Sunday, November 27, 2022


An investigative probe into how rules written for distressed rust belt property may benefit a select few; Small Business Saturday highlights local Economies; FL nonprofit helps offset the high cost of insulin.


A Supreme Court case could have broad implications for the future of U.S. elections, results show voters rejected election deniers in many statewide races, and the concession phone call may be a thing of the past.


A water war in Southwest Utah has ranchers and Native tribes concerned, federal solar subsidies could help communities transition to renewable energy, and Starbucks workers attempt to unionize.

$1 Billion Pilot Program from Congress Aims to Help Distressed Communities


Monday, August 29, 2022   

A program approved by Congress aims to give rural Washington communities a boost when applying for federal dollars.

The CHIPS Act, passed last month, boosts semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S.

It also includes a $1 billion pilot program to help distressed communities apply for economic development funds.

The pilot is based on a measure formerly called the RECOMPETE Act and authored by House Rep. Derek Kilmer - D-Gig Harbor, in Washington's Olympic Peninsula. He said growing up on the peninsula and seeing the decline of the timber industry inspired the legislation.

"I've spent most of my adult life trying to figure out how do we create more economic opportunities so that folks don't get left behind," said Kilmer. "There are communities that I represent where there's a real fear that the main export is going to be young people."

Kilmer said the region is not unique in this way, noting rural communities across the country have faced economic challenges in the past few decades.

The pilot program is coming at an especially critical time as legislation like the infrastructure package passed in Congress directs billions of dollars to states.

Kilmer said one of the biggest hurdles rural and distressed communities face in applying for federal dollars is a lack of staff, such as grant writers. He said the pilot program aims to address this issue.

"It provides technical assistance from the Economic Development Administration to really work with communities," said Kilmer, "to figure out, 'Okay, how do we secure these funds and how do we make sure we implement an economic development strategy that creates economic opportunity for communities that otherwise have faced persistent distress?'"

Matt Hildreth - executive director of - said each place has different development needs, from help transitioning between industries to more broadband.

He said under this pilot, communities will guide the investments.

"It allows local leaders to have the flexibility they need to invest in the challenges that they see in their specific community," said Hildreth. "It's not a one-size-fits-all approach. It is a locally-led approach."

get more stories like this via email
During open enrollment for 2022 coverage, Georgia saw a record number of individuals, more than 700,000, sign up for health insurance. ( Stock)

Health and Wellness

Open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is already underway, and ends on Jan. 15. More than 1.3 million Georgians do …

Social Issues

Holiday shoppers this week have no shortage of options with Small Business Saturday being observed on Nov. 26. Sandwiched between Black Friday and …

Health and Wellness

The American Heart Association has developed a series of videos to educate women about heart disease. The Red Chair Series is a four-episode series …

Chris Powers stands in front of the Land Bank lot that he tried to bid on in Southern Ohio. (Eye on Ohio)

Social Issues

By Lucia Walinchus for Eye on Ohio.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Ohio News Connection Collaboration reporting for the Ohio Center for Invest…

Social Issues

While many Iowa families gather through this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving in traditional ways with food and family, thousands of people take to …

The EPA claims that the EES Coke Battery plant has emitted thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide annually beyond its permitted limit of 2,100 tons. (Wikipedia)


Members of a Detroit-area community are intervening in an Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit against a DTE Energy subsidiary charged with dumping…

Health and Wellness

A bill headed to President Joe Biden's desk addresses a long-standing problem for domestic violence survivors, ending their ties to their abusers' …


Oregon is home to a plethora of rivers, but those waterways are not always accessible to every community. A new video series highlights how …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021