EDA STEM Talent Challenge

The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) launced the STEM Talent Challenge to support programs to train science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent and fuel regional innovation economies across the nation.  The $2 million STEM Talent Challenge will provide funding for work-and-learn programs to increase America’s STEM-capable workforce in emerging and transformative sectors such as space commerce, aeronautics, digital manufacturing, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and cybersecurity.

Competition applicants may request up to $250,000 for implementation of a 24-month workforce program that complements their region’s innovation economy.  The deadline to apply is October 12, 2021.  Click HERE for a helpful one-pager.

Click HERE for the Notice of Funding Opportunity.  

For more information, visit www.eda.gov/OIE/STEM.

A webinar will be scheduled to learn more about the application process.  For the latest updates, check their website and stay tuned for email updates.

2021 NADO Photography Contest

The 2021 NADO Photo Contest is open now through September 10.  This contest is an opportunity for our member organizations to tell the story of their regions through images that capture the people and places that make their communities great places to live, work, and play.  Photos submitted will be judged in five categories:

  • Building Vibrant Places
  • Strengthening the Built & Natural Environments
  • Investing in Our Regional Economy
  • Sustaining Our Communities
  • COVID-19 Response & Recovery

Prizes will be given to winning photos in these categories, as well as to a “People’s Choice” winner that will be selected by votes through the NADO Facebook page.

Looking for inspiration?  Click HERE to see last year’s winners and runners-up.  Please direct any questions to NADO Research Foundation Associate Director Brett Schwartz at bschwartz@nado.org.

For more information on this year’s contest and entry form, click HERE.

RAAC Meeting

The next Regional Aging Advisory Committee (RAAC) Meeting will be held Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments Office, located at 1724 Graham Avenue in Henderson.  This meeting is open to the public, and will also be held via Zoom.  Please contact Mary Lynn Baldwin, Aging Specialist, for agenda and meeting materials at mbaldwin@kerrtarcog.org or 252-436-2040 ext. 2036.

Please also mark the November 10th meeting on your calendar, also at 2:00 pm.

KTRPO TAC/TCC July Meeting

The July 22, 2021 meeting of the Kerr-Tar Rural Transportation Planning Organization will be held virtually on Zoom from 3:00-5:00 pm. Access information is available on the meeting agenda.

Members of the public who would like to make public comments during the Public Comments section of the meeting MUST register by emailing info@kerrtarcog.org before noon on Thursday, July 22, 2021. You must include your name, the phone number you will be calling from (if applicable), and email address. You will be recognized for comments in the order that you registered. The time limit for each speaker will be five minutes.

*If calling in, please provide KTRPO with the phone number you will be using.  

Click HERE to view agenda and other meeting materials.