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Foothills Regional Commission Newsletter, July 12th, 2021

2021 Outdoor Economy Conference, October 12 - 15th, 2021

This year's Outdoor Economy Conference will be held in person, in Cherokee, NC, from October 12th through October 15th.  Be sure to register before July 31st to get the early bird price! 

New Federal and National Opportunities

NTIA Creates Interactive Map to Show Digital Divide Across the Country

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently announced a new publicly available digital map that displays key indicators of broadband needs across the United States. This is the first interactive, public map that allows users to explore different datasets addressing where people do not have access to quality broadband. The Indicators of Broadband Need map integrates data from public and private sources and contains data aggregated at the county, census tract, and census block level. The map also allows users to see the relationship between poverty and Internet usage by displaying how areas of high poverty relate to lack of access to computers and related equipment. Usage patterns in tribal communities, which have historically suffered from a lack of internet access, are included in the map as well. For more information about the Indicators of Broadband Need map, visit NTIA's BroadbandUSA website or email


NTIA Grant Program Webinars

In June 2021, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted six webinars informing attendees about the Broadband Infrastructure Program, Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, and Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. Applications for the Broadband Infrastructure Program and Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program remain open on For more information, potential applicants should visit NTIA's website to register for upcoming webinars or to view past webinars.


Our Town Placemaking Grants Program

The National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking Our Town grant program supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000. All grants require a nonfederal cost share/match. Initial applications due August 5.

Grant Opportunities

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