyone

Topics covered include how to secure both clean and corrupted systems, protecting your personal data, securing simple computer networks, and safe Internet usage.



ASFPM Flood Science Center

Association of State Floodplain Managers has recorded webinars for your review. The CRS Green Guide, Building CRS Capacity, Open Space Preservation, and Stormwater management. Other resources available are Green Guide, Success Stories and More.




Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series

In 2012, USDA-Forest Service embarked on a project to help inform natural resource professionals, land use planners, private landowners and others about the issues facing our forestlands – both public and private – and to help them learn about opportunities and strategies to conserve open space through a series of monthly webinars. Here are archive of these webinars. We hope you find them interesting!



Conducting a Mitigation Needs Assessment for CDBG-MIT Webinar – On-Demand

The Office of Block Grant Assistance (OBGA) Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division (DRSI), in partnership with the FEMA National Mitigation Planning Program, hosted a webinar to provide guidance to Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) grantees on conducting a mitigation needs assessment as required by the CDBG-MIT Federal Register Notice.



CDBG-MIT Webinar Series

The Office of Block Grant Assistance (OBGA) Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division (DRSI) was pleased to host the Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Webinar Series.

Webinar Title Get Credit / View Materials
CDBG-MIT Federal Register Notice Get Credit
Conducting a Mitigation Needs
Assessment for CDBG-MIT
Get Credit
Public Participation & Citizen Advisory
Groups – Requirements and Best Practices for MIT
Get Credit
Buyouts for CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT Get Credit
FEMA BCA Toolkit Demo with FEMA Get Credit
Best Practices for Transformative
Mitigation Projects
Get Credit

Seminarios en Línea de CDBG-DR en Español (CDBG Webinars on demand in Spanish)

Estos seminarios en línea están diseñados para las nuevas entidades receptoras del programa de Subvenciones en Bloque para el Desarrollo Comunitario en Casos de Recuperación de Desastres (CDBG-DR) y la Competencia Nacional de Resiliencia ante Desastres (NDRC) y el personal de Evaluación Ambiental. Esta serie de seminarios en línea es un resumen básico de los requisitos.


Distressed Cities Technical Assistance

The Distressed Cities TA program is designed to build the administrative capacity of smaller distressed communities recently impacted by a natural disaster. The focus of this TA includes financial management, economic development, and disaster recovery planning.



Free – Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Webinars

CIRD supports rural communities via informational conference calls and webinars that cover critical topics in community engagement, rural design, partnership development, and workshop planning. Webinars on demand include topics: Local Food: The Secret Ingredient for Vibrant Downtowns, Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation, and others.



Emergency Management Institute Virtual Tabletop Exercise Program

The two-year NEP cycle is guided by Principals’ Strategic Priorities, established by the Principals Committee of the National Security Council and informed by preparedness data from jurisdictions across the nation. These priorities are driven by data through the National Preparedness System, including the National Preparedness Report (NPR), Stakeholder Preparedness Reviews (SPRs), Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (THIRAs), After-Action Reports (AARs), and other preparedness data. For additional Information please talk to your TDEM Training and Exercise Representative.




TEEX Recovery Courses Accepting Course Requests/Reservations

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is accepting course requests and reservations. The 12-hour Disaster Recovery Public Assistance course and the four-hour Disaster Recovery for Senior Officials course can be scheduled now. TEEX will come to your community; there is no-cost for this training. Please email Andrew Wenzel, Program Director, at



Free National Fire Academy Courses

The National Fire Academy offers free, high-quality fire and EMS training for the fire and emergency services and allied professionals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our off-campus training courses will help you to deal more effectively with fire and related emergencies, while providing you with the perfect opportunity to network with peers from across your state and region.


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