Innovation Challenge for Coal Reliant Communities: Webinar Tomorrow!!

Changing energy markets are having a big impact on communities around the country.   Some regions, like South Dakota, have been booming (at least until recently) thanks to new shale energy resources.  But, other regions are being challenged in new ways.  Regions long dependent on coal, in Appalachia and elsewhere, are facing serious transition challenges as they seek to diversify their local economies.  A new US Economic Development Administration-backed effort, led by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) will work with coal-impacted communities seeking to identify new economic engines and innovation opportunities.   The project is sponsoring an Innovation Challenge competition that will provide technical support and other assistance to communities around the US.  The Challenge competition is just underway, and project organizers are encouraging communities to consider participating in this important work.   If you are interested in learning more about the Innovation Challenge, you should join a webinar being held tomorrow, January 22, 2015 from 2-3PM Eastern Time.  You can sign up here and learn more about the effort here.   (NOTE:  EntreWorks Consulting will be providing consulting support for this project, and we will be offering regular updates on this work in the coming months).

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