RCAA Recording: Community Foundations, CDFIs, and Regional Revitalization

June 30, 2021

This assembly examined community capital ecosystems for regional revitalization, with an emphasis on the impact of partnerships between philanthropy, mission-based lenders, and local leaders on quality of life, job and population growth, and attracting external capital to a region. Watch the recording from the RCAA event.

RCAA Recording: Health-Care Workforce Pipelines, Apprenticeships, and Community Health Worker Models

May 20, 2021

This assembly examined rural workforce demand and supply, talent recruitment, a medical assistant apprenticeship model in Washington state, and community health worker models. Watch the recording from the Rural Community Action Assembly.

CECD's Cristy Schmidt named CCAP fellow

February 18, 2021

Cristy Schmidt, an applied research Extension educator with the CECD, will work with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) to find opportunities for collaboration. She will focus on areas of secondary data and policy analysis related to county resilience, public finance and broadband expansion, among others.

RCAA Recording: Outdoor and Small-Town Tourism, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development

November 19, 2020

This assembly examined the roles that peer learning networks, intermediaries, and community development finance institutions play in leveraging regional and local tourism for small business development and an equitable rural recovery. View the Rural Community Action Assembly event recording.

RCAA Recording: Place-Based Partnerships for Capital and Regional Investment Strategies

October 15, 2020

This assembly featured an in-depth discussion of cross-sector collaborations among community foundations, community banks, hospitals and health systems, and colleges and universities focused on leveraging local assets to make investments into small businesses, broadband infrastructure, and other economic development projects. View the Rural Community Action Assembly event recording.

RCAA Recording: COVID-19 and Its Implications for Workforce Investments and Employers in Rural Communities

September 24, 2020

This assembly explores the job training needs in the state's rural communities and how job training can be an investment in an equitable recovery. View the event recording.

Scientists Examine Potential Economic Impact of Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania

January 15, 2020

If not contained, the spotted lanternfly potentially could drain Pennsylvania's economy of at least $324 million annually and cause the loss of about 2,800 jobs, according to a study carried out by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.